Wednesday 10 July 2013

Rise in Porperty Prices and Rents Flattens Out in Q2 / 2013

The much scrutinised rise in property prices and rents over the last months is taking a breath in the second quarter of 2013. This is the result of a regular study performed by Empirica  (click for full report in German) looking at advertised offers.

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For condominiums, prices went up by 0.1% compared to the previous quarter 2013 but up by 5.1% for the German average compared to the second quarter 2012 (YTD). For the big cities this YTD figure is even 6.7%.

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Interestingly the Berlin market for condos does not appear in the top 10, yet neighbouring Potsdam made it. Common view is that Berlin will catch up soon and at high speed. Berlin being traditionally a city of renters (more than 80% are renting) there is a high influx of international money looking for investment after the stock markets are getting more and more volatile due to uncertainty about the duration of cheap money from the Federal Reserve in the US.

The demand of international investors is mainly targeted at buy to let apartments in preferred locations in Berlin.


There was virtually no change in rents compared to the previous quarter detected by Empirica. Compared to last year the average rise in Germany was  3.3%.

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The graph shows Munich ranking in No.1 as has been for years now. The Berlin Rental Market is still behind but the catch-up over the last years has been enormous.

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Uwe Falkenberg