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Commercial Investment

Market in Minutes - Germany commercial investment market Q1 2018

"Commercial property changed hands for almost €12.2bn in the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of 5% compared with the corresponding period last year. This transaction volume is in line with the quarterly average over the last five years, which also underlines the longevity of the current boom.The conditions for investors are almost perfect. The population and the economy are growing and, consequently, demand for space and rents are rising in many sectors. However, such a near-perfect environment also entails record lows in initial yields. Prime office yields across the top seven cities remained at 3%. The yields also reflect rental growth prospects, which could allow longterm investors to achieve attractive returns on their invested capital going forward."

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Commercial Investment

Market in Minutes - Germany commercial investment market Q4 2017

"Commercial property changed hands for almost €57.1bn in 2017, an increase of 4% compared with the previous year. However, the number of transactions declined by 8%, which was likely a reflection of the supply shortage.Industrial and logistics property registered a significant increase (+78% compared with 2016). Institutional investors in particular, including Asian sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, are capitalising on the structural growth in this sector. In contrast, the transaction volumes for office property (-3% compared with 2016) and retail property (+2% compared with 2016) were largely unchanged."

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Commercial Leasing

Market in Minutes - Germany office markets Q4 2017

"The top six German office lettings markets enjoyed a record year in terms of take-up in 2017. The total of 3.85 million sq m was 11% higher than in the strong previous year.Prime and average rents rose significantly further by 1.6% compared with the previous quarter. There is currently no end in sight to the increase in rents. We expect the prime rent across the top six markets to rise by an average of 3.8% in 2018 (2017: 3.4%)"

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