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Green technologies to be deployed in Bulgarian properties

Bulgarian property specialists will design a new government standard to map out the rules for the building and operation of properties with minimum impact on the environment. The new approach is part of a strategy by the regional development ministry.

A research team will be created of ministry staff and industry associations, who will outline a certification process for all green construction in Bulgaria.

In the future a strong focus will be placed on building in a sustained and environmental manner and the minister wants Bulgarian property companies to be leaders in this area.Special training and assistance will be provided to construction companies to ensure that they meet the best international standards. The research team will focus on how to use locally source renewable materials to the best effect in Bulgarian properties. By starting at the local level it is hoped that the new technologies and technique will become common place across the country

Focus remains on luxury Bulgarian properties

The continuing adjustment in the Bulgarian property market is started to impact all but the nest quality Bulgaria apartments, with good location, infrastructure and services a must according the Bulgarian property experts.

The demand for quality Bulgarian properties for sale still exists but cheap purpose built apartments in locations like Sunny Beach and Bansko are seeing substantial price drop due to a huge oversupply in these areas and also a lack of quality and variety. Read more…

Commercial Property in Bulgaria remains stable

New business property in Bulgaria has increased by a minimal amount in the first half of 2008. However several large scale office development are expected to enter the market over the next two years according to Raiffeisen Bulgarian Real Estate.

The market for retail and commercial Bulgarian properties remains stable and should see strong growth in the medium and the long term. It is estimated that foreign direct investments in the Bulgarian real estate market have declined by over 30% in the first six months over the year. Read more…

Construction costs of Mall Bulgaria increases

The construction cost of the Mall Bulgaria retail centre in Sofia is expected to be almost twice as much as was first planned two years ago. The cost of the commercial and retail development is estimated at close to €220 million.

The retail complex is a joint venture between Bulgarian property developer LSProperty and the international real estate group Salamanca Capital. The Mall Bulgaria is managed by Eli Egosi, who were part of the team that worked on the Mall of Sofia project. Read more…

No real drops for Bulgaria real estate prices from global credit crunch

Bulgarian property prices increased almost 9% in Q4 from Q3 2007. The annual price increased were just under 35%.The latest research from Industry Watch property group highlights the strong growth in the Bulgaria property market. The research agrees with statistics released by real estate consultancy Knight Frank which shows that the Bulgaria real estate market was one of the fastest growing in the word during 2007. The company reports that prices have increased by 34% on average over the last 2 years. They expect however that price increases will reduce to just 15% or 2008.

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Glavbolgarstroy to team with Deutsche Bank on Rila motorway project

Deutsche Bank has signed up to provide advisory services to Bulgarian property construction company Glavbolgarstroy and help it in the initial preparation and design phase of the Rila motorway project. The German bank will work with Glavbolgarstroy to prepare its bid for the construction of the Rila motorway which will connect the Hemus, Struma and Trakia motorways and also speed up the link to Borovets ski resort. The investment bank will not be financially involved in the project at this stage but is in principle interested in being involved on the financing element of the project. Read more…

Borovets Property ranked as top location for ski property

The Bulgarian ski resort of Borovets is listed in 6th position in the Sunday Tribunes Top 10 property investments for 2008. Dubai ranks first on the list as one of the world’s fastest growing cities. Also included are: Ibiza, Poznan, Toulouse, Geneva, Orlando, London, Hurghada and Silver Coast. Bulgaria property has been one of the hottest property markets in Europe for the last couple of years. But in the haste to snap up a bargain, the Bulgarian property market in some parts of the country has become a little too crowded and overdeveloped. Read more…

Attraction to Bulgarian real estate continues

Despite some negative news articles saying that the Bulgarian real estate market is not so appealing to foreign investors any more, Andrew Regan, a Scottish journalist, states that the Bulgarian real estate boom does not seem to be easing at all. Bulgaria plans to join the Euro zone in 2011 is leading to a rush of investors trying to buy cheap Bulgarian properties now before the prices rise when they join the euro zone. Local Bulgarian real estate agents are also suggesting there will be more demand for Bulgarian property when Bulgaria joins the Euro in 2011

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Investors switch from Russian to Bulgarian properties

Difficult conditions for home loans and high interest rates are making Russia’s property market less attractive, pushing investors to Bulgarian properties and also the Cyprus, Greece and Montenegro property markets, Russian daily Kommersant reported. The article describes the Bulgarian properties market as heaven for investors, who can expect high returns, an average of 20%-30% annual rise in property sale prices and low interest rates on mortgage loans. “Renting out makes it easier to pay off the credits,” the article adds. Russians’ interest in Bulgarian properties for sale is fuelled by the country’s good reputation as traditional destination for holidays.

Bulgaria property no.1 for growth

According to the latets Knight Frank House Price report Bulgaria property currently has the fastest growth rates. Overall prices for Bulgaria property in the period up to Q3 2007 has risen by almost 31%. This is just behind the quickest growing country Singapore where real estate prices grew by some 34%. Knight Frank has cautioned to be careful in certain parts of the Bulgarian market as it believe that areas like Bansko and the Black Sea beach resort are reaching saturation and supply of properties in these areas now exceed demand. In other news it predicted that UK and Irish overseas property ownership will double within five years. Read more…

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