• JLL

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    German banks' new business buoyant in first half, much tighter now

    Several German banks have recently announced sizeable bumps in their real estate lending books, somewhat of a surprise given the pervading sense of doom and gloom on the financing landscape. Still, most seem to be drawing in their horns for a much mo Read more

    6 Sep 2022

  • Stefan Siebert

    Tom Kohler

    Are Bausparverträge making a comeback?

    Bausparverträge, or home savings contracts, feel as if they belong to an antiquated past but with interest rates for ten-year mortgages rising to as high as 3.4% since the beginning of the year, would-be homebuyers are having to put their dream Read more

    31 Aug 2022

  • Office Space


    High inflation likely to lead to rent hikes for many offices

    Germany’s high inflation rate of 7.5% last month is likely to lead to a rise in indexed office rents for many companies, according to JLL. Many office leases contain so-called adjustment clauses, which are indexed to the cost of living and in almost Read more

    25 Aug 2022

  • Christoph Neuhaus

    Demand for German home equity release soars tenfold

    More and more property owners in Germany are selling a stake in their home to enable them to pay off other loans or to fund other dreams, particularly in retirement, according to partial sales portal, Wertfaktor. The typical owner seeking to do this Read more

    18 Aug 2022

  • Berlin

    Stefan Widua

    Phoenix Spree Deutschland sees Berlin valuations still holding firm

    REFIRE reported back in April on UK-listed Phoenix Spree Deutschland (PSD), a pure-play investor in Berlin residential housing, which had recently posted its full-year annual results for the year ended 31st December 2021. Those results saw saw it boo Read more

    17 Aug 2022

  • Kurt Friedl - Remax Deutschland

    Remax Deutschland

    Collapse in buyer demand sees abrupt about-turn at hybrid brokers

    The worsening economic outlook, and in particular the abrupt collapse in demand for home purchases, is leading to a rapid reversal in the fortunes of many of the hybrid and cloud-based broker enterprises that have sprung up in Germany over the last f Read more

    8 Aug 2022

  • Paul Tostevin

    Who owns the equity value of a rental deposit?

    Will recent ruling in Berlin set a new precedent? Who owns the equity value of a rental deposit? In a case that went before Berlin’s district court earlier this month, it was decided that a tenant does, thereby turning the DM800 deposit her parents Read more

    5 Aug 2022

  • Timo Wagner

    Key German financing index plunges in Q2 as banks retreat

    A key German indicator for the readiness to finance real estate slumped significantly in the latest quarterly reading, as a result of the sharp rise in interest rates combined with the uncertain economic outlook. The German Real Estate Financing Inde Read more

    5 Aug 2022

  • Walter Ruesch

    Rise in bank foreclosures expected as interest rates rise

    One trend that may be about to change is the number of foreclosures or forced auctions in the German residential market, after years of steadily declining numbers while prices continued their upward rise. The negative shift in Germany's economic clim Read more

    5 Aug 2022

  • Markus Kreuter


    What are likely effects of ECB rate hike on mortgage and property lending?

    The European Central Bank seemed to have caught a lot of observers by surprise by hiking its base interest rate from zero to 0.5%, its first interest rate rise in more than ten years. Mortgage and real estate finance, which operate on a different set Read more

    29 Jul 2022

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