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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

Chaos in Berlin, with numerous political parties vying for power, each following its own agenda with nothing but contempt for the others. Thousands of people flooding into the city, driven to explore the arts, humanities... Read more

Opinion

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’s property brokers are up in arms at what they see is a further assault on their validity and competence, as the German ruling coalition government in Berlin look at further measures to lower the costs of acquiring property... 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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Dr. Andreas Mattner

Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss (ZIA)

As Germany’s coalition partners the SPD and the CDU/CSU union look set to finally agree on a new programme for government, there may finally be some movement in attempts to address the issue of share deals when buying property. 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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Refugees in Greece

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Germany’s two biggest political parties are heading back to the negotiating table in search of a new “grand coalition”. The talks between Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union... Read more

Guest Columns

Martin Schulz und Angela Merkel

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Bonn Is Not Weimar was the title of a 1956 book by the Swiss journalist Fritz René Allemann. He argued that the (West) German Federal Republic, founded in 1949 and with Bonn as its capital, had devised a stable form of parliamentary government... Read more

Guest Columns

German housing construction

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The biggest obstacle to the provision of more affordable new housing in Germany's biggest cities is the lack of suitable sites and a flawed building regulatory framework, according to the country's Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban... 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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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

It's clear that real estate will play a dominant role in the forthcoming German elections, more so than in the recent past – and all the main political parties are rehearsing taking strong, principled positions before the hustings begin in earnest... Read more

Opinion

Kredit

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The German ruling coalition of the CDU and SPD political parties are close to reaching a compromise regarding credit directives, or 'Kreditrichtlinie’, designed to stop Germany’s property market from overheating, according to several people who... 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

Opinion

Mietpreisbremse

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The coming Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap, is likely to make investment in German residential a much less attractive proposition for insurance companies, although real estate as an asset class remains highly rated, according the annual trend... Read more

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Mietpreisbremse

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Now that the political squabbling over the coalition agreement between the SPD and Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU alliance has been settled (for now), the responsible ministers are now tackling the legislation for introducing the Mietpreisbremse, or ‘rental Read more

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German residential

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Two key trends seem to be evident on the German residential market – at least in the larger cities – at the moment. The rate of increase in rents appears to have slowed in the third quarter, or rents have actually decreased for the first time in more Read more

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The eastern and southern parts of Germany are under water. Literally. As we write, several regions are threatened with the worst flooding in a century, with crops destroyed, businesses paralysed, widespread evacuations, and the submerging of... Read more

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