Real Estate Experts Discuss Munich's Rental Price Surge

Sun 28th Apr, 2024

Image by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi from PixabayIn some cases, a few statistics vividly illustrate a dire situation. By 2040, Munich could potentially accommodate up to 1.8 million residents, a staggering increase of almost 15 percent or 220,000 individuals compared to the current population. This surge in population poses a significant challenge: the pressing need for adequate housing.

Munich is renowned as a city of single residents, with more than half of its population residing in one-person households--a trend likely to persist. Considering the projected demand for 165,000 additional apartments by 2040, the gravity of the situation becomes evident.

Rental distress in Munich is ringing alarm bells, with the city requiring approximately 10,000 new apartments annually. However, the current construction pace falls short, with around 6,500 apartments completed each year--a downward trend exacerbated by soaring material and construction costs. Stephan Kippes, representing the South Real Estate Association (IVD), notes a concerning slowdown in construction activity, citing a substantial 41 percent increase in the price of construction cement between 2022 and 2023. Consequently, developers opt to sell properties swiftly rather than embark on construction projects.

The mismatch between supply and demand has long plagued Munich's rental market, driving rents steadily upward, particularly since the onset of the Ukraine crisis. The latest IVD report underscores this trend, revealing unprecedented heights in rental rates for new constructions, currently averaging 23.50 euros per square meter. For instance, a 100 square meter apartment in this category commands a basic rent of 2,350 euros--a notable increase from approximately 22 euros per square meter six months ago.

Real estate experts express disbelief at the rental price explosion gripping Munich. Stephan Kippes, IVD's director, struggles to articulate his astonishment: "It's truly unfathomable," he remarks to the press, upon learning of an average rent of 3,850 euros for newly built semi-detached houses.

Faced with exorbitant rental costs, many individuals find themselves with limited options, often resorting to relocating within or outside Munich. Augsburg emerges as a popular destination for Munich refugees seeking affordable rental apartments, despite being home to a significant number of high-income earners.

Tenants, in their search for housing outside Munich, assert their preferences and requirements, prioritizing factors such as quality of living, suitability for a home office, and accessibility to transportation infrastructure facilitating commuting to Munich. Currently, Munich hosts approximately 11,000 professional commuters, a notable increase from 7,000 in 2013.

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