Last updated: 27.10.2020
The Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) promotes the purchase of residential property with various products. If you use the products cleverly, you can save tens of thousands of euros when buying real estate. Another advantage of the KfW subsidies: You can combine the different products. That creates a lot of possibilities. Hypofriend shows you which KfW subsidies are available and which conditions apply.
The KfW provides both loans and grants. First to the loans:
Förderung für energieeffizientes Bauen (153)
KfW promotes the purchase or new construction of a KfW Efficiency House 55, 40 or 40 Plus. The same applies to a new build. The decisive factor is the energy efficiency of a property. Therefore the annual primary energy requirement of the property is examined in relation to a comparable new build. The lower the value, the higher the energy efficiency.
Measures for energy-efficient construction:
Insulation of the outer walls
Insulation of the roof
Insulation of the basement ceiling
High quality windows
Ventilation system with heat recovery
Efficient heating system
Solar thermal system
Sun protection and summer thermal insulation
Energy planning and construction supervision
You can only achieve the standard of an efficiency house if you combine various of the measures. Energy efficiency consultants can tell you exactly what is possible in your construction project.
Loan from 0.75 % interest p.a. (with a term of 4 to 10 years)
Up to 120.000 Euro per apartment
Up to 30.000 Euro donated
Support by experts for energy efficiency can be subsidized with up to 4000 Euro on top
If you decide to build an energy-efficient house, the first thing you should do is find an energy consultant because the requirements to be fulfilled are complex. The good thing is that the consultant is also supported by the KfW. More on this follows in the article. A checklist of what you should consider when working with the consultant can be found here.
Also take a look at the other KfW subsidies. You can combine some of them, such as the Baukindergeld or the KfW Home Ownership Program. Afterwards you should discuss and apply for a mortgage with your mortgage advisor. As soon as the construction is completed and you have received the confirmation from your energy efficiency expert, you pass it to your mortgage advisor and receive the repayment subsidy from the KfW.
What is not supported:
Plots of land
Vacation homes and apartments
Rescheduling of existing loans
Refinancing of started or completed projects
Energieeffizient Sanieren (151, 152)
Not only energy-efficient new construction, but also energy-efficient renovation is promoted by the KfW.
Up to 120,000 euros for the renovation to a KfW Efficiency House or 50,000 euros for individual measures per apartment
You can draw down the loan in one sum or in installments within 12 months after the commitment - an extension to a maximum of 36 months is possible
From the 13th month after KfW's commitment date, you pay a commitment fee of 0.15% per month on the loan amount not yet drawn
With this product the KfW supports you on your way to your own home. The important thing here is that you live in the property yourself and do not rent it out. You can also combine the 124 program with other KfW subsidies.
Loan from 0.84 % effective annual interest rate (with a term of 4 to 25 years)
Up to 100,000 Euro loan
What is being supported?
In the case of a new build, it's the costs for the building plot, the construction – such as material and labor costs, costs for the architect, the energy consultant, notary and brokerage fees and land transfer tax as well as costs for outdoor facilities.
In the case of existing properties, subsidies are granted for the purchase price, costs for repairs, modernization as well as incidental costs such as notary and brokerage fees and land transfer tax.
That is special, because with a normal loan the additional purchase costs can often not be financed.
The KfW Grants
KfW uses the Baukindergeld to support families on their way to home ownership. The requirement is that the children must still be under 18 years when the application is submitted.
A look at the conditions:
The number of children for whom you receive the grant is unlimited
Household income is defined as the average income of the year before last and the year before last before the application. Example: For applications in 2019, the income of 2017 and 2016 applies.
The Baukindergeld is available for a new build and for the purchase of an existing property.
You can still apply for the Baukindergeld until 31.3.2021.
You can find a detailed article about the Baukindergeld here.
Energieeffizient Bauen und Sanieren – Zuschuss Baubegleitung (431)
When building a KfW Efficiency House or when doing energy-related renovation measures, KfW promotes specialist planning and qualified construction supervision by an external, independent expert on energy efficiency.
This includes the following tasks:
Services for detailed planning
Support in the tendering process and evaluation of offers
Control of the construction work
Acceptance and evaluation of the measures
Creating a sustainability certificate
Subsidy up to 4.000 Euro
Assumption of 50 % of the costs of an expert for energy efficiency
For all who renovate or build new living space energetically
Also suitable for creating certificates for sustainable building
Energieeffizient Sanieren – Investitionszuschuss (430)
The 430 subsidizes the energy-efficient renovation of residential buildings. conditions: The building application or building notice must have been filed before 01.02.2002 and there must be an expert for energy efficiency involved. The subsidy is up to 48,000 euros for the renovation to a KfW-efficiency house or 10,000 euros for individual measures. The purchase of a renovated property is also subsidized.
Supported individual measures
Thermal insulation of walls, roof surfaces, basement and floor ceilings
Renewal of windows and external doors
Initial connection to local or district heating
Optimization of an existing heating system
Renewal or installation of a ventilation system
KfW subsidies – a good option for you german mortgage
Knowing and using the KfW subsidies can save you a lot of money. Whether your planning a new build or want to buy an existing property you will pretty sure find a KfW product that supports your project. Especially when it comes to energy efficiency. This does not only do something good for the environment but helps you to reduce your additional costs eg for heating.