FRANKFURT-Asia-based investors are becoming increasingly interested in German commercial property, says the head of King Sturge Germany. Chinese investors are checking the market for potential investment, while India-based investors, particularly families, are already active.

Sascha Hettrich said Chinese capital has not yet invested in Germany but this is likely to come soon. “Chinese investors are looking around now, knocking on a lot of doors and informing themselves, while we have seen quite a lot of Indian-source capital invested here already over the last three years,” he told a news briefing in Frankfurt. He expects both capital sources to use direct and indirect channels to invest in Germany, seen as a core investment in global property terms. “The first Indian funds are now looking for commitments from back home to make investments in Germany,” he added.

The new interest is part of a gradual return of foreign investors to the German market. Mid-East investors have already been active. Also, said Hettrich, “The US and the UK are back!” Even if the Irish are not yet visible, net yields of up to 5% in Germany are highly attractive compared to under 3% on offer in Dublin or other centers such as Copenhagen.

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