Berlin Property Price Map 2019
An Increase of More Than 10% to Purchase – and Rents Continue to Rise
Black Label Properties’ has published its Price Map and Rental Maps 2019 showing the current situation on the Berlin property market. View and download the maps here. Here are the key findings:
- Purchase prices continue to rise, but by 10-15% rather than the 5-8% as expected. The price per square metre within the popular S-Bahn ring has almost equalled last year. Buyers will struggle to find an apartment for sale in the centre of Berlin for less than 4,000 euros per square metre. Here, the purchase price for new builds has exploded, an increase of between 10-15%, and there are fewer buyers
- The Rental Price Map 2019 shows a similar upward trend. Rents are not rising as fast as purchase prices, but rents within the S-Bahn belt continue to rise. Renters will struggle to find an apartment for less than 15 euros per square metre on the open market. Last year, rents within the S-Bahn belt were less than 11 euros per square metre, so this is a big jump
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“There is a significant difference in price of around 30% between vacant and rented flats, which are much cheaper to invest in,” says Achim Amann, CEO, Black Label Properties. “They are leased to long-term tenants who have up to 10 years’ self-employment protection so this is a good option for those looking to invest in Berlin”.
The reason for the big price gap between vacant and occupied apartments is because there are significantly fewer rental opportunities than last year, so rents continue to rise. Apartments, which are subject to a re-letting of the rental price brake, rarely come onto the open market. Either they are sold for profit or rented out as a shared flat and/or furnished or traded on the ‘black market’. The negative effects of the rental price brake have made the search for an affordable rental apartment much harder.
Berlin property market predictions
“Rents will continue to rise – especially in the southwest districts like Steglitz, Tempelhof, Mariendorf, Britz, and Zehlendorf – there is still a lot of movement on the market. We expect to see price increases of 8-10% for this year”. “One striking trend is that young families are turning their backs on Berlin by selling their properties or giving up rented apartments. They can live more cheaply in the surrounding areas. We have also noted with regret that many investors and construction companies are turning away from Berlin and choosing to build in other areas. What’s driving this, in our view, is the rent brake, environmental protection, the political situation in Berlin and, in particular, the hostile mood of the building authorities towards property developers and landlords”.
Notes to editors:
Black Label Properties updates its Price Map and Rental Map every year using the software ‘MarktNavigator’ from Immobilienscout24.de, to help us accurately estimate the market price developments.