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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. 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 more

Companies

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. more

Markets

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... more

Markets

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... more

Markets

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. more

Markets

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... more

Investment

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... more

Markets

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. more

Companies

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. more

Markets

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. more

Investment

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%... 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... more

Markets

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... more

Investment

Martin Eberhard - Bouwfonds

Bouwfonds

Market observers will have noted the rise of car parks as an asset class recently, with leading operators such as APCOA notably rising their profile and their physical presence at key events such as the recent Expo REAL in Munich. more

Markets

Nursing Home

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The attractions of Germany's healthcare and nursing home real estate sector were the subject of a lively discussion at the recent Expo REAL in Munich. Despite the increasingly specialised knowledge required to differentiate among the different... more

Markets

Property Boom

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It seems to have become a tradition now that REFIRE attends the usually lively "Expert Talk" organised at the Expo REAL in Munich by Engel & Völkers Investment Consulting. The session brings together a good cross-section of German real estate.... more

Markets

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The Brexit debate is certain to be a major topic of discussion at the upcoming Expo Real in Munich. It’s three months since the actual referendum, the initial ysteria has died down, the markets have recovered their sang-froid, and circumspection... more

Opinion

Kauf Deal

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In one of the largest commercial property deals of the year in Germany, Swiss Life Asset Management and its German subsidiary Corpus Sireo paid €370m to buy the "Stella" portfolio from Frankfurt-based Deka Investements. The deal is likely to close... more

Investment

Dr. Thomas Herr

REFIRE - Florian Glock

Expo Real is over and, following the stress of the trade fair, everyone is returning to the frenzy of workaday life. What can we take with us from Munich? Where does the German real estate sector stand as 2015 draws to a close? A new transaction... more

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