Investment market Berlin 3Q2022: Investors continue to hesitate in view of interest rates

By the end of the 3rd quarter a total of €6.3bn had been invested in commercial properties in Berlin; the volume of transactions thus slipped by 2 % year on year (€6.4bn). “The combination of rising interest rates and construction costs, supply chain problems and the prevailing geopolitical tensions is clearly impacting Berlin’s investment market. Despite strong letting figures and the ongoing availability of cash, investors hesitate to conclude transactions,” explains Sandra Ludwig, managing director of Grossmann & Berger, member of German Property Partners (GPP).

Nevertheless, the total traded was well above the ten-year average of €4.8bn. The 3rd-quarter result owes much to six transactions in which properties sold for more than €100m. Between July and September sales of commercial real estate totalled €2.2bn or close to 5 % higher than in the same quarter a year ago (€2.1bn). “Demand for logistics and office real estate in Berlin’s top locations remains high. However, investors hesitate to make a purchase decision due to a shortage of reference transactions,” days Ludwig.

Market details:

  • 67 % of the total volume traded comprised property sales of more than €100m each. The 3rd-quarter sale of the “Voltair” office building played a large part in making this price category so predominant. The next two price categories, €51m to €100m and €26m to €50m, played marginal roles only, taking 16 % and 12 % of the market respectively.
  • Year on year the market share of portfolio sales climbed to 30 %, an increase of 117 % (14 % in Q3/2021).
  • Comprising 71 % of the market, office properties accounted for the lion’s share of commercial real estate traded, an increase of 86 % compared with the same quarter a year before (38 %). Mixed-use properties were the only other asset class to post a two-figure share of the total traded (10 %).
  • International buyers were very active on the market, accounting for 70 % of investment in Berlin real estate (Q3 2021: 62 %).
  • Professionals’ pension schemes and pension funds were the biggest group of buyers, behind 17% of the total traded. Fund managers and open-ended property funds followed with 16 % and 12 % respectively.
  • As in the prior year, developers were the most active vendors, featuring in 17 % of the volume traded, followed by fund managers (16 %) and listed property investment AGs/REITs (13 %).
  • Year on year prime yields on office properties (2.9 %) and on commercial buildings (3.05 %) grew by 0.25 percentage points. The prime yield on logistics properties fell by 0.2 percentage points to 3.3 %, but rose by 0.1 percentage points against the previous quarter.
  • At 21 % of the total, a higher volume of properties was traded in Berlin-Mitte than in other sub-markets.  Here too the strong 3rd-quarter result was attributable to the sale of the “Voltair” office building. Potsdamer/Leipziger Platz and Mitte 1a followed with market shares of 12 % and 10 %.
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