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.
At the end of 2018, the offer of housing units in newly finished apartment buildings in Bratislava hit a low since 2002-2005, when this market started developing in Slovakia. This resulted in an increase of average prices of apartments.
The iconic building of the British retail chain Tesco department store in the centre of Bratislava has changed hands. The new owner of the building is the Mirage Shopping Center company of Žilina-based businessman George Trabelssie. Since 2016 the retail chain Tesco has sold five department stores across Slovakia. Trabelssie, who is close to former chair of the Slovak National Party (SNS) Ján Slota, acquired Tesco department stores also in Nitra and Žilina, the Hospodárske Noviny business daily reported. Tesco will continue to operate in the building on Kamenné Square as it will rent the premises.
The reconstruction of the Park Inn by Radisson Danube hotel in Bratislava has become the ugliest new building constructed between the years 2011 and 2018. As much as almost one third of 1002 participants in a survey organised by the website Trend Reality of the economic weekly Trend voted for it. The weekly launched the survey in early December. Its goal was to start a discussion and hold up a kind of mirror to developers.
Prices of apartments grew at a two-digit pace in Slovakia in 2018. The average price of an apartment increased from €1,479 per square metre to €1,655 per square metre during the first 11 months of 2018. This means an increase of €176 per square metre or 11.9 percent, Vladimír Kubrický, analyst with the Real Estate Union, told the TASR newswire.
Bratislava’s Old Town has gotten a new square. It is part of a new office-residential complex called Blumental, built by the development company Corwin. It is flanked by streets Mýtna and Radlinského and interconnects with them. It was named after mediaeval King Matthias Corvinus, Matej Korvín Square.
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.