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Listed Berlin commercial property investor TLG Immobilien AG bought a nearly 10% stake in fast-growing rival real estate company Aroundtown AG for just over €1bn, and is contemplating a full merger with the company, which would create one of... Read more

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Rolf Buch - Vonovia

Vonovia SE

Germany’s largest residential landlord Vonovia has sharply criticized the leaked plans of the Berlin Senate to impose a rental upper limit within its planned rent ceiling legislation. Read more

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Rolf Buch - Vonovia

Vonovia SE

A whopping 90% of German asset managers want to increase their exposure to the residential sector, according to an asset management study published this month by Ernst & Young and Germany’s largest residential landlord, Vonovia. Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

We’re glad to see that listed housing company Deutsche Wohnen is still on the acquisition trail, having just this month bagged a further 2,840 German apartments from Swedish group Akelius for €685m. Read more

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In what could be a first for a major German fund manager, giant Union Investment is getting close to concluding a deal to buy about 16,000 German apartments for a sum of up to €2bn from the Chinese sovereign fund CIC. Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The news this week that Caterpillar, often viewed as a bellwether industrial group, reported a sharp slow down in sales in China will have been widely noted in Germany, many of whose leading exporters will shortly be perusing their own results for... Read more

Opinion

Michael Zahn

DEUTSCHE WOHNEN

In our December issue of REFIRE, we speculated that Ouram Holding, controlled by Israeli investor Amir Dayan, was about to make a full takeover attempt for the German listed TLG Immobilien. Read more

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Commercial real estate

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Last year marked a record year for German real estate, with around €77.3bn invested in real estate, of which €60.1bn was invested in the commercial real estate market, an increase of 6% y-on-y, according to CBRE. Read more

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Deutsche Wohnen - Zentrale

Deutsche Wohnen

A number of Germany’s largest residential landlords have been feeling a renewed wave of resistance coming from tenants no longer willing to accept extra charges for energy, sanitation and other refurbishment costs imposed upon them by... Read more

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Deutsche Wohnen - Zentrale

Deutsche Wohnen

It seems like only recently when Germany was a laggard in the European listed real estate sector, and we here at REFIRE have no difficulty remembering the plaintive wailing of the EPRA leadership at the slow pace of growth of... Read more

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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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Michael Zahn

DEUTSCHE WOHNEN

The shortage of affordable housing in Germany, particularly in the bigger cities, has helped to push up profits at Deutsche Wohnen, the country’s second-biggest listed residential property company. Read more

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Berlin

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Germany’s residential market is becoming increasingly differentiated as interest in the sector heats up, Dr. Konstantin Kortmann, head of residential investment at JLL Germany, told REFIRE. Read more

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Oliver Schumy - Immofinanz

Mayr Melnhof - Karton AG

Shareholders of listed real estate businesses CA Immo and Immofinanz have rejected approaches from Starwood Capital to take stakes in both companies, taking the view that a more lucrative deal will be available elsewhere. Read more

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Rolf Buch - Vonovia

Vonovia SE

Shareholders representing more than 50% of voting rights including call options have accepted Vonovia’s $1.08 billion cash offer for Swedish counterpart Victoria Park, Germany largest real estate company said earlier this month. Read more

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Rolf Buch - Vonovia

Vonovia SE

Germany’s biggest residential landlord, Vonovia, has outbid Starwood Capital to offer around €900m for a stake in Swedish residential group, Victoria Park, thereby cementing the latest step in its strategy to grow the business outside Germany. Read more

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Frankfurt

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Austrian property group CA Immo has rejected a partial takeover offer by US investment firm Starwood Capital Group, it said last week. Read more

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EPRA 2015 - Berlin

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It's now more than ten years since the German real estate industry was in a collective tizzy about the new forthcoming REITS legislation. Read more

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Michael Zahn

DEUTSCHE WOHNEN

German house prices are on the up again, rising by 5.5% on average last year, according to Postbank’s Housing Atlas 2018, published this month. Read more

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Commercial Property

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German-Austrian BUWOG Group has acquired a residential and commercial real estate portfolio in northern Germany from several unnamed international institutional investors for an undisclosed sum. Read more

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