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EXPO REAL

Messe München GmbH

Year-end surge already under way: This is the first time that Expo Real has fallen right in the middle of the year-end transaction spurt, says Timo Tschammler (CEO JLL Germany). Expo is typically the curtain raiser for the busiest time of year but... Read more

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Office portfolio

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In a sign of marked confidence in the German market, Tristan Capital Partners has invested €250m to buy three German commercial properties for its latest European opportunity fund, the EPISO 5 Fund, the company said at the Expo Real fair in... Read more

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EXPO REAL

Messe München GmbH

Germany is gearing up for the biggest portfolio sale of the year, as BNP Paribas Real Estate puts life insurance portfolio manager Viridium Gruppe’s €2bn Milennium portfolio on the market. Read more

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EXPO REAL

Messe München GmbH

Global politics, from the US-China trade war to the ongoing misery of Brexit, are likely to be on the agenda at EXPO REAL this year. REFIRE talked to industry experts to find out what other issues are likely to dominate the trade fair this time. Read more

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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

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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

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

Last weekend’s elections in the state of Hesse brought the result that most people expected, and with it a further nail in the coffin of the remarkable career of Angela Merkel. 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

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EXPO REAL

Messe München GmbH

EXPO REAL got off to a cracking start again this year, with more than 44,500 visitors descending on the fair, in a sign that Europe’s real estate boom is still going full throttle. Read more

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If investment in German shopping centres isn’t the highest priority for domestic or international investors right now, with many steering deliberately well clear of the sector, it’s certainly a boom period for those whose job is the revitalization... Read more

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Leipzig

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Hefty price rises are expected in German B-cities such as Leipzig, Nüremberg, Wiesbaden, Münster and Hannover over the coming years, according to a survey carried out by market research institute IfaD among 1,380 registered participants at the... Read more

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EXPO REAL

Messe München GmbH

EXPO REAL will kick off again in Munich in a few days’ time. As conversations at the fair are a reliable barometer for investment in months to come, REFIRE asked some of Europe’s major players which topics we can expect to dominate this year. Read more

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Sony Centre

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Paul Brundage, the European head of Canadian investor Oxford Properties, which recently bought the Sony Centre on Berlin's Potsdamer Platz, said at the recent Expo REAL in Munich that the company now expects to create a special Berlin platform to... Read more

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Real estate residential expert

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As has now become almost tradition, Engel & Volkers Investment Consulting hosted a lively discussion at the recent Expo REAL in Munich – this time dealing with the German residential market, and how investors are approaching the market after... Read more

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Stefan Ermisch - HSH Nordbank

HSH Nordbank

The majority owners of German lender HSH Nordbank, the federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, have received ‘several binding bids’ for the bank by the deadline of 27 October, they announced this weekend. Read more

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Office development

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Several panel discussions at the recent Expo REAL in Munich dealt with property financing, while two timely reports in particular appeared on the future availability of loan finance, and the growing market for subordinate financing in Germany. Read more

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Dr. Christine Bernhofer - Swiss Life

Swiss Life Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Swiss Life KVG, the German fund management arm of insurer Swiss Life, plans to grow its Swiss Life REF European Real Estate Living and Working fund to up to €3b, its CFO, Dr. Christine Bernhofer, told REFIRE at EXPO REAL. 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

Big Seven 7 Germany

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Several real estate broker groups presented their quarterly figures at the start of the Expo Real trade fair, showing that sales in top locations have achieved two-digit growth, and the rental market is likewise doing well. The studies from the... Read more

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John Wilkinson - Greenman Investments

Greenman Investments

Irish alternative investment fund manager Greenman Investments bought seven further German retail properties with a combined value of €101m. The German-focused group said at the recent Expo REAL in Munich that it expects to more than double its... Read more

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