When a vacant suite in an apartment building in Berlin, Germany, went on the market, the response was an indication of the housing shortage in that city: almost 1,800 hopeful renters lined up at the building to view the flat. People were interested because of the reasonable price of the two-room accommodation. Rolf Harms, the property manager, had to use a megaphone to dole out instructions, and then 20 to 30 people were allowed in at the same time. In that country, similar apartment shortages are common in other large cities, such as Hamburg, Munich, and Frankfurt.