After the British carmaker Jaguar Land Lover (JLR) announced its plan to build a brand new plant in Nitra, local real estate prices skyrocketed. Now the situation seems to be calming down. This is because the central bank has tightened conditions for taking out mortgages as well as developers announcing projects for the construction of new apartments.
In the years 2016 and 2017, real estate prices in Nitra and its vicinity increased by 20-30 percent. Rudolf Pauke from the real estate agency RE/MAX Family does not see this as natural growth caused by an increase in employment, labour productivity or wages. Real estate prices were mainly affected by the behaviour of people, the TASR newswire reported.
After the announcement of the investment, real estate prices began to increase. Because of this many sellers withdrew their offers from the market with the aim of waiting for higher prices. On the other hand, there was a high demand from people who wanted to buy residential real estate with a view to later renting it or selling it on for a higher price. This resulted in a drop in offers and an increase in demand, causing a significant increase in prices.
The price of one-room apartments and studios grew the most. While before JLR’s arrival a studio in Nitra went for about €29,000, at the time of the biggest boom in prices one could expect to pay as much as €54,000. The price of a one-room apartment went from €35,000 to almost €70,000. At this level they could no longer be sold, so the price cap was about €65,000, said Matias Fest from Fest Garant Invest, as cited by TASR.
The price increase in land was even higher due to a shortage. Before the arrival of the carmaker, land cost €30-€50 per square metre. Now it is €80-€120 per square metre, said Fest.
Fewer than 3,000 new apartments are available on the market of new residential buildings in Bratislava, which is the lowest figure for the past two years. As demand for new apartments is still relatively lively, prices for new units continue to grow slightly, the TASR newswire cited the real estate agency LEXXUS.
The Austrian company Soravia has opened a new retail zone in Liptovský Mikuláš in northern Slovakia, the Retail Park Liptovský Mikuláš. It is 9,000 square metres and is the first investment by the Austrian developer outside Bratislava. The investment totalling €22 million has created 100 jobs so far.
At the end of the second quarter of 2018, apartments under construction numbered 76,000 in Slovakia. This is the highest number since 1996 when the Slovak Statistics Office began to register this data. Because the figure for residential real estate under construction in the early 1990s was low, figures from the second quarter of this year are the highest since the launch of independent Slovakia in 1993, the Trend weekly reported.
Construction of a brand new bus station and the extensive reconstruction of Mlynské Nivy Street are going according to plan.
The PNK Group, an international developer of industrial and logistics real estate from Russia, has joined the European real estate market by constructing a new industrial park called PNK Park Sereď in western Slovakia. Spanning 45,000 square metres of industrial space, the park offers premises for various uses: storage, distribution centres and light industry assembly halls.
The Czech investment fund Arete Invest, focusing on investment in real estate, is building a new warehouse for the international chain of fashion e-shops Factcool in the industrial park at Nové Mesto nad Váhom.
Investors in Slovakia are becoming more interested in launching their projects on brownfield sites or old industrial premises, Martin Varačka, head of the department of industrial real estate at CBRE Slovensko, confirmed for the TASR newswire. Apart from their further use for manufacturing or warehousing, new functions including residential ones may also be found for such sites.