Arete Invest, a Czech investment fund focused on real estate, plans to invest around €30 million in Slovakia in 2018. It is considering new construction on industrial premises it already owns as well as new acquisitions. The company sees great potential in the Slovak market.
“The Slovak market is advantageous for us for several reasons,” said Lubor Svoboda, Arete Invest co-founder and board member, as cited by the TASR newswire. “These are chiefly its economic stability, openness, the European Union, standardised legislative procedures and a similar mentality.”
Several studies have shown that there is less competition in Slovakia and definitely higher demand for industrial real estate than in the Czech Republic, pointed out Svoboda.
Arete Invest is considering investing in two fields. The first one is a new construction project on premises that it already owns that would bring new jobs. At the same time, it has mapped out some investment opportunities and is currently holding talks with certain entities on purchasing new plots that have already been built up and are profitable.
The investment fund currently owns two class A premises in Slovakia. The first one is an industrial area in close proximity to Kia’s automotive plant near Žilina. This plot has been completely rented out to car component supplier Grupo Antolin. The second one is an industrial and logistics park called Arete Park Nové Mesto, located near Nové Mesto nad Váhom (Trenčín Region), part of which is made up of further plots of land designated for construction development.
The National Bank of Slovakia has also positively evaluated the development of the commercial real estate sector. Both the manufacturing industry and the commercial real estate sectors have posted strong growth in loans, with the quarter-on-quarter rate attacking a level of 15 percent during the first quarter of 2017. The aforementioned development continues to increase the importance of sectors that can also be described as relatively sensitive to economic development, reads the central bank’s latest Financial Stability Report.
One Fashion Outlet 1 near the village of Voderady, the biggest outlet centre in Slovakia, has filed for bankruptcy, the Trend weekly informed. The further fate is now in the hands of the courts.
After withdrawing its application for an important investment statute for the Connected Bratislava package of projects, the developer J&T Real Estate (JTRE) is continuing to work on selected projects on the Danube River embankment. Instead of an extensive package of projects on both sides of the Danube, it is now focusing on the zone around Eurovea and Panorama City.
While the share of the market held by rental apartments in the countries of the European Union is between 19 and 62 percent, in Slovakia it is only about 6 percent. This negatively affects labour force mobility and housing for young families and handicapped citizens, the Benchmarking Information Exchange Project has discovered. The Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) in Slovakia participated in the project and focused on the comparison of support for rental housing between Slovakia and the Czech Republic and Austria where the share of rental apartments on the market is 21 percent and 42 percent, respectively.
Slovaks are increasingly interested in recreational real estate. The demand has increased by 20 percent over the last year. The most wanted properties are cottages near Michalovce in eastern Slovakia.
Healthy offices providing a sustainable environment in terms of energy, as well as their surroundings, are a world trend that has not skipped Slovakia. There are a number of buildings that have already received or are applying for the world-renowned LEED, BREEAM, WELL or Fitwell certifications. One of them is the Einpark office building in Petržalka, which – as the first in Slovakia – has successfully completed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) pre-certification to the highest degree, Platinum.
The abandoned building of the former Lamač department store in Bratislava’s borough of the same name will return to life. The new owner, the investment group Dynastion, will revitalise it into the Karpatia centre. Apart from shops, it will house co-working offices and provide space for a youth community centre. The complex revitalisation of the building should start this autumn.
US real estate investment fund Heitman sold the Aupark Tower office building in Bratislava to the real estate fund of the investment bank Wood & Company in early June. The consultancy company CBRE, which mediated the deal, describes the transaction as the biggest on the Slovak office real-estate market for seven years. The price, however, was not disclosed.