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Ongoing uncertainty about Brexit on the one hand, and dismay at the drastic political measures in Germany to curb rent and price increases, took their toll on the respective listed property markets in the UK and Germany, dragging the value of... 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


Barbara Knoflach - SEB

SEB Investment GmbH

BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management (BNP Paribas REIM) had a record fundraising year in 2018, pulling in €3.8b, of which €1.6bn was in new cash with an additional€2.2bn in separate accounts/mandates. Read more


Bodo Winkler - Berlin Hyp AG

Berlin Hyp AG

Germany’s Pfandbrief banks have welcomed the law amendment to safeguard Pfandbrief business in the UK after Brexit, following the Bundesrat’s adoption this month of the Tax Act relating to Brexit. Read more



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Four in 10 SMEs in the UK fear they will go out of business within one year of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, according to a national survey carried out this month by SME landlord M7 Real Estate. Such is the chaos surrounding Brexit that 32% of the 1,084... Read more


Adam Pearce - Kintyre Investments

Kintyre Investments GmbH

Frankfurt-based real estate investment and management firm, Kintyre, grew its AUM by more than 20% last year to €1.5bn, in a sign that more investors are setting their sights on Germany as Brexit chaos deepens in the UK. Read more



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The Belgian Immobel Group has bought the “Eden” residential tower project in the Gallus district of Frankfurt am Main, marking the group’s first entry into the German market. Read more



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Singapore-based CapitaLand International - the wholly-owned international business unit of one of Asia’s largest real estate firms, CapitaLand Group – is on a drive to boost its exposure to German gateway cities next year... Read more


RICS - IPMS Frankfurt


A report from RICS based on professional feedback to its latest quarterly Global Commercial Property Monitor says that Europe continued to show strongest momentum of all global real estate markets in third quarter, with German cities, Netherlands... Read more



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German cities are becoming too expensive for many investors, in a sign that they are not prepared to pay absolutely any price for prime assets, according to PwC’s ‘Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2019’ report, published this month. Read more


Charles Kingston - REFIRE


Last weekend’s elections in the state of Hesse brought the result that most people expected, and with it a further nail in the coffin of the remarkable career of Angela Merkel. Read more



Messe München GmbH

EXPO REAL will kick off again in Munich in a few days’ time. As conversations at the fair are a reliable barometer for investment in months to come, REFIRE asked some of Europe’s major players which topics we can expect to dominate this year. Read 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. Read more


German real estate

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A new study we stumbled across recently suggests that increasing number of Russians are now investing in German real estate. This probably comes as no surprise, but inevitably, quantitative figures have always been hard to come by. Read more



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For the fourth year in a row, Berlin has topped the table of the 31 best European cities for real estate investment and development in 2018, according to a forecast published by the Urban Land Institute and PwC. Read more


Berlin Shining

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Despite the looming threat of entering a new year with no coalition government in place, Germany is poised for a strong 2018, real estate experts say. However, the failure of Angela Merkel’s CDU party to form a coalition government two months... Read more


Office development

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Several panel discussions at the recent Expo REAL in Munich dealt with property financing, while two timely reports in particular appeared on the future availability of loan finance, and the growing market for subordinate financing in Germany. Read more


Henri Vuong - INREV


The All German Vehicles Index delivered returns of 1.2% over the first quarter of 2017, according to data provided by INREV, the European Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles. Read more



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Insurgencies often end up betraying the ideals that motivated them. Brexit seems no different. In no time, it has shed its intellectually most powerful motive: the full restoration of sovereignty to the House of Commons. Read more

Guest Columns


Japanese banks Nomura and Daiwa recently indicated they are moving their EU base to Frankfurt and are applying for the appropriate regulatory licences. The announcements follow similar ones from Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, among others. Read more

Guest Columns