Andreas Ibel - BFW


Residential building permits issued in Germany fell by 7.3% in the first six months, in a sign that the construction sector is heading for a slowdown in the second half of 2017. more


German housing construction

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German is still suffering from a lack of new housing, despite the completion of 277,700 apartments last year, according to Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Bundesamt). more



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In the May issue of REFIRE we carried an article about the status of real estate project developments in Germany, and looked at some reasons why the project development market in Germany's top 7 cities appears to be collectively stagnating, at... more


Andreas Schulten - BulwienGesa


Planning permission was granted in January and February for 54,000 residential units in Germany, a rise of 33% on the previous year and probably a new record on a monthly basis, according to the country's Federal Office of Statistics. more


Long-term readers of REFIRE will have followed with us over the last ten years the inexorable rise of the rate of Grunderwerbsteuer, or land transfer tax, applicable on any real estate acquisition in Germany. Once the domain of the federal governme more