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Mietpreisbremse

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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

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Jürgen Michael Schick - IVD

Immobilienverband Deutschland IVD

Germany has been fighting a two-tier housing system in recent years, with rapidly rising prices in the ‘Big 7’, against a backdrop of falling prices in rural communities as more and more people flock to big cities. Read more

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German Bundestag

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Germany’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the country’s Grundsteuer(land tax) is obsolete, it announced earlier this month, paving the way for a much-needed shake-up in the market. Read more

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GROKO

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Germany’s Christian Democratic Union and the centre-left Social Democrats have reached an agreement regarding the terms of a coalition deal, in a move that will boost stability in the market, Dr. Esfandiar Khorrami, a partner at law firm... Read more

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Wohngeld

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Housing subsidies need to become ‘fit for the future‘, particularly given that the number of people dependant on them is on the rise, according to Germany’s Federal Statistical Office this month. Read more

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Mietpreisbremse

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Germany’s much-maligned Mietpreisbremse, or rental price brake law, is unlikely to survive Germany’s still to be determined new coalition government in its present form, real estate experts have told REFIRE, in light of the tumultuous federal... Read more

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Rising rents in German cities, coupled with an overbuild in rural areas could put the brakes on the residential market, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) warned this month. Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

Germany's left-of-centre SPD , the junior partner in the governing coalition in Berlin with Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU grouping, has been at the forefront of a new drive to dampen Germany's residential housing boom, now entering its seventh year. Read more

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Rabin Savion - ADO Properties

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The listed pure-play Berlin residential property investor Ado Properties published a strong set of nine-month figures recently, boosting its holdings further through acquisitions and like-for-like rental growth. Read more

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German residential

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The London-listed residential property investor Phoenix Spree Deutschland has added a further four properties to its Berlin portfolio for about €19m, representing a price per sqm of €1,970. Read more

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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... Read more

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German housing construction

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Germany's coalition government has agreed in principle a new draft law designed to promote construction of more housing in the country's major cities. Read more

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Jürgen Michael Schick - IVD

Immobilienverband Deutschland IVD

Germany's ruling coalition government in Berlin has brought in two significant changes to the domestic residential housing market in this legislation period. The first was the Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap, which limits the amount a landlord can... Read more

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Mietpreisbremse

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Investors in German residential housing need to be aware of potentially very significant changes to the tenancy laws that are making their way through Berlin's Ministry of Justice and headed for ratification by Germany's Bundestag. Read more

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Long-term readers of REFIRE will have followed with us over the last ten years the inexorable rise of the rate of Grunderwerbsteuer, or land transfer tax, applicable on any real estate acquisition in Germany. Once the domain of the federal governme Read more

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Mietpreisbremse

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With most of Germany having only introduced the Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap, over the summer monthts, it's still a little too early to generalise about the effect the measure is having in Germany's most in-demand residential rental markets. Read more

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Mietpreisbremse

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Germany’s upper house, the Bundesrat, approved the introduction of the Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap, and an additional law – the Bestellerprinzip, or “he who orders, pays” - designed to alter the manner in which commission on real estate... Read more

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Düsseldorf

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Following hot on the heels of the state of Hesse, which precipitated a rush on the available notaries in the state when it raised its acquisition transfer tax (Grunderwerbsteuer) prematurely in August, North Rhine Westphalia has now also announced... Read more

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Thomas Hegel - LEG

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Listed Düsseldorf-based LEG Immobilien AG took advantage of a timely deal with a compatible residential portfolio from fellow-listed Deutsche Annington, as it bought a further 9,600 residential units in its heartland of North Rhine-Westphalia. Read more

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Mietpreisbremse

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The German government passed into draft law this week the infamous Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap on residential rent increases, while at the same time introducing a change to the time-honoured German system of nearly always having the tenant or... Read more

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