Real Estate Prices in Croatia | 2014 - 2015
With the help of its partners,
Panorama Scouting has performed an extensive analysis of the current
real estate prices on the Croatian coast
in October 2014. The current bid prices were analysed from a total of 1,760 houses and apartments along the Crotian coast and
most of the islands, while quite significant differences in the prices
per sqm showed up.
Houses / Villas:
The average home prices on the shores lie just under 2,100 € / sqm,
however with significant differences by region and by qualitative
While you have to pay an average of 2,400 € / sqm in Dalmatia, you have to pay in Istria about 2,100 € / sqm and
only 1,600 € / sqm in the Kvarner bay, especially in the central and southern
parts. For sea views you have to spend on average about 450 € / sqm more than for those without sea view, for real panoramic sea views of course even more.
For proximity to the sea you have to take a significant premium to buy in: prices on "Waterfront" (0-25m) are on average 3,400 € / sqm for "Close
to Sea" (25-100m) at 2,100 € / m and for the more distant ones buyers
pay approx. € 1,700 / sqm.
Flats / Apartments:
The average price per square meter for apartments amount approx. 2200 €, -
which is slightly higher than for houses / villas - reflecting the current total of higher demand for this type of property.
Again, there are regional disparities: Istria leads here with approx. 2400 € / sqm, followed by Dalmatia with 2,200 € / sqm and the still relatively inexpensive Kvarner
Bay south of Rijeka / Novi Vinodolski, where only about 1,800 € / m must be paid.
For sea views you have to spend around 100 € / sqm more, and also the impact of the sea is less pronounced than in the houses:
"Waterfront" (0-25m) costs around 2,700 € / sqm, apartments up to 100m distance from the sea
amount to approx. 2.300€ / sqm and the more distant ones to 2100 € / sqm.
Prognosis of real estate prices along
the Croatian coastline 2014/2015
A prognosis of property prices
is of course difficult and depends on many factors:
first of all, more than 25% (VAT) must be paid from January 1 for taxes on
construction land plots instead of the previous 5% (real estate taxes). It
remains to be seen to which extent this factor - which plays a significant
role for commercial construction companies - will really strike the prices
for house and apartment buyers. At the bottom line, it has a price driving
role, of course.
Concerning the supply side, the owners' willingness to put their property at the current low level of prices on the market, of course,
depends strongly on the economic and income situation in Croatia. A clearly
positive economic outlook is missing currently while an unemployment rate of more than 20% in some places
weighs heavily. Much more than a silver lining at the horizon can not be
identified currently. So there are not too many signs that there will be
scarcity in supply in the near future.
In terms of demand side, of course, a lot depends on the economic development in the EU countries.
In the past years Central European buyers were somehow favored and
constituted th majority of the buyers- while there was just weak demand from the Southern countries.
If this continues, remains to be seen. It would also be desirable that Croatian banks
come up with attractive real estate loan offers.
Concerning the buyers from non-EU countries such as Switzerland, Russia, China, Arabia, etc.much depends on how
Croatian legislation facilitates their access to property ownership.
Another aspect is the overheated price situation in real estate in Central Europe:
there are numerous people who prefer to invest in in real estate during low
interest times, many of them may come up with the idea that they most likely
can expect gains in Croatia on the coast in medium term. Here, of course, an
image of Croatia as a secure, sustainable country is asked for.
At the bottomline we we see an upward trend in prices for properties at the
waterfront and for those with sea views, whereas we expect more of a sideways movement of the prices
for other properties.