Monday 28 May 2018

RICS: Germany Commercial Property Monitor - Overall outlook remains positive

Overall outlook remains positive although portions of the retail sector are showing signs of fragility

Occupier Market

The Occupier Sentiment Index returned a reading of +29 in Q1, very similar to the previous figure of +32. Consequently, this indicator continues to suggest occupier market conditions are improving to a solid degree.

Source: Global Commercial Property Monitor

Investment Market

The Investment Sentiment Index moved to +37 in the latest results, representing a slight easing on +45 in Q4. Although this measure is still consistent with solid investment market trends, it represents the most modest reading since 2014.

Source: Global Commercial Property Monitor

Global Commercial Property Monitor RICS’ Global Commercial Property Monitor is a quarterly guide to the trends in the commercial property investment and occupier markets. The report is available from the RICS website along with other surveys covering the housing market, residential lettings, commercial property, construction activity and the rural land market.

The full report is available on the RICS website.


Friday 11 May 2018

The Berlin Property Market Has Much More Scope

The Berlin Property play has more to give

Demand for rental properties remains strong, as the city continues to attract people from other parts of Germany and the rest of the world. However, supply of rented accommodation is unable to keep up with demand. As property prices remain lower than other major cities, the costs of building new homes is higher than current prices, which means supply of new homes is low.

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Friday 4 May 2018

Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying an Apartment

You are planning to buy an apartment and you're satisfied with your calculations. A few months after the purchase you receive a letter from the property manager asking you to transfer 2,400 Euros because of a decision made by the owners association months before your purchase.

This has happened to a buyer and he thought he was not liable for decisions made by the owners association before he became the owner of his apartment. He took it to court but the court denied his objection. So did the next to levels of courts of appeal. The payment of any extraordinary payment agreed in the owners meeting are not due right away but when the property manager calls in the payments. Whoever is the owner entered in the land register at that point in time is liable for the payment.

This is proof that the investment into a due diligence is not a luxury but a necessity. When performed thoroughly it would have detected and highlighted the looming payment and would have enabled the buyer to make a provision in the purchase contract, support price negotiations or at a minimum would have avoided a nasty surprise.

In the example given, the surprise payment exceeded the cost of a due diligence for one apartment sixfold.

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