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German Inheritances Set to Boom as Population Ages, Bild Reports

June 01, 2012

Germans are set for an inheritance windfall as the population ages, with one in five estates expected to exceed 100,000 euros ($123,500), Bild Zeitung reported, citing a study by the Allensbach research institute.

Two in three inheritances in coming years will include the transfer of a house or an apartment as the real-estate assets of German pensioners double to 3.2 billion euros over the next 18 years, Bild said.

The number of Germans older than 80 years has increased by two-thirds since 2000, the newspaper said.

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