12. June 2020
Based on an exclusive instruction, the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has launched the sale of apartments in the Schön Residence, an architecturally significant building designed by the architects Weinwurm and Vécsei that is currently being reconstructed. The Functionalist residence is located on Obchodná Street, close to the city center and with full civic amenities within easy reach.
The seven-floor residence is currently being completely renovated and should be move-in ready by the end of 2020. The first two floors will consist of office space and the basement will be turned into a parking garage. The Schön Residence offers 10 apartments with layouts that range from one-bedroom to two-bedroom units with floor areas from 43 sq. m. to 139 sq. m. All of the apartments will receive plenty of daylight thanks to their practically designed interiors, high ceilings, French windows, or balconies and terraces that overlook a courtyard. Noise-reducing aluminum windows will block out the sounds from Obchodná Street, creating a comfortable home environment, and the final standard of the apartments will include underfloor heating, a preparation for air-conditioning, and Sherlock security doors. Each apartment also comes with a cellar storage unit.
The multifunctional Schön building built in 1943 was designed by the renowned duo of Functionalist architects Friedrich Weinwurm and Ignác Vécsei as the first department store in Bratislava. Located on the upper part of Obchodná Street close to Hurbanovho Square, it therefore presents a unique opportunity to purchase property, the value of which is likely to increase once the street is completely revitalized. With services, urban amenities, restaurants, cafes, and historic Old Town at your fingertips, this is truly 21st century housing. With services, urban amenities, restaurants, cafes, and historic Old Town at your fingertips, this is truly 21st century housing. The combination of all these factors makes buying an apartment on Obchodná Street an ideal investment.
Murman property development together with architect Norbert Konrád are behind the reconstruction of the Schön building. Their goal was to preserve its original architectural style. The Murman company is interested in improving public spaces and has experience with reconstructing Functionalist buildings from their work on the Dunajská 1 residential project.
More information on the Schön Residence.
15. April 2020
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has been exclusively retained to launch the sale of apartments in the newly created Koliba Residential Project. The complex boasts one of the most lucrative addresses in Bratislava thanks to its green surroundings yet easy access to the city center.
The residential complex consists of three apartment houses with indoor as well as outdoor parking spaces and green roofs. Each building has 4 floors. Apartment house A consists of 17 units, and apartment houses B and C both contain 15 units. The apartments come in studio to three-bedroom layouts and range in size from 43 to 368 sq. m. All of the units have impressive views of Bratislava, and some come with front gardens or large terraces. With its designer finishes and quality materials and equipment, the residence’s high standard includes wooden floors, brand name sanitary ware, 210 cm interior doors, underfloor heating, and triple-glazed aluminum windows. The apartments all come with a cellar storage unit.
The lucrative Bratislava neighborhood in which the residential project is located offers timeless housing in a peaceful area at the foot of the Little Carpathians with an abundance of sports opportunities in the immediate vicinity. It is also home to complete urban amenities, including public transport stops, cafes, restaurants, schools, and the popular Gaštanica Park with a playground.
More information on the Koliba Residential Project.
08. April 2020
The current situation will inevitably disrupt the entire office segment of the real estate market. In this difficult time, Svoboda & Williams offers help with optimizing operating office, manufacturing, and warehouse space costs.
Svoboda & Williams now offers tenants of non-residential premises an initial free consultation and analysis of their current lease terms. The aim of this service is to reach an agreement with the landlord that would lead to the overall reduction of the tenant’s operating costs, a renegotiation of the lease terms, the sublease of unoccupied space, or the relocation of the tenant. Alternately, companies can take advantage of our Flexi Office Management services, allowing Svoboda & Williams to find temporary shared offices with flexible lease terms.
“Tenants of commercial premises are starting to ask us about ways to deal with the sudden situation. Many companies have seen their revenues fall sharply. We are trying to monitor the market and offer assistance during negotiations with landlords, whose situation is no less complicated,” adds Dagmar Skalníková, who is in charge of tenant representation at Svoboda & Williams.
06. April 2020
The first COVID-19 case in the Slovak Republic was confirmed on March 6th, 2020. Since then, more than a month has passed and it’s been 3 weeks since a state of emergency was declared. Despite these circumstances, Svoboda & Williams has adapted to the situation and provided its services in full throughout the month of March.
The Slovak team of the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency is complete and continues to be ready to provide all of our services as usual. Every segment of the real estate market without exception had to adapt to the current situation. Svoboda & Williams’ real estate agents offer real-time video property viewings through video calls, and many clients have taken advantage of this option. Our residential rental department responded by offering Flexi Rentals that reflects the new market demands.
In March, the Residential Sales Department registered a 25-35% drop in demand. The number of newly signed reservation contracts also fell by the same amount in the same time period. It’s a good market for opportunistic investors, who can now benefit from discounts that would normally not be available. For real estate agencies, the situation is not as bleak as the media makes it seem. However, one thing is already clear: the post-Coronavirus market will a buyer’s and tenant’s market, at least for some time.
26. March 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected all segments of the real estate market, including rental housing, and this doubly applies to the Bratislava short-term rental market, which, according to current estimates, consists of about 2,500 apartments. Tenants are now likely to demand flexible relationships with landlords in this uncertain time. Svoboda & Williams is therefore launching a new concept of rental housing—Flexi Rentals—fully furnished apartments with flexible rental terms.
One of the first measures enacted after the global spread of the Coronavirus was a complete ban on tourism. The full impact of this on the real estate rental market can only be speculated. Moreover, some form of regulation of this segment can also be expected. Housing units that have until now been used as accommodation for visitors and tourists are already starting to create a surplus in the selection of apartments for rent in the wider center of Bratislava. The market thus has to contend with an unprecedented disruption that will affect all landlords, including those who rent their properties on a long-term basis.
Svoboda & Williams has therefore come up with a solution for the rental market: Flexi Rentals. This new concept of rental housing offers landlords complete management services of their unused units. “Tenants will be able to sign contracts for a rental period that suits them. We believe that this type of rental option will be greeted positively by people due to the current situation,” adds David Martan, Head of the Slovak branch of Svoboda & Williams.
23. March 2020
Due to the current recommended preventive measures that aim to minimize personal contact, in addition to standard property viewings Svoboda & William real estate agents are now offering real-time video property viewings. Clients can tour the property from the comfort of their own homes via WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype, Messenger, and other apps.
“Video viewings are nothing new to the real estate market, however, the current situation has forced us to take a more innovative approach to property viewings. Just like they would schedule a normal viewing, our brokers arrange a video call with clients at a set time. Unlike previously filmed property tours, the advantage of this format is that the broker can interact with the client in real time,” explains Michaela Koudelová, Sales Department Manager.
Please contact Svoboda & Williams if you’d like to schedule a real-time video viewing and our brokers will explain the process to you. Standard property viewings are still available for clients who prefer a more direct contact.
06. March 2020
The main topics of the two-day conference, which took place at the end of February 2020, were the current trends in the premium real estate market and the latest innovations in marketing. These and other issues were discussed among the participating representatives of real estate agencies from Europe, North and South America, and Australia that are affiliates of the Christie’s International Real Estate network.
Members of the Svoboda & Williams team attended this year’s conference organized by Christie’s International Real Estate. Held in Palm Beach, its program was devoted to the development of the premium real estate market, the new generation of marketing strategies, as well as to environmental issues and the impact of the coronavirus on the global economy. “The conference allowed us to see the premium real estate segment from a global perspective, making it easier to predict what awaits us in the coming period, and we also got to know what marketing tools are most effective for this particular segment,” adds Prokop Svoboda, owner of Svoboda & Williams.
“The collaboration and exchange of ideas over the two days of meetings, through both guest speakers and networking opportunities, provided our Affiliates with strategies to strengthen and grow their luxury businesses,” stated Dan Conn, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate.
Christie’s International Real Estate has been active on the global premium real estate market for more than 30 years. It currently has affiliates in 49 different countries. Svoboda & Williams has been the exclusive affiliate for the Czech Republic and Slovakia since 2017.
17. February 2020
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has published its fourth Market Report, which analyzes the situation in the premium segment of the Prague residential real estate market in the second half of 2019. The most significant event of the previous year was Svoboda & Williams’ expansion to the Slovak market, and so this issue has a Czecho-Slovak theme and is published for the first time in Slovak.
The analysis contained in the Market Report is based on data from the sales and rental transactions conducted by Svoboda & Williams. Complemented by sales data obtained from the Cadastre of Real Estate with parameters that correspond to the portfolio of Svoboda & Williams, a comprehensive overview of sales and rental prices on the Prague premium residential market has been created. The Market Report also summarizes the events on the Prague real estate market, placing it within the context of the domestic and international economy. On the occasion of Svoboda & Williams’ entry on the Slovak market, the topic of the report’s Focus section this time is Bratislava.
In the second half of 2019, Svoboda & Williams recorded the following trends in the premium property segment:
- Rising demand from investors is putting pressure on property prices, causing them to increase
- Rising construction costs and premium standards of completion lead to an increase in prices in the premium real estate segment
- The average achieved price per sq. m. of the properties monitored by Svoboda & Williams had a year-on-year increase of 3%
- The number of projects whose construction began in 2019 rose by 102%
- The supply in the premium segment remains stable, it only decreased in the segment of more affordable apartments
- Demand weakened slightly due to tenants’ lack of motivation to move
- Increase of the short-term rental offer
An integral part of the Market Report is also a detailed analysis of sales and rental prices on the Prague premium residential market. It is based solely on data from realized, not asking, prices. Svoboda & Williams therefore created the Rental Price Index of S&W + VŠE analytical tool in cooperation with the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics of the University of Economics in Prague.
Svoboda & Williams Market Report | H2 2019 download (pdf)
Rental Prince Index of S&W + VŠE (pdf)
Overview of all Market Reports published so far.
24. November 2019
As usual, the SVOBODA & WILLIAMS CUP tournament took place in UNYP Aréna – Podvinný Mlýn. A total of 12 teams representing the leading companies from the world of real estate participated in the charity futsal competition. The winner of this year’s cup is the Czeck Sport Media team. The tournament raised CZK 265,100 in support of the Tereza Maxová Foundation. The amount was symbolically handed over to Terezie Sverdlinová, the director of the foundation, and Renata Langmannová, ambassador of the TERIBEAR project.
This year, the teams that participated in the SVOBODA & WILLIAMS CUP were from the 108 AGENCY, Accolade, Albatros design, Czech Sport Media, CAPEXUS, CBRE, Colliers International, CPI Property Group, CTP Invest, JLL, and Mint Investments companies, together with Svoboda & Williams, organizers of the event. This year, the cup went to Czech Sport Media, whose team defeated CBRE, who took home the silver medal. The bronze went to Svoboda & Williams. The best player of the tournament award was given to Simona Šedivá from CBRE. The best goalkeeper of the tournament award went to Daniel Sládek from Czech Sport Media.
Thanks to the voluntary contributions from the participating companies and profits from the sale of tickets to the charity raffle, this year’s SVOBODA & WILLIAMS CUP managed to raise a record CZK 265,100, exactly CZK 12,268 more than last year's record-breaking amount. The entire amount will go to the Tereza Maxová Foundation, which has been helping disadvantaged and abandoned children by enabling them to grow up in loving families since 1997.
The Tereza Maxová Foundation used last year’s proceeds to support two organizations: the Lata project, which helps socially disadvantaged children, young people, and families overcome difficult situations and focuses on the prevention of social exclusion, and the Rozum a Cit non-profit organization, which supports Czech foster families primarily through various therapeutic activities.
Just like last year, the organizers managed to create a relaxed social event for the whole family. As always, there was something in store even for the tournament’s youngest fans, and refreshments were provided by Prague Catering. The main prizes of the charity were two vouchers for accommodation in an apartment in Masarykova N°30 in Brno, and a voucher for renting a car for the weekend from the Invelt company worth CZK 7,500.
Raffle prizes for the participating teams and fans were kindly donated by the tournament’s sponsors: Invelt, Aqua Angels, Prague Chocolate by Steiner & Kovarik, Iyengar Yoga Institute Prague, Imago Mundi, Prosek Bobsleigh Track, JV Classics, Hotel Dolce Vita, Pizza Nuova by Ambiente, ORGANICS by Filip Gregor, Mooq, Luxury Dry Cleaning, La Cave D’Adrien, Chateau Dobříš, Masarykova N°30, Belsport, jsem/Lenka Štěpánková, and Wolfgang Store.
Czech Sport Media helped organize the tournament.
Download the complete results.
22. November 2019
The ceremonial opening of the Feelhome branch, located in the modern Slnečnice neighborhood, took place on Thursday, November 21st. Invited guests had the opportunity to personally meet members of the Slovak and Czech teams of Svoboda & Williams and explore the stylish space designed by Atelier SAD.
The ceremonial opening of the Feelhome branch consisted of an afternoon cocktail event with representatives of the leading investment companies, Slovak developers, members of partner companies, and selected clients in attendance. The Slovak team of the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency presented the concept of the Feelhome brand and spoke about the opportunities created by this renowned real estate agency’s entry into the Slovak market.
The Feelhome branch selected the large district of Slnečnice, which is being built in a new part of Petržalka, as the location of its office. Clients can stop by weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Slovak version of the Feelhome website.