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Georges Asmar

LeadCrest Capital Partners

Sale-and-leasebacks, once a staple of European real estate markets, seemed to have largely disappeared in recent years. Could they now be set to make a comeback? 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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Berlin - Germany

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As any company knows who’s been looking for office space for a sizeable amount of staff in Berlin, the market has tightened up drastically over the past two years. It’s now a very different story to how things were five years ago, where plenty of... Read more

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Ballast House, Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2

Cushman & Wakefield @ Daft Media Limited

A recent study by Union Investment and BulwienGesa asked this question: for investors in student accommodation, which cities are most attractive? Read more

Guest Columns

Maledives aerial

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It has long been billed as a tropical paradise offering unparalleled sandy beaches, incredible diving and high-end cuisine but now the Maldives has caught the eye of cross-border investors, including German hospitality chains, who are on the hunt... Read more

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Student apartment

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Rents for apartments in Germany are finally starting to slow after several years of sharp hikes, according to JLL, which will come as a welcome relief to many tenants in Germany, even if investors are unlikely to share their joy. Read more

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German real estate

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Refinancing is on the up, according to JLL’s German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI) for the second quarter, published this week. Read more

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Kaufhof - Frankfurt

GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH

Austria’s Signa Group has taken control of German department store chain Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof from Canada’s Hudson Bay Company’s (HBC) by acquiring its 49.99% stake in the recently merged chain for $1.5b, HBC announced this month. Read more

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Jacopo Mingazzini

ESTAVIS AG

The number of first time buyers is falling in Germany at a time when the average age of first time buyers is rising, according to a Housing Costs 2019 report published this month by residential privatization group Accentro... Read more

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Commercial real estate

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More and more investors are willing to take on development risk, with project developments and forward deals surging in popularity, according to JLL’s New Business Report: Real Estate Financing, Germany, published this month. Read more

Investment

Alexander Eggert - Warburg-HIH

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate is setting up a new business unit with a view to investing €300m in German value-add offices/offices with rental upside by the end of the year, marking a change of direction for the group, which has traditionally... Read more

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Logistic business

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AEW has raised an additional €750m for its pan-European logistics fund, Logistis, bringing the fund’s total net equity to €2.3b, it announced this month. Read more

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DIFI Index

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JLL’s German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI) is hovering below the zero mark at -9.7 points for the first quarter of the year, as the DIFI’s swerve into negative territory approaches the two year mark. Read more

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Hotel

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As we reported back in November, the Latin American hotel chain is currently scouting locations for its concept hotels in Germany, which are targeted at the millennium and digital nomad generation. Read more

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German Bundestag

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The German government is in the final throes of agreeing on a new Grundsteuer, or land tax law, in a move that could end more than a year of political wrangling. 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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Kaufhof - Frankfurt

GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH

The Frankfurt-based private equity group Arminius has bought retail group Metro AG’s headquarters just east of Düsseldorf for German institutional investors. The seller of the campus property, which is situated in the urban district of... Read more

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Logistic

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German lenders are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the German market, as the German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI), compiled by JLL and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), falls to its lowest level in two years. Read more

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Kindergarten

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Kindergarten investment is gaining traction as more and more investors look to diversify in the chase for higher returns. Read more

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Berlin - Germany

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Berlin has outperformed its German counterparts to record the strongest office rental growth in the third quarter, up 3.2%, according to JLL’s European Office Clock Q3 2018, published this month. Read more

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