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Housing 26/06/2019

Berlin rental cap is sign of political failure in German capital

The Berlin Senate has opted for the rent cap (Mietendeckel), according to which, among other things, rents may not be increased for five years. (...)

Finance 10/05/2019

Before the European elections: real estate in the European setting

Even if the direct benefits of the European Union for the real estate industry are not immediately apparent, the EU has a major impact (...)

Housing 07/05/2019

Common approach not expropriation fantasies needed to solve Berlin's housing shortage

The initiative Expropriate German Housing & Combat Speculation aims to expropriate private homeowners with more than 3,000 apartments in Berlin. On the agenda are (...)

Finance 18/03/2019

No sector for old cowboys

A maturity is entering real estate. Recognition that it is not for old cowboys but a sector where success is tied directly to user (...)

Finance 18/03/2019

Message from Mipim 2019: Cycle extends but task shifts toward full urban rethink

Crisis, what crisis? Where are the bubbles? Well, they continued to sparkle in the champagne glasses in Cannes this year. Mipim is always a solid (...)

Finance 06/03/2019

Growing role of international property investors in Helsinki

During 2018, almost two-thirds of property investments in Finland were made by foreign investors, above all in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area which attracted over (...)

Finance 07/02/2019

Cycle toppish but new strategies, climate, tech are focus at ULI Europe

The property cycle is at or near the top, most ULI Europe attendees think. But gloom is not rife. Time to adjust strategies, assess (...)

Office 11/12/2018

France's Simi 2018 trade fair marks dawn of a new era

A few hours after the clapper board sounded the end of the 2018 edition of Simi, the French real estate community's annual trade fair, (...)

Hospitality 09/11/2018

The rationale for a pan-European hospitality strategy

Europe, the largest playground to gain exposure to hospitality 2017 was another record year for international tourism with 1.323bn visitors of which 51% came to (...)

Office 02/11/2018

Merkel's twilight of gods moment may bring 'German Macron' to power

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel steps back from power, the twilight of the gods has begun. But while it will sweep away many of (...)

Finance 19/10/2018

Lessons for real estate from the Great Financial Crisis

For all economic players, there is a before and after September 15 2008, the start of what the Americans call the Great Financial Crisis. Countries (...)

Housing 16/10/2018

In Denormandie France has its first minister for housing. Period.

After the government reshuffle today France has its first minister for housing. Period. Not for urban planning; not also for cohesion or equality of (...)

Housing 12/10/2018

Foreign ownership in French housing is no cause for concern

The participation of Germany's Vonovia and Zurich's Swiss Life in the winning bid for French SNCF's housing portfolio is good for Europe, good for France – (...)

Health / Senior 08/10/2018

Healthcare & Senior Housing: A Gold-Silver Asset Class

Many French investors are now focusing on emerging asset classes aside from mainstream sectors 1) to diversify their portfolio, or either 2) to increase their exposure (...)

Finance 10/09/2018

EPRA delegates rise as investors, analysts seek undervalued assets, M&A

There seems little doubt that the more than 400 delegates to the EPRA conference last week reflected the rising interest in listed real estate (...)

Listed 30/08/2018

After market cap expands to €286bn, European listed property warrants a closer look

In the last 10 years, European listed real estate has grown to a capitalisation of €286bn from €80bn, with weights more reflective of underlying economies, and (...)

Hospitality 26/07/2018

Hong Kong-Shanghai's Gaw Capital enters Spanish hotels. Expect fireworks.

Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and France. Those are the markets where Hong Kong and Shanghai-based Gaw Capital aims to expand Spain’s Hospes hotels with (...)

Office 19/07/2018

Investors should shift their view of risk in late-cycle real estate

Commercial real estate is late in the cycle, meaning compelling risk-adjusted return opportunities are more difficult to find. The cycle could last another year (...)

Finance 09/07/2018

Where are rates going, and how will European property react?

One factor overshadowing interest rates is the gradual discontinuation of Quantitative Easing in the eurozone. A first concrete step was made at the beginning (...)

Finance 06/07/2018

France’s Crédit Foncier – chronicle of a pre-announced death

French savings bank BPCE, the second largest banking group in France, last month announced the closure of its Crédit Foncier subsidiary, a specialist property lender that traces (...)