Romania tipped as property investment hotspot
By Danny Bance

Romania tipped as property investment hotspot

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Investors are expected to turn their attention away from markets such as Ireland and Spain to focus instead on Romania and Bulgaria.

Speaking at the IPD/Property Investor Europe (PIE) Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Conference, partner at Schoenherr Lawyers Denise Hamer explained many of the banks in Romania have large property portfolios they now need to sell off.

As a result, the value of real estate in Romania will fall and investors will be attracted to the opportunities in the country's market.

"It's going to be very dynamic and volatile, a very exciting investor atmosphere," Ms Hamer predicted.

Board member of S IMMO - an Austrian firm - Holger Schmidtmayr highlighted office properties in Romania's capital Bucharest as another area to watch over the coming months at the CEE-focused event.

There are also signs international companies have faith in the Romanian retail market, after last month's announcement a new shopping centre due to open in Ploisesti in November is already 70 per cent let.

The development has been financially backed by Carrefour Property and New Europe Property Investment and tenants confirmed at the complex include Carrefour, Lee Cooper, Zara and Office Shoes.

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