Saturday, 27 January 2018

The German housing market in 2018

Price and rent outlook for Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart

The following information was provided by Deutsche Bank Research in their Germany Monitor.

Metropolitan areas in Germany are booming. The current real-estate cycle started in 2009 and has led to significant price increases for residential property in many cities. Prices for apartments have as much as doubled in some cities. Strong population and employment growth and declining unemployment rates are driving demand, and supply elasticity is low. New construction is slow to pick up, and vacancy rates are declining. As a result, rent growth is accelerating. Regulatory measures are unlikely to provide sufficient relief. House prices and rents look set to rise markedly in 2018.

Data from a number of cities confirm that demand is high and supply insufficient. In Munich, the vacancy rate is near zero. In Berlin, employment increased by c. 4% in 2017. Frankfurt was already 40,000 residential units short in 2015 – which suggests that 2017’s 15% yoy apartment price increase was not just Brexit-related. Stuttgart’s location in a basin restricts construction activity, contributing to the doubling of apartment prices during the current cycle.
Prices in Hamburg and Düsseldorf have risen strongly as well, even though demand growth has been slower in these two cities than in other metropolitan areas. The local housing-markets might therefore be more sensitive to interest-rate changes than their peers. Still, as our baseline scenario foresees only marginal interest rate increases during 2018, Hamburg and Düsseldorf should experience
price and rent uptrends, too.
Overvaluations are rising, and the risk of a price bubble in the German housing market is increasing. The price uptrend is likely to continue for several years, at least in most major cities in Germany.

The full report is available for download here: >>> The German housing market 2018 - DB Research


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