Small, especially one-room, apartments and bed-sits are maintaining the highest prices in Bratislava. The price of two- and three-room apartments has decreased moderately. The interest in family houses and construction parcels is still high while demand exceeds availability.
“Interest is highest for new houses, completed apartment blocks and reconstructed smaller ones- up to three-room apartments,” said Daniela Danihel Rážová from the real estate company Bond Reality, as cited by the Pravda daily.
The price of older residential real estate is lower. Martin Lazík from the nehnutelnosti.sk website dedicated to real estate confirms.
“The trend we are seeing in the real estate market is that developers are able to increase their prices more easily as the price of old apartments decreases,” said Lazík, adding that both types of apartments are still selling well, their prices growing by mutual influence until they hit a ceiling.
It seems that the market has reached this ceiling as prices have been oscillating at the same level for some months, even though the price of new and old apartments develops a bit differently, according to Lazík.
“We have registered a more significant growth in price in case of new constructions,” said Lazík. “Also, this increase is hovering around 2-3 percent and is significantly lagging behind the previous growth period.”
The price of two-room apartments in Slovakia increased by only 1.05 percent on average in the final quarter of 2017 compared with the previous quarter. In the case of three-room apartments, the increase was 1.97 percent.
Market watchers expect prices, especially in Bratislava, will stagnate.
Lazík expects that people moving from the countryside to larger towns for work will also continue this year. This will result in a growth of local differences – expensive real estate in towns and their vicinities and cheap housing in the countryside.
The cheapest apartments can be found in eastern Slovakia and the south of central Slovakia. In these localities there apartments can be found for a fraction of the price of apartments in the regional capitals.
While Bratislava already accommodates almost 30 shopping centres, another one is on the horizon. Macho Consulting, a company that has been devoted especially to residential projects in the past, will build Matrix Mall in the more or less industrial zone of Bratislava in the borough of Nové Mesto. The shopping centre on the corner of Magnetova and Vajnorská streets, close to the Vozovňa Nové Mesto depot, will offer retail and office space.
Trnava-based tycoon Vladimír Poór has sold the recently opened City Arena shopping centre in Trnava to Peter Korbačka, the head of the board of directors of the developer J&T Real Estate. The latter already owns the Eurovea shopping centre in Bratislava. Neither the price nor other details of the transaction have been disclosed.
The emptied defective Apollo Business Centre 1 in Bratislava will be replaced by a brand-new construction. The developer HB Reavis estimates the launch of demolition work for the end of 2018. Construction work on the new business centre, the Nové (new) Apollo should start in late 2019 and be complete in 2021. Exact dates will depend on permission processes.
Bratislava is to get another revitalised public space. The developer Corwin is renewing a neglected park on Kmeťovo Square in the Old Town borough. Works on the park, which lies between Bernolákova and Wilsonova Streets, have already started and should be complete by the beginning of the summer.
The main industrial regions in Slovakia are reporting a lack of accommodation capacity for workers. These are in the vicinities of industrial and logistics parks mostly along highways connecting Bratislava with Košice (D1), leading from Bratislava to the Czech Republic (D2) and the dual carriageway from Trnava to Banská Bystrica (R1).
The developer, belonging to the Bencont Group has already started pulling down the buildings and cleaning the three-hectare area. “We believe that Rínok Rača, which we will begin to construct soon, will be the new centre of the borough and will naturally fit into the life of its citizens,” said Martin Šimurda, representative of the developer Rínok Rača, as cited in the press report.
The new indebting rules tightened by the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) will primarily impact citizens of the Slovak capital, Bratislava. They will be able to buy on credit, from an average wage, maximally a one-room flat in a new building or a two-room flat in an older block of flats. Other regions will be significantly less affected by the new lending cap, Poštová Banka has found out.