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Germany German cities show resilience

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The Empira Group has conducted a supply analysis of the residential property market in Germany's top 8 cities in the context of demographic and economic developments. The results of this analysis show that residential markets in German metropolitan areas are moving away from ownership towards rental.

The analysis identifies common features as well as specific differences and perspectives for the residential property markets of Germany’s top 8 cities, each with more than 600,000 inhabitants.

The study criteria included demographic trends, economic development and employment patterns in the cities. The size of the housing stock, the volume of new construction and the volume of federal subsidies were also considered. In addition, the development of rents, valuation yields, and performance of the residential properties were also taken into account. The results show that the rental housing markets of the top 8 cities continue to be resilient and stable due to the wide range of favourable conditions in the areas of demographics, economy, income and education. It can also be seen that due to rising inflation, higher interest rates and surging construction costs as well as more red tape and bureaucracy, new build figures continue to decline. In addition to the natural supply shortage in the cities, supply is therefore also decreasing in relation to demand. The residential property markets are tending to move away from ownership towards renting due to the increases in cost.

Rents rising as new construction declines

The property and construction industry will see significantly less new construction in 2023 compared to the previous year due to higher financing and construction costs, as well as higher requirements regarding new construction. The industry expects this trend to continue in 2024. Currently, Frankfurt am Main (8.3 pct) and Munich (8.2 pct) are leading the way, while Leipzig (3.6 pct) and Berlin (3.7 pct) are at the bottom of the league. At the same time, rents for first-time buyers have increased in all the top 8 cities between 2003 and 2022. The largest increase was in Berlin (+72 pct), followed by Stuttgart (+62 pct) and Leipzig (+59 pct).

Rental markets stable in all top 8 locations

Between 2003 and 2022, the property markets in all the top 8 locations consolidated. Growing demand for housing and dynamic demographics are ensuring stable rental markets, particularly in the major cities. At the same time, the average yield in the top 8 cities has fallen from around 6.7 pct to around 3.1 pct, partly due to higher interest rates and lower rental risk. On average spreads are tight. Over the past 20 years, yields including those on Germany government bonds have outperformed continuously.

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schedule 28 November 2023
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schedule 27 November 2023
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Edition 11 (283) November 2023

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