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Rental Market in Bulgaria

March 18th, 2010 — 12:17pm

The price drop of the properties in Bulgaria stimulated many people to buy properties with the aim to rent them as the price drop of the properties for sale is larger than the drop of the rents. Buying to invest has become a permanent tendency according to analysts.  A property purchased for 28 000 Euros can be rented for 150 Euros per month, i.e. and the annual yield is 6.5%. For the same period last year the yield was 4.5 %.

At the same time rental contracts have become shorter and now landlords are prepared to sign rental contracts for three months instead of for one year.

Purchases are only being made for properties with attractive prices and in affluent areas with good infrastructure. Many Bulgarians have sold the properties which they inherited or properties in a bad condition, so that they can invest in better quality new apartments with good location.

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Bulgarian Middle Class – Overview

March 18th, 2010 — 12:09pm

The total  value of the properties owned by Bulgarian families was 140 billion levs (about 70 billion euros) in the end of 2009, while in the end of 2008 it was 176 billion levs (about 80 billion euros), according to Industry Watch. The drop is due to the devaluation of the properties during the recession and Industry Watch expect that this tendency will continue in the next six months.

The  devaluation of properties has slowed down in the last quarter of 2009 and it has reached 2% in the end of 2009 in comparison to the previous quarter. Because of this devaluation the purchase power of the middle class Bulgarian measured in square metres of living area has increased by 50% in 2009.

The financial resources of the Bulgarian families were 36 billion levs (18 billion euros) in total in the end of 2009 and this is an increase by 7% in comparison with 2008. The annual speed of the growth has slowed down, however, as in 2007 the growth was by 28.5% while in the last year it was just 8%. The amount of 36 billion levs does not include the debt and the credits of the Bulgarians. Last year the debt of the Bulgarians was 1/3 of their financial resources, now the level of debt has decreased according to Industry Watch.

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Bulgarian Property Market

March 8th, 2010 — 1:03pm

The forecasts for a slow down on the property market in Bulgaria came true – it is back to the levels of 2004. The number of deals with real estate have dropped by 35% in 2009 and stopped at 200 678. This drop was deeper than the one in 1997 – 1998 when the country experienced hyperinflation and bank crisis.

According to the Land Registry the hysterical purchases of apartments in the big cities has died away and the drop in the number of purchases  in Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv and Pleven has dropped lower than the average for the country. In the capital Sofia this number has dropped below the lever of 2004 when the purchases were 28 837.

The market in the Black Sea resorts and in the agricultural areas of the country is fairing better than in the rest of the country during the recession. In Nessebar on the Black Sea there were 6461 deals in 2009 which is only by 23% lower than in 2008. In Dobrich the drop is even lower. The interest in agricultural land in the area has remained the same.

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Office Space in Bulgaria

March 2nd, 2010 — 12:58pm

In the last quarter of 2009 the first signs of activity have appeared on the rental market of office space in Bulgaria. Analysts claim that this was due to the efforts of the owners to stimulate prospective tenants with bonuses like rent free periods and payment of the relocation. The much lower rents of newly built offices proved to be a good incentive for many companies to relocate.

The expectation in 2010 are that the size of the unoccupied office spaces will continue to grow due to the large number of new offices that are expected to be offered on the market. In the last quarter of 2009 new offices with total area of 38 200 sq m entered the market. In 2008 their total area was 65 900 sq m. The largest projects have been planned to be completed in 2010 and thus the expectations are that by the end of the current year the newly finished office space will total 360 000 sq m.

In the end of 2009 the office space in Sofia exceeded 1 million sq m of which 80% were situated on the main boulevards and in the outskirts of the city. The completion of about 460 000 sq m of office space has been delayed or frozen.

The rent was 13.50 EUR/sq m for offices class A in the last months of 2009. The average rent for the same period of 2008 was 17 EUR/sq m. The offices of class B and C are offered at 8 and 4 EUR/sq m respectively. It is expected that these levels will remain the same in 2010.

The yield from first class office space in Sofia stays at 11%.

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