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.
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.
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.
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.