German Institute of Economic Research

Warehouse and logistic space

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Real estate funds active across different parts of the logistics sector are bullish about logistics investment as e-commerce continues to redefine the retail landscape, according to Scope’s latest survey published this month in conjunction with... Read more


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A recent report by the Germany’s Economic Institute (IW) in Cologne, which tracks the residential sector very closely, demonstrates how rental price for apartments in university cities across Germany have increased by up to 67.3% since 2010. 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


German housing construction

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German is still suffering from a lack of new housing, despite the completion of 277,700 apartments last year, according to Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Bundesamt). Read more


Student living

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Student housing rents in Germany are soaring due to both a lack of existing supply and adequate new housing, according to a study published this month by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW), German Real Estate Funds (DREF) and real... Read more



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The German government is gearing up to abolish share deals that enable corporations to wriggle out of paying the Grunderwerbsteuer - or property transfer tax - that regular citizens are obliged to pay, in a move that would generate a sizeable... Read more


Charles Kingston - 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


House Price Bubble

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Economists in Germany have been quick to justify the rising level of German residential prices across the nation over the past two years, citing catch-up effects, safe haven status, low interest rates, and rural urban demographic... Read more