According to the Land Registry, the property sales in the Bulgarian capital Sofia have increased for a second consecutive quarter reaching 3324 sales in the first three months of 2012. On the average in Sofia have been completed 37 sales per day – an annual decrease of 8.8%. The property prices in the capital have increased on the whole and now properties in Sofia are more expensive than properties in Varna, Bulgaria’s Black Sea capital, where for years property prices have been the highest in the country. The average price in Sofia is 1 453.30 levs (appr. 750.5 Euros)/square metre, while in Varna it is 1439.00 levs (appr. 740 Euros)/square metre. In third place are property prices in the second largest Bulgarian city on the Black Sea – Burgas – 1158.83 levs (appr.592 Euros)/ square metre.
Archive for April 2012
In the first quarter of 2012 the property prices in Bulgaria have decreased in 17 regional cities on an annual basis, while price increases have been registered in 10 cities. In 2011 the property prices have dropped by 6.1% on average and at the end of last year the average property price in Sofia was 750.5 Euros per square metre.
In the first quarter of 2012 the average property price for the whole of Bulgaria was 477 Euros per square metre. The properties in Sofia remained as the most expensive ones in the country, closely followed by the properties in Varna and in Burgas. On the average the property prices in the first quarter of 2012 have dropped by 0.4% in comparison with the last quarter of 2011.
In the last year the property prices in Sofia continued dropping. The sharpest decrease was of the prices of studios – which have dropped by 6.9% in comparison with April 2011. Now they sell for less than 700 Euros per square metre, while in 2011 their price was 733 Euros per square metres on average. Last year one-bedroom apartments used to sell for 770 Euros per square metre but now they sell for 723 Euros per square metre, a price drop of 6.1%. The prices of two-bedroom apartments have dropped less then the rest – by only 4.6% from 754 Euros in 2011 to 719 Euros now.
The one-bedroom apartments are the most popular ones and buyers prefer them to the two-bedroom apartments. The cheapest one-bedroom apartments last year could be found in the area of Tolstoy, 552 Euros per square metre, while this year the cheapest one-bedroom apartments are located in Malinova Dolina and fetch a price of 468 Euros per square metre. The most expensive one-bedroom apartments last year have been located in the affluent area of Ivan Vazov with an average price of 1286 Euros per square metre. This year, the most expensive one-bedroom apartments are located in the central area of Oborishte with average prices of 1167 Euros per squre metre which is a price drop of 9.3%.
According to leading Bulgarian banks, the value of the properties owned by Bulgarians has decreased by 3 billion levs (1.6 billion Euros) to 208 billion levs (106 billion Euros) in the last quarter of 2011. At the same time the savings held in bank accounts have increased by 1.4 billion levs and at the end of last year they have reached 30.9 billion levs (16 billion Euros). The debt of the Bulgarians has decreased and currently is under 52%. The loss from investments in shares has increased to 285 million levs (190 million Euros) at the end of 2011, an all time record.
At the end of 2011 the profit of the Bulgarian banks has reached 586 million levs (270 million Euros). In the last three years the Bulgarian banks have saved their profit to create a buffer zone of capital for emergency situations. Thus at the end of last year in the banking system there was a surplus of 2.9 billion levs (1.5 billion Euros) on top of the required capital.
The volume of the profit of the Bulgarian banks has been shrinking until the beginning of last year due to the expenses for servicing bad credits and due to the high interest on the deposits. However, during 2011, the banks managed to turn this tendency around. In January and February 2012 they recorded an increase of their profit. In January 2012 the increase on annual basis was by 19.2%, while in February 2012 it has reached 34.7% or 118 million levs (60 million Euros).