Berlin remains in the lead with 22,568 apartments sold, observed the Immobilienwirtschaft. But the total number of apartments sold in Germany's “Big Seven” cities was down by roughly 2,000 units. Some of the country's smaller cities actually came out on top of the Accentro Homeownership Report: Halle (Saale), Fürth, and Augsburg. These were said to have not just maintained their transaction volume, but actually increased it in some cases. Sales in Halle, for one, reportedly grew by 131 percent.