Heiko Maas

Charles Kingston - REFIRE


It's clear that real estate will play a dominant role in the forthcoming German elections, more so than in the recent past – and all the main political parties are rehearsing taking strong, principled positions before the hustings begin in earnest... more

28 Jul 2017 10:00 Opinion

Charles Kingston

REFIRE - Florian Glock

2015´s unseasonally warm weather has provided us in Germany with the absurd sight of winter revellers hugging their Glühweins at the traditional Christmas market clad in nothing more than short-sleeved summer shirts. more

25 Jan 2016 10:00 Opinion


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Germany’s upper house, the Bundesrat, approved the introduction of the Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap, and an additional law – the Bestellerprinzip, or “he who orders, pays” - designed to alter the manner in which commission on real estate... more

8 Apr 2015 10:00 Markets


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The German government passed into draft law this week the infamous Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap on residential rent increases, while at the same time introducing a change to the time-honoured German system of nearly always having the tenant or... more

13 Oct 2014 10:00 Markets

Ludovic Subran - Euler Hermes

Euler Hermes

After a run of three good years since 2010, there are further good times ahead for the German construction industry, with growth of 3.5% forecast for the full-year 2014 on turnover of €285bn, and an even better 5.3% growth for 2015, according to a... more

12 Sep 2014 10:00 Markets


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The coming Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap, is likely to make investment in German residential a much less attractive proposition for insurance companies, although real estate as an asset class remains highly rated, according the annual trend... more

23 Jul 2014 10:00 Markets


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Now that the political squabbling over the coalition agreement between the SPD and Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU alliance has been settled (for now), the responsible ministers are now tackling the legislation for introducing the Mietpreisbremse, or ‘rental more

18 Feb 2014 10:00 Markets