The γ -ray strength functions and level densities of Ge,7473 have been extracted up to the neutron-separation energy Sn from particle-γ coincidence data using the Oslo method. Moreover, the γ -ray strength function of 74Ge above Sn has been determined from photoneutron measurements; hence these two experiments cover the range of Eγ≈1 -13 MeV for 74Ge. The obtained data show that both Ge,7473 display an increase in strength at low γ energies. The experimental γ -ray strength functions are compared with M 1 strength functions deduced from average B (M 1 ) values calculated within the shell model for a large number of transitions. The observed low-energy enhancements in Ge,7473 are adopted in the calculations of the Ge,7372(n ,γ ) cross sections, where there are no direct experimental data. Calculated reaction rates for more neutron-rich germanium isotopes are shown to be strongly dependent on the presence of the low-energy enhancement.