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Capital Economics issued a note this week saying that the cooling in German export growth was leading to a poorer outlook for the German economy and increasing the downside risks for occupier markets. Read more

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RICS - IPMS Frankfurt

RICS

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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Berlin

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A report published last week by Capital Economics suggests that German office capital values are likely to peak in 2018, although the report concludes that after rising steadily for years, a sharp correction seems unlikely. Read more

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Peter Finkbeiner - TLG

TLG IMMOBILIEN AG

German real estate investors are unlikely to be fazed by a moderate rise in interest rates imposed by the European Central Bank, and would not radically alter their medium-term strategies, according to a recent study by Catella Research. Read more

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Construction site

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It was a bumper first quarter for Germany’s construction sector, marking the strongest first quarter for construction housing sales in 20 years, according to Germany’s construction sector association... Read more

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Barbara Knoflach - SEB

SEB Investment GmbH

The third outing of the Jahreskongress Finanzierung für die Real Estate Industry took place at the end of April, this time for the first time in Berlin after two previous stagings in Frankfurt am Main – perhaps in itself a statement... Read more

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Commerzbank AG

Commerzbank AG

REFIRE met recently with Commerz Real, the Wiesbaden-based real estate fund subsidiary of Commerzbank, to catch up and get an idea of where the company sees opportunities in 2018. Our clear take-home message was the company's new focus... Read more

Companies

German housing construction

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The biggest obstacle to the provision of more affordable new housing in Germany's biggest cities is the lack of suitable sites and a flawed building regulatory framework, according to the country's Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban... Read more

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Investment

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Germany could be headed for a bumper year with up €100b in deals, according to Fabian Klein, head of investment Germany at CBRE in Frankfurt. ‘We’re expecting a record year in Germany this year, with at least €50b of deals. If enough supply comes... Read more

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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

Barometer Trend

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Banks' willingness to finance German real estate has improved significantly, according to the latest BF.Quartalsbarometer carried out by market researcher BulwienGesa. Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

This week we learned from national property association IVD that the rate of increase in rents and housing prices in Germany has actually accelerated over the last two quarters. Prices for apartments, particularly in the larger cities, rose 6%... Read more

Opinion

Michiel Jaski - IVG

IVG

Germany's erstwhile largest listed company IVG Immobilien AG 'indefinitely' shelved its plans to list its OfficeFirst subsidiary, citing deteriorating market conditions. Read more

Companies

Thomas Kuhlmann - Hahn Group

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Investor willingness to commit more re- sources to German retail is at its highest level in six years, despite the interven- ing rise in prices and emerging signs of overheating in the market, according to the latest issue of the very useful Hahn... Read more

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Julian Newiss - Catalys Capital

Julian Newiss

The UK-based real estate investment and asset management firm Catalyst Capital has emerged as the buyer of a portfolio of properties in Germany, the Project 10 portfolio from German firm TRIUVA, the institutional funds division of restructured... Read more

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Pfandbrief

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There were two notable Pfandbrief issues in Germany over the past couple of weeks, both at least twice oversubscribed by investors. Read more

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ECB

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A new report on European Commercial Property predicts that the European Central Bank will feel compelled to take even more stimulus measures above and beyond last month's loosening, resulting in more benefits for prime property as a high-yielding... Read more

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Dreieich Nordpark

MEC METRO-ECE Centermanagement GmbH & Co. KG

M&G Real Estate fund management group, which acts as the asset manager in Europe for the giant Prudential insurance combine, is continuing to roll out what it calls its ‘core’ European property strategy by buying a major retail park just south of... Read more

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Dr. Louis Hagen

Münchener Hypothekenbank eG

Real estate financing bank Münchener Hypothekenbank posted its most-ever new business lending in 2014, up 23% year-on-year to €4.4bn. the big driver was increased lending to the private residential sector, which rose 28% to €3.4bn. Commercial propert Read more

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Eurotower - Frankfurt

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The Eurotower, the previous home of the European Central Bank in the centre of downtown Frankfurt, is being sold by its owners, the New York-based RFR Holding, to Germany’s IVG Institutional Funds, for €480m in a share deal. The beneficial owner... Read more

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