| BUYING PROPERTY IN BULGARIA|
Bulgaria is the place; now is your time. Bulgaria is your investment opportunity; your holiday destination and your very own hidden gem. Bulgaria is becoming a popular destination, but it is still relatively unexplored. Skiers will know about its winter sports and some will have visited the Black Sea summer resorts or the beautiful and relaxing spa areas. Most of us have heard about the Bulgarian wine in supermarkets but there is more - a lot more.
Bulgaria offers beautiful sandy beaches, mountains, rivers, valleys, ancient towns, villages and monasteries which rank as World Heritage sites. Bulgaria has a history of several millennia with a long tradition of culture, architecture, art and scientific prowess. Its people are highly hospitable, educated and often multilingual. The food is fresh, healthy and delicious. Things are changing rapidly... in the years before Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 large sums have been invested in the infrastructure of the country improving communications, roads, airports and buildings. But the natural beauty, age-old hospitality and outstanding value remain. And we are here to help you, from your preliminary enquiry through to our extensive post-purchase services.
Bulgaria has a relatively new and undeveloped real estate market, offering a wonderful range of properties. Some places are very fashionable and the prices reflect this but there is a great range of interesting property in beautiful locations at very low prices compared to Western Europe. It is quite possible to buy a house in a beautiful location for less than £4,500 and a very nice seaside villa for considerably less than in the UK.
PropertiesinBulgaria.com recently worked with major UK TV station Channel Four's A Place in the Sun on their special programme "The Beauty of Bulgaria". We were contacted by the broadcasters to assist in the making of a documentary, No Going Back, about the life of a British family now living and working in Bulgaria.
You will see from the BBC advert that interest in Bulgaria is undiminished and that our services have achieved continued recognition as the best around.
Exhibitions of overseas properties are very popular in the UK and at a recent exhibition hosted by the magazine publisher Homes Overseas over 40 seaside properties around Varna were sold in just one day.
How easy is it to buy with PropertiesInBulgaria.com?
Probably easier than you think. Of course, buying in Bulgaria presents similar challenges to buying in any foreign country - it is not particularly more or less difficult than anywhere else. The one specific law to be taken into consideration is that a foreigner is currently prohibited from owning land in Bulgaria. This is easily overcome by PropertiesInBulgaria.com forming a Bulgarian registered company on your behalf, with yourself as sole director and beneficiary. That company can then buy and own both the house and the land freehold. This procedure is fully recognised under Bulgarian law. More details on the process of forming this new business entity in order to own the property or properties are available here.
NEW! In order to make it easier for all our oversees clients to have their property deals finalised we have recently launched a unique secure online interface providing you with a completely safe way to lock your selected property in, thus ensuring no one else is able to compete for it. We are currently 'fine-tuning' our totally remote procedure for purchasing your new property in Bulgaria without you having to come over at all. Please contact us for more details and information.
More detailed information: Legislative Framework and General Rules
Costs of Buying/Timescales
Legal fees for setting up a company and doing the conveyance will be approximately £500.
State Tax (Stamp Duty equivalent) is 2% of purchase price and other legal and notary fees are less than 2%.
Timing - it takes couple of days to sign the preliminary contract with the deposit/downpayment (usually 10% of agreed price) to lock/secure the selected property in, then a week or so to form a company and then a few weeks to notarise the deal. So the overall process when using our knowledge and services is much faster than in most countries.
Real Estate Taxation
More information is available from Bulgarian Embassy in London, UK about:
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Whilst every care is taken to ensure that all general information and descriptions of property is correct we advise all clients to make their own checks and take legal advise when purchasing property overseas. Information and price guides subject to change. All properties shown are to the best of our knowledge genuinely for sale at the time of publication (unless clearly marked "Reserved" or "Sold"). Although the properties have been visited by our staff and details are produced in good faith, no responsibility is taken by us for any discrepancies, inaccuracies or omissions. All introductions and referrals to agents, lawyers and other services are made in good faith but no responsibility is taken by us for any problems or negligence which may arise. All background information about Bulgaria is taken from that available in the public domain and is not a recommendation from us or our staff although of course we may add comments and suggestions based on personal experience (such as restaurants)
Due to the recent events related to the COVID-19, regretably after 22 years, we had to leave our central Sofia office for correspondance and administrative purposes only. For personal appointments and property viewings please contact us
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UK Embassy in Bulgaria, 31/01/2019
Ambassador Emma Hopkins has a message for UK nationals in Bulgaria. In it she provides an update on latest negotiations, the Embassy's recent work and reminds of the importance of registering with Bulgarian authorities if you reside in Bulgaria. [watch the video]
Bulgaria: sales of "green" properties are declining, 01/07/2022
Buying a property "on the green" implies investing in real estate that, at the time of purchase, is still unrealized. This causes the worry and caution of many buyers, who often decide to bet on the safer alternative. However, the idea of acquiring an apartment before it is built continues to arouse interest among customers planning to invest in their own home. [read more]
11 court decisions for the illegal construction on Hemus Motorway, 30/06/2022
The Directorate for National Construction Control (DNCC) has issued a total of 11 penal decrees for illegal construction in two sections of Hemus motorway. [read more]
Political instability is undermining the investment environment in Bulgaria, 28/06/2022
The Bulgarian government resigned officially after the no confidence vote in parliament a week ago. The motive of the party that submitted the motion to the National Assembly – the biggest opposition party GERB – was failure in public finance and economic policy. [read more]
The flipside is that Bulgarian property is now remarkably affordable and probably appropriately priced. Properties that sold for €80,000 10 years ago are widely available now for €25,000, writes Diarmaid Condon in Is the price now right for Bulgarian property investments?. [read the article]
Owners in Bulgaria have earned BGN 14 Million in income from properties rented through Airbnb, 28/06/2022
More than BGN 14 million in rental income has been received by Bulgarians, real estate owners, who provide short-term accommodation for tourists through Airbnb, the National Revenue Agency (NRA) announced. [read more]
Ukrainians have stirred up the rental market in Bulgaria, 01/06/2022
Most brokers, who have been active in renting housing to Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of the war, no longer have free accommodations to offer. [read more]
Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach opens season with moderate optimism despite the war and pandemic, 30/05/2022
The active summer season in Bulgaria’s largest Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach officially starts on June 1, but tourists have started arriving since the beginning of May. Most of the early summer guests are from Great Britain, Poland and Germany, Teodor Pastarmazhdiev, a member of the Board of the Union of Owners in Sunny Beach has told us. [read more]
If you're looking for a cheap beach holiday this summer, you should head to Bulgaria and Turkey, according to the 12th annual Post Office Travel Money Holiday Costs Barometer. [read the article]
Bulgarian National Bank to restrict mortgage loans as of 2021, 23/09/2021
The Bulgarian National Bank has taken a decision to restrict mortgage lending. The Board of Directors has decided to increase the capital buffer for banks' risk loans from 0.5% to 1% from 2021. The measure aims to ensure that vaults have sufficient reserves to cover losses on non-performing loans. As a rule, the buffer is increased when it is necessary to "cool" a large increase in credit. [read more]
Price of agricultural land has risen by nearly 50 percent for 6 years, 14/09/2021
The price of arable land in Bulgaria has risen by over 47% for 6 years, the National Statistical Institute reported. In 2014, the average price was 362 euros per decare and in 2020 it was 533 euros. The biggest rise is seen in the southeastern region of the country - over 79%. Agricultural land there used to be cheaper, which made it attractive to investors. [read more]
Bulgarians become the biggest investors in real estate properties in their homeland, 01/09/2021
The Covid-19 crisis has affected all business spheres. However, according to data of Bulgarian real estate agents, demand and sales of housing properties have gone up, especially in the big cities. [read more]
British holidaymakers are moving east to extract more value for their pounds, according to Europe’s biggest travel firm, writes Simon Calder in Bulgaria and Croatia See More Bargain-Seeking Brits. [read the article]
Are Brits Investing In Bulgaria Because Of Its Lenient Travel Restrictions? 17/08/2021
Many people expected the property market in Bulgaria to struggle in 2021. Property around the world was suffering price cuts, the pandemic having left potential home buyers with limited funds. Furthermore, Brexit was expected to have a big impact on British investment. [read more]
Health Ministry Orders Termination of Contract for New Children's Hospital, 26/07/2021
The Health Ministry has ordered the termination of a contract for building a new children's hospital which would involve the completion of a complex of buildings nextdoor to Sofia's Alexandrovska Hospital. [read more]
Sofia Airport to be Modernized with an EIB Loan of 40 Million Euros, 14/07/2021
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the special investment company Sof Connect AD have signed a loan agreement of EUR 40 million for the modernization of Sofia International Airport, BNR reported, referring to the bank. Funding is supported by the European Commission's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). [read more]
Nick Lavtchiev, director of Easy BG - a company that deals almost exclusively with UK clients - told Oxford Business Group (OBG) recently that, "Over-urbanisation is no good for this market. What is the point of going on vacation or having a home in a place that is as overpopulated and ugly as where you came from? There are plenty of other places in the middle of nowhere that are of interest to aspiring permanent residents.". [read the article]
Bulgarians Buy out Russian’s Real Property on Black Sea Coast, 04/05/2021
Russians with properties on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast are now selling them en masse. Their withdrawal from the market is not because of the coronavirus, but because of the depreciation of the Russian ruble, according to brokers quoted by Trud. [read more]
Bulgaria's real estate market stable in 2020 despite coronavirus crisis - Raiffeisenbank, 29/03/2021
The real estate market in Bulgaria remained stable last year despite the challenges stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, with residential property prices continuing to grow, albeit at a slower pace compared to the pre-crisis speed, Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria said on Monday. [read more]
The Report - Emerging Bulgaria 2007, 01/01/2007
"There is significant scope for development of spa and welness tourism due to Bulgaria's many mineral springs. Golf course development is another area where we are seeing growth." said Nick Lavtchiev, CEO of easy BG a local property firm". [read the book]
The prices are almost irresistible, but buyers must beware dodgy deals and 'iffy' infrastructure, writes Cheryl Markosky in Bulgaria Beckons. [read the article]