Capital gripped by property boom as Germans turn their backs on renting

Walking around the building site, looking at the cranes working on the open spaces nearby, there is a sense that Berlin is busy closing up remaining gaps. “Time is running out to buy in Berlin”, Guerin says. Once all the empty plots are built on, will Berlin go the way of Paris or London, with amateur developers doing up older properties to sell for a profit and the poorer part of the population being pushed out to the suburbs?