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Publication Continued low transaction activity on the market for rented housing portfolios

Latest results of the BBSR Housing Transaction Database

Cover: BBSR-Analysen KOMPAKT

Editor: BBSR Series: BBSR-Analysen KOMPAKT Issue: 05/2019 Published: May 2019 ISBN: 978-3-87994-147-6 ISSN: 2193-5017 URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-2019070110363011078079


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The BBSR Transaction Database is developed through a systematic research of a range of print and internet sources to observe market activities, analyze changes in the ownership structure, and detect dynamics in the German real estate market at an early stage. The analysis and interpretation give useful suggestions for housing policies. The database includes large-scale portfolio deals with more than 800 housing units since 1999 and - starting in the second half of 2006 - small transactions with 100 up to 800 units. The new results of the database are published on a semi-annual basis.

Over the last year of 2018, a total of 22 sales took place on the German market for rented housing portfolios. The number of sales declined for the fifth time in a row while at the same time the number of sold apartments has increased for the first time since 2016. The 22 sales transactions of housing portfolios with 800 units and above comprised a total of more than 70,000 sold housing units, representing an increase of a quarter compared to the previous year. However, the trade volume continues to be significantly lower than during the second peak period between the years of 2012 and 2015.

Concerning the relevant actors on the German transaction market, little has changed compared to earlier years: private housing market investors dominate the current trade dynamic as the most active group of participants. Especially the group of publicly listed companies without a majority shareholder influences market activities.

Jonathan Franke ( )



  • Fall in number of transactions, but increased transaction volume
  • Public listed housing companies dominatemarket activity
  • Market activity in many different German regions
  • German participants dominate small transaction activity
  • Conclusion and outlook

This publication is also available in German:
Weiterhin niedriges Transaktionsgeschehen am Markt mit Mietwohnungsbeständen

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