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December: Residential and office are most common uses in transformed properties

The topic of "transformation real estate" has become more explosive, especially due to major upheavals in the retail sector. Together with Union Investment, we have prepared a comprehensive study. One of the most important findings: More office and industrial properties are being transformed into new types of use than retail properties
10.06.2020 Author/s: Sven Carstensen

Remain Stable. Our Office Market Forecast

Every spring we publish the forecasts for each individual real estate segment; our RIWIS subscribers already know them. A glance at the office markets in class A and B cities shows cautious optimism: The markets will remain stable - despite declining employment, increased home office space and record completions
14.04.2020 Author/s: Ellen Heinrich

Signals For a Slump in New Construction

Within ten years, project developers have increased their space in the seven class A cities by around 30 percent - not enough to meet the demand for apartments and offices. And now our study "Real Estate Developers 2020" shows: Even before the Corona crisis, the total volume had already fallen significantly. Here are the most important results
23.03.2020 Author/s: Tobias Kassner und Patrik Völtz

Coca-Cola Vacates Logistics Facilities – How We can Assist Your Site-Finding Effort

Zoning land for logistics developments keeps getting harder in Germany. Which makes it all the more interesting to find out who is abandoning logistics sites and thereby releasing them for use by others. All it takes is a quick search in our real estate database
18.03.2020 Author/s: Tobias Kassner and Patrik Völtz

Investment Volume in Corporate Real Estate Has Never Been Higher

The market report of the Initiative Corporate Real Estate shows: Following an unexpected final spurt, corporate real estate for around EUR 3.1 billion has been traded in the full year 2019. This record volume comes as a surprise to many market players. At the same time, the letting market lies idle
17.03.2020 Author/s: bulwiengesa

Coronavirus Crisis: 10 Expert Statements

In what ways does the coronavirus crisis affect the various real estate segments? How are economy and labour market developing? What effect does the crisis have on valuations? Our division heads will help you assessed the situation by sharing share their insights
04.03.2020 Author/s: Alexander Fieback und Oliver Rohr

Most German Metropolises Lack New-Build Offices

No less than eight of the writers in our team—covering the real estate segment office, Unternehmensimmobilien, logistics, hospitality and senior living—collaborated in drafting the Spring Report of the Immobilienweisen expert panel, published by the ZIA German Property Federation. Here are the key findings for the office segment
03.02.2020 Author/s: Jan Finke

Real Estate Prices Have been Rising for the Past 15 Years

The 44th bulwiengesa Property Index shows: The growth of German real estate prices slowed slightly to 4.7 percent. But there is no reason to speak of an actual downturn. The office market is positively booming while prices for plots zoned for residential and commercial development have soared. Below you will find the five main takeaways from this year’s index
03.02.2020 Author/s: Björn Bordscheck

Scores for 400 Districts and 127 Cities

Together with Bayern LB, the state bank of Bavaria, we developed the Deutscher Immobilien Score (DISco). It records present and future strengths/weaknesses profiles of all German real estate markets in the segments office, residential and retail. So, if a small town like Miesbach suddenly outperforms a large Class B city, there are verifiable reasons for it
06.01.2020 Author/s: Martin Steininger

The Impact of Demographics on the Real Estate Landscape

A growing number of elderly, a widening gap between affluence on the one hand and poverty on the other: Housing and living conditions in Germany are changing. The effects are felt not least in the real estate landscape. Together with Berlin Hyp, we compiled a compact market report on demographic trends
13.12.2019 Author/s: Florian Wenner

Twelve-Percent Price Hike for New-Build Condominiums in Frankfurt

The 11th survey on new-build condominiums in Frankfurt am Main diagnosed serious price hikes – and this in peripheral locations. The average price has gone up to 8,100 euros per square metre. New-build flats close to the town centre have become sheer luxury products
11.12.2019 Author/s: André Adami and Felix Embacher

Cause for Concern: Berlin’s Housing Market

“Should we bypass or (continue to) invest in Berlin?” We keep getting queries of this sort. So, we undertook several dedicated evaluations on the subject of the rent cap, and derived four main insights. Moreover, our “Residential Market Report” is out now, which presents all the important key ratios for Berlin and another 20 A- and B-Class cities
06.12.2019 Author/s: Tobais Kassner

Logistics: Short Supply Despite Completions Record

As the year draws to a close, it is becoming clear that 2019 will be yet another banner year in logistics real estate completions. This is remarkable insofar as many important logistics locations show a massive shortfall in plots of land. Here is another finding of the latest “Logistics and Real Estate 2019” survey: Domestic companies are warming to this asset class in steadily growing numbers
07.11.2019 Author/s: Dr. Joseph Frechen

Lifestyle Fads Generate Tailwind in Food Retailing

The growth in the food retail trade continues unchecked. Even before the hype surrounding the Beyond-Meat burger set in, it became quite obvious: Retailers and operators engage in pinpoint quests for innovation in order to keep their consumers happy. For the 14th Retail Real Estate Report of Hahn Group, we analysed the latest developments in major retail sectors
01.11.2019 Author/s: Tobias Kassner

Corporate Real Estate: Funds Embark Shopping Spree

As far as Unternehmensimmobilien go, the demand for investment-grade properties and for new rental units remains sky-high. But suitable assets are in short supply. As a result, investment and letting volumes have taken a nose dive. That is the upshot of the latest market report published by Initiative Unternehmensimmobilien. Just as interesting is that acquisitions by asset managers and fund managers were more than five times as high as the amount spent in 2018
31.10.2019 Author/s: Alexander Fieback

Will Berlin as Office Location Be Left Behind? Far from It

Search and you shall find? Companies looking for new office accommodation—be it in order to up-size or down-size, be more centrally located or occupy newer quarters—have a hard time in Berlin these days. The market is swept clean, and prices are up. Many have decided to shelve their plans for the time being and to stay put. But despite the shortage of space and runaway prices, there is no reason to worry that this market may be falling behind
25.10.2019 Author/s: Ellen Heinrich

Build to own

The trend is impossible to overlook: Fewer developments in Germany’s “Big Seven” cities are built to be re-sold—the “classic” approach—while more are destined for the proprietary portfolio upon completion instead. The companies pursuing this approach have sound reasons for doing so
14.09.2019 Author/s: Silvia Beck and Nicolas Gräßlin

The 27,000-Room Hotel

Our survey on hotel construction in Germany, which we compiled together with benchmark. REAL Estate, predicts tremendous growth: The roughly 27,000 hotel rooms that are expected to come on-stream in 2019 would suffice to accommodate the population of a mid-size city. Exciting to watch is a trend beyond classic hotel accommodation that is gaining ground even outside the major cities
11.09.2019 Author/s: Sven Carstensen

Desperately Seeking Property Investment Opportunities

The fifth 5 % survey shows: Rates of return (IRR) took another nosedive in every asset class except shopping centres. Demand for German real estate remains as high as ever, even as uncertainty factors are stacking up. Investors accept the steadily declining returns
04.09.2019 Author/s: Ralf-Peter Koschny

Rent Cuts in the German Retail Trade – What’s the Story?

Many landlords and investors of retail properties lament that it has become virtually impossible to maintain the level of passing rents when negotiating or renewing lease agreements. Then again, landlords of shopping centres or commercial buildings in particular confirm that they do see upside potential in sound locations. Let us take a look at the various asset classes to see what is happening
31.07.2019 Author/s: Alexander Fieback and Lina Wegener

Coworking in Berlin: Just a Hype?

Take trendy quarter or prestigious town core: At the moment, coworking spaces—or better put: “flexible workspaces”—are springing up everywhere in Berlin. The phenomenon is largely driven by the rapidly expanded start-up scene, but not exclusively so. In the market report for Berliner Sparkasse, we asked the question: Will this remain just a hype?