Investment market Berlin 4Q2020

Transaction volume strong but below record set in 2019

Press release | Berlin

As had been expected, in 2020 the volume of commercial real estate traded on the investment market in Germany’s capital, Berlin, fell short of the record set in 2019. By the end of the 4th quarter the total trading volume stood at €7.36bn, or 34 % below the prior year’s figure. After the strongest start to a year seen to date, the coronavirus pandemic led to weak year-on-year trading figures in the next two quarters and the revival seen in the 4th quarter was insufficient to make up all the losses. Holger Michaelis, managing director of Grossmann & Berger, member of German Property Partners (GPP) says, “Overall, the pandemic caused investors to act with much greater caution and they continued to focus on core real estate let to highly credit-worthy tenants.” Michaelis adds that, “In view of the ongoing rate of infection we expect sales activity to remain sluggish in the next three quarters, especially in the retail and hotel property segment. When large swathes of the population have been vaccinated, people will start to travel and shop on the high streets again, and this segment will become more attractive to investors. Therefore investment trades in Berlin are likely to gain more momentum towards the end of 2021 and lead to an overall result similar to that of 2020.”
Market details:
  • 2020 ended with a good result on the market for investment in Berlin real estate due to the 1st-quarter sale of some 80 % of the TLG portfolio to Aroundtown. The total is well above the ten-year average of €5.9bn, despite the effects of coronavirus on the market.

  • In view of the current pandemic investors focussed on core real estate and the absolute number of trades in 2020 was thus appreciably smaller (119) than in 2019 (146).

  • The steepest plunge was noted for hotel real estate transactions (-50 %), followed by commercial/industrial (-38 %) and office properties (-37 %). In consequence, offices, although remaining the most-traded asset class, saw their share of the transaction volume fall to 62 % (2019: 70 %).

  • 22 sales of property costing over €100m were posted, 17 of which took place in the 1st and 4th quarters. This reflects investor reticence in the two middle quarters. Overall, transactions in this price bracket declined by 29 % year on year. In contrast, the number of transactions in the €26m to €50m segment increased by 67 %.

  • Prime yields on offices and commercial buildings remained at the same low levels as the prior year at 2.7 % and 2.8 % respectively. The prime yield on logistics properties softened to 3.7 % (2019:  3.8 %). “We do not expect premium yields on office real estate to rise in the months to come as many investors are urgently seeking core properties,” says Ulrich Denk, investment consultant and researcher at Grossmann & Berger Berlin.

Investment market | Berlin | 2020 Q1-4
Transaction volume [€ millions] 7,360
against prior yr [%] -34
Share of trading in CBD [%] 9
Proportion of international investors [%] 54
Prime net yield, office [%] 2.7
against prior yr [percentage points] ±0.0
Prime net yield, commercial buildings [%] 2.8
against prior yr [percentage points] ±0.0
Prime net yield, logistics properties [%] 3.7
against prior yr [percentage points] -0.1
Strongest asset class Offices
Strongest asset class [%] 62


Selected top transactions | investments in Berlin | 1st to 4th quarters 2020
Street no.
Sub-market Asset class Buyer/investor Vendor Purchase price*
[approx. €m]
“Chaussee23”, Chausseestrasse 23 Mitte Offices Credit Suisse Barings Real Estate Advisers 220
“Spreeturm Berlin”,
Am Postbahnhof 17
Friedrichshain Offices Talanx Immobilen Management NAS Investment 195
Quartier Schützenstrasse,
Zimmerstrasse 67-69
Mitte 1a Offices Henderson Park Caleus Capital Partners for GIC 194
Stresemannstrasse 69-71
Kreuzberg Offices Corpus Sireo for Swiss Life Blackrock Investment Management (for Eurozone Core Property Fund) 179
Hauptstrasse 27-29
Schöneberg Mixed use CBRE Global Investors Trockland Management 150
Hallen am Borsigturm,
Am Borsigturm 2-14, 53
Reinickendorf Mixed use ECE Preferred Equity Fund ECE European Prime Shopping Center Fund confidential
Zalando Headquarters,  Edith-Kiss-Strasse 1 Friedrichshain Offices HIH Real Estate HIH Projektentwicklung confidential

*The purchase prices stated are based on publicly available data, where none is available an estimate is made; new transactions or those occurring in the quarter dealt with in this report are highlighted.

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