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.
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.