Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s election as Germany’s president represents a rare opportunity for his country. While the role is essentially ceremonial, Steinmeier’s background, combined with a dramatically changing global political climate, leaves him... more

Feb 22, 2017 10:00 AM German Miscellany

Charles Kingston - REFIRE


Germany's left-of-centre SPD , the junior partner in the governing coalition in Berlin with Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU grouping, has been at the forefront of a new drive to dampen Germany's residential housing boom, now entering its seventh year. more

Feb 21, 2017 10:00 AM Opinion

Real Estate - Office

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Despite a fall in investment activity in Germany in 2016, 2017 will not see the start of a stamped to the exit by investors, says a report on the German real estate market earlier this month by Caüpital Economics. While record low yields may... more

Feb 20, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Dirk Wichner - JLL


If a word can describe the space leasing market in Germany last year in retail, it would be 'hesitancy'. The year finished up with again less retail space turnover than in the previous year, according to the latest retail market survey for 2016... more

Feb 17, 2017 10:00 AM Markets


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The German hotel investment market booked a record year for transactions, with volume rising from €4.9bn to nearly €5.2bn in 2016, according to figures (more or less similar, depending on methodology) from BNP Paribas Real Estate, CBRE, Colliers... more

Feb 16, 2017 10:00 AM Markets


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Savills Investment Management says it can identify the most attractive retail inner-city commercial property investment locations in Germany using the Savills IM German High Street Index. more

Feb 15, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Warehouse and logistic space

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Transaction volume on the German logistics and industrial property market hit a record €4.72bn in 2016, a rise of €620m over 2015, according to JLL. Figures from BNP Paribas Real Estate came in slightly lower, at €4.44bn, while other brokers had... more

Feb 14, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Dan-David Golla - AviaRent

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Luxembourg-registered AviaRent Capital Management, which specialises in German nursing home and micro-apartment investing throughout Germany, said in a recent meeting with REFIRE that it had invested over €250m in the market in 2015, while... more

Feb 13, 2017 12:02 PM Companies

Real estate residential expert

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The market for closed-end real estate funds has traditionally represented a major conduit for German savings into the real estate sector, in previous years competing vigorously with the open-ended funds sector to absorb funds looking for real... more

Feb 13, 2017 12:00 AM Markets


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AXA Investment Managers–Real Assets has bought a portfolio of 17 healthcare assets in western Germany for €310m from private equity firm Blackstone. more

Feb 10, 2017 10:00 AM Investment