Real Estate

Business • Real Estate, Housing & Infrastructure
Norwegian billionaire buys almost 4000 apartments in Berlin
Norwegian billionaire buys almost 4000 apartments in Berlin
Credit: / Jonas Tebbe

The Norwegian billionaire and adventurer Ivar Tollefsen enters the Berlin market for residential real estate through the Swedish housing group Heimstaden Bostad, which he controls. For approximately €830 million he will buy 3902 apartments in central situations of Berlin, according to Heimastaden Bostad.

According to the company, the rental space totals 282,000 square meters. This means that these are smaller apartments and stores with an average floor area of just under 67 square meters.

Protest against the project has already been organized in some apartment buildings. The Berlin district Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg has stated that they are examining the possiblity of a exercising a pre-emptive right of purchase.

Politics • American • South America
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