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London is slipping. From the point of view of real estate investors, four of the five most attractive European locations are in Germany. Berlin is in first place ahead of Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main and Munich. London drops to 27th place out of 30 places examined.

This is shown by the “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” study by the auditing and consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), about which around 800 industry managers worldwide were surveyed.

The analysts assume that the UK's planned exit from the European Union (Brexit) will boost property prices in Germany. Due to global political changes that are difficult to assess, investors are increasingly focusing on security.

"It will take a while before Brexit comes, but we can already see that the majority of investors are investing their money in the German market," says Susanne Eickermann-Riepe, partner and German Real Estate Leader at PwC. In times of political and economic instability, 90 percent of those surveyed were looking for a safe haven for their investments - and Germany is seen as the largest and strongest economy in the euro area.

Germany is considered a safe haven

Great Britain is striving to ensure stability, but uncertainty prevails among investors, says Eickermann-Riepe. "Only the outcome of the negotiations will show whether banks and other companies will leave London, which is why it is difficult to invest in this market," says the expert.

The assessment of Germany as a safe location also allows investors to accept higher prices and discounts on interest rates. Even before the Brexit vote, the German real estate market had caught up significantly compared to the British. This is shown by figures from the research specialist Real Capital Analytics.