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Anthony Myers - Blackstone

The Blackstone Group L.P.

Private equity giant Blackstone earlier this month completed its €3.3bn acquisition of the OfficeFirst platform in Germany from IVG Immobilien and wasted little time in appointing a new management board. It has also started the disposal of what it... more

May 24, 2017 8:00 AM Investment

Student living

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Student housing rents in Germany are soaring due to both a lack of existing supply and adequate new housing, according to a study published this month by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW), German Real Estate Funds (DREF) and real... more

May 23, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Aydin Karaduman - Bilfinger

Bilfinger Real Estate Germany

Northern European investment and asset manager Cording Real Estate Group has bought a German office portfolio for €143m on behalf of a joint venture between Denmark's Sparinvest Property Investors and the Turkish group Esas Properties. The seller... more

May 22, 2017 10:00 AM Investment

Alexander Dexne - ZIA Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss e.V.

ZIA Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss e.V.

Listed German real estate firm Alstria Office REIT AG said recently it planned to double its portfolio to €6bn from its current €3bn over the coming years, without being more specific as to when it could achieve this. (See below for details on... more

May 19, 2017 10:00 AM Investment

Crowdfunding

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The German government is mulling changes to crowdfunding regulation that would subject it to the same scrutiny as senior lending and publically-raised equity. Currently, crowdfunding regulation in Germany states that it is exempt from the kind of... more

May 18, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Andreas Schulten - BulwienGesa

BulwienGesa

Whatever about the shortage of quality office buildings in German cities to meet investors's needs, it's now becoming increasingly difficult for companies, enterprises and even start-ups to find suitable accomodation in the biggest cities... more

May 17, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Grunderwerbssteuer

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The German government is gearing up to abolish share deals that enable corporations to wriggle out of paying the Grunderwerbsteuer - or property transfer tax - that regular citizens are obliged to pay, in a move that would generate a sizeable... more

May 16, 2017 2:45 PM Markets

Angela Merkel - Shooting Munich

EPA/Michael Kappeler

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has won a resounding victory in a regional election in Germany’s most populous state, North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). The CDU is now in pole position to be the largest party when Germany next goes to the... more

May 15, 2017 10:00 AM Guest Columns

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Now in our twelfth year of publication, the REFIRE Intelligence Report has developed a strong reputation for authoritative reporting and analysis of the German market for real estate finance. REFIRE is read by institutional investors who simply need to know what is happening on continental Europe's most important market for real estate, whether on the debt or the equity side. Our readers trust us for our local market insights and close connections with key market players in Germany, and rely on us for qualified comment on significant market developments.

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