Charles Kingston

Berlin - Summit Germany

DRESTATE Services GmbH

The AIM-listed commercial property group Summit Germany Ltd. is exploring a 2019 share sale to raise money for new investments and make it easier to trade its stock, according to a recent Reuters report. Read more


Food Retail

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Private German retail investment house x+Bricks has already added to its ambitious acquisition programme by buying a portfolio of 13 retail properties from an institutional investor, for a price of €80m. Read more


Rolf Elgeti - TAG Immobilien

TAG Immobilien AG

Deutsche Konsum REIT AG, the small listed specialist focused on Fachmarktzentren or retail parks, has just invested €29m in buying five separate properties, on top of a recent investment spree that has seen its real estate portfolio... Read more



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Global institutional investors are forecast to increase their investment in healthcare infrastructure by $200 billion (€175bn) over the next five years, according to a new report by healthcare fund investor Octopus Healthcare. Read more


Thomas Landschreiber - Corestate Capital


Frankfurt-listed Corestate Capital Holding and Berlin-based co-living service provider Medici Living have agreed to invest €1bn of equity and debt in the fast-growing European co-living sector over the next three to five years. Read more


Trianon - Frankfurt

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We reported in last month’s REFIRE about the well-publicised sale of the Trianon skyscraper in downtown Frankfurt by NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. to the South Korean consortium made up of IGIS Asset Management and Hana Financial Investment. Read more


Global real estate

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In a transaction worth €376m, Frankfurt-based DIC Asset has signed a sales agreement to sell its entire 14% stake in Berlin listed peer TLG Immobilien to Ouram Holding and wealth manager Bedrock Group. Read more


Potsdamer Platz - Berlin

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French private equity group Ardian has bought an office in the centre of Berlin for its Real Estate Europe Fund from a fund managed by JP Morgan Asset Management. Read more


Kaufhof - Frankfurt

GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH

The Frankfurt-based private equity group Arminius has bought retail group Metro AG’s headquarters just east of Düsseldorf for German institutional investors. The seller of the campus property, which is situated in the urban district of... Read more



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German lenders are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the German market, as the German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI), compiled by JLL and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), falls to its lowest level in two years. 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


Big Seven 7 Germany

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Demand for real estate in Germany is expected to be buoyant next year, despite a sharp uptick in prices. As the investment landscape continues to shift, some of Europe’s biggest players tell REFIRE what they are betting on in Germany next year – and Read more


Berlin at night

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Office rents on the outskirts of Berlin will soar by ‘significantly more than 50% in the next five years’ as rapidly rising rents and lack of availability in the city centre force firms to move further out, Rainer Schorr... Read more



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Kindergarten investment is gaining traction as more and more investors look to diversify in the chase for higher returns. Read more


Dr. Andreas Mattner

Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss (ZIA)

The German government is loosening its immigration laws to make it easier for highly-skilled vocational workers outside the EU to work in Germany - including in the real estate sector - in a move designed to address Germany’s burgeoning skills... Read more


Charles Kingston - REFIRE


Roland Koch knows his way around politics. Or at least, he did, when he was the prime minister of Hesse and a close colleague of party boss Angela Merkel, back in the day. 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


Hotel Sector

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As we reported in a recent article in REFIRE, things are cooling down in the market for German hotel investments – at least in respect of portfolio deals, although interest in individual hotel properties remains buoyant. Read more


Christof Winkelmann - Aareal Bank

Aareal Bank AG

Among notable financings of the past month, pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and HSH Nordbank lent German investor RFR Group more than €200m to refinance the 47-storey hotel and office asset WestendGate opposite the trade fair in Frankfurt. Read more


Manuel Köppel - BF.Direkt


Sentiment among German real estate financiers has improved moderately, but remains somewhat subdued overall, according to the lates quarterly BF.direkt Barometer, which takes the pulse of more than 120 experts, most of whom are... Read more