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HIH Invest Real Estate Acquires Another Residential Property Development Located in Rottweil


HIH Invest Real Estate Acquires Another Residential Property Development Located in Rottweil

  • Property has lettable area of around 2,030 sqm of residential and 1,860 sqm of commercial floor space
  • Development bought for the “Deutschland Wohnen Invest” fund
  • Residential units intended for families and singles

Hamburg, 26 July 2022 – HIH Invest Real Estate (“HIH Invest”) continues to enlarge its residential portfolio, and just acquired another residential development on behalf of its “Deutschland Wohnen Invest” fund: a new building recently completed and centrally located in Rottweil, a city in Baden-Württemberg. On 20 July 2022, its completion was celebrated together with stakeholders and representatives of city hall, one of the agenda items being a tour of the mixed residential/retail building. Attendees included Frank Dörflinger and Evi Wilk-Streibich of property developer ACTIV-IMMOBILIEN, Rottweil’s head mayor Ralf Bross and mayor Dr. Christian Ruf, as well as Carolin Kratzin of HIH Real Estate. The property provides a gross lettable area of 2,030 sqm, divided into two 28 residential units. As early as the end of April, a drugstore of the Drogerie Müller brand already moved into the commercial unit on the ground floor, which extends over 1,860 square metres in effective floor area. The lease agreement for the commercial unit was signed for a lengthy term of twelve years, and includes 66 underground parking spots as well as six surface and two visitor parking spaces. The building’s residential tenants have the use of 29 underground parking spots.

Residential units in the property include 2-bedroom apartments with an average foot print of 60 square metres, as well as 3- to 4-bedroom units with an average dwelling floor area of 72 to 100 square metres. Among their targeted clientele are single-person households and families who are looking for a high-quality new accommodation built to modern specifications. Incoming tenants will benefit from the central location, which lies within walking distance of the historic town centre of Rottweil, and from the great infrastructure of the surrounding area, including day nurseries, schools and grocery retailers, a wide variety of green spaces and park areas, as well convenient public transportation access.

Nadine Robra, Team Leader Transaction Management Germany at HIH Invest, commented on the acquisition: “Both the city and the district of Rottweil currently show a short supply in as-new rental apartments, and pent-up demand has built up to a considerable volume as a result. In combination with the above-average purchasing power of the region, this implies great letting opportunities for Rottweil.

The economic structure of Rottweil district is dominated by the manufacturing industry and by the services sector. The majority of employers in the region are small and medium-sized enterprises. Being the district capital, Rottweil has excellent access to the regional road network, including access to the A81 motorway (Stuttgart-Konstanz) and to a number of federal routes in the region. The nearest airport is the one in Stuttgart, a commute of 60 minutes away. In addition, the district capital is well integrated into the regional railway network.

“In recent years, the district of Rottweil has registered a steady upward growth in population, and the trend is set to continue through 2030. One of the driving factors is the need for options to work from home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has stimulated the demand for housing in rural areas close to the outdoors and with convenient transport links to nearby cities,” reported Tom Kircher, fund manager at HIH Invest.

Ansgar Pape, member of the Investment Committee Residential at Warburg-HIH Invest, added: “The family-friendly housing estate created in Rottweil lives up to the high sustainability standards we set: market-consistent, generously proportioned apartments with convenient transportation access. The incoming tenants will therefore benefit from short distances and — at least as important — from a socially responsible rent level.”

The legal and tax due diligences were carried out by the law firm of Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in Munich. The technical due diligence was performed by Ernst & Young Real Estate GmbH based in Stuttgart. Arcadis Germany GmbH from Darmstadt took care of the environmental due diligence. iib Institut Innovatives Bauen Consult GmbH provided advice to the buyer side on location.

“Both the city and the district of Rottweil currently show a short supply in as-new rental apartments, and pent-up demand has built up to a considerable volume as a result. In combination with the above-average purchasing power of the region, this implies great letting opportunities for Rottweil.” Nadine Robra, Teamleader Transaction Management Germany, HIH Invest

“In recent years, the district of Rottweil has registered a steady upward growth in population, and the trend is set to continue through 2030. One of the driving factors is the need for options to work from home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has stimulated the demand for housing in rural areas close to the outdoors and with convenient transport links to the metro regions.” Tom Kircher, Fund Manager, HIH Invest

“The family-friendly housing estate created in Rottweil lives up to the high sustainability standards we set: market-consistent, generously proportioned apartments with convenient transportation access. The incoming tenants will therefore benefit from short distances and—at least as important—from a socially responsible rent level.” Ansgar Pape, Member of the Investment Committee Residential, HIH Invest



HIH Invest Acquires another Asset for its Childcare Investment Fund


HIH Invest Acquires another Asset for its Childcare Investment Fund

  • Day nursery in Bremen-Blumenthal bought for the “Zukunft Invest” fund
  • Gross lettable area of around 1,290 square metres
  • Lease agreement with “HanseaSana gGmbH” day nursery operator

Hamburg, 19. July 2022 – HIH Invest Real Estate (“HIH Invest”) just acquired a day nursery (crèche) in Bremen for its “Zukunft Invest” open-ended special AIF. The property is located at Zum Krempel 2 in the Blumenthal district, and represents a two-storey listed building from 1898 that previously served as administrative building of Bremer Wollkämmerei, a wool carding works that went out of business in 2009. In 2021, the property underwent shell-and-core refurbishment. The total lettable area of 1,290 square metres breaks down into 965 square metres for the day nursery with its 70 childcare places, and 325 square metres of office and training rooms. The group rooms of the day nursery are generously proportioned and have direct access to the expansive grounds. The building is let in its entirety to the HanseaSana gGmbH day nursery operator on a term of almost 24 years.

Jens Nagelsmeier, Head of Transaction Management Retail & Healthcare at HIH Invest, commented: “The childcare ratio in Bremen is well below the current demand for childcare. Due to the massively pent-up demand and the fact that demand planning is controlled by city hall, the parameters are quite auspicious. The lengthy lease term with the day nursery operator secures a very stable cash flow for this investment.”

The district of Blumenthal is characterised by family-friendly residential quarters that combine detached homes with multi-family dwellings and larger housing estates, while also having a historically evolved infrastructure along with numerous leisure and recreational amenities. Due to the direct proximity of Wätjens park and the bank of the River Weser, the site is very kid-friendly, with many options for spending time outdoors. According to the plans of the City of Bremen, the site of the former wool carding works is to be converted into an educational campus featuring up to five vocational schools plus micro-businesses and small trade businesses.

The legal and tax due diligences were conducted by the law firm of Heuking Kühn Luer Wojtek in Hamburg. The technical due diligence was performed by C. P. H. Projekt- und Baumanagement GmbH, a Hamburg-based development and consultancy firm.

“The childcare ratio in Bremen is well below the current demand for daycare. Due to the massively pent-up demand and the demand planning done by city hall, the parameters are quite favourable. The lengthy lease term with the day nursery operator secures a very stable cash flow for this investment.” Jens Nagelsmeier, Head of Transaction Management Retail & Healthcare HIH Invest Real Estate



HIH Invest Buys Property in Wuppertal from TEAMRHEINRUHR


HIH Invest Buys Property in Wuppertal from TEAMRHEINRUHR

  • Residential development to deliver 5,025 square metres of dwelling floor area
  • 60 residential units built to “KfW Efficiency House 40 EE” standard
  • Completion expected by mid-2024
  • Sixth property acquisition for Article-8 fund “Deutschland Wohnen Invest”

Hamburg, 12 July 2022 – HIH Invest Real Estate (“HIH Invest”) just acquired a residential development in Wuppertal on behalf of the “Deutschland Wohnen Invest” institutional fund from its developer, TEAMRHEINRUHR Projektentwicklung GmbH. The property, which will deliver 5,025 square metres of dwelling floor area, is located on Münzstrasse in the Barmen district. The development will create 60 residential units inside a five-storey building that will meet the “KfW Efficiency House 40 EE” standard. It is supplemented by a listed live-in signal box upgraded to the energy-efficiency standard for heritage buildings (“Denkmal EE”) and 50 garage parking spots with EV charging points. The planning consent is expected to be issued by the end of July 2022, with the building to be completed by mid-2024. The project is part of a new urban quarter that is under development on Sedansberg and that will create multi-family housing units, town houses and terraced houses. “We are investing in a market-consistent, energy-efficient housing mix in Wuppertal whose focus is on two- and three-bedroom apartments and an upscale fit-out standard,” said Nadine Robra, Team Leader Transaction Management Germany, as she elaborated the acquisition.

“The slow pace of construction in Wuppertal and the strong demand for high-quality apartments, especially for families, translates into a persistently attractive investment opportunity for the fund. In addition to the excellent property specifications, factors encouraging the investment include the stable cash flow, the demand pressure as well as the sound structure of the location and the great infrastructure,” said Tom Kircher, Fund Manager at HIH Invest.

The location within walking distance of the town core of Wuppertal-Barmen ensures that all sorts of day-to-day amenities are close at hand. “The property occupies an attractive hillside micro-location on Sedansberg, and offers a lovely view across the city of Wuppertal. The many central playgrounds and the location next to the bicycle route makes the residential environment extremely well suitable for families,” said Ansgar Pape, member of the Investment Committee Residential at HIH Invest. A number of bus stops in the vicinity ensures that the quarter has convenient access to the public transportation network. Diverse regional railway connections, a rapid transit line and the nearby motorways A1 and A46 provide swift transport links to surrounding conurbations. Driving time to Düsseldorf Airport is 35 minutes. The nearby bicycle trail “Nordbahntrasse” won the German Bicycle Award and the European Greenway Award in 2015. It connects the various parts of the city while also providing significant recreational value.

The acquisition in Wuppertal marks the sixth investment of the “Deutschland Wohnen Invest” fund, and took the form of an asset deal. It brings the total investment volume of the open-ended Article 8 fund up to more than 155 million euros, including an equity interest worth c. 85 million euros. The separate asset pool aims for an average rate of return between 3.4 and 3.5 percent annually. The next acquisitions that will meet the fund’s strict environmental and social sustainability criteria are already in planning. The fund targets an investment volume of more than 400 million euros.

The legal and tax due diligences (DD) were conducted by the law firm of Heussen Rechtsanwalts-gesellschaft mbh. Responsible for the technical pre-acquisition audit was Case Real Estate GmbH. The environmental due diligence was undertaken by Arcadis Germany GmbH. iib Institut Innovatives Bauen Consult GmbH provided advice to the buyer side on location. The transaction was brokered by Imovo GmbH based in Düsseldorf.

“We are investing in a market-consistent, energy-efficient housing mix in Wuppertal whose focus is on two- and three-bedroom apartments and an upscale fit-out standard.” Nadine Robra, Team Leader Transaction Management Germany HIH Invest Real Estate

“The slow construction activities in Wuppertal and the strong demand for high-quality apartments, especially for families, translates into a persistently attractive investment opportunity for the fund. In addition to the excellent property specifications, factors encouraging the investment include the stable cash flow, the demand pressure as well as the sound structure of the location and the great infrastructure.” Tom Kircher, Fund Manager at HIH Invest HIH Invest Real Estate

“The property occupies an attractive hillside micro-location on Sedansberg, and offers a lovely view across the city of Wuppertal. The many centrally located playgrounds make the residential environment extremely well suitable for families.” Ansgar Pape, member of the Investment Committee Residential HIH Invest Real Estate