Archive for June 2009


Office Rentals

June 24th, 2009 — 10:52am

Office rent in Sofia has decreased in comparison to the end of last year and at the moment is between 10 and 15 Euros/sq m. The decrease is due to mainly two reasons. Firstly, the economic recession and secondly, the highest number of new offices for rent, both because of the high number of newly completed office buildings and the bankruptcy of companies which leave their offices.

The office rental market follows the economic situation in Bulgaria. However, according to analysts, the future tendencies will depend to a great extend on the investors. An investor who has already rented 60% of the building before its completion is less likely to accept lower rent than the investor with an empty building. Additionally, it is important how many projects an investor has and whether they are profitable. Last but not least, offices with good location and effective use of the space, with enough of parking space and with access to the necessary technology are unlikely to rent for less.

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Ex-pats

June 23rd, 2009 — 12:24pm

The ex-pats who have moved to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast are selling their properties and leaving Bulgaria in great numbers. They have lost their hope to make a profit by renting their apartments. They offer their properties for sale at prices which are 20% lower than in the last year. Studios are for sale for as little as 38 000 Euros and two-bedroom apartments are on offer for about 60 000 Euros. The second-hand car markets are full of British cars which sell at half the price of the ones with a left steering wheel. Many of the Brit who have settled in Bulgaria are pensioners and some of them find it hard to cope during the recession and sell their apartments, houses and cars.

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Bulgarian Property Market – Overview

June 16th, 2009 — 11:39am

The direct foreign investment in  construction and in properties  in Bulgaria in the first quarter of 2009 was 208 million Euros which is a decrease by 59.3% in comparison to 2008 whe it was 511.2 million Euros.

In the first half of 2009 the prices of properties for sale in the country have decreased by 5.95% on average while the rents have decreased by 6.59%, according to the official statistic. From December to May the prices of properties have fallen by 10% in Sofia, by 6.13% in Varna and by 10.25% in Burgas. The most insignificant price drop was in Blagoevgrad – 0.67%.

Most of the deals, however,  were at 20% lower prices than the advertised prices.  The number of purchases from January to March 2009 was 35 433 which is by 37.27% less than in the same period of 2008 when there were 56 483 purchases.  Some analysts expect the number of the purchases to fall by 50% on annual bassis.

In this year due to the limited mortgage lending 70% of the sales were financed by personal savings while in 2008 not less than 80% of the properties were purchases with mortgages.


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Internet Sale of Repossessed Properties

June 15th, 2009 — 10:55am

Until now the information about repossessed properties offered at auctions was only available at the offices of the private judges, in the municipalities and the in the regional courts. Often this information which had to be available a month before the auction disappeared.

Now, the cheap repossessed properties which judges sell in Bulgaria can be found on the web. The Chamber of the Private Court Executors publishes information for upcoming auctions at http://www.sales.bcpea.org

At the moment there are 164 announcements for the sale of all types of property – apartments, houses, warehouses, plots of land, etc. The information is constantly updates. The highest number of announcements have been made by the Sofia City Court. Among them are auctions for apartments with a starting price of up to 60 000 levs (30 000 Euros) . For example, the bidding for a one-bedroom apartment on Alexander Stamboliysky Boulevard will start at 52 400 levs, while the bidding for the same size of apartment by located in Hadji  Dimitar at 65 000.  Bidding for apartements in the areas in the outskirts of Sofia start at under 20 000 Euors.  The announcement coming from other Bulgarian cities are quite interesting.  In Varna the bidding for a two-bedroom apartment will start at 80 000 levs and for a villa at 105 000 levs.  In general currently there are eight houses in the country at prices under 10 000 levs.  The most expensive offers are: a factory in Burgas with a starting price of 29 826 750 levs and a house in the affluent Dragalevtsy in Sofia with a starting price of 760 000 levs.

If an auction fails and nobody bids for a property, there is a second auction and the price drops by 20%. The successful bidders must pay the whole amount of the price of the property within 7 days. Potential bidders’ only worry is that the former owners of repossessed apartments can appeal against the repossessions.

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Vitosha Boulevard

June 12th, 2009 — 2:49pm

Vitosha Boulevard in the Bulgarian capital Sofia dropped out of the top 50 most expensive  streets  in the world. The boulevard is in 53-rd place with an average rent of 120 EUR/ sq m.  The rent in all locations around the world have dropped in the last 12 months because of the global recession.  Although the most expensive streets are without any competition, the big brand names tend to avoid opening new veniews there and prefer to open smaller shops in other areas.

Number one among them is still 5th Ave, New York with an average rent of 15 000 USD per m per annum. Chanzelysee in Paris is in the second place and Russel Street in Hong Kong is in the third place.

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