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.
22. November 2019
A southwest-facing show flat on the 2nd floor of the Na Petřinách 7 residence was completed in mid-November. Clients can now view the high standard to which all of the units will be finished in this boutique residential project.
The show flat boasts premium equipment and facilities: oak wooden floors, triple-glazed aluminum windows, and an extra high ceiling height, creating and airy and open interior. The apartment has a terrace with a tropical wood surface that offers beautiful views of the garden with its many tall trees.
Please contact our office to schedule a viewing.
More information on the Na Petřinách 7 residential project.
13. November 2019
Things are moving forward this fall in the elegant Art Nouveau Orelská 13 residential project. At the beginning of October, the central boiler with accumulator was put into operation and work on the common areas is now almost finished. The residence has also welcomed its first residents.
The Orelská 13 residence consists of 19 units, most of which are for sale in a state of white walls. This means that clients can create a home according their tastes and wishes. Several apartments are already finished and the building’s first apartment owners are gradually settling in.
From the first phase, there are still 5 vacant units left. In the second phase in spring 2020, another 4 units will go on sale. Please contact our office to schedule a viewing.
More information on the Orelská 13 residential project.
11. November 2019
Svoboda & Williams, a renowned real estate agency with Czech roots that has been active on the domestic real estate market for almost two decades, started offering its services in Slovakia this spring. The agency is the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate for Slovakia. This prestigious global network offers properties in the most sought-after locations worldwide.
Czech real estate agency Svoboda & Williams, founded by Marion Williams and Prokop Svoboda, early on established itself as the dominant player in the domestic premium real estate segment. Its reputation is founded on a progressive marketing philosophy and the high quality of its services and portfolio. In 2017, the agency became the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. “The license we received from Christie’s was the immediate impulse for our expansion,” explains Prokop Svoboda, owner of Svoboda & Williams. Another important factor was the high level of interconnection between the Czech and Slovak markets. “In recent years, investors we cooperate with in the Czech Republic, many of them from Slovakia, have often encouraged us to extend our services to the Slovak market,” says Prokop Svoboda. Svoboda & Williams is expanding to Slovakia at a time when the country is undergoing an unprecedented real estate boom caused in part by low mortgage interest rates. Every quarter, the prices of Slovak properties set new records.
Alongside Svoboda & Williams, which focuses on premium properties, the agency is also expanding the Feelhome brand to Slovakia in order to offer high quality apartments and family houses in the mid and lower price ranges. Properties at the proverbial tip of the real estate iceberg will carry the prestigious Christie’s International Real Estate label. “Our cooperation with Christie’s International Real Estate, which is owned by the legendary auction house, offers Slovak premium property owners the opportunity to present their homes and apartments within the context of a brand with an esteemed international reputation and will therefore help them reach investors all over the world. Slovak buyers will have easy access to luxury properties in the most attractive locations worldwide,” adds Prokop Svoboda.
JUDr. David Martan RSc., who has over 15 years of experience on the Slovak market and has worked on a number of successful real estate projects, will head the Slovak branch of Svoboda & Williams. David Martan is a lawyer and holds the title of RSc. (Real Estate Consultant), which is the highest level of real estate education that one can achieve. “We offer Slovak clients the added value of distinguished brands and the know-how of an established real estate agency combined with our expert knowledge of the market. We have put together a team of real estate experts who will work in the Bratislava branch. Negotiations with property owners and local developers are under way,” stated David Martan. Svoboda & Williams will offer its services to those interested in selling, buying, or renting properties, as well as to developers. The agency’s own marketing team creates a comprehensive marketing strategy and the project’s visual identity, which it then communicates through Svoboda & Williams’ marketing channels and through the purchase of advertisements.
The Bratislava branch of Svoboda & Williams is located in Old Town on Ventúrska 12. You can find the Feelhome brand in the new Slnečnice neighborhood, which is being built on the right bank of the Danube River at the edge of Petržalka, on Zuzany Chalupovej 10B. The Feelhome office is also open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Slovak version of the Svoboda & Williams website.
11. November 2019
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency is bringing its Feelhome brand to the Slovak market. Feelhome features properties from the lower and mid-priced real estate segments. The Bratislava Feelhome branch, which opened its doors in October, is located in the new Slnečnice neighborhood, the largest residential project in Slovakia.
The Feelhome brand offers apartments and family houses for sale and rent with affordable prices, yet still with the same high standard of services that clients have come to expect from Svoboda & Williams. Feelhome’s selection of properties, which currently consists of apartments and family houses for sale and rent in Bratislava and other attractive locations in Slovakia, comes with the experience of a renowned real estate agency with its own unique style of communication.
The Feelhome office in the stylish Slnečnice neighborhood on the right bank of the Danube River where Petržalka ends was designed by the SAD atelier. Slnečnice has the vibrant atmosphere of a modern neighborhood with everything that this entails: residential housing, public spaces, and greenery. Upon completion, almost 9,000 residents will call it their home. “Thanks to the gradual development of affordable and comfortable housing in Slnečnice with urban features yet close to nature, we could not have found a better place to fit the brand concept of Feelhome,” says David Martan, head of the Slovak branch of Svoboda & Williams.
Feelhome’s address is Zuzany Chalupovej 10B. It is open for clients every weekday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Slovak version of the Feelhome website.
11. November 2019
In many ways, the Slovak real estate market shares similar characteristics with the Czech one: property prices are rising (especially in the capital city and its immediate area), interest rates are falling, and the demand for housing is higher than the supply available. These trends are not projected to change in the near future, making Slovakia a very interesting country from an investment perspective.
Analysts have been pointing out that interest rates have hit bottom and that we must expect them to rebound, but the opposite is true—the average mortgage interest rate in the Czech Republic and Slovakia is still decreasing. Banks in both markets are trying to make up for the collapse of the mortgage market. For example, the Slovenská spořitelna bank currently offers mortgages with a 0.79% interest rate (the average interest rate in the Czech Republic is 2.47%). However, with rising housing prices there is less interest in mortgages: in the second quarter, Slovak properties showed a year-on-year increase of 8.3%. The fastest rising prices are for older properties, and potential buyers will pay 5% more for new properties than in 2018. Real estate prices in Bratislava are three times higher than in other regions; in the popular district of Bratislava II – Ružinov they are even increasing by 12% annually.
Investors who are thinking about placing part of their capital in the Slovak real estate market will appreciate the fact that there are no restrictions for foreign clients in this area, except in the acquisition of farmland. What’s more, the increase in property prices is not expected to slow down. In fact, real estate costs are rising exponentially, which is reflected in the prices of new residential projects. The Slovak market also has many advantages over its Czech counterpart. For one, Slovakia doesn’t have a real estate acquisition tax, which means that, compared to the Czech Republic, properties are 4% cheaper. Slovakia is also part of the eurozone, and so investors can have confidence in a stable currency, while avoiding exchange rate risk and currency conversion fees, which are around 1%. Another benefit is Bratislava’s strategic location on the border of Austria and Hungary and close to the Czech Republic.
10. November 2019
Six months after launching, the serviced myhive Flexi Offices, located in the Pankrac House building, are now 70% occupied. Part of the portfolio of Offices Unlimited, the project confirms the growing popularity of flexible offices and coworking space in the Czech Republic.
A wide diversity of companies and individuals have leased offices in myhive Flexi Offices. Besides IT companies and startups, such as Gappex or Voda z mraku, they include the Mountpark developer and, starting in November, the senate office of Jiří Drahoš. Attorney Mgr. Daniel Samol has an office on the same floor, and so tenants can have their signatures authorized in Czech and English right where they work. People without a permanent office also use the services of myhive Flexi Offices, most of whom rent a meeting room for training sessions or conferences. Additionally, the coworking space has welcomed its first six freelancers, who work in various fields.
The new concept that emerged in the Pankrác House administrative building quickly attracted a large number of potential tenants not only due to the flexibility and range of services it offered, but also because of the pleasant workspace that was created here in a relatively short period of time. “The office has an incredibly friendly atmosphere. Our clients are thankful for the peaceful and quiet workplace and appreciate our individual approach to them,” says Marie Kantorová, office manager at myhive Flexi Offices.
More on the myhive Flexi Offices project.
Offer of fully equipped offices for lease.
23. October 2019
For many years, construction experts have been trying to innovate how cement is produced. The Czech company ERC-Tech has recently made great strides and together with Skanska it developed a new type of concrete that is entirely made of recycled construction debris. This unique Czech patent has the potential to revolutionize both the construction industry and the environment.
Although not obvious at first glance, demolition rubble and debris is a major problem—it accounts for almost half of all waste generated in the Czech Republic. Only one tenth of the rubble is used for other purposes, which is a shamefully low number considering how much non-renewable resources are wasted and the high carbon footprint of mining and transporting materials. Construction companies have been trying to recycle construction rubble in part because of the rising costs of sand, gravel, and stone, which increase overall construction costs.
The innovations created by František Polák from ERC-Tech will elegantly solve all of these problems. In collaboration with Skanska’s innovation and development specialists, he invented a material called Rebetong, which has properties similar to concrete, but is made of construction debris instead of sand, grave, and stone. It also has a lower thermal conductivity coefficient than conventional concrete, and so it decreases a building’s energy consumption. For now, the technology and know-how—the way in which the debris is crushed and the special nanoblend added to it—is a closely guarded secret. Skanska is the first construction company in the world that officially manufactures this Czech invention.
Source of photos: Skanska a.s.
21. October 2019
The Real Estate Market Autumn 2019 conference took place on October 17th at the Grandior Hotel in Prague. This time, the theme of the event was the latest trends of the new real estate era. Prokop Svoboda, owner of the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency, took part in the final discussion panel. His presentation was entitled “Premium Segment Prices in a Prague-Wide Context.”
During the course of the conference, panelists discussed the latest topics that the Czech real estate market has been abuzz with. David Kužela from Ernst & Young considered the potential of rental housing projects in the Czech Republic, which are hampered by not being able to deduct VAT and therefore their development has been rather slow. Pavel Sovička, director of Panattoni Europe, spoke about the lack of infrastructure that forces foreign companies to invest instead in neighboring countries. He agreed with Milan Kratina from the Accolade company that investment into infrastructure is crucial for the economic development of the country and that the Czech Republic is lagging behind its neighbors in this area.
There was an interesting debate among the developers and municipal representatives during the panel on public space and participation. Marcel Soural from Trigema pointed out that developers are trying to meet residents’ demands when realizing their new projects, but that they need more support from politicians at the local level and from civil servants.
During the panel on apartments and housing not only in Prague, Petr Michálek, CEO of Skanska Reality, presented a new concept of prefabricated housing that will speed up construction and open the door to people who currently can’t afford to own housing. The owner of the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency, Prokop Svoboda, focused on the other end of the residential housing spectrum, i.e. the premium segment, and more specifically on current premium property prices. According to numerous newspaper articles, it would seem that the average price of an apartment in Prague has risen to the average price of a premium property. However, a closer look at the numbers and prices based on real estate transactions shows that the difference between the two segments continues to be around 40%. Only in Prague 1 and 2 are the averages similar, since both municipal districts are premium locations.