In the years 2010 and 2011 prices for residential property throughout Germany have risen in real terms for the first time in a decade. At up to 5 percent per annum the price increases in some metropolitan areas are so steep that there are fears of an overheated market or the development of a speculative bubble. In fact, however, there are no signs of a speculative bubble in the German property market. On the contrary, prices are following rents and the strong growth in the economy. The main drivers of the dynamic price development in large cities are re-urbanisation and the desire of investors to find a safe place to put their money.

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