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$6.12 Billion Takeover Makes Strides In German Real Estate

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Vonovia Takes Over Buwog Group

Vonovia, a German residential property company, is ready to buy Austrian counterpart Buwog at 5.2 billion euros ($6.12 billion). In comparison to European countries, the housing prices in Germany were relatively cheap. But recently the prices have begun to rise, which evoked a warning from a central bank of Germany about the risk of a dangerous bubble developing earlier this year.

Major cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt have seen an increase in the average real estate prices by more than 60 percent, since 2010, the banks have estimated a reflecting solid growth, low unemployment and low borrowing costs.

A price of 29.05 euros per share has been offered to the shareholders of Buwog, under this offer. Which is estimated as an 18.1 percent premium to the last week’s closing. According to Vonovia this would be financed by a debt capital.

On the completion of the deal, Vonovia will seal its position as Germany’s leading property group. Vonovia’s portfolio of residential properties will grow from 350,000 flats to nearly 400,000. It will propel Vonovia’s construction activities, helping it build upon Buwog’s extensive expertise in property development, thus doubling the annual target of newly built apartments to 4,000.

115,753.65 euros are being offered by Vonovia in cash on each outstanding bond, convertible into Buwog shares, during the initial acceptance period and a lower price during an additional three-month acceptance period. After the taking over, Vonovia is expecting to cost-save around 30 million euros a year. Plus, it will have a positive effect on Vonovia’s underlying earnings per share and adjusted net asset value per share.

The move has not been completely surprising for the Buwog, as they are being seeing as a takeover target for some time, says the analysts at brokerage Baader Helvea.  This deal has come amid a wave of mergers and acquisitions in Germany’s realty sector in recent years, as market players are finding advantage in the low interest rates.

Vonovia SE failed to get enough shareholders support to acquire another home grown rival Deutsche Wohnen AG after a four-month takeover battle in 2016. This friction between Germany’s largest property companies could have been the biggest ever deal, 14-billion-euro, in the country’s real estate industry.

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Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd. Streamlines Operations with Yardi Voyager

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Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd. Streamlines Operations with Yardi Voyager

Integrated property group will manage nearly 4 million lettable square feet with a single connected solution.

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Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd. will adopt Yardi Voyager, a cloud-based, mobile-enabled property management and accounting platform.

Additional products from the Yardi Commercial Suite will automate the measurement of Soilbuild’s financial health, enable precise cost and budget oversight of development projects, deliver portfolio-wide business intelligence and shorten the leasing life cycle.
“Voyager and the Commercial Suite will strengthen us as we undertake the next stage of our business’ growth. Faster access to higher-quality business information will enable decision-making that drives better returns,” said Lim Han Qin director of Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd.

“Yardi is pleased to welcome Soilbuild Group as another client in Singapore. The company’s new products will replace disparate, outdated systems with a single source of truth and help Soilbuild provide better service to its investors,” said Neal Gemassmer, vice president of international for Yardi.

About Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd.

Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd. of Singapore is a leading integrated property group with a successful track record of constructing, developing and managing an award-winning portfolio of residential and business space properties. Soilbuild manages close to 4 million square feet of business space for lease.

About Yardi
Yardi develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. Established in 1984, Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and serves clients worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.

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London House Prices Fall For The First Time Since 2009

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According to a data shown on Thursday, the average price of a home in London dropped in 2017 for the first time in eight years on fallout from Brexit.

According to the mortgage lender Nationwide’s calculations, the prices were up throughout the country, they were down in London for the first time since 2009.

While the overall last year UK house prices rose by 2.6 percent it was slower than the 4.5 percent seen the previous year reported the Nationwide. Nationwide’s monthly survey is closely followed by markets.

Nationwide chief economist Robert Gardner said, London saw a particularly marked slowdown, with prices falling in annual terms for the first time in eight years, albeit by a modest 0.5 percent.”

Since 2004 London was the UK’s worst-performing region for the first time. Gardner noted, “How the housing market performs in 2018 will be determined in large part by developments in the wider economy.”

He further added, “Brexit developments will remain important, though these remain hard to foresee.”

In June 2016, since Britain voted to leave the European Union it has pushed inflation up to more than 3.0 percent making imported goods more expensive.

According to Gardner in 2017 low mortgage rates and healthy employment growth continued to support demand for housing. He said, “However, this was offset by mounting pressure on household incomes, which exerted an increasing drag on consumer confidence as the year progressed.”

Since 1975 while UK unemployment is at the lowest level, wages are not keeping pace with inflation. In March 2019 Britain remains on course to exit the EU.

Also Read: New York Real Estate Hits The Worst Quarter In Six Years

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New York Real Estate Hits The Worst Quarter In Six Years

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The fourth quarter of the year brought a fall for the sales and prices in the Manhattan real estate. According to the predictions, they are likely to slide even further this year after the new tax rules take effect.

There was a fall of 12 percent in the total sales volume in comparison with the fourth quarter of the last year, termed as the lowest quarterly level in six years. For the first time in two years, the average sales price in Manhattan fell below $2 million. It happened due to the clearing out of the pipeline of legacy contracts, which often came from the new luxury development. But the third quarter saw consecutive increment in the median sales price, driven by re-sales, to $1.06 million. All throughout the quarter, smaller apartments attracted more bidding than larger apartments, impressively 90 percent of these highest-priced sales (at or above $5 million) were all cash transactions.

The declines are being assumed as the result of the confusion by the Republican tax plan, as buyers opted to hold off until the details of the new law came out clear. Many of them are now opting in, finally letting the show gaining a rebound.

According to the analysts the rebounding of sales in the first quarter of 2018, limiting the deductibility of state and local taxes, will continue to add pressure to New York City housing prices. Whereas the luxury market in Manhattan is seeing a saturation in high-end and highly priced apartments. The full impact on prices and sales might take up to a year and a half to two years, for a complete realisation.

The inventory of luxury apartments is shooting up in the Manhattan market, a 15 percent price growth came upon, those in the top 10 percent. The 10-month supply of luxury apartments in Manhattan from a year ago, have now rose to 17 months. These numbers are likely to grow as the city is seeing giant new condo towers sprouting in its every corner.

New developments are expected to rise continuously from this year to next, eventually adding to the inventory. As the demand for “low-end” apartments priced at $1 million to $2 million are displaying strength, the sales of apartments of more than $5 million are up for tougher roads. This trends owes to the discretion of the rich, specifically on their choice of time and location of buying homes. The majority of the apartments that are speculated to take the biggest hits are the one aimed at the riches, as the costs of owning a home in New York is going up with the tax plans. The sellers have to adjust again, after their recalibrations in 2015, as the buyers have already settled.

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