The Real Estate Award was presented at the “9th PLATOW FORUM for Equity Investment” at the Hilton Hotel in Frankfurt before more than 100 guests from the real estate and equity investment sectors. The award in the category “Residential property” was presented by Albrecht F. Schirmacher, CEO of PLATOW Medien GmbH. In a brief laudation, Werner Rohmert, the real estate specialist for the PLATOW newsletter, explained the reasons for giving the award to Deutsche Wohnen: “Deutsche Wohnen AG is being given the PLATOW Real Estate Award in the category “Residential property” because, as a company, it has succeeded in developing from its beginnings as a Deutsche Bank fund to become a leading public real estate company. It has also managed to build up a high-quality portfolio and, last but not least, to preserve its independence in a difficult business environment whilst achieving for its shareholders an impressive development in its share price.”
A high-class jury consisting of independent market experts and academics who have been observing and also having an impact on the real estate industry, in some cases, for decades makes this Real Estate Award every year in the categories: commerce, housing, equity investments and services. Members of the jury include real estate professionals like Dr Thomas Beyerle, managing director of Catella Property Valuation, Prof. Dr Hanspeter Gondring, programme manager for Real Estate/Insurance at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University [Duale Hochschule], Bernd Knobloch, head of the board of management of the charitable Hertie Foundation, Dr Günter Vornholz, professor of real estate economics at the EBZ Business School, Rudolf M. Bleser, CEO of the Immobilien Manager Verlag (a publishing house providing a specialist journal about the real estate industry) and Prof. Dr Karl-Georg Loritz from the University of Bayreuth.
Deutsche Wohnen is one of the largest publicly listed property companies in Germany and Europe with a business focus on managing and developing its residential property portfolio. As at 30 June 2016 the portfolio comprised a total of 160,800 units, of which 158,600 are residential units and 2,200 commercial properties. The company is listed in the Deutsche Börse’s MDAX and is also included in the leading indices EPRA/NAREIT, STOXX® Europe 600 and GPR 15.