2019 – A turning point for the real estate sector?

Who are the winners and losers of the current real estate boom? A new study from Prof. Bert Rürup, President of the Handelsblatt Research Institute, provides answers to this crucial question. The study’s premiere is rightly regarded as one of the major highlights of the Handelsblatt’s 25th annual real estate conference on 6 and 7 November at the Hotel de Rome in Berlin.

After an uninterrupted, nine-year boom, should we be worried that 2019 could mark a turning point for the real estate sector, as many industry experts fear? “Every measurable real estate market parameter is in extremely positive territory. There is no property price bubble and there are no indications of a looming external shock. So we shouldn’t be afraid of prices reaching a plateau in 2019,” explains Thomas Beyerle, Managing Director of Catella Property Valuation, who will be joining the conference’s host, Jessica Schwarzer, to guide attendees through the highlight-packed, two-day program.
The conference kicks off with the premiere of the “Winners and Losers of the Real Estate Boom” study, followed by expert discussions and a program of presentations that will explore the likelihood of a market downturn from a variety of perspectives. Stefan Schilbe, Chief Economist and Head of Treasury Research Global Banking and Markets, HSBC Germany, will analyse the prospects for the German real estate market (“Anxiety about future interest rate hikes – justified or exaggerated?”), while Marco Wanderwitz, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister of the Interior for Building and Home Affairs, will be on hand to lend a political perspective. Live broadcast link-ups with Handelsblatt correspondents in China, Great Britain and the USA will provide a series of lively interludes: Sha Hua and Carsten Volkery will be reporting on current economic and political developments in the two billion-euro markets, and Mirko Wutzler, Vice President at GACC WEST – Representative of German Business for the Western United States (part of the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad), will give his impressions of the ongoing boom in Silicon Valley.
The two-day event combines traditional real estate topics with some of the industry’s more visionary aspects. In addition to digital transformation, the conference will focus on the megatrends of co-working, Artificial Intelligence, disruption and the investment market between the twin poles of economics and politics. Flashing forward to the year 2030, the conference’s Future Lounge will provide valuable insights into how digitalization is set to reshape the real estate landscape over the next decade or so. The future will also be at stake during the Start-up Pitch Competition. A jury of industry experts will evaluate the best new business ideas and select an outstanding winner. The conference’s Young Professionals Day will also ensure that industry professionals under the age of 40 are at the center of attention.
There’s also an exclusive evening reception, giving the industry’s newcomers and seasoned experts the chance to mingle and talk. The reception takes place in the Pan Am Lounge, the stylish penthouse venue in the former Pan American World Airways building at Breitscheidplatz and the best place to network and enjoy the stunning views over West Berlin.

Christian Lenoble


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