"Following the noticeable decline in the transaction volume in the first quarter, there was no reversal of the trend in the German commercial and residential property investment markets in April."
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"London continues to appeal for international retailer expansion, but headwinds in some parts of the market remain"
"Commercial and residential property in Germany changed hands for approximately €77.3bn over the last twelve months"
"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."
"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."
"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%)"
"The German residential investment market has enjoyed a very dynamic start to 2017. The transaction volume between January and the end of March totalled almost €3.2bn, representing an increase of 55% compared with the first quarter of last year.In view of the stronger development activity, the proportion of development deals increased once again, accounting for 28% of all transactions in the first quarter (whole of 2016: 21%)."