European Central Bank

Commerzbank AG

Commerzbank AG

REFIRE met recently with Commerz Real, the Wiesbaden-based real estate fund subsidiary of Commerzbank, to catch up and get an idea of where the company sees opportunities in 2018. Our clear take-home message was the company's new focus... more

7 Feb 2018 10:00 Companies

German housing construction

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The biggest obstacle to the provision of more affordable new housing in Germany's biggest cities is the lack of suitable sites and a flawed building regulatory framework, according to the country's Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban... more

16 Oct 2017 10:00 Markets


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Germany could be headed for a bumper year with up €100b in deals, according to Fabian Klein, head of investment Germany at CBRE in Frankfurt. ‘We’re expecting a record year in Germany this year, with at least €50b of deals. If enough supply comes... more

11 Aug 2017 10:00 Markets

Charles Kingston - REFIRE


As Gary Lineker famously commented, “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” Nowadays, in the shadow of Brexit, the world of real estate is beginning to feel a little bit like... more

26 May 2017 08:00 Opinion

Barometer Trend

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Banks' willingness to finance German real estate has improved significantly, according to the latest BF.Quartalsbarometer carried out by market researcher BulwienGesa. more

7 Dec 2016 10:00 Markets

Charles Kingston - REFIRE


This week we learned from national property association IVD that the rate of increase in rents and housing prices in Germany has actually accelerated over the last two quarters. Prices for apartments, particularly in the larger cities, rose 6%... more

5 Dec 2016 10:00 Opinion

Michiel Jaski - IVG


Germany's erstwhile largest listed company IVG Immobilien AG 'indefinitely' shelved its plans to list its OfficeFirst subsidiary, citing deteriorating market conditions. more

25 Oct 2016 10:00 Companies

Thomas Kuhlmann - Hahn Group

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Investor willingness to commit more re- sources to German retail is at its highest level in six years, despite the interven- ing rise in prices and emerging signs of overheating in the market, according to the latest issue of the very useful Hahn... more

6 Oct 2016 10:39 Markets

Julian Newiss - Catalys Capital

Julian Newiss

The UK-based real estate investment and asset management firm Catalyst Capital has emerged as the buyer of a portfolio of properties in Germany, the Project 10 portfolio from German firm TRIUVA, the institutional funds division of restructured... more

31 Aug 2016 10:00 Companies


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There were two notable Pfandbrief issues in Germany over the past couple of weeks, both at least twice oversubscribed by investors. more

27 Jun 2016 10:00 Markets


ECB / Robert Metsch

A new report on European Commercial Property predicts that the European Central Bank will feel compelled to take even more stimulus measures above and beyond last month's loosening, resulting in more benefits for prime property as a high-yielding... more

21 Apr 2016 10:00 Markets

Dreieich Nordpark

MEC METRO-ECE Centermanagement GmbH & Co. KG

M&G Real Estate fund management group, which acts as the asset manager in Europe for the giant Prudential insurance combine, is continuing to roll out what it calls its ‘core’ European property strategy by buying a major retail park just south of... more

9 Jun 2015 10:00 Companies

Dr. Louis Hagen

Münchener Hypothekenbank eG

Real estate financing bank Münchener Hypothekenbank posted its most-ever new business lending in 2014, up 23% year-on-year to €4.4bn. the big driver was increased lending to the private residential sector, which rose 28% to €3.4bn. Commercial propert more

13 May 2015 10:00 Companies

Eurotower - Frankfurt

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The Eurotower, the previous home of the European Central Bank in the centre of downtown Frankfurt, is being sold by its owners, the New York-based RFR Holding, to Germany’s IVG Institutional Funds, for €480m in a share deal. The beneficial owner... more

8 May 2015 10:00 Investment

Andreas Dombret - Bundesbank

Deutsche Bundesbank

While the European Central Bank was announcing plans to open the financial spigots to combat the threat of European deflation, across town in Frankfurt at the Bundesbank German financial regulators said they are studying tools that can be used to... more

2 Mar 2015 10:00 Markets

Like many involved in the global real estate comings and goings, we at REFIRE have had difficulty keeping up with the current state of play at property broker DTZ, so numerous have been the rumoured (and actual) changes in ownership and strategic... more

11 Sep 2013 10:00 Companies

The Berlin-based real estate fund manager Activum SG Capital Management said it plans to launch a third fund this summer to capitalise on the demand for re-financing of German property assets, after seeing strong support for its two previous vehicles more

11 Apr 2013 09:00 Companies

The Wiesbaden-based Aareal Bank posted operating profits for the full year of 2012 down 5% to € 176m fro the previous year’s €1 85m, which it says was largely due to an extremely conservative lending policy, which saw it parking much of its... more

11 Mar 2013 09:00 Companies