The Bulgaria real estate industry currently has a lot of investment opportunities which many investors are rushing to take advantage of. This is especially so given the recent steps the industry has made in ensuring that the service delivery and transactions in the sector are streamlined. The regulations have over the years been streamlined, removing any unnecessary bureaucratic requirements while putting in place ones which ensure that a person seeking to buy Bulgarian real estate is well protected and encounters no obstacles in acquiring Bulgaria property. Having decreased over the last 2 to 3 years investment in property in Bulgaria is once again picking up.
The March 2012 market data from the National Statistics Institute in Sofia revealed that activity in the construction sector increased almost 2% over the February figure. In the civil engineering sector the increase was even greater and reached over 3% growth. The Bulgarian Economic ministry points to the data indicating an increase in demand for real estate from overseas as well as a surge in local demand recently. Credit conditions have improved recently and local Bulgarians are gradually dipping their toes back in the property market.
While exports have decreased marginally in the January-February 2012 period the reduction in GDP has been offset by a surge in tourist numbers. An increase in tourists from Greece and Russia has resulted in a record winter tourist season. Local hoteliers and tourist companies are gearing up for a busy summer as tourist numbers are expected to grow across the country. Over 1.5 million tourists are expected from Romania according to the latest information from the Institute for Tourism. This reflects an over 10% increase on the previous year. Read more…
It is every country’s wish to have an increasing number of foreign investors choosing their country as the choice destination for their various investment endeavors. Every country tries to encourage this by use of various incentives such as tax advantages extended to investors in addition to increasing the flow of investments. This is so mainly because most countries realize the benefits that come with increased investments.
Bulgaria has managed to provide an ample environment for investors and thus making it possible for investors interested in buying Bulgaria Properties to easily carry out their transactions. This, the government of Bulgaria has been able to achieve in recent years through the simplification of the various requirements and procedures that are mandatory for one to comply with before being allowed to invest in Bulgaria properties for sale. This simplification of requirements has significantly reduced the cost and time required for people to get to own Bulgaria properties, thus making the country very attractive to foreign investors. The reduction of income and corporate taxes to just 10% has also greatly encouraged investments in Bulgaria
The country has worked to improve transparency in the Bulgaria properties market, and this level of predictability has also added to its allure as a target for foreign investors to buy Bulgaria properties for sale. Several new laws were passed in 2011, aimed at improving the quality of Bulgarian real estate agents and introducing better controls within the real estate sector. The increase in the level of investments has seen various developments in the whole economy of the country as it has meant that there are more capital inflows. This has led to the consistent developments of other sectors of the economy in the country. The buildup of infrastructure, spurred by both the increasing money flow in the country and the country’s need to boost the Bulgaria property sales has also led to increasing economical activities in other sectors as the environment in the country is being made better and better. Read more…
The current report from the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (NSI) for prices of Bulgarian apartments in the Bulgarian cities shows that prices in the fourth quarter of 2011 remained larger static versus the third quarter. The median price drop for Bulgaria apartments was just 1.6%, but the property prices in places like Pernik and Montana have decreased 9% and 7% respectively.
The annual figures for prices of Bulgarian apartments in the smaller towns decreased by approximately 6% which is virtually the same as in 2010. The reduction in prices of apartment properties when inflation is considered was 2% for the quarter and 8% overall for the year.
The NSI figures show that the average price of a Bulgarian apartment in the regional cities in Bulgaria was 453 euro per m2 in Q3 2011 and broadly speaking the prices were the same in the capital Sofia and in Varna.
Overall the total price drops for city apartments in Bulgaria has been 37% since the market started to readjust 3 years ago. At this level buyers at now beginning to re-enter the market for apartments due to the low prices. In many cases it is now cheaper to take a mortgage on the apartment than to pay rent.