Warehouse and logistic space

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Despite a relatively quiet start to the year, particularly in Q1 which saw a fall of nearly 40% year-on-year, the German logistics sector remains the third strongest commercial asset type, with a market share of 10%. Read more


Commerzbank AG

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The report’s ratings, which reflect the risk-return ratio of open-end real estate funds compared with alternative investments, surveyed 20 funds with €90bn assets in total. Seven of the funds were for institutional investors. Read more



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It's been a big month for Frankfurt office property with the sale in June of two of the most prominent office buildings in the city – booking big profits for their owners after what is in effect a very short period of ownership. Read more


Real Estate Study

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New figures released last week by the Statistische Bundesamt, Germany’s Federal Statistics Office, confirm that prices for houses and apartments in Germany continued to rise throughout the early part of the year, with areas outside the bigger... Read more


Dr. Joachim Arenth

Dr. Joachim Arenth

UK-based private equity real estate firm Benson Elliot has paid Brack Capital Properties (BCP) €175m for a portfolio of three German convenience retail assets. BCP is retaining a minority stake in the 100,600 sqm portfolio. Read more



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Germany’s Federal Cabinet has adopted the law on property tax - orGrundsteuer- reform by ‘circulation procedure’, paving the way for a discussion in the Bundestagthis week. Read more


Shareholder, Numbers, Figures

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REFIRE met with Anthony Gahan, the founder of new real estate stock exchange IPSX last year at the Real Estate Finance Day at the Frankfurt Business School, and we were intrigued at the prospects for the fledgling business. Read more


German real estate

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Refinancing is on the up, according to JLL’s German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI) for the second quarter, published this week. Read more


Acquisitions, Contracts and Deals

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Investcorp, the Bahrain-based manager of alternative investment products, has bought the Airport Centre, a multi-let office and light industrial property located in Hamburg, for a price of about €85 million. Read more



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The size of Germany’s investable hotel market has hit a record high of €57.5b, marking an increase of almost 10% last year, according to research published this month by Union Investment and Bulwiengesa. Read more