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- December 1, 2021: Vol. 15, Number 11

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Urban tales: Analysing the pandemic performance of German ABCD-cities

by Marco Kramer and Bernd Lönner

What impact has the pandemic had so far on the property investment market in Germany? What differences are there in the types of use and city category with regard to rent trends and vacancy rates? And how will these change in the future?

Real I.S. recently conducted a study addressing these questions, which provides investors with a number of answers.

Office sector remains robust

Prime rents for office space in German A- and B-cities have moved sideways or risen slightly compared with the previous year. Markets in the A-cities, in particular, seem to be coping well with the aftermath of the pandemic. This is due to a low overall vacancy rate. Despite the pandemic, it has only risen from an average of 2.9 percent in 2019 to 3.4 percent in 2020. B-cities are doing equally well with an increase to 3.5 percent in 2020, up just 0.4 percentage points on the previous year.

Reliable data on rent trends and vacancy rates in Germany’s C- and D-ci

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