Cologne Institute for Economic Research

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


German Bundestag

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Germany’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the country’s Grundsteuer(land tax) is obsolete, it announced earlier this month, paving the way for a much-needed shake-up in the market. Read more


Karsten Jungk - Wüest&Partner

Florian Glock

Logistics transactions soared by 80% in Germany last year, setting a new record high, Karsten Jungk, head of Wüest Partner in Germany, told REFIRE this month. Read more


Michael Zahn


German house prices are on the up again, rising by 5.5% on average last year, according to Postbank’s Housing Atlas 2018, published this month. Read more


Germany - Transparency, Logistics

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Logistics in cities such as Frankfurt and Berlin offer the best investment opportunities in 2018, Peter Salostowitz, CEO of German data provider IndustrialPort told REFIRE this week. Read more


German home ownership house

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Home ownership rates continue to stagnate across Germany, with just 45% of the population owning its own home, according to research published this month by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. Read more



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Housing subsidies need to become ‘fit for the future‘, particularly given that the number of people dependant on them is on the rise, according to Germany’s Federal Statistical Office this month. Read more


Student apartment

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Rising rents in German cities, coupled with an overbuild in rural areas could put the brakes on the residential market, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) warned this month. Read more


Real Estate Study

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Germany’s real estate sector will be the ‘anchor of stability’ for Europe, according to a new study published this month. Read more


Student living

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Student housing deals are expected to break through the €1b barrier for the first time this year, according to Savills’ report ‘Spotlight: Student housing Germany’, published this month (June). Read more


Landflucht - Rural exodus

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An increasing imbalance between supply and demand in German rural communities is decimating the market, causing a dramatic fall in prices, according to new research from the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) and the German Institute for... Read more