EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht

17th EBS Real Estate Congress 2016

On 4th of March 2016 the 17th student organized EBS Real Estate congress took place on the Campus in Oestrich-Winkel.

This year’s motto was: “Vision for the Future”.

The fully packed lecture halls were literally bursting at the seams but lead consequently to a communicative environment that promoted personal contact.
The following abstract gives a short overview of the key topics of the congress:
In the two opening speeches by Prof. Bernd Thomsen (Thomsen Group) and Christiane Varga (Zukunftsinstitut) the “Vision for the future” was highlighted from two different perspectives. Both speakers gave innovative insights of future trends and expected societal transformations. Many provided examples however showed that the future has already begun.

The pivotal question, how do we want to shape our cities in the years to come, was investigated by Dr. Christoph Schumacher (Union Investment). The migration into the urban centers and the associated increasing density of our cities is contradicting with the preservation of living quality. Hence, increasing flexibility of living space and the creation of so called “breathing spaces” will be crucial.

Besides the ideas of residential real estate and urban planning, other discussed topics were developments in classical fields of economics. Gero Bergmann (Berlin Hyp) identified challenges for established financial institutions that derive from disruptive concepts of start-ups and from the low-interest policy of the ECB in this context. Averting these developments seems impossible and the only way to address these issues is “mass-customization” i.e. the introduction of individualized financial products.

That the business models of established companies are under pressure by Start-ups became evident in the very first conducted Pecha-Kucha session. Several real estate start-ups presented in short sketches: crowd investments (Brickvest), tenant management platforms (QIPP) and online painting companies ( It became obvious which central role digitalization and the evolution of existing business practices will play.
Additionally, several Panels and lectures including the topics monetary policy, living, finance, investments and innovation took place. The crucial findings are that the real estate industry has to evolve under the pressure of these megatrends in order to stay competitive. Especially the digitalization creates pressure the real estate industry has to cope with prospectively.

At this point the REMI and the student initiative want to thank our speakers and panelists for their extraordinary efforts for the success of the congress.


16th EBS Real Estate Congress 2015

As in the previous years, a group of young first-semester students has organized the EBS Real Estate Congress. The event took place over three days from 5th to 7th of March 2015. By now, a well-established meeting has been now organized for the 16th time! This year’s topic was:

Real Estate Capital Markets – Rise of the Phoenix?

Overall, the EBS REMI welcomed over 400 participants on the campus in Oestrich-Winkel over the course of the congress. A myriad of professions up to CEO-level as well as students from various universities made the congress a huge success. For the participants, the congress represented an excellent opportunity to meet old acquaintances and to extent their professional network.

Furthermore, students had the opportunity to further gain insights into the real estate industry by interacting with companies during workshops. In addition, five speeches and five panel discussions provided interesting points of view and aspects. Beside industry experts, both the mayor of Wiesbaden, Sven Gerich (SPD), as well as the keynote speaker, Hans Reitz, was impressed by the warm hospitality and the good organization. The final academic day of the congress on Saturday gave the Aareal Award winners the opportunity to present their research. It has also served as a platform for exchange among practitioners and academics.