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Sentiment among Germany’s real estate lenders has plummeted, although those closing transactions are reported to have raised loan margins.
German Pfandbrief bank Helaba has seen a 14 percent year-on-year decline in its new medium and long-term real estate lending business, which stood at €4.2 billion in H1 2017.
Helaba, the German Pfandbrief bank, has hired Christian Schmid from Aareal Bank to take over from Jurgen Fenk as its board member for real estate.
Helaba and pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank have provided a €177 million loan to developer and investor CTP for the refinancing of CTPark Bor, one of the Czech Republic's largest logistic parks.
Central and eastern Europe-focussed investor CPI Property Group has sourced a €440 million financing of a portfolio purchase which covers retail assets across the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Romania.
Several of Germany’s largest specialist real estate banks either met lending targets during 2016 or surpassed the previous year’s origination totals.
German residential property company the BUWOG Group has agreed a €550 million refinancing of a 2014 loan with existing lenders Berlin Hyp and Helaba, at a margin of 105 basis points, a 60bps reduction.
Pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank (pbb), Helaba and ING Real Estate Finance have provided a €163.6 million loan to refinance three shopping centres in Poland.
Helaba has provided an €86 million loan to Frankfurt-based investor and asset manager Kintyre Investments to refinance a shopping centre in the German city of Oberhausen.
German landesbank Helaba has formally opened a representative office in Stockholm as it aims to capture more business in the Nordic region.