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Investment News Germany September 2016

Investment News Germany September 2016

One huge German market is about to be hit by a perfect storm of zero-interest rates and low inflation

While low inflation can pose a problem for many sectors, it is helping to reinvigorate Germany’s housing market, Sean Darby and his team at Jefferies said in a note to clients on Wednesday (emphasis added):

A combination of firm wage growth, negative bund yields, dormant inflation and a booming current account surplus is allowing the German real estate market to reflate. In comparison to Western markets, the German property market starts from a much lower base and also relatively favourable price comparison. We are bullish on the real estate sector as well as the DAX.”  To read more click HERE

GERMANY REMAINS THE DRIVER OF EUROZONE GROWTH

Germany, the Eurozone’s largest economy, grew 0.4 per cent, compared with an impressive 0.7 per cent growth rate during the first three months of the year, albeit that was a better result than expected. Growth was supported by net trade as well as private and government consumption, according to Destatis, the German statistics office. The second-quarter expansion took year-on-year growth to 1.8 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis. The unemployment rate stands at 4.2 per cent, the lowest level since reunification in 1990 and one of the lowest rates in the European Union. The labour market has now little slack and is set to tighten even further as the baby-boom generation retires.

Strong Domestic Growth Keeps Germany’s Economic Outlook Upbeat

There have been some notable external risks mentioned in the economy because the British vote to leave the EU may still have some ripple effects. Some uncertainties exist because there may be some downsides that may not be experienced immediately but will only be realized when it is too late. The German finance ministry mentioned that there have has been slower economic growth than had been expected in the three months ended in June. To read more click HERE

Further Investment News Germany. Dolphin Trust Project Update: Windorferstraße, Leipzig
As Dolphin Trust goes from strength to strength as an investment, we can provide details on one of the projects our clients have invested in. The city of Leipzig is also known by the Leipziger Messe, which is one of the oldest trade fair venues in the world and its tradition dates back to the year 1165. The most famous one is the annual “Leipzig Book Fair”. With a settlement of international renowned companies such as Porsche AG and the BMW Group, Leipzig is an attractive business location as well. The existing infrastructure with efficient transport routes such as the airport in Leipzig / Halle, modern offices, commercial and residential buildings suggests that Leipzig as a great city for economic growth.

The building is located in Kleinzschocher area and was built in the second half of the 19th century. It was the residential and commercial building of cigar manufacturer Gustav Boehme and was one of the first new buildings in the street. Dolphin Capital redeveloped the listed building from 2015-2016. Extensive work at the façade as well as at the historical stairwell were made to complement the modern furnishings of the refurbished apartments.  See this project in more detail HERE

The Dolphin Trust investment opportunity can be found here http://www.barringtonhowe.com/product/dolphin-trust-gmbh/

 

 

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Germany and German real estate in particular is seeing a sustained growth. Dolphin Trust, one of our investment opportunities is reaping the rewards.

German Private Sector Growth Accelerates
Further investment news shows that growth in Germany’s private sector accelerated in May to hit the highest level so far this year, a survey showed today. This suggests that Europe’s largest economy will extend its surprisingly strong start to the year into the second quarter.  Click Here to Read the full story

European Real Estate Continues to Attract Investors
Investor appetite continues to grow in most European commercial markets, with Germany leading the way for the 2nd quarter in a row.  For further details CLICK HERE

German Economy Fared Well in Q1 as Trade Surplus Grows
The trade surplus is a key gauge of an economy’s comparative strength and in recent months has highlighted the robustness of Europe’s biggest economy amid the current global economic uncertainties.  For further details CLICK HERE

Dolphin Trust updates
This is the latest update on some of the current developments benefiting our Dolphin Trust clients.

The Old Cigar Factory, Fabrikweg 12, Horb
The old Cigar Factory in Horb now has a new face! In the words of the project co-ordinator, Jochen Krause of Deutsche Planbau GmbH, thanks to the fast progress of the teams at the Dolphin Trust construction site, the Cigar Factory has now had a facelift.
During refurbishment, Dolphin Trust will create nine new apartments in the old Cigar Factory and will bring new life to the government listed building, built in 1898. Despite its historic age, modern standards of energy efficiency will be achieved and high value materials will be used for all apartments for modern living comforts.

In the last few days the loggia, which is visible from the street, has been finished. The old roof section above the stairway has also been completely renewed and the attic has new flooring.  In just a few more days the ceilings of all floors will be completed.
For full details on this investment opportunity please CLICK HERE

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Investment News and Updates December 2015

Barrington Howe brings you that latest Investment News and Updates

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“Germany Second best in Europe for Residential Market “

As Dolphin Trust continues to go from strength to strength as an investment, Europe’s residential markets have become its strongest over the last decade, and the only sector to avoid negative overall performance. Germany’s total return for residential investments for 2013 stood at 8.3%, the second best in Europe, only trailing closely behind the UK. Data also shows that over the last 15 years, the German residential market has remained stable in comparison to other countries.

See the full report HERE

 

ILS Car Finance Investment
The new Buy to Let £45 billion industry

The progress of ILS Car Finance Investment progressed beyond expectations for 2015.  The number of cars under HP agreements has increased month on month as the company goes from strength to strength. The backbone to the investment is the ability to manage defaults which have risen from 2 to only 4 cars. In percentage terms that’s a mere 0.6% and all four vehicles were quickly recovered and resold giving further credence to the business model.

In order to be in a position to effectively handle the extra work from ILS planned expansion programme they have recently taken home in new, slightly larger, offices as the team expands to handle the increased business. There is also huge confidence in the continued growth of the used car market (£45.1 billion) as a whole which has been underlined further by the latest BCA report which can be found HERE
We all need cars and that’s unlikely to change for a long time.

 

UK Housing Market
New Changes and it’s affects

The Chancellor recently went on to announce the biggest boost to housebuilding since the 1970s by promising to build 400,000 new homes in England by 2020, with 200,000 of those earmarked ‘starter homes’. House builders and developers will be offered grants to facilitate this initiative and to encourage them to regenerate brownfield sites for such use.

In addition, 135,000 homes will be made available on a shared ownership basis – for those households earning less than £90,000 in London and less than £80,000 outside the capital. London residents will get their own version of Help to Buy, where for those able to submit a 5% deposit on a property, the Government will offer a loan of 40% of the value of the home, effectively giving them a 55% loan-to-value mortgage. All these initiatives will see the overall housing budget rise to more than £2bn. The big question is how will this affect the UK housing market? Builders and developers look certain to benefit from this move.

With recent changes in the stamp duty increases for a second home, there has been a bit of a panic in the buy to let market. An additional 3% increase in stamp duty for a second property. For the experienced investor, it’s merely another change in policy of which a professional investor will simply adapt to. Experience teaches you to adapt to changing conditions with alternative solutions. Overall the property market is predicted to continue to grow.

 

Manchester Property Investments: Beech Property
Increased Investment into the “Northern Powerhouse”

The first

Manchester City Centre Investment in Princess Street was completed at the start of last summer and has been tenanted for several months. After such a successful template, this is being used going forward on other city centre projects. The second development, Cross Street is due for completion early 2016. Once the building work has been completed, it will have given an iconic city centre Manchester building a much needed facelift and importantly significant longevity. At this stage, refinance will be put in place and the loan note monies passed back to the trustees enabling Beech to then use the funding for the next project.

The latest acquisition, Outram House on Great Ancoats Street, is to the north of the city centre and is in a fantastic location overlooking one of the many canals that make up Manchester’s heritage. Work on this property will commence in 2016 and we anticipate that it will be completed before the end of the year. There are several properties in city centre Manchester that have been secured for future development. On the subject of Manchester, the city’s economic future looks very healthy indeed. At the time of writing, the Bank of England has just announced their intention to keep the bank base rate at its current low until well into 2017. This spells another year of low returns for bank deposits and savings.

 

New 1 Year Secured Fixed Rate Bond
“Returns under written by the US Government”

Colonial Capital has recently announced an addition to their bond in the form of a shorter term model with a lower entry point of only £5000. This gives an opportunity to those looking for a shorter exit without having their funds tied up beyond 12 months. The same model and principle applies taking repossessed (foreclosure) properties under market value and refurbishing them to a high standard and rented to families under a US Government initiative in which they underwrite the rent. In short your returns are underwritten by the US government. The bond has gone from strength to strength and looks set to continue with a 12 month agreement. This product seems ideal for ISA investors completely outperforming them irrespective of ISAs being tax free.

 

 

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German Real Estate increases with Euro rate drop

Investor and resident demand continues to increase in the Berlin housing market as reported by the CBRA Berlin Housing Market Report. The main reasons for this are improved economic performance and purchasing power in addition to growth in both population and numbers of households. Investors’ extreme interest in residential property is based on prices, which are still moderate by international comparison, the positive opportunities for the city, low interest rates, and the shortage of alternative investments.

Due to the noticeable decrease of the euro exchange rate, Property in Germany has become even more appealing to investors from other currency areas such as the UK with sterling holding strong. Even with the Euro rate dropping, it’s had a positive impact on German real estate. Berlin is seeing the highest increase in investment at over €1.3 billion in Q1 2015 compared to €617 million in the same period last year. This is great news for our Dolphin Trust formerly Dolphin Capital investors as the Euro was seen by some investors as a big area of concern.

Participants in a recent Berlin Hyp survey established that Germany remains highly appealing for investment in 2015 and that investors have immense confidence in the country’s constant economic development. German real estate is still in demand as an investment opportunity with decent yield prospects and a high percentage (around 84%) of survey participants feel that the real estate market will continue to strengthen and take advantage from conflicts around the world. Furthermore, German consumers’ disposition to buy property improved even more in May. This was encouraged by an all-time low in unemployment and low interest rates.

Barrington Howe celebrates this month a third year anniversary of working with Dolphin Trust. The latest Dolphin Trust (Windorferstrasse 43, Leipzig )project started restoration works on this 19th century three-storey building in April 2015. The demolition work has been completed successfully and the walls and floors are now being put in place, with scaffolding erected around the building. All of the apartments will be appointed with bath tubs and a balcony or terrace.

Another Dolphin Trust project is Heeperstrasse 70, Leopoldshöhe. This building which was previously a furniture factory but Dolphin Trust has plans to refurbish parts which used to serve as store areas. The remaining areas will most likely be demolished and replaced with new buildings. Heeperstrasse is located in a popular university town in Detmold. The increase in demand for housing in Detmold has caused the new build sector to see a rise of more than 9.5% annually for the last four years.