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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

Alexander Tannenbaum - Universal-Investment

Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

The German real estate market has become expensive for institutional investors, according to the fourth annual survey by Frankfurt-based investment company Universal-Investment. Despite Germany’s reputation as a safe haven, 37% of respondents said... Read more

Markets

Tim Mycock - Reditum Capital

Reditum Capital

UK-based bridging provider Reditum Capital is on a mission to shake up bridge financing in a post-Trump and post-Brexit world, Tim Mycock, business development director at Reditum Capital told REFIRE. Read more

Companies

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

As Gary Lineker famously commented, “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” Nowadays, in the shadow of Brexit, the world of real estate is beginning to feel a little bit like... Read more

Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The latest MIPIM in Cannes was, by almost universal consent, one of the most easygoing in recent years, at least for German participants. The uninterrupted sunshine, the positive mood in the halls, the varied and frequently lively programme of... Read more

Opinion

Mario Caroli - Ellwanger & Geiger

Ellwanger & Geiger

Donald Trump makes an uncertain world a little more uncertain. His way of governing raises a lot of questions, including what his economic and financial policy will look like, not to mention the foreign policy guideline. The already well-running... Read more

Opinion

Barometer Trend

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The quarterly barometer issued by the Stuttgart-headquartered financing consultant BF.direkt on German real estate financing sentiment showed a sharp downturn in a number of its key indicators for its Q1 2017 survey – a clear sign that many... 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

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

Markets

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

One of the perks of editing a publication like REFIRE is the opportunity it affords your editor to hang out with people who have an uncluttered view of the future. Their relationship with their crystal ball, tea leaves, tarot cards, goats... Read more

Opinion

Michiel Jaski - IVG

IVG

Once Bonn-based IVG Immobilien had pulled its mooted IPO of office subsidiary OfficeFirst recently after breaking off negotiations with potential partners for a trade sale, it was inevitable they would immediately re-examine the status quo ante... Read more

Companies

Trump supporter

John Locher/AP

A populist wave that began with Brexit in June reached the United States in stunning fashion on Tuesday night. In one of the biggest upsets in American political history, Donald Trump won a truly historic victory in the U.S. presidential election. Read more

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Donald Trump in Bloomington

EPA/Tannen Maury

This was one of the most contentious elections in US history – and now it’s ended in a shocking upset: Donald Trump appears to have won a majority in the electoral college, which if confirmed will make him the president-elect of the United States. Read more

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