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Last year marked another record year for the German real estate market, with €91.3bn of deals transacted, including residential assets, an increase of 16% y-on-y, according to JLL. Read more


Christian Schede, managing shareholder of law firm Greenberg Traurig Germany and chair of the firm's German Real Estate Sector Group

Greenberg Traurig

It has been a long time coming but the German government has finally given the green light to a new Grundsteuer, or land tax law, just weeks before the end of year deadline. Read more



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German cities are becoming too expensive for many investors, in a sign that they are not prepared to pay absolutely any price for prime assets, according to PwC’s ‘Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2019’ report, published this month. Read more



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New figures published by broker network GPP German Property Partners show that the available office space in Germany’s Top 7 cities fell a further 5% at the end of Q3 compared to a year ago to 2.76 million sqm. Read more


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Billionaire startup investor Peter Thiel made headlines when he bought an estate on New Zealand’s South Island as a bolthole in the event of global apocalyptic Armageddon. Luckily for him – and fellow futurologists like Elon Musk... Read more



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Consultancy firm PwC Austria is teaming up with the Silverton Group and 720° Restructuring & Advisory to set up a long-term co-operative loan servicing platform enabling international investors and banks to outsource their non-performing loan... Read more


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GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH

Canada's Hudson's Bay Co. was reported this week to again be in discussions with Austrian property and retail group Signa Holding GmbH about a joint venture with its German retail group Kaufhof... 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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For the fourth year in a row, Berlin has topped the table of the 31 best European cities for real estate investment and development in 2018, according to a forecast published by the Urban Land Institute and PwC. Read more


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Invesco Real Estate plans on growing its newly-established European Hotel Fund, to a €1b plus fund within the next 18 to 24 months, Marc Socker, managing director, hotel fund management at Invesco Real Estate, told REFIRE this month. Read more


Andreas Dombret - Bundesbank

Deutsche Bundesbank

Is a German property bubble on the cards? Germany’s central bank (Bundesbank) seems to think so and sounded an alert earlier this month, citing low interest rates and banks chasing yields. Read more


Susanne Eickermann-Riepe - PwC

Susanne Eickermann-Riepe

A number of enlightening surveys were unveiled at the recent MIPIM in Cannes, particularly in the aftermath of the Brexit vote in the UK in an attempt to divine investors' new intentions. They differ in important ways, but one thing they have in... Read more


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Despite a fall in investment activity in Germany in 2016, 2017 will not see the start of a stamped to the exit by investors, says a report on the German real estate market earlier this month by Caüpital Economics. While record low yields may... Read more


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... Read more


Winter in Berlin

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Among the many prognoses issue at this time of year about the prospects for the coming twelve months, one that always features prominently come January is the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe study, jointly published by consultants... Read more


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In one of the biggest single loans since before the onset of the financial crisis, the Wiesbaden-based property lender Aareal Bank has provided a €530m senior financing facility to the US REIT NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. to enable it to buy a... Read more


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CA Immo

Listed Austrian investor and developer CA Immo said that its recent spate of heavy disposals, primarily in Germany, have helped it to improve its equity ratio from 31% in 2012 to 40% at the beginning of 2014. Last year the group sold a quarter of... Read more