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Wiesbaden tops real estate investment ranking

The Local · 18 Feb 2011, 14:42

Published: 18 Feb 2011 14:42 GMT+01:00

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The city, located in the state of Hesse on the Rhine River, topped the attractiveness ranking because property investors there can expect a gross initial rate of return of seven percent if the property is in a good location.

Following Wiesbaden on the list were Aachen, Freiburg, Frankfurt and Berlin.

Munich, one of Germany’s wealthiest cities, only ranked number 13. Düsseldorf did slightly better in the 10th position. But in both of these cities, an apartment house in a good location will only bring a gross initial rate of return of around five percent.

When other purchasing costs and administrative fees are taken into consideration, investors can only expect a net return of around three percent, less than the return on a 10-year German bond.

The list ranked the 25 top German markets and was based on data from real estate company Engel & Völkers as well as purchase and rental trends in various regions around the country. Besides the initial rates of return and price direction, the ranking also looked at the overall attractiveness of the property market and whether demand outstripped supply.

Other factors used in compiling the list were a city’s overall economic environment and local population growth.

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18:43 February 19, 2011 by Raydoggy
Housing should be for living, not speculative investment. The only winners will be the banks. Fair rent control is more important than any other price control. I own two properties, but I'll gladly accept a fair rent system, even if it means less profit for me. Otherwise we will have boring cities like London Paris and New York, where only rich people can afford to live.
17:55 February 20, 2011 by catjones
@Raydoggy.....'expect a net return of around three percent, less than the return on a 10-year German bond. '

This is hardly rampant speculation.

As for your statement: 'Housing should be for living, not speculative investment.' show me something with a price without speculation.
13:46 February 21, 2011 by freechoice
those pesky capitalists...
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