News Hungarians buy less homes in 2016

Hungarians buy less homes in 2016

by Ákos Budai
The number of transactions on the Hungarian housing market totalled 128,386 last year, down by about 5% compared to 2015. This, however, is not a sign of a weak market, as it rather reflects an upturn in the sector for new homes. Buyers have been signing a huge number of pre-contracts directly with the developers and that will appear in the statistics only when the properties are taken into use, i.e. in about one or two years.
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News C&W appointed exclusive agent for Wrocław mixed-use project

C&W appointed exclusive agent for Wrocław mixed-use project

by Ákos Budai
Cushman & Wakefield has been appointed by BPi Polska an exclusive agent for the mixed-use project Bulwary Książęce in Wrocław. Bulwary Książęce is located in the centre of Wrocław on Księcia Witolda Street on Kępa Mieszczańska island near Pomorski Bridge, in close proximity to the Old Town. It will contribute towards reviving the Odra Boulevard in this part of the city. The complex, which will be developed over two phases, comprises a retail and services part as well as 347 residential units, including premium flats and apartments.
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News Prague residential market reaches new highs

Prague residential market reaches new highs

by Ákos Budai
In H1 2016, a total of 3,350 apartments in 47 new residential schemes were completed in Prague. For the second half of the year, another 3,200 units are estimated to be completed in the Czech capital. In total, JLL expects 6,500 units to be completed in Prague, which is the highest figure since the real estate crisis in 2009. 
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News House prices grow rapidly in CEE

House prices grow rapidly in CEE

by Ákos Budai
Central and Eastern European housing markets are over the crisis and prices have once again begun to rise. The general upswing, observed on European housing markets, is supported by a number of factors. Following the economic crisis, GDP has begun to grow once again in most countries and the interest environment is also favourable to borrowing. These both contribute to a recovery in housing market demand, which may then materialise in higher prices. In the case of housing markets in the Central and Eastern European region, significant differences in price dynamics may be observed. Hungary stands out from the field, where a highly significant price rise has been observed in the past two years with the prices of second-hand homes having grown by 29 percent. We take a look at Central and Eastern European housing markets.
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News House prices soar by 5%  in Budapest

House prices soar by 5% in Budapest

by Ákos Budai
The supply of new apartments in Budapest has increased significantly, 2.5 times, between February and March of 2016, but only a few can move in as the number of apartments with an occupancy permit is limited. The first wave of increase will hit the market in the second half of 2017. The still tight supply and large demand has pushed prices upward; the increase in price per square meter has exceeded 5%, as shown by the analysis of the Budapest Housing Market Report.
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New leases

  • AGS Estate has joined the group of tenants at the .BIG office building, located in the southern part of Kraków. The company is operating in the nationwide real estate market, in the HoReCa sector. GS Estate has leased over 300 sqm of space for a new dining facility.
  • International IT company Sollers Consulting has moved its regional Kraków office to the Browar Lubicz complex. The new office will occupy more than 1,200 sqm of space.
  • Another brand is joining the ranks of new stores in the expanded Turawa Park retail park near Opole (southern Poland). The Tedi chain store will occupy a unit of about 920 sqm.

New appointments

  • Savills has announced significant changes and promotions within its investment advisory, valuation, communication, and marketing departments in Poland. Karina Szafrańska has been promoted to Head of Valuations and Małgorzata Lińska-Bator has been promoted to Director in the Investment Department. Additionally, Marta Kołodziejska has been appointed the new Head of Marketing & Communication.
  • Residential developer STC Partners has appointed Elena Palade as Sales Director, while Bogdan Băzărea is the new Technical Director of the company. Palade has over 10 years’ worth of experience in real estate sales, while Băzărea’s career spans more than 20 years.
  • At the beginning of July, Jesika Mackiewicz took the position of Business Manager of Warsaw projects at Matexi Poland. She will be responsible for development of the company portfolio of residential projects and land purchases.


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