06. February 2017
Daša Andrejcová is a new member of the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency team. She will oversee the business development of the Feelhome by Svoboda & Williams brand, which focuses on stylish, affordable apartments and houses.
Daša Andrejcová gained professional experience in real estate working for 4 years as the Regional Marketing Manager for CEE in the Orco Property Group. She was responsible for the marketing of a real estate portfolio with a total value of more than EUR 200 million. Before joining Svoboda & Williams, Daša worked as a Sales Event Manager for Best Hotel Properties a.s., a holding of the J&T Finance Group. Alongside her native Slovak, she speaks English and Czech fluently.
06. February 2017
The Svoboda & Williams real estate company started the sale of apartments in the U Rajské zahrady 2 project, which offers stylish housing in the immediate vicinity of the Riegrovy sady park.
The U Rajské zahrady 2 residence will comprise a total of 18 premium apartments in a building with a lift, stylish common areas, onsite parking and eye-catching views of Prague Castle and other city landmarks. All of that and more in a peaceful residential area, on the border between Vinohrady and Žižkov. The apartment building will undergo a complete reconstruction according to the concept of the CAMA Architekti studio, in the course of which the original, Historicist facade will be partly renewed.
The project will, among others, boast two exclusive penthouses with spacious terraces, two apartments with private gardens and three apartments with ornate balconies. Thanks to its spacious layouts, the closeness of a large park and full spectrum of services in this popular Prague neighborhood, the U Rajské zahrady 2 project offers ideal urban living, sure to be appreciated not only by families with children.
More information about the project: U Rajské zahrady 2
23. January 2017
The rough construction of the Barrandov Garden residence, a unique residential project developed by the T.E group, was completed at the beginning of the year. Surrounded by a large terraced garden, the low-energy villa house will boast generous apartment units, which are offered for sale by the Svoboda & Williams real estate company.
The project will feature peaceful, comfortable housing with a high level of privacy, situated within easy reach of nature. The residence, featuring impressive views of the Vltava River valley, an elegant entrance hall and an underground parking garage, will offer a total of 17 apartments with terraces, whose interiors have been designed by the renowned London Jestico + Whiles studio. The building is situated in a spacious garden with naturally full-grown as well as thoughtfully added trees and bushes, implemented according to a project designed by the Flera studio. Moreover, the garden will boast private “green rooms,” reserved for apartment owners, alongside common areas for gatherings, which will include a grove with a campfire pit, a pergola and a unique playground for children. The residence is situated in the slope of the Barrandov rock massif, in the vicinity of the Chuchle Grove, a location boasting excellent access to the city center of Prague both by car and public transport. Nearby surroundings of the complex offer a wide range of services and amenities, including schools, kindergartens, stores, banks and restaurants.
Expected date of completion: Summer 2017
Further information about the project: Barrandov Garden.
05. January 2017
The Svoboda & Williams real estate company has received the exclusive instruction to mediate the lease of office space in the ARA Palace, a renowned Functionalist building from the 1930s, located in the city center of Prague on the corner of Perlová and 28. října streets.
Svoboda & Williams will offer a total of cca. 2600 sq. m. of representative office space covering five floors, the smallest possible unit for lease being one whole story, amounting approximately to 450 sq. m. The tenants of the top floor will be able to enjoy a spacious terrace and eye-catching views of Prague landmarks such as the Castle District (Hradčany) or Na Příkopě Street. The owner of the palace, the Austrian investor ECE European City Estates, will begin a complete renovation of the building in August 2017. New tenants will be able to start moving into the reconstructed building in the spring of the following year.
The ARA Palace, whose design features contributions of architects František Řehák and Milan Babuška, was built in the 1930s when it replaced an older, Neoclassical building. The palace, having originally served as a department store, is nowadays one of the most significant Functionalist structures in the Czech Republic.
More information on ARA Palace.
02. January 2017
As of the beginning of 2017, Cyril Dejanovski has been named the new business director of the Svoboda & Williams real estate company.
Before joining Svoboda & Williams, Cyril Dejanovski spent almost 3 years working for the VCES Property Development company. As a general manager, he oversaw residential projects, worth more than CZK 2 bn and, at the same time, was responsible for the development of the company in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Cyril Dejanovski has a total of 11 years' experience in the field of real estate development, investment and consultancy, both in the commercial and the residential segment. His track record includes companies such as Deloitte, the Colliers International company, GE Capital Real Estate and Avestus Real Estate.
"In connection with the rapid growth of Svoboda & Williams, I had been feeling a growing need to pass at least a part of my responsibilities and powers to someone else," said Prokop Svoboda, Managing Partner at Svoboda & Williams, commenting on the appointment of the new business director. "Thanks to his know-how and rich corporate experience, Cyril Dejanovski proved to be the best possible candidate. What's more, we have managed to find a common vision of the future development and direction of Svoboda & Williams," added Prokop Svoboda.
06. December 2016
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency celebrated 10 years since its foundation this year. On this occasion, Prokop Svoboda, the Managing Partner at Svoboda & Williams, and Marion Williams, the Senior Partner in this company answered a few of our questions.
Could you compare and contrast Svoboda & Williams 10 years ago versus nowadays? What are the main differences?
PS: The whole real estate trade has become much more professional and standardized, the key to success nowadays lies in details rather than in basic concepts. At the same time, it’s much bigger business now. Our clientele has changed significantly – while in the beginning most of Svoboda & Williams's clients were expats, during the last few years Czech clients have certainly taken over the reins. Our team has matured – many of those who started with us 10 years ago are now in senior positions and are true pillars of our team.
MW: 10 years ago, we were primarily a residential leasing agency, now we offer full service – both sales and leasing, both residential and commercial, property management, investment management, serviced apartment rentals and other services. At the same time, we have been expanding into different regions, for example, we now have a Brno branch.
PS: In summary, we are nowadays definitely more sophisticated and experienced but there is also more stress and some grey hair.
Just a few years after Svoboda & Williams was founded, in 2009, the economic crisis hit hard. What do you think the main factor was which helped Svoboda & Williams get over the crisis in good health?
PS: Good health is perhaps a bit too strong... it was mainly hard work, no weekends or vacations – we also worked on the streamlining of our company processes. In the long run, it certainly paid off that we kept our position in the market and did not cut our team, nor did we cut down on the marketing budget.
MW: It was our focus on what the needs of the market were and the fact that we were prepared to serve those needs. We launched Feelhome – our brand for accessible housing, went into commercial leasing, property management, and changed the overall orientation of our business toward the local market.
What do you think makes Svoboda & Williams stand out among its competitors?
MW: Marketing, vision, and courage to take the next step.
PS: We stand out because we offer our clients true full service, as well as thanks to our effective and distinctive marketing communication. Our biggest asset is, however, the Svoboda & Williams brand which we managed to build from scratch and establish in the market.
2016 has been quite a busy year for Svoboda & Williams – we have seen a launch of a new website with responsive design and a new mobile app, many new projects for which Svoboda & Williams has exclusivity, etc., to name just a few highlights. Can you tell us something about the plans for 2017?
PS: Our goal is to strengthen the company know-how by expanding the management by new qualified experts – business development executives as well as new experts in market analysis advisory, development advisory and investment management.
Svoboda & Williams is 10 years old but both of you have been active in real estate for much longer. How did you end up in this business? Was it always your ambition or rather a coincidence?
PS: Nothing in life is a coincidence, things happen as they should.
MW: It was an evolution. For me it started in 1993 as an activity that became a commitment once there were employees. This was in about 1998, 5 years after the "activity" began. The activity was originally just something for me to do and earn some money. Real estate leasing and sales was what I knew from my time in New York and I sensed that the Czech market at that time needed a residential leasing agency.
What motivated you to start closely cooperating?
MW: Prokop's decision to make the commitment to developing the business in exchange for a full partnership. It was clear to me that this was a good move.
PS: It was a bit of a rational marriage – Marion already had a position in the Czech real estate market while I had a vision of further development.
Now that Svoboda & Williams is a significant name in the real estate market and is rapidly growing – do you ever have time to meet up outside of work? We know that you both like traveling – are there any other interests which you share?
MW: Although we enjoy each other, we rarely socialize together as time is scarce.
PS: We share a similar style of humor, that's all I can think of right now. Although Svoboda & Williams is slowly becoming corporate, there still remains a bit of a family vibe and so we occasionally like to go out for a drink with our colleagues. The last time the two of us saw each other outside the office was at the CIJ Awards Czech Republic gala where we were delighted to receive on behalf of Svoboda & Williams the Local Power Broker Team of the Year award.
28. November 2016
The Svoboda & Williams real estate company launched the sale of units in the multifunctional Milhouse building, in which the T.E (Top.Estates) developer will offer stylish low-energy apartments and retail space.
The Milhouse project, constructed by the T.E (Top.Estates) development group according to the Chybik+Kristof Architects & Urban Designers studio concept, is in the vicinity of Brno's city center at the intersection of Mlýnská and Masná streets. The southeastern orientation of the building will lead to a large supply of natural light in the interiors and – in combination with the used technologies – to low operating costs. The building thus clearly reveals the vision of the T.E development group which specialises in high-end urban housing that is at the same time energy efficient. The apartments with layouts ranging from one-bedroom (2+kk) to three-bedroom (4+kk) will offer high quality facilities and furnishings, with some of them featuring also a terrace or balcony. Loft apartments, which will be situated in the upper floors, will feature large-scale windows and, therefore, will charm you with amazing views of Brno's dominants, such as the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral and Špilberk Castle.
The project is located within reach of important Brno business zones, in an area which is easily and quickly accessible both by public transport (buses, trams and trolleys) and car (direct connection to the main transport arteries). The surroundings of the building feature the main train and bus station as well as a wide range of amenities, including the Vaňkovka Gallery shopping center and the Letmo shopping center. Moreover, there is a bike path running along the nearby Svitava River.
Expected date of completion: December 2017
More information about the Milhouse project.
25. November 2016
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency won the Local Power Broker Team of the Year category at the CIJ Awards Czech Republic 2016. The company has thereby successfully followed up on its winnings in the Best Local Real Estate Agency category between 2011 and 2014.
CIJ Awards Czech Republic are bestowed by the CIJ Journal, an international real estate magazine. This year's 16th annual CIJ Awards Czech Republic has seen exceptional projects, companies, personalities and transactions in the Czech real estate market awarded in 22 categories. The winners received their awards at the Prague Marriott Hotel on November 24, 2016.
"We would like to sincerely thank those who voted for us but also to our clients, owing to whom we have had a great year. We are delighted about our victory all the more as this year we are celebrating 10 years of Svoboda & Williams," says Marion Williams, the Senior Partner at Svoboda & Williams, commenting on the prestigious award.
02. November 2016
The Home Care (Domácí péče) movie, co-produced by Svoboda & Williams, has been awarded at prestigious film festivals across the US. Recently, the movie recieved the main prize in the Best Narrative Feature category at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis.
The movie, directed by Slávek Horák, which stars top-class Czech actors and actresses, such as Alena Mihulová, Bolek Polívka, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Zuzana Kronerová and others, thus continues on its successful US film festival tour. Alena Mihulová recieved the Best Actress Award for her part in the movie while Horák received prestige for being listed in the 10 Directors to Watch in 2016 chart in the Variety magazine. Moreover, the movie won the World Cinema Best Picture Award at the Phoenix Film Festival.
The Home Care movie scores outside the United States as well – apart from the above-mentioned, it recieved the Best Actress Award for Alena Mihulová for her role in the movie at the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Special Recognition Award at Festival International du Film d'Arras, the Young Audience Award at the Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain, the Film Distributors Award at the German Mannheim Internationales Filmfestival and also the Viewers' Award for the best foreign-language movie at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
01. November 2016
In connection with the legislative changes regulating the collection of the property acquisition tax, Svoboda & Williams displays prices of sales properties without this tax. The reason is that the payer of the property acquisition tax is, from this date on, always the buyer. What remains unchanged is the rate of the tax which amounts to 4% of the tax basis. The tax basis is either the sales price of the property, the usual local property price, or the price determined by an expert valuation, always the highest of these.