Invest Berlin 2Q2019

Capital city posts record half year

Press release | Berlin

New record figures on the market for investment in commercial properties in Berlin: Germany’s capital city reported by far the highest volume of transactions ever seen in one half year - the total of some €4.83bn was nearly twice that posted in the prior year (€2.45bn). “The volume of transactions completed in the first half of 2019 has already surpassed the total for the first three quarters of 2018. It is quite possible that the final annual result will reach a new record mark of more than eight billion euros, thus topping the excellent total posted in 2018 and even the all-time high of 2015“, forecasts Holger Michaelis, managing director of Grossmann & Berger, a member of German Property Partners (GPP).
Market details:
  • 14 trades in the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2019 each involved more than €100m, thus making a crucial contribution to the record total.
  • As in the prior year office buildings remained by far the most popular asset class, accounting for 75 % of the trading volume and a total of €3.6bn. Trades in this category include top transactions such as “Oberbaum City” and the “Pressehaus am Alex”. Mixed use assets followed in second place, with a share of 8 % of the total.
  • Once again, international investors were behind slightly over half of the volume traded. Year on year (65 %) however, their share has fallen.
  • Prime yields on offices and commercial buildings have settled at 2.9 %. Grossmann & Berger do not expect to see further compression in the immediate future.
  • Commercial properties in the central locations of the city accounted for 17 % of the volume of transactions. In the same period the previous year, this figure was 5 %.
Investment market | Berlin | 1st and 2nd quarters 2019
Berlin investment market 2019/Q1-2
Transaction volume [€ millions] 4,830
against prior yr [%] +97
Share of trading in CBD [%] 17
Proportion of international investors [%] 53
Prime net yield, office [%] 2.90
against prior yr [percentage points] -0.10
Prime net yield, commercial buildings [%] 2.90
against prior yr [percentage points] 0
Prime net yield, logistics properties [%] 4.20
against prior yr [percentage points] -0.20
Strongest asset class Offices
Strongest asset class [%] 75

Selected top transactions | investments in Berlin | 1st and 2nd quarters 2019
Street no.
Sub-market Asset class Buyer/investor Vendor Purchase price*
[approx. €m]
“Oberbaum-City”, Rotherstrasse Friedrichs-hain Offices Blackstone Group UniCredit (HVB) 475
“Pressehaus am Alexanderplatz / New Podium”, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 27-29 Mitte Offices GEG German Real Estate Group Tishman Speyer 365
“Zoom”, Joachimsthaler Strasse 4 Ku’damm plus side roads Mixed use Bayerische Versorgungskammer BVK (Pension fund) Hines Immobilien GmbH 265
“The West Light Berlin”, Budapester Strasse 35 [2nd quarter] Ku’damm plus side roads Offices Generali Deutschland Immobilien GmbH Barings 200
“Carrée Seestrasse / Osram-Höfe”,
Seestrasse 64
[2nd quarter]
Periphery North Offices Cording Real Estate Group Deutsche Real Estate AG 225
*The purchase prices stated are based on publicly available data, where none is available an estimate is made;

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