Jacopo Mingazzini


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


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


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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


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


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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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


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


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


Kaufhof - Frankfurt

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


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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After several boom years on the German hotel market, things are cooling down, particularly in respect of larger portfolio deals, although figures in from Q3 suggest that interest in individual hotel properties remains buoyant. Read more



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Germany’s SPD party is pushing for a 12-step ‘Mietenstopp’ to cap residential rent hikes in the country, in a move it is hoping will curb excessive rental increases following the abject failure of the Mietpreisbremse, or rental brake law. Read more


Kaufhof - Frankfurt

GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH

German department stores Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt Warenhausare to merge after Austria’s Signa Holding and Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) agreed to form a joint venture via a new holding company, they announced this month. Read more



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German lenders are becoming more flexible against a backdrop of miniscule margins, which are making it increasingly challenging for them to position themselves strategically, according to Markus Hesse... Read more


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Property adviser JLL's annual survey of Germany's most frequented shopping streets has confirmed that Frankfurt's Zeil has defended its position as the liveliest shopping street in the country. In second and third place come Munich... Read more


Money, Sale, Deal

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Money laundering is an age-old crime but governments and other organizations are starting to crank up the heat, in a move to crack down on ill-gotten gains funnelled into commercial real estate. Read more



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Students flocking to study in Berlin will have to face an unwelcome truth: rents in the city have rocketed more than in any other German city, up 39% since 2011, according to a study of 160 German cities and student rents between 2011 and 2018... Read more


Figures, Numbers and Stats

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Germany’s property finance index (DIFI), as compiled by JLL and ZEW, fell back into negative territory in the first quarter of 2018, thereby pulling away from the slight gains made in the fourth quarter last year, according to... Read more