November 30th, 2011 — 5:50pm
In 2011 the market of agricultural land in Bulgaria went back to the levels before the recession. 1 200 000 dka of land have been sold and only in July 124 000 sales took place. In 2008, which was the best year before the recession, in 122 000 deals were sold 1 240 000 dka of land.
The average price of the land is 345 levs (170 Euros) per dka, for comparison in 2010 it was 320 levs (160 Euros), while in 2008 – 350 levs (175 Euros).
According to analysts, agricultural land proved to be a stable asset in Bulgaria and this has attracted investors.
Comment » | Bulgaria, Property
November 25th, 2011 — 12:47pm
Due to the debt crisis in the Eurozone, the demand for mortgages in Bulgaria has shrunk. The size of the average mortgage has decreased in October 2011 in comparison with September 2011 according to the Bulgarian National Bank. The number of the repaid mortgages has exceeded the number of the new mortgages. This is the third decrease in the number of the new mortgages since the beginning of the recession. The previous two decreases took place in January 2009 and in January 2011, as the first month of the year is traditionally bad for lending. In the last three years only the number of the new mortgages has been steadily rising by about 2% on annual basis.
This third decrease was minimal – by only 340 000 levs (about 170 000 Euros) – but according to analysts it shows the decrease in the demand in the last two months. However, it occurred exactly at the climax of the active crediting season when banks are most active. The reason is the deepening debt crisis in the Eurozone.
The bad and the restructured credits reached 9.022 billion levs ( 4,5 billion Euros) or 22% of the credit portfolio, non-inclusive of the overdrafts. The increase in the last month was by 222 million levs (111 million Euros) due to the increase of the bad business credits by 172 million levs reaching 5.6 billion levs (2.7 billion Euros). The size of the unpaid or restructured mortgages is 1.7 billion levs and of the bad personal credits – 1.5 billion levs .
The total size of all credits lent both to businesses and individuals is 51.8 billion levs (25 billion Euros).
Comment » | Bulgaria, Economy
November 23rd, 2011 — 5:53pm
According to the property analysts 40% of the property buyers in Bulgaria are prepared to pay between 50 and 80 000 Euros for their purchase. They are the largest group of property buyers in the country. In the second place (23%) are the buyers ready to pay between 80 000 and 120 000 Euros and in the third place (again 23%) are those under the 50 000 Euros margin.
According to the official statistics 40% of the sales have been of properties that cost from 30 000 to 50 000 Euros, followed by a group of properties (24%) that cost between 50 000 and 80 000 Euros. Although apartments under 30 000 Euros are the least in demand, the actual sales of such properties are 14% of the total number of the sales. The sales of apartments with prices exceeding 120 000 Euros are 7% of the actual sales which is equal to the number of enquiries for properties within this price margin.
Concerning rent, almost 60% of all enquiries were for apartments that rent for less than 250 Euros per month, of them 40% fall in the 150-250 Euro margin. However, the highest number of rental contracts (66%) is signed for properties that rent between 250 and 500 Euros per month. In the second place (17%) are those that rent for more than 500 Euros per month and in the third place (17% again) are properties renting for less than 250 Euros per month.
Comment » | Bulgaria, Economy, General, Property
November 21st, 2011 — 11:40am
The Mail On Sunday, 20 November 2011
A group of Britons who faced arrest and threats of violence during a two-year dispute over the ownership of flats they had bought in a Bulgarian ski resort have finally won their case.
The 70 investors have gained access to the apartment block in the former Communist state as well as securing the title deeds to their flats, which they had purchased for £6 million.
The resolution of the dispute is considered so significant that Britain’s most senior diplomat in the country will attend a party next weekend at the All-Seasons leisure complex in the town of Bansko, 120 miles south of the capital Sofia.
The owners were denied entry after an influential local businessman took over the entire development and refused to hand over the keys.
The Britons staged a mass break-in to seize possession of the block but in a series of court cases their pleas for justice were ignored.
Financial adviser Paul Hassall, from Horsham, West Sussex, who was arrested twice by Bulgarian police during the campaign to get the flats back, said: ‘The British Consul says this is the first time a group of British victims of property crime in Bulgaria have united and won their case.’
Comment » | Bulgaria
November 17th, 2011 — 12:09pm
The Bulgarian parliament passed the Bugdet 2012. According to the budget the growth of the Bulgarian economy in 2012 will be 2.9%. However, according to the National Statistics Institute the Bulgarian econcomy has slowed down in the last quarter of 2012. The Bulgarian GDP has not changed in the period July – September 2011 and has increased by 1.3% on an annual bassis. Usually the summer months are considered very good for the Bulgarian economy because of the expected income from tourism. The expectations were that slump of the European markets will affect Bulgarian economy in the autumn, however this has happened much earlier. The Bulgarian government is prepared to revise Budget 2012 in case that the situation gets worse.
Comment » | Bulgaria