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For Germany’s students, the first of October marked the start of the 2017 winter semester. And for first-year students in particular, this …

 

How will new technologies change the German real estate landscape? What impact are new, primarily digital, technologies already having? If you’ve ever …

 

On September 24, 2017: Germany decides   With the last Sunday in September fast approaching and election campaigning reaching fever pitch, Germany’s …

 

Union Investment and the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) have just crowned the most innovative PropTech companies in the world. The competition …

 

The Mietpreisbremse – literally the rental price brake – was introduced in Berlin in June 2015. Politicians hoped that the legislation would slow …

 

For anyone interested in the German real estate market, Spring is a key time of year. A flood of major surveys, reports …

 

Berlin hotel market – More than just a room for the night?   The Berlin hotel market is booming. A total of …

 

For English-speakers, looking for an apartment to rent or buy in Germany involves a steep learning curve. Both size and fixtures are …

 

International buyers, especially in a major city like Berlin, are a significant group of potential customers. Many real estate agents and property …

 

Too much regulation, too much red tape, too few incentives for developers and investors – Germany’s real estate industry seems to be up …

 

The end of traditional, brick and mortar retail has regularly been proclaimed. The seemingly unstoppable juggernaut of online retail, more convenient than …

 

Suburban flight has become a big deal in Germany over the last few weeks. A comprehensive new study has just been published, the Postbank …

 

On 24 June 2016, the world woke to the shock result of the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum. Turnout was historically high, at …

 

Germans refer to it as “Barrierefreiheit” and English-speakers tend to describe it as either “accessible” or “universal/inclusive design” (rather than barrier-free). Originally developed …

 

Small apartments with one room, centrally situated and, of course, affordable – that shouldn’t be too much to ask for, should …

 

The Mietpreisbremse is coming under increasingly heavy fire. Originally designed to put a brake on rampant rental increases, restricting rents to a …

 

Whichever way you look at it, the number of new apartments being built in Germany is staggering. Does this mean that the …

 

When you think of a road map, it’s quite likely that the first thing that springs to mind will either be a …

 

Forecasts of a property bubble began appearing in the mainstream German press in 2014. At first it was just well-known doom-mongers and …

 

Sustainable buildings are being built and leased in greater and greater numbers. According to the latest “Certification and Sustainability Radar” (“CESAR”) report …

 

Energiewende (the name given to Germany’s energy transition) has become the latest German word to enter the English language. There are a …

 

Demands to provide a boost to municipal housing in Germany are growing ever louder. This has a lot to do with the …

 

Berlin’s Smart City roadmap and the projects that will secure a carbon neutral future  From the home to the streets How smart …

 

German Federal Government’s Climate Protection Plan 2050 and the real estate industry Climate protection plan should not be allowed to endanger economic viability Tighter …

 

The focus of this blog is normally on Real Estate, which is admittedly a fairly broad focus ranging from different real estate …

 

We’re well into February and there has been a recent rush of facts and figures arriving as a flood of studies and …

 

Housing construction has become such a hot topic in Germany that it has broken out of the dedicated property sections of the …

 

Legal changes are on their way, both due to new laws being enacted and reforms to existing laws. It is important that anyone affected has sufficient time to …

 

Proptech is the umbrella term used to classify the property-related technologies, whether hardware or software, designed to serve landlords, property managers, portfolio owners …

 

 The supply of housing (or, more appropriately, lack of supply) has been making headlines in both Germany and the UK this autumn. …

 

EnEV, Germany’s Energy Saving Ordinance, is something that everyone in Germany’s real estate industry is familiar with. After all, around 25% …

 

Project development – tax breaks planned Project development is crucial if Germany is to get to grips with its housing crisis. There  was …

 

Urban development is back on the agenda in a big way in Germany. Faced with a shortage of affordable housing, a lack …

 

 The new Bundesmeldegesetz (Federal Citizens’ Registration Act) came into force on 01.11.2015 and it looks like many of Germany’s tenants and landlords …

 

 Why are there so few skyscrapers in Berlin? When you think of cities with magnificent, impressive or breathtaking skylines, Berlin is not …

 

Observing the impact of the refugee crisis on Germany’s housing market over the last few days has certainly been interesting. Alongside …

 

Germany may have Europe’s biggest economy and the EU’s largest population, but as far as the country’s listed real estate sector is concerned …

 

There has been considerable hype recently in connection with what is being marketed as a revolutionary new source of funding for real …

 

What does it say about our views of the world when British english speakers talk about “bricks and mortar” when referring to …

 

Bestellerprinzip and Mietpreisbremse: Germany’s tenancy law reforms, the Grand Coalition’s Mietrechtsnovellierungsgesetz (MietNovG), came into force on 01.06.2015 and brought a number of …

 

Berlin real estate – a planned economy   Anyone who has ever read any reports on Germany’s property markets will know …

 

As far as housing is concerned, and as mentioned in a previous blog post, Germany can be seen pretty much as a …

 

Mietminderung (the right to withhold all or part of your monthly rent payment) was one of the first words that sprang to …

 

Grunderwerbsteuer  is Germany’s tax on the transfer of real property (equivalent to stamp duty in the UK). Whether you are a developer buying land earmarked …

 

Anyone who has taken a stroll along Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm will have come across a number of landmark buildings, both old and new …

 

Everyone knows it: Berlin is “in”, tolerant, affordable—and growing. Monocle magazine just ranked the city as the third most “liveable” city in …

 

Milieuschutz—necessary intervention or a step too far? In this third article on the German housing market, we’re moving on to the third …

 

Mietpreisbremse—putting the brakes on In this second article on the German housing market, we’re going to examine the recent Mietpreisbremse (rental …

 

The Mietspiegel—A funhouse mirror? There is a great deal of interest in Germany’s housing markets from overseas’ investors and there are a …