Luxury real estate in Germany ✅ 1. Andrea Bricconi and his wife Claudia Mosca together with their kids arriving at an apartment building in Berlin – 2. Bricconi family entering building ✅ Europeans seeking a safe place to invest turn to German real estate.
3. Family looking at the apartment building
4. Pan down apartment building to Claudia Mosca talking to real estate agent
5. Bricconi and Mosca talking to a real estate agent
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andrea Bricconi, homebuyer:
“Well, we love Berlin. We’ve been here four, five times in the latest twenty years and so it’s our favourite city, at least in Europe, so we have some money to invest and we wanted to try to make it here.”
7. Wide of Berlin city centre
8. Close up building
9. Couple and real estate agent Ruth Stirati looking at bathroom of the apartment
10. Pan from bathroom to couple
11. Close up of Bricconi taking notes
12. Bricconi and Mosca at one apartment talking to the real estate agents
13. SOUNDBITE (German) Ruth Stirati, real estate agent:
“Five years ago we received one mail request for an apartment in one week. Then more and more requests arrived. The interest in apartments went up high because of the financial crisis and the uncertainty in Italy after Berlusconi was not re-elected. There was an uncertainty about the banks in Italy and about personal savings. One year ago enquiries from Italian investors reached a peak. People were afraid of losing their money.”
14. Berlin street scene with TV tower
15. Close up of sign reading “Alexanderplatz, Friedrichshain”
16. Mid of people walking
17. Various of apartment building under construction
18. SOUNDBITE (German) Jacopo Mingazzini, board member of Estavis Real Estate Performance:
“In 2011 we sold 60 percent more apartments in Berlin than we did in 2010. Right now we already topped our results from 2011. We have a lot of Germans investing their money in apartments but also foreigners who invest in apartments here.”
19. Bricconi and his wife Claudia Mosca looking at kitchen
20. Close up of Bricconi
21. Close up of apartment leaflet
22. SOUNDBITE (German) Rackham Schroeder, head of the Berlin office of Engels&Voelkers Commercial:
“In Europe we have only one country which is doing very well right now and this is Germany. Germany has only one capital and this is Berlin. There are various reasons why it is so attractive to invest in real estate in Berlin right now. One is the good interest rate conditions and prices but there is one other important fact – emotions. If you have been in Berlin and experienced the atmosphere here you see that Berlin is a prosperous city with a lot of positive energy and creativity. Berlin is growing and it is a great feeling to be here.”
24. Bricconi and Mosca looking through window, leaving the apartment
25. Bricconi and family walking on pavement
Italian couple Andrea Bricconi and his wife Claudia Mosca gave themselves a tight schedule: fly in to Berlin with their two young boys in tow, and fly home three days later as owners of an apartment in the German capital.
They were buying it with money they had banked after selling their home in Italy.
“Well, we love Berlin,” said Bricconi, who works as a marketing manager at Infineon Technologies in Austria, as does his wife.
“We’ve been here four, five times in the latest twenty years and so it’s our favourite city at least in Europe, so we have some money to invest and we wanted to try to make it here.”
Berlin is among the most attractive, especially for foreigners looking for mid-range investments, with average apartment prices at about 2,000 euros (2,548 US dollars) per square metre as compared with Munich’s 3,300 euros (4,205 US dollars).