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Hotel Sector

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Germany’s investment-grade hotel market is expected to hit a new high of €56bn by the end of this year, according to Dierk Freitag, a partner at consultancy Bulwiengesa, in a sign of just how rampant growth in the sector has become. more



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Germany has overtaken the US to become a Mecca for open-ended retail real estate funds, accounting for €2.3b, or 25%, of investment last year, according to research published this month by Berlin-based consultancy, Scope Analysis. more



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French portfolio management company Primonial REIM has acquired €800m of German healthcare assets, it announced this month, marking the biggest healthcare deal of the year. more


Money, Sale, Deal

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Money laundering is an age-old crime but governments and other organizations are starting to crank up the heat, in a move to crack down on ill-gotten gains funnelled into commercial real estate. more


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Germany’s finance ministers have called for more stringent regulation regarding real estate share deals, as pressure builds from politicians to close a controversial tax loophole. more


Office Building

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Can Germany retain its position as the most stable real estate market in Europe? That is the question being posed this month by TH Real Estate’s report: ‘Think Europe: who is afraid of German volatility?’ more


Investment Logistic

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US investment giant Blackstone Group is betting big on global logistics with its acquisition this month of New York- based Gramercy Property Trust in an all-cash transaction for $7.6b, marking the second multibillion takeover ... more


Commerzbank AG

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Singapore’s largest commercial REIT by market capitalization, CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT), has acquired the ‘Galileo’ skyscraper in Frankfurt from Patrizia-owned Triuva for €356m, it announced this month. more


Funds, numbers and ratings

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Inflows to German property funds in the first quarter of 2018 outstripped the 10-year average by €7bn to total €38bn, according to the German Investment Funds Association, the BVI this month. more


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European student housing deals have rocketed by 29% y-o-y to €13.6b across the continent in 2017, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s latest Student Accommodation Guide, published this month. more


Aareal Bank in Wiesbaden

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Real estate lending volumes are likely to fall further in Germany this year, according to Anke Herz, team leader, Debt Advisory JLL Germany. more


Iris Schöberl - BMO

BMO Real Estate Partners

BMO Real Estate Partners, a unit of Canada’s BMO Financial Group’s Global Asset Management business has launched its second fund in its Best Value Europe series, Best Value Europe II (BVE II) following seed commitments from repeat investors. more


German Bundestag

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Germany’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the country’s Grundsteuer(land tax) is obsolete, it announced earlier this month, paving the way for a much-needed shake-up in the market. more



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The transaction volume in the German hotel market tumbled by 41% in the first quarter to €661m, according to CBRE, as demand continues to radically outstrip supply. more



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Phoenix Spree’s bet on the Berlin market has paid off: the UK-listed investment company specialising in German residential real estateachieved an NAV total return of 53% in 2017, in a sign that Berlin can generate hefty returns. more


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Instone Real Estate Group B.V.

Germany’s project development market is stagnating for first time since the financial crisis, as rising costs put the brakes on growth in many major cities, according to Bulwiengesa’s‘Project Developer Study 2018’, published this month. more


Global real estate

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Capital raised for real estate investment by real estate investment managers soared to €152.3bn globally last year, up 25% increase on 2016, according to the 2018 Capital Raising Survey, published this month by INREV, ANREV and NCREIF. more


Investment Geld Euro

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The ‘flight to safety’ has escalated over the past 12 months as international investors become more cautious, according to London-based online investment platform BrickVest’s latest commercial property investment barometer. more



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Austria is on track for another bumper year, following a record year of investment in 2017, Dr. Martin Sabelko, managing director of Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate Austria, told REFIRE this month. more


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Light industrial deals hit a new high in Germany last year at €3bn, a 27% increase on the former record in 2015, according to a report published this month by Bulwiengesa, ‘Initiative Unternehmensimmobilien 2H 2017’. more