According to the latest report by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (NSI), which was conducted to measure the prices of Bulgarian apartments in the regional cities in 4Q 2011; the prices have almost been identical to those prevailing in the same year’s 3Q. The fall in the prices on an average is only 1.5% just because the rates of the Bulgaria apartments for sale in Montana and Pernik towns have witnessed the maximum drop, which was -8.27% and -6.91% respectively. During the second half of 2011, the Bulgarian real estate market has seen a slowdown in the pace of fall in the apartment prices across the nation. It was found that this drop was only 1-1.5% on an average on a quarterly basis.
Taking into account an annual basis, the prices of Bulgarian apartments for sale in the regional cities fell by 6.2% on an average, which is similar to the annual drop witnessed in the third quarter of 2011. After calculating via the Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP), the real fall in the prices of apartments following the hike is just 2% as compared to the former quarter. On an annual basis, the fall was 8.5% as compared to the same quarter of the previous year, 2010.
The NSI data further reported that the average price a buyer had paid to buy Bulgaria apartments in the regional cities was 453 EUR sq. m. in the last quarter of 2011, with the prices being same in Varna as well as in the capital Sofia. However, since the last few months of 2011, the prices at which the apartments were sold in the biggest cities were: Sofia – 743 EUR per sq. m., Varna – 743 EUR per sq. m., Plovdiv – 485 EUR per sq. m., Bourgas – 596 EUR per sq. m., Stara Zagora – 455 EUR per sq. m., Rousse – 430 EUR per sq. m., and Veliko Tarnovo – 365 EUR per sq. m.
In case of Sofia, the fall in the prices in the last quarter of 2011 was -0.22%, which was nominal as compared to the former quarter. This means that the cheap Bulgaria apartments are now no longer so cheaply available. Therefore, if you are now thinking to buy Bulgaria apartments in any city of Bulgaria, be ready to spend a bit more. This is true despite that after inflation, the prices of apartments in the capital city of the country have fallen by 0.65%, which is much low than the fall in the prices in the previous quarter.
The reports also revealed that the accumulated nominal price fall of the Bulgarian apartments in the provincial cities in the former three years is 37.5% since the onset of the crisis. However, the accumulated price drop is 41% for the capital city. Nonetheless, the accumulated real fall in the prices of the Bulgarian apartments on an average after inflation as well as since the onset of crisis is 42% for the nation, 45.5% for the capital.