Archive for October 2008


BOOM OF REPOSESSIONS

October 30th, 2008 — 11:31am

Each week about 20 new repossessed properties are declared at Sofia Regional Court. All repossessed properties are listed in the Third Civil Department of the regional court.  Most of them are apartments, houses and bigger buildings, agricultural land and regulated plots.

One-bedroom prefab apartment in Liulin gets a starting price of 36 000 levs, while an apartment of the same size in Mladost 4 -  74 000 levs.

A three-storey building in Vassil Levski Boulevard in the centre of Sofia has a startign price of 821 000 levs, while an apartment of 100 square metres in Strelbishte has a starting price of 205 000 levs. At the same price will start the auction for a plot of land of 5 000 square metres in Vrajdebna, a suburd of Sofia. The most expensive repossessed car has a starting price of 4 800 levs.  In the process of auctioning the price very often is increased by 100%.

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Euromoney Conference

October 24th, 2008 — 4:29pm

The average price of properties in Bulgaria in the first half of the year has been 1418 levs per sq.m. according to the National Statistics Institute. The most expensive properties have been in Sofia where on average they sold for 2470 levs per sq. m. Varna has been in the second place with 2130 levs per sq.m. In third place was Burgas with 1755 levs per sq.m., closely followed by Plovdiv (1655 levs per sq.m.) and Veliko Turnovo (1331 levs per sq.m.). The cheapest properties have been in Kiustendil (751 levs per sq.m.) and Silistra (763 levs per sq.m.).

According to the analysis of UniCredit Group presented at the Euromoney Conference in Salonica, the average Bulgarian household consists of 2.8 rooms, while the average for the European Union is 4.2 rooms. However, the size of the living area in Bulgaria fairs better than in many other countries in Eastern Europe like: Romania (2,6 rooms), Ukraine (2.3 rooms), Lithuania (2.5 rooms) and Latvia (2.4 rooms).

According to the UniCredit Group Bulgaria has the highest number of home owners in the EC. There are on average 486 apartments per 1000 people in the country, while this ratio for the EU is 472 apartments and in South-East Europe – 413.15% of the Bulgarians intend to buy their own property in the next decade. However, according to the legal and financial advisers the recession will lead to slowing down in crediting. The growth of crediting in 2007 has reached 63%, while this year it will barely come to 40% and it is expected to slow down to only 25% in 2009.

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CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY – STATISTICS

October 22nd, 2008 — 12:49pm

The turnover of the largest Bulgarian construction companies in 2007 was 2.7 billion levs according to the Builders’ Chamber in Bulgaria (KSB) which announced the annual statistics on the eve of the day of the builders, St Dimitre’s Day. More than 2400 Bulgarian construction companies have provided information for these statistics.

The largest construction company in Bulgaria is Glavbolgarstroy AD with a turnover reaching 228.9 million levs. Roads Holding is in the second place with 151.7 million levs. It seems unlikely a company building roads to take the first place, as there are no infrastructure projects for the time being.

The growth of the construction industry according to its chamber demonstrated a growth of 16% per annum but this year there will be a slow down. This recession has been expressed in the halting of investment projects and of planning permissions. If the European funding has not been stopped, the construction industry would have maintained its growth.

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PROPERTY PURCHASE IN THE TIME OF CRISIS

October 15th, 2008 — 10:18am

The slowing down of the Bulgarian property market is most obvious at the Black Sea resorts, namely the Sunny Beach and the Golden Sands, and in the mountain ski resorts like Bansko and Pamporovo. The price of properties there have reached their peak levels and the number of purchases has been falling. There is no demand for such properties, while the the properties on offer are many. This is the reason why the Bulgarian banks avoid financing such purchases, as well as the construction of properties along the coast. According to leading business and legal advisers, the prospective investors can not  rely on off-plan sales at the moment. Many hotels along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast have been put up for sale and there are no prospective buyers interested in them. This means that most of them will be acquired by the Bulgarian banks which credited their construction. In the long run if the intensive construction does not stop, many hotels along the coast will have to be demolished like in Spain. However, in order to do this, a new legislative framework needs to be introduced by the Bulgarian parliament, and leading solicitors have been investigating the Spanish experience and preparing the necessary amendments to the current Bulgarian laws. Generally, the lawyers and the law companies seem to be more occupied than anybody else involved in the construction business.

Away from the Black Sea and the mountain resorts, the Bulgarian property market keeps moving because traditionally Bulgarians consider buying a property not only an investment but  most of all a form of security.

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SUNNY BEACH – NEW DEVELOPMENTS

October 15th, 2008 — 9:39am

Despite the looming global financial crisis. New developments open in the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach.

Oasis VIP Homes and Blue Pearl Apartment Complex in Sunny Beach will be presented at the largest property exhibition on the Balkans – BalPex. Oasis VIP Homes is the first luxury development of Galaxy Property Group in Sunny Beach. The development is in Mediterranean style with a park of more than 10 000 sq.m. and with three swimming pools. This project includes also Royal Sun development with 530 apartments.

The other project Blue Pearl is a development with apartments situated in the central part of the Sunny Beach. It comprises of 85 apartments overlooking the bay with Nessebar and St. Vlas, 16 shops, barber shop, gym and two swimming pools with a bar.

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