‘Action is needed to stimulate the German economy’

Assem El Alami, Head of Real Estate Finance, Berlin Hyp AG

Assem El Alami, Head of Real Estate Finance, Berlin Hyp AG

Assem El Alami, Head of Real Estate Finance, Berlin Hyp AG, tells The Real Estate Day that the Government needs to intervene on the fiscal side to avoid an acceleration of the economic slowdown and show it can control the downturn which is a concern for all lenders


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‘End of cycle fears are sharpening minds’

Christopher Mertlitz, Executive Director, W.P. Carey Inc

Christopher Mertlitz, Executive Director, W.P. Carey Inc

Christopher Mertlitz, Executive Director , W P Carey Inc, tells The Real Estate Day that they are seeing more deal volumes as companies want to utilize better the real estate assets they have because they feel the good economic times they have enjoyed might be coming to an end soon


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‘The whole CEE region is attractive to investors’

Wojciech Koczara, Partner, Head of CEE Real Estate, CMS

Wojciech Koczara, Partner, Head of CEE Real Estate, CMS

Wojciech Koczara, Partner, Head of CEE Real Estate, CMS, tells The Real Estate Day that Poland still accounts for 50% of flows into the region but other countries like Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania are popular with investors and Ukraine and Slovakia also offer opportunities


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‘A positive story across most sectors’

Kevin Turpin, Regional Director of Research, CEE, Colliers International

Kevin Turpin, Regional Director of Research, CEE, Colliers International

Kevin Turpin, Regional Director of Research, CEE, Colliers International, tells The Real Estate Day that 60% of investment has gone into the office sector but retail is also strong across the region because wages are rising and people have disposable income to spend


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‘Lodz is great location between East and West’

Freddie James, Assistant Fund Manager, Tritax

Freddie James, Assistant Fund Manager, Tritax

Freddie James, Assistant Fund Manager, Tritax, tells The Real Estate Day that Poland’s third-largest city has a good labour supply and great infrastructure, as it’s well connected by road and also benefits from the fast rail link to China, with goods arriving in 12 days


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‘Domestic capital is making a difference in CEE’

Dorota Wysokińska Kuzdra, Senior Partner, Head of Corporate Finance CEE, Colliers International

Dorota Wysokińska Kuzdra, Senior Partner, Head of Corporate Finance CEE, Colliers International

Dorota Wysokińska Kuzdra, Senior Partner, Head of Corporate Finance CEE, Colliers International, tells The Real Estate Day that local investors, who know the market and can assess risk well, are now competing with traditional foreign investors for assets


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‘German consumers are in spending mode’

Dirk Hoenig Ohnsorg, MD, Head of Retail Development Germany, Colliers International

Dirk Hoenig Ohnsorg, MD, Head of Retail Development Germany, Colliers International

Dirk Hoenig Ohnsorg, MD, Head of Retail Development Germany, Colliers International, tells The Real Estate Day that people are not feeling the economic slowdown and they are enjoying shopping and supporting proximity retail, convenience stores and F&B, while fashion sales are growing online


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‘The Hostels sector is an opportunity’

Henri Wilmes, CIO, A&O Hostels

Henri Wilmes, CIO, A&O Hostels

Henri Wilmes, CIO, A&O Hostels, tells The Real Estate Day that in the last couple of years the sector has really matured to the point that now all the big players have institutional money behind them because investors have realised that it has great growth potential


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‘Very healthy outlook for European hotels’

Dirk Bakker, Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International

Dirk Bakker, Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International

Dirk Bakker, Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International, tells The Real Estate Day that group travel, especially from Asia, is driving tourism and demand in countries like Spain and Italy but also Croatia and Greece and the whole Mediterranean area offers opportunities


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‘How to grasp the opportunities that digitalisation offers’

Kyrill Radev, CEO, EverEstate

Kyrill Radev, CEO, EverEstate

Kyrill Radev, CEO, EverEstate, tells The Real Estate Day that while some in the industry have an inexplicable fear of sharing data, the most professional players now understand the importance of cooperation and sharing data and the value of transparency


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