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Berlin Agrees Five-Year Rents Freeze To Tackle Housing Prices Boom

The local government in Berlin has agreed to freeze rents in the German capital for five years as the city is battling with skyrocketing housing prices.

The Berlin Senate’s majority, which is composed by the Social Democrats, Greens and the Left party, approved the decision last week after months of discussions.

The plans will be sent to parliament this month, where they are expected to be approved and to take effect in January 2020. They also include measures to cap subletting contracts.

“We’re entering new territory,” said Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller. “Others talk about it, but we’re actually doing it.”

The clamp down on rent rise, one of the most extreme decisions taken by a Western capital in recent times, is being followed with close interest by other world cities.

The plan was initially proposed by the Left party. Katrin Lompscher, the party’s head of urban development and housing, said the intention was to “ease the burden” on tenants after a property boom which saw rents doubling over the last 10 years.

German house-builders’ and property companies’ shares were hit hard on October 21st. Deutsche Wohnen, Berlin’s largest private landowner, saw its shares fall by 4.6%. Shares of Vonovia SE, the largest property company in the country, fell as much as 1.6%.

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A separate grass-root initiative attempting to force Berlin’s local government to expropriate over 200,000 properties from large landlords is ongoing.

In August, Forbes.com revealed that Berlin is the city with the highest growth for prices of luxury real estate in the world.

For the second year in a row, the German capital had recorded the strongest price growth rate globally, with a 12% increase year-on-year – according to data from Knight Frank.

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Asking $45 Million, Billionaire Steve Cohen’s Other Manhattan Condo Is Also For Sale

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In the competition for vertical space, the windows won this round. Artwork will have to be happy with the other condo billionaires Steve and Alexandra Cohen have on the market. (Steve Cohen made his fortune via the hedge fund route with Forbes estimating his net worth at $12.8 billion, landing him at No. 101 on the Forbes‘ Billionaires list.) That West Village condo is asking $33.5 million and, as the photos show, is designed to house their impressive collection with works by Willem de Kooning, Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns, Picasso and Andy Warhol. This Midtown condo, on the other hand, forgoes white wall space in favor of sunlight. This four-bedroom duplex in the One Beacon building is asking $45 million, after a few price reductions down from $115 million back in 2013.

All the residences at One Beacon begin on the 32nd floor, rising up to the 55th floor where this 9,000-square-foot penthouse resides. There are five other condos for sale in the building, ranging from a $26 million three-bed, five-bath to a $7 million two-bed, two-bath. There are also three units for rent, including one of the penthouses asking $60,000 per month.

The unit the Cohens have listed is designed by architect Charles Gwathmey, which you can see in the symmetry that shows up when mullions match the same proportions as the wall of bookshelves and industrial necessities such as stone columns and steel beams become a seamless part of the design.

The second-floor office seen below has one of the best vantage points in the unit.

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The double height living room gives you a good idea of how the industrial pieces become part of the design.

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The kitchen relies on sleek stainless steel and those countertops are made of honed black absolute granite (it’s hard to see in the photo). The breakfast table uses the same design trick as the dining room where it has a ceiling inset to add some definition to the space.

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Here’s a close-up of the dining room with that oval inset in the ceiling which makes the wide open space have slightly more defined presence.

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The master bedroom is a large but simple affair, with corner views unobstructed by anything for miles.

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Here’s one of the cozier seating areas, with the a clock set in the ceiling.

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The unit also comes with a back-up generator system for computers and security system. Building amenities include a fitness center, barre exercise room, massage room, children’s playroom, communal kitchen. The listing agent Richard J. Steinberg with Douglas Elliman has the full information here.

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1031 Exchange – Complete Guide to 1031 Exchange Rules in Real Estate

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A 1031 exchange allows an investor to sell their investment property and defer capital gains taxes as well as depreciation recapture taxes that would normally be triggered on their sale, if they agree to use all of their sale proceeds to purchase one or more new properties of equal or greater value. In total, taxes can be up to 40% of your real estate profits. A 1031 exchange applies to any property that isn’t your primary residence and can even apply to primary residences if they have a home office, Airbnb use, or business use. There are several key rules and regulations that you need to know before you open an exchange. Read more….

 

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