NEWSLETTER

2011-08-01

03.08.2011 Nominal Annual Drop of Apartment Prices in Bulgaria by 6.4% in 2Q 2011 and Increase in Property Sales by 48%

Polina Stoykova, Chief Operations Manager, BULGARIAN PROPERTIES

1. Price statistics according to NSI data

On 22.07.2011 the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (NSI) announced its data for 2Q 2011 for the prices of apartments in the regional cities around the country. Statistics shows that the decrease in the prices continues but now it is still slowing down as in most cities it is about 5%. This is also what the data of BULGARIAN PROPERITIES show which we announced in the beginning of July in our 2Q 2011 market analysis.

Average prices of apartments in Bulgaria have dropped nominally by 1.6% compared to the previous quarter and by 6.4% compared to the second quarter of 2010. The real decrease of prices of apartments after inflation is 1.9% compared to the previous quarter and 9.5% year-on-year (compared to the same quarter in 2010).

For Sofia the nominal decrease in prices is 2.07% compared to the previous quarter and 5.94% year-on-year. After inflation prices of apartments in Sofia decreased by 2.4% compared to the previous quarter and by 9.06% compared to the same period last year.

The data for apartment prices in the big cities around the country is as follows:

Nominal and real change of prices compared to the previous quarter:

• Sofia – nominal growth (-2.07) and real growth (-2.4)
• Varna – nominal growth (+0.95) and real growth (+0.62)
• Plovdiv – nominal growth (-4.73) and real growth (-5.03)
• Bourgas – nominal growth (-0.26) and real growth (-0.58)
• Stara Zagora – nominal growth (-4.37) and real growth (-4.68)
• Rousse – nominal growth (+1.29) and real growth (+0.96)
• Veliko Tarnovo – nominal growth (-5.52) and real growth (-5.82)

Nominal and real change of prices compared to the same quarter of the previous year:

• Sofia – nominal growth (-5.94) and real growth (-9.06)
• Varna – nominal growth (-5.35) and real growth (-8.49)
• Plovdiv – nominal growth (-9.31) and real growth (-12.31)
• Bourgas – nominal growth (-5.55) and real growth (-8.68)
• Stara Zagora – nominal growth (-1.12) and real growth (-4.40)
• Rousse – nominal growth (-2.12) and real growth (-5.36)
• Veliko Tarnovo – nominal growth (-10.06) and real growth (-13.04)

The decrease in prices compared to the previous quarter is between 1 and 5% as the biggest price drops are registered in Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin, Gabrovo, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora and Yambol. The drops year-on-year are bigger (between 5 and 15%) as the market entered a phase of price stabilization in the second half of 2010.

The accumulated nominal price decrease compared to their peak value in 3Q 2008 is 36% (average for the country) while the percent for the capital Sofia is 40.66%. The accumulated real price decrease (after inflation) from their peak value until now is 40.27% on average for the country and 44.69% for Sofia.

2. According to the Registry Agency the number of property deals in Bulgaria has increased

The number of realized deals with properties in Bulgaria has increased by 38% in the first half of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

According to the recently published data of the Bulgarian Registry Agency for the sales of properties in 1Q and 2Q of 2011 for the first time since the beginning of the crisis the number of concluded property deals is increasing. BULGARIAN PROPERTIES announced similar data in our analysis of the last quarter as we interpret the increase in the number of sales as the first positive signal for the beginning of recovery of the real estate market. That is also what we expected and forecasted for 2011 – the number of sales to start increasing at relatively stable prices.

According to the data of the Registry Agency the number of realized property deals has increased by 48% in the 2Q 2011 compared to a year earlier, as in the 1Q 2011 the annual increase in the number of deals was twice as less – 23% which means the last quarter was the most successful for the Bulgarian property market since the beginning of the crisis. There is a record growth in the number of sale in the 2Q 2011 compared to the 1Q 2011 – the volume of deals has rocketed by 92%.

In total, property deals in Bulgaria have increased by 38% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2010, as the increase in the number of deals in the regional cities is 32%. The number of concluded deals with properties in Sofia has increased by 15% in 2Q 2011 year-on-year and has almost doubled compared to the previous quarter.

The biggest increase in the number of realized sales is to be found in Northwestern Bulgaria in the regions of Vidin, Montana, Lovech, etc, around Dimitrovgrad and in Northeastern Bulgaria. This is mainly due to the great number of agricultural land deals. The main buyers are farmers, investment funds and individual investors.

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Copyright: 2011 Bulgarian Properties Ltd. All rights reserved. For further information or advice please contact us on tel.: +359 2 9 11 50 or e-mail: info@bulgarianproperties.com. The use of this article by third parties is allowed only with proper quotations of the source www.BulgarianProperties.com and the Author of the article. The data in this material has been collected by the Author and Bulgarian Properties Ltd. and is presented for information purposes only. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the data. However, Bulgarian Properties Ltd. cannot be held responsible for loss or damage as a result of decisions made based on the information presented in this article.
© Bulgarian Properties Ltd. 2011.

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