Charles Kingston

Decision making

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Tediously slow decision making and an unwillingness to innovate are the top peeves in the real estate industry when dealing with clients, according to Bell Management Consultants first ‘PropTech-Report 2017’ published this month. more

Apr 28, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Iryna Pylypchuk


Selective investments in Tier II office markets in Germany could be the way forward, given how tightly priced the ‘Big 7’ cities have become, according to Iryna Pylypchuk’s report ‘German Offices – What now?’ published by Fidelity International... more

Apr 27, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

'Barrier-free' apartment

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Germany is lacking 1.6m ‘barrier-free’ apartments for the aged or infirm, according to the latest study by German developer Terragon and the DStGB, which was published on 6 April. more

Apr 24, 2017 12:00 PM Markets

Charles Kingston - REFIRE


The latest MIPIM in Cannes was, by almost universal consent, one of the most easygoing in recent years, at least for German participants. The uninterrupted sunshine, the positive mood in the halls, the varied and frequently lively programme of... more

Apr 24, 2017 10:00 AM Opinion


J. M. Dodds

Increasing uncertainty in global markets mixed with creeping pessimism is putting the brakes on the lending market in Germany. more

Apr 21, 2017 10:00 AM Markets


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The German ruling coalition of the CDU and SPD political parties are close to reaching a compromise regarding credit directives, or 'Kreditrichtlinie’, designed to stop Germany’s property market from overheating, according to several people who... more

Apr 20, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Purse - Geldbörse

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After a sluggish start to the year, German lenders are starting to loosen their purse strings again. more

Apr 19, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Hotels and hospitality groups

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Hotel rates per night in key German cities are on the up, due to the increasing popularity of the German market, according to Heidi Schmidtke, executive vice president and head of advisory at JLL Hotel & Hospitality Group in Germany. more

Apr 18, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Nursing Home

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Investment in German nursing homes has hit a record high, with around €3 bn in deals recorded last year, according to CBRE. more

Apr 13, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Rabin Savion - ADO Properties

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The Berlin listed property investor Ado Properties saw its key FFO1 figure rise by 41.7% last year on the strength of a strong increase /6.0%) in like-for-like rents, as demand for Berlin residential property remains buoyant. more

Apr 12, 2017 10:00 AM Companies


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Average asking office rents in Germany grew faster in the country's secondary or B-cities in the second half of 2016, according to new research released by investor and asset manager Corpus Sireo and the Bonn-based research institute Empirica. more

Apr 11, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Andrew Coombs - Sirius Real Estate

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Regular REFIRE readers will know that we have been bullish on the previously-AIM and Johannesburg-listed Sirius Real Estate for some time and have been following the company closely since its near-demise some years ago and its return to health... more

Apr 10, 2017 10:00 AM Companies

Coca Cola Deutschland

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Rockspring Property Investment Managers has acquired the Coca Cola headquarters in Berlin for its PanEuropean fund from Deka Fonds for just over €59m. The 100,000 sqm building has a Gold LEED certification and is located directly on the River... more

Apr 7, 2017 10:00 AM Investment

Susanne Eickermann-Riepe - PwC

Susanne Eickermann-Riepe

A number of enlightening surveys were unveiled at the recent MIPIM in Cannes, particularly in the aftermath of the Brexit vote in the UK in an attempt to divine investors' new intentions. They differ in important ways, but one thing they have in... more

Apr 6, 2017 10:00 AM Companies

Funds of Funds - World Wide

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Institutional appetite for debt funds is showing no sign of abating, despite deepening global geopolitical uncertainty, according to Andy Moylan, head of real estate products at Preqin. more

Apr 5, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Deal Vertrag

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Two other low-key deals attracted our attention recently, both involving companies known to be very discrete about their operations. In a sizeable transaction, US distressed asset specialist Castlelake bought a German retail portfolio comprising... more

Apr 4, 2017 10:06 AM Investment

Real estate residential expert

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A new study published by Germany's Postbank examines the price of residential housing compared to local income levels, and concludes that a) the cost of housing is still rising across the country, and b) the gap between income and house prices is... more

Apr 3, 2017 10:00 AM Markets


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European property investment firm Avignon Capital has made its first hotel acquisition, paying €48.5m to buy two hotels in Berlin and Frankfurt let to operator Meininger, in an off-market transaction. more

Mar 31, 2017 10:00 AM Companies

Wolfgang Kirsch - DZ Bank

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The Frankfurt-headquartered DZ Bank, the central institution for Germany's local co-operative banks Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken, is merging its two real estate financing subsidiaries DG Hyp and WL Bank. Following organic growth and historic... more

Mar 30, 2017 10:00 AM Companies


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US-headquartered alternative asset manager Ares Management LP has bought a portfolio of 1,300 residential units across northern Germany through a fund managed by its real estate group for an undisclosed sum. more

Mar 29, 2017 10:00 AM Investment

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