The serious supply of office buildings in the city of Sofia in the last few years formed several different segments in that sphere of the real estate business. Several projects of office buildings of the highest quality are being preferred by the companies, while other projects are turning into outsiders. Those investors who have been smart enough to put their efforts on the planning and have carefully chosen the location of their office buildings, and have further insisted on the easy access, the good technical characteristics and the available parking options are now attracting the attention of the companies.
Currently, the companies can choose from more than 350 000 sq.m of available offices for rent or approximately thirty percent of all offices in Sofia. A great part of these offices are located in organized business centers in the outskirts of the capital. The prognoses are that the high-quality office buildings will get tenants in the next two years and will keep their popularity. At the same time, it is expected that the offices of the highest class when it comes to location and amenities will face an increase in the rental levels. Part of the business companies that are still hesitating whether to open offices in the country are currently using the option of the virtual offices in Bulgaria. Once they start to feel more secure they will most probably open offices in some of the high-class office buildings in Sofia.
The city of Sofia is among the European capitals with the greatest number of available offices of the highest class A. In the last year 2011, the rental levels of the offices have been stable. The same tendency could be seen at the office markets in Central and Western Europe, as well as in Russia. The office markets in Moscow and London have faced an increase in the rental levels of approximately ten per cent, while the office markets in Sofia, Athens and Dubai has underwent a decrease of eight per cent. The reasons for that for the city of Sofia is not the lack of interest but the increased number of offices available for rent. The tendencies for Sofia city are for a great number of the available offices and stable return levels of the investment.
Approximately 1.4 million square meters is the overall area of the offices in Sofia with more than 27 000 sq.m of new offices being completed in the last months of the previous year. The rental market is still in a slow phase and there are not many contracts sign. Those, which show interest in renting a new office, are usually companies that want to relocate and have access to better conditions and more extras in the office buildings of class A in Sofia. More than 150 000 sq.m of offices are to become completed and functional until the end of year 2012. The rental levels of the offices are expected to remain stable. The interest in the virtual offices in Bulgaria is also keeping its good levels and many companies are choosing that formula for making successful business in the country.