Barbara Hendricks

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... Read more


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... Read more


Home Building - Construction site

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The German construction industry has the highest level of orders on its books for 21 years, according to the country’s main industry association. Turnover increased by 8% in the first nine months of 2016, headed by residential construction... Read more


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. Read more


Rural residential accomodation

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Too little residential accomodation is being built in Germany's big cities, while too much is being built in rural areas, according to a new study published by the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft (IW) in Cologne. The authors of the study are... Read more



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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 Read more