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 What’s ahead for Bulgaria?

What’s ahead for Bulgaria?

by Ákos Budai
International investors seem to have rediscovered one of the biggest and most important markets of Southeastern Europe that have matured a lot over the past few years. Michaela Lashova MRICS, CEO of Forton (an Alliance Partner of Cushman & Wakefield for Bulgaria and FYROM) and RICS SEE Ambassador talked to us about the present and future of the Bulgarian commercial property market. 
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News Bulgaria is back on investors’ map

Bulgaria is back on investors’ map

by Ákos Budai
The Bulgarian investment market saw a number of positive developments during the first half of 2016, according to the latest Colliers’ report. Part of the good news is that for the first time since 2012, income-generating transactions prevailed (85%) over speculative (15%).
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News Bulgarian retail market continues to grow

Bulgarian retail market continues to grow

by Ákos Budai
The latest Colliers report reveals a stable retail property market in Bulgaria during the first half of 2016. Modern shopping centers in Sofia retained the absorption levels from the previous period – nearly 15,000 sqm of leasable space, compared to 16,370 sqm in the second half of 2015. In well-established projects enjoying active demand, this equals to an average share of 4% from the GLA. 
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News What are investors looking for in SEE?

What are investors looking for in SEE?

by Ákos Budai
In 2016 commercial real estate investment activity seems to be picking up again in Southeastern Europe after a slightly weaker 2015. Although financing conditions are continuing to improve a lack of high quality product and liquidity still presents a big challenge for all countries of the region. We report from Bucharest where Portfolio Conferences and RICS have organised SEE Property Forum for the second time.
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News Hungary continues to be the most confident CEE market

Hungary continues to be the most confident CEE market

by Ákos Budai
According to the latest RICS Commercial Property Monitor, occupier and investment sentiment continues to be broadly positive in Central and Eastern Europe for Q1 2016. Sentiment in both the Occupier and Investment markets registered a positive value across Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. At the same time RICS has published its Croatia Commercial Property Monitor for the first time.
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Latest news

New leases

  • ROCKWOOL is expanding its office space in the Nowy Rynek D building, developed by Skanska in Poznań. In 2020, a competence centre was established on an area of 6,000 sqm. Now, the company has decided to lease additional 900 sqm.
  • Primark has opened the doors of its fourth shop in Poland for the first time in Katowice's Silesia City Center. The store occupies more than 3,600 sqm of retail space.
  • Signify is relocating its existing headquarters in Lódź. The new office, located in the city centre in the Hi Piotrkowska complex, has an area of over 2,800 sqm. The tenant was assisted in the signing of the contract and the process of arranging the new office by the consulting firm CBRE.

New appointments

  • From the beginning of December at BNP Paribas Real Estate Poland, Małgorzata Fibakiewicz will head the Office Department and Justyna Magrzyk-Flemming will take up the position of Head of Business Services.
  • Lucia Niculae has been appointed Business Development Director of Romanian construction company Pedro Construct. She has been an investor since 2018 and currently manages her own property portfolio. 
  • 108 Agency promoted Matej Indra to Head of Industrial Agency for the Czech Republic.


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