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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The dust hasn’t fully settled yet after last week’s European elections, but the consequences of the messages sent out by electorates will be far-reaching, and in many instances, fairly immediate. The Greens can be seen as the big winners... Read more

Opinion

Berlin

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As with its office market (see article elsewhere in this issue – “Berlin office market outperforms its German counterparts”),Berlin continues to be the pacemaker for investors in Germany’s residential housing market, with transaction volumes doubling Read more

Companies

Jürgen Michael Schick - IVD

Immobilienverband Deutschland IVD

Germany’s property brokers are up in arms at what they see is a further assault on their validity and competence, as the German ruling coalition government in Berlin look at further measures to lower the costs of acquiring property... Read more

Markets

Jürgen Michael Schick - IVD

Immobilienverband Deutschland IVD

Germany has been fighting a two-tier housing system in recent years, with rapidly rising prices in the ‘Big 7’, against a backdrop of falling prices in rural communities as more and more people flock to big cities. Read more

Markets

Dr. Andreas Mattner

Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss (ZIA)

As Germany’s coalition partners the SPD and the CDU/CSU union look set to finally agree on a new programme for government, there may finally be some movement in attempts to address the issue of share deals when buying property. Read more

Markets

GROKO

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Germany’s Christian Democratic Union and the centre-left Social Democrats have reached an agreement regarding the terms of a coalition deal, in a move that will boost stability in the market, Dr. Esfandiar Khorrami, a partner at law firm... Read more

Markets

Grunderwerbssteuer

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The German business press has been devoting acres of column space to a thorny issue which has been around for years, but has never been properly addressed. That issue is German property tax (Grundsteuer), and the extent to which the tax levied by... Read more

Markets

Refugees in Greece

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Germany’s two biggest political parties are heading back to the negotiating table in search of a new “grand coalition”. The talks between Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union... Read more

Guest Columns

Martin Schulz und Angela Merkel

EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Bonn Is Not Weimar was the title of a 1956 book by the Swiss journalist Fritz René Allemann. He argued that the (West) German Federal Republic, founded in 1949 and with Bonn as its capital, had devised a stable form of parliamentary government... Read more

Guest Columns

Mietpreisbremse

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Germany’s much-maligned Mietpreisbremse, or rental price brake law, is unlikely to survive Germany’s still to be determined new coalition government in its present form, real estate experts have told REFIRE, in light of the tumultuous federal... Read more

Markets

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

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

Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

This was the week that a shaken Angela Merkel told her fellow citizens in a Munich beer hall that the EU must now be prepared to look after itself, and cast aside any expectations of solidarity with erstwhile partners the UK and the US. Read more

Opinion

Kredit

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The German ruling coalition of the CDU and SPD political parties are close to reaching a compromise regarding credit directives, or 'Kreditrichtlinie’, designed to stop Germany’s property market from overheating, according to several people who... Read more

Markets

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

Germany's left-of-centre SPD , the junior partner in the governing coalition in Berlin with Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU grouping, has been at the forefront of a new drive to dampen Germany's residential housing boom, now entering its seventh year. Read more

Opinion

Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn

Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn / Thomas Frey

After several weeks of speculation, the new buyer of the loss-making Frankfurt Hahn Airport was revealed to be the Chinese construction company Shanghai Yiqian Trading Company, for a sum said to be in the "low double-digit million euro range." Read more

Investment

Mietpreisbremse

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The coming Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap, is likely to make investment in German residential a much less attractive proposition for insurance companies, although real estate as an asset class remains highly rated, according the annual trend... Read more

Markets

Mietpreisbremse

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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

Markets

Dr. Andreas Mattner

Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss (ZIA)

The leading German lobbying association for the real estate industry, ZIA Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss wasted little time in issuing its assessment of what voters had expressed in the federal elections on 21st September, which saw Angela Merkel... Read more

Markets

Berlin at night

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We reported some weeks ago in REFIRE that the German authorities were shocked to discover that they had miscalculated when processing the results of the 2011 census, which led to overstating the human population of the country by 1.5m residents... Read more

Markets

The eastern and southern parts of Germany are under water. Literally. As we write, several regions are threatened with the worst flooding in a century, with crops destroyed, businesses paralysed, widespread evacuations, and the submerging of... Read more

Opinion