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.
In spite of this, demand for new real estate, thanks to record breaking low interest rates on mortgages, is so high that prices for old apartments are rising too. They have increased by 7.2 percent y/y while prices for new real estate grew “only” 6.7 percent y/y.
Prices are driven up not only by demand but also costs when the construction boom itself increases prices not only of construction materials but especially wage costs. Prices for construction work have increased by only 3 percent y/y, but the average wage in the construction sector has already increased by almost 8 percent.
Under the continuing low interest rates, decreasing unemployment and economic growth, construction of residential real estate as well as prices for real estate may further increase. This is also because Slovakia still has, compared to the average of the European Union, a low ratio of apartments to the number of citizens as well as a high share of the population living in overcrowded dwellings – 38 percent in 2016.
Bratislava is scheduled to get a new landmark within a few years. The developer J&T Real Estate (JLRE) has obtained a development permit for the project of extending Eurovea on the Danube embankment. Included is the 168-metre high Eurovea Tower, the first building in Bratislava that meets the latest criteria for being called a skyscraper, i.e. higher than 150 metres. The residence tower will have 47 storeys and have almost more than 380 residential units. The project will add 84,000 square metres of retail premises to the existing ones in the first phase of Eurovea, the Hospodárske Noviny wrote.
The Saudi-Arabian company Sisban has started building a brand new logistics park near the village Chocholná-Velčice in the Trenčín Region. Sihoť Park will spread over 160,000 square metres, while investments are projected at €50 million. This is the company’s first investment in Slovakia, the TASR newswire reported.
Tightening of conditions for taking mortgages has made house ownership less available for many Slovaks. Banks do not provide mortgages covering 100-percent of real estate prices anymore, and thus those interested financing a house or flat via a mortgage must pay a portion of the purchase price in cash.
New Stein, an office building recently built on the former Stein brewery premises in Bratislava has a new owner. MiddleCap Real Estate Ltd. sold the building to Prvý Realitný Fond managed by IAD Investments. Even though they did not reveal the price, the companies claim that it is one of the largest real estate transactions in Slovakia for 2018.
The prestigious architecture award Arch went to the Vallo Sadovsky Architects studio for the Nádvorie (Courtyard) project in Trnava involving reconstruction and extension of a set of historical buildings in the city centre.
After more than a 10 year break, construction work on the derelict skeleton of an unfinished shopping centre in Nitra will resume. The developer Living Park will rebuild it into a complex named Promenáda Living Park, combining shopping with housing. It has already obtained a construction permit, the SITA newswire reported.
Aupark, one of the first modern shopping centres in Bratislava, is to extend its premises. A new block, for which it has already obtained permissions, should add a new parking lot as well as extension of the retail area, the Trend weekly informs on its website dedicated to real estate.