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Too much regulation, too much red tape, too few incentives for developers and investors – Germany’s real estate industry seems to be up in arms on an almost weekly basis. Milieuschutz, Mietpreisbremse, Zweckentfremdungsverbot, European real estate credit agreement directives, Bestellerprinzip…the list goes on and on. Given the uproar with every market intervention proposed by attention-seeking (and vote-seeking) politicians across the political spectrum, we thought it might be interesting to discover whether …

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The Mietpreisbremse is coming under increasingly heavy fire. Originally designed to put a brake on rampant rental increases, restricting rents to a maximum of 10% above local benchmarks, the legislation was introduced last summer and immediately met with a mixture of protest and disbelief (from those within in the residential real estate industry), doubt (from those who predicted that this would be a toothless tiger) and warm acceptance (from those …

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When you think of a road map, it’s quite likely that the first thing that springs to mind will either be a street atlas or the plan developed by stakeholders in the Israel-Palestine peace process. The term “road map” now means more than just a plan of streets and highways. In a world of digital, online maps and satellite navigation equipment, the term road map has come to be …

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Demands to provide a boost to municipal housing in Germany are growing ever louder. This has a lot to do with the shortage of affordable rental apartments in many of the country’s cities, combined with the impact of the current refugee crisis that Europe as a whole is struggling to get to grips with. And yet, simply building more municipal housing is not quite as straightforward as you might think. …

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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 construction standards defeat the aim of building affordable housing Newest catalogue of measures makes property a less secure long-term investment In Paris towards the end of 2015, Germany joined 194 other countries in committing itself to achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2015 and doing everything in its power …

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