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The ‘rental brake’ puts an effective cap on the maximum permissible level of rent increase.

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Mietpreisbremse passes into law, changes ahead for brokers

The German government passed into draft law this week the infamous Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap on residential rent increases, while at the same time introducing a change to the time-honoured German system of nearly always having the tenant or... more »

Oct 13, 2014 Markets

The priority for the next few months, said Rolf Buch, would be to integrate the new holdings into the business, along with implementing a €300m refurbishment programme for existing stock, starting with 2,500 units this year, all of which will improve rental income.

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Deutsche Annington joins MDAX, adds 5,000 new units

Germany’s largest residential housing company, the listed Bochum-based Deutsche Annington, took a step closer to its long-term goal when it entered the MDAX at the end of September – the second tier of Germany’s largest listed companies. The MDAX... more »

Oct 10, 2014 Companies

Deutsche Bank subsidiary Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (formerly RREEF) is launching a new €700m German open-ended real estate fund, the Grundbesitz Fokus Deutschland.

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Deutsche Bank launches new €700m open-ended fund

Deutsche Bank subsidiary Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (formerly RREEF) is launching a new €700m German open-ended real estate fund, the Grundbesitz Fokus Deutschland. The launch date is 1st October. more »

Oct 9, 2014 Companies

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Nearly half of German residential investors earn no real return

A recent study produced by the prestigious DIW Deutsche Institut für Wirtschaftsförderung in Berlin received wide coverage in the German media recently when it suggested that about half of all residential landlords in Germany break even at best... more »

Oct 8, 2014 Markets

German groups have continued to invest outside of its domestic market during the last ten years even when other investors have reigned in cross-border activity.

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German capital remains Weltmeister in global real estate investment

It’s not just in football that Germany is Weltmeister - German investors have pumped $151 billion into international real estate over the period 2004-H1 2014, making them the most active and important source of cross-border capital, according to... more »

Oct 7, 2014 Investment

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