German Commercial Property Markets 'On the Mend'

German office markets appear to be on the mend, with the majority of cities reporting year-on-year gains in the first three months of 2011...

German office markets appear to be on the mend, with the majority of cities reporting year-on-year gains in the first three months of 2011. It follows a period of inactivity and rental falls which started back in 2009, Colliers International has revealed.

The office leasing markets in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart all finished the first quarter of the year up from 2010 figures, with some of the gains quite substantial, according to an analysis by the property consultancy.

"Overall, we noted take up of space totalling 602,200 square meters in the six cities, equivalent to an increase of some six per cent in comparison to the first quarter of 2010. This result is also nearly three per cent above the median for the past five years," Colliers noted.

In Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart vacancy figures climbed both year-on-year and from the previous quarter. The firm added that Frankfurt has the most office space without tenants, with almost 2.14 million square meters of the total existing space currently vacant. This was followed by Munich, at 1.82 million square meters.

- Tuesday 19 April 2011

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