NEWSLETTER

SECURE THE LAST PIECE OF GDR IN THE PROJECT CENTRAL BERLIN

The move-in free, high-quality furnished apartment at Strausberger Platz in the CENTRAL BERLIN project is not just any property. It is a unique collector’s item that does not exist a second time in this form. It is the last purchasable unit in the listed building and at the same time the chance to secure a piece of the former GDR. Because together with the monument authority, attention was paid to a detailed and loving restoration.

2022

SERVICED APARTMENTS ARE BACK

The recovery from the corona shock seems to have succeeded faster than hoped in the serviced apartment segment. This is indicated by the latest results of a survey conducted by consultant Apartmentservice.

RISING INTEREST RATES CREATE MARKET TURBULENCE

Rising interest rates, exploding construction costs and ever more stringent energy efficiency requirements: this mix is making it increasingly difficult to finance housing developments and putting investors into a state of shock. The high transaction volume and hence following high demand for loans in recent years was mainly due to low interest rates.

BANK FINANCING SENTIMENT RUSHES INTO THE CELLAR

The financing markets are unsettled. The reasons include the sharp rise in interest rates and the uncertain economic outlook, which are triggering a mood of crisis. The German Real Estate Financing Index (Difi), compiled by JLL and the ZEW economic research institute, slumped by 51.7 points to -44.5 points in the second quarter.

BERLIN: 45% INCREASE IN SALES VOLUME OF MULTI-FAMILY HOUSES

Multi-family houses in Berlin continue to be highly sought after by investors. For 2021, according to initial estimates, the expert committee has recorded an increase of 44.9% in the transaction volume, which has risen to €7.46 billion.

TOKENIZATION - THE FUTURE OF RAISING CAPITAL FOR REAL ESTATE

Real estate tokenization is the new buzzword in real estate finance. For project developers and investors, this new trend is a real boon. This is because tokenization allows real estate to be chunked into any number of digital shares.

BERLIN RENT CAP (MIETENDECKEL) SEVERELY REDUCED SUPPLY OF RENTAL APARTMENTS

The supply of rental apartments in Berlin has collapsed by up to 60% due to the rent cap (Mietendeckel) and remains at this level after its abolition. This is the result of a new study by the ifo Institute. Already after the announcement of the rent cap, the supply of apartments in Berlin fell sharply.

INCREASED CONSTRUCTION CONSTS CAUSE STRONG PRICE-INCREASES FOR NEW APARTMENTS

The new construction prices offered for residential real estate in Germany’s ten largest cities climbed by up to 19% last year. At the same time, according to an analysis by Immoscout 24, increases of up to 20% were also recorded for owner-occupied homes in the surrounding areas.

RECORD TRANSACTION VOLUME ON THE BERLIN REAL ESTATE MARKET

After the Corona dip in 2020, Berlin’s real estate trade once again achieved record levels. According to the preliminary evaluation by the Gutachterausschuss für Grundstückswerte (GAA), the transaction volume in 2021 was €23.8 billion, higher than ever before.

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE MARKET 2021:
WITH 21 TRANSACTIONS - HALF THE VOLUME

In November, the transaction volume on the investment market for commercial and residential real estate amounted to around EUR 7.6 billion. The rolling twelve-month volume at the end of the month was around €113.0 billion, up 0.5% on the previous month. In the last twelve months, 2,400 individual and portfolio transactions were recorded.

GERMAN REAL ESTATE: THE COMEBACK OF INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL

The transaction volume on the German real estate market was a whopping 111 billion euros. According to JLL, this represents an increase of 36% compared with 2020. This new all-time high impressively documents the attractiveness of German real estate across all types of use, with residential investments clearly dominating, of course. The signs are good that this trend will continue. This is because international investors have so far held back during the pandemic years. That is likely to change in 2022.