15. June 2021
Svoboda & Williams welcomed several new members this spring. The residential sales team, management, and marketing all have new colleagues.
The residential sales team acquired two new Sales Representatives. Alžběta Hochmanová, who has been with Svoboda & Williams since 2019, has a master’s degree in economics. She also studied in Canada and spent a semester in Austria as part of the Erasmus program. Alžběta speaks English fluently and has a basic working knowledge of German and Russian. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors. Matyáš Hložek is currently studying Marketing Communication at the University of Finance and Administration and also composes music and sings. He previously worked as an Account Manager in major media groups and as a personal fitness trainer. Besides his native Czech, Matyáš speaks English and has a basic grasp of German.
In March, Katalin Kis-Szemán joined Svoboda & Williams as Executive Manager. She has been working in the real estate industry for over ten years and was an international coordinator for Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Russia. She also has experience with digital marketing from her time as an Account Manager for the Czech, Slovak, and Hungarian markets. She speaks several languages fluently, such as Czech, Hungarian, English, and German. When not in the office, she is an attachment parenting ambassador and collects black metal on vinyl.
In June, the Marketing Team welcomed two new colleagues, Digital Media Specialist Sára Kocanová and Graphic Designer Alexandra Široká. Sára has worked in digital marketing for many years, especially in social media management, content creation, and communication strategies, and speaks English fluently. Alexandra studied Graphic Design at Prague College and also worked in digital marketing and photography. She spent a year in the United States and, besides her native Slovak, speaks Czech and English fluently and French at the basic level.
The new receptionist at Offices Unlimited is Vendula Vaculová, who studied at Charles University’s Romance Language Department and is currently studying painting at the Art & Design Institute. Vendula speaks Spanish and English, and has a basic knowledge of French.
14. April 2021
Only six months after its launch on the market, almost half of the apartments in the timeless BERLITA apartment building, which is being built in the center of Beroun, have been sold. The project proves that quality properties outside of Prague but within easy reach of the city are in great demand.
“Unfortunately, living in the center of Prague is unattainable for most people due to the upward tendency of property prices in Prague. However, in the beautiful historic center of Beroun, you can buy an apartment for an affordable price and have the Křivoklát forests or the Czech Karst practically in your back yard,” explains Jan Mráz, head of the team that has been charged with the sale of units in the BERLITA project.
Construction of the BERLITA apartment building began last October and work is continuing according to plan. The underground and above-ground floors of the garage are now complete and the walls of the second above-ground floor are currently being bulit.
Once finished, the BERLITA residential project will consist of 61 studio to three-bedroom apartments. There are currently 32 units for sale, all of which are equipped with large-format windows providing enchanting views of the surrounding area, as well as enviable airiness and an interior connected to the exterior.
Final approval of the building is planned for summer 2022.
More information about the BERLITA project.
06. April 2021
Among Svoboda & Williams’ listings, you will find the last four houses in the Pálavská brána residential project, which is currently being built on the western edge of the South Moravian village of Brod nad Dyjí, practically bordering the popular Mušov Lakes.
“Approximately half of the clients who have inquired about the houses in the Pálavská brána project live farther away, for example in Mladá Boleslav, Lanškroun, Jindřichův Hradec, or Plzeň. More than ever before, buyers are seeing this kind of property as an opportunity to purchase a second home in the countryside so that they can enjoy peace, quiet, and fresh air, and take a break from the busy tempo of city life,” says Lenka Kjučukovová, Property Consultant at Svoboda & Williams’ Brno branch.
The Pálavská brána residential project is an architecturally compact complex consisting of fifteen single-story houses with private rooftop terraces that provide far-reaching views of the omnipresent vineyards and the Pálava Hills. The houses will come in two-bedroom layouts and a floor area of 84 sq. m., with interiors connected to the garden. In March, their facades were insulated and work on the interior installations and plastering is almost finished. The insulation of the roofs began in early spring.
The planned completion of the project is expected in the third quarter of this year.
More information about the Pálavská brána houses.
03. March 2021
Several new colleagues joined the Svoboda & Williams team at the beginning of the year. The sales teams in both the Prague and Brno offices were expanded and new members joined the residential rentals and commercial leasing teams.
Gabriela Havlová joined the Brno team at the start of the year. She graduated with a degree in law and legal science at the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno and worked as an intern at the HLADKY.LEGAL law firm while still a student. Gabriela speaks English fluently. In March, new Sales Representative Veronika Bičišťová became part of the Prague office’s residential sales team. Veronika is currently studying public administration and regional development at the Czech University of Life Sciences. She lived for two years in England and Finland, where she worked as an au pair and as a skiing and snowboarding instructor. Veronika has been playing volleyball at a professional level since the age of ten.
In February, the residential rentals team welcomed new Junior Letting Representative Karolína Krautstenglová. She was born in the USA, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chapman University in California. She previously worked in marketing and data analysis. Karolina is fluent in English and speaks German at a basic level.
Veronika Skalický began working as an Office Leasing Consultant in the commercial leasing team in January. She has a degree in tourism and hospitality, and previously worked as a flight attendant for Smartwings and Hi Fly and as an assistant at Colliers International. She also lived for three years in the Azores, where she learned Portuguese; she is also fluent in English.
Four new receptionists have been hired since the beginning of the year: Nela Hegerová, Anna Kalistová, Daniela Gregoryan, and Anna Monsportová. Nela Hegerová, who studied at the Institute of Hospitality Management in Prague, is in charge of running the reception desk. Anna Kalistová is currently studying marketing and brand management and previously worked for the Onkomaják NGO. Daniela Gregoryan is a student in the Arts Management program at the Prague University of Economics and Anna Monsportová is an artist, devoting herself to drawing, expressive dance, and music.
01. March 2021
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency received the Best Local Real Estate Agency prize at the 20th annual CIJ Awards Czech Republic.
This year, there were 26 categories at the 20th annual CIJ Awards Czech Republic. Altogether 99 companies, projects, transactions, and campaigns were nominated. The Trio Harrachov mountain residential project, whose apartments are sold exclusively by Svoboda & Williams, won Best Standard Residential Development. The Best Premium Residential Development award went to the exceptional Komunardů 35 designed by architect Stanislav Fiala.
The CIJ Awards Czech Republic are presented annually by Roberts Publishing Media Group, s. r. o., the publisher of print and online news regarding interesting developments in the real estate segment in Central and Southeast Europe.
16. February 2021
“The Prague premium real estate market proved resistant to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020” is an apt summary of Svoboda & Williams’ sixth Market Report, which the real estate agency publishes biannually.
Stability in the real estate segment was mainly guaranteed by record low interest rates, the repeal of the property acquisition tax, and the fact that quality properties were increasingly seen as a good place for people to park their money and protect their savings. Demand for real estate from the portfolio of Svoboda & Williams therefore had a year-on-year increase of 5.4%. The average achieved price for a premium property also went up—clients paid CZK 131,900 per square meter for new builds and CZK 120,100 per square meter for resale properties. In contrast, according to the Rental Price Index by S&W + VŠE, rental prices decreased by 11% down to CZK 29,400 per month on average.
Market Report H2 2020, among other things, focuses on:
- the development of premium Prague residential property prices,
- the growing rental housing trend,
- the unprecedented interest in recreational real estate,
- the situation in the mortgage market,
- residential projects that can significantly transform the character of the neighborhood they’re in.
The analyses published in the Market Report are based on the data on sales and rental transactions generated by the activities of Svoboda & Williams. These figures are supplemented by real estate sales data obtained from the Cadaster of Real Estate, whose parameters correspond to the monitored sample. The Market Report relies exclusively on data based on achieved prices, which are calculated by factoring in the price for parking and a proportional part of the exterior. To recalculate the exterior area, this methodology uses a specially developed algorithm that progressively reduces the exterior area and takes into account the ratio of outdoor to interior spaces.
Another useful analytical tool for a more accurate interpretation of the rental market is the Rental Price Index by S&W + VŠE, which Svoboda & Williams developed in cooperation with the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics of the University of Economics in Prague. The source of the data for the index is the actually achieved rental prices of apartments offered by Svoboda & Williams. It’s therefore a good illustration of how the suspension of the tourism industry affected rental prices in Prague.
15. February 2021
While the construction of the Na Pramenech residential project continues full speed ahead, a furnished model house has been completed. Potential residents may now get a better idea of how the interior can be decorated and the facilities can be arranged. The minimalist, yet cozy style of the show house serves as an inspiration for how stylishly modern these homes in the newly emerging neighborhood in Prague 9 can be.
In January, the access road to the houses in the first phase was approved and the developer has requested the approval of the houses that have already been sold. The remaining houses will be inspected and approved gradually, so that clients may choose the final surfaces according to their preferences. The show house, arranged by an interior designer, can give them an idea of what they might want.
Please contact our office to schedule a viewing of the show house.
More information about the Na Pramenech project.
25. January 2021
Construction work on the Pálavská brána residential project is proceeding according to plan. All of the houses now have roofs and windows. Interior partition walls are currently being installed and the rough construction phase is only one step away from being complete.
The Pálavská brána residential project offers a total of fifteen single-story houses, each of which will come with a private rooftop terrace and an adjoining garden. All of the houses have three-bedroom layouts and will be completed to a standard that includes ceramic tiles, brand-name sanitary ware in the bathrooms, triple-glazed insulated windows, and underfloor heating. Since the houses are being built in a sought-after recreational area, owners can use them as a pleasant primary residence or vacation home, but they are also a great investment opportunity.
The developer has estimated that the project will receive final approval in Q2 of 2021.
More about the Pálavská brána residential project.
18. January 2021
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has been providing comprehensive property and facility management services for many years now. Its team of professionals led by Věra Urbanová and Přemysl Kavan oversees the smooth running of residential units, apartment buildings, non-residential premises, historic buildings, and large residential complexes.
Property management is a multidisciplinary field, which includes both a total overview of the technical and economic aspects in order for everything pertaining to the property to run smoothly as well as being up-to-date on the relevant laws and regulations. “If you decide to create an investment property portfolio, you will soon find out that non-professional property and facility management will not only consume a large amount of your time, but, if set incorrectly, it will also increase the amount of uneconomically invested funds. Our team can turn your empty property into a source of long-term income and save you not only money, but also time. Clients can contact us whenever they are looking for a suitable investment property,” explains Věra Urbanová, Head of Property Management at Svoboda & Williams.
Our property management services include finding a creditworthy tenant (with the help of Svoboda & Williams’ real estate agents), technical management (beginning with an initial technical audit and ending with a detailed handover protocol that includes a technical manual), any complaints, all communication and coordination related to the property, ensuring emergency repairs and regular maintenance, representing the owner at apartment owners association meetings, negotiating with service providers, the correct setting of advance payments and billing—all with the maximum satisfaction of the property owner in mind.
14. January 2021
In the past several months, work on the foundation piles of the BERLITA apartment building finished and foundation concrete is currently being poured. The casting of the foundation slab is scheduled for the second half of January.
The BERLITA residential project is emerging in a peaceful part of Beroun that borders the historic center on one side and the confluence of the Berounka and Litavka rivers on the other. The apartment building will consist of two connected wings that together will offer 61 studio to three-bedroom units. The highest floor is reserved for generously apportioned rooftop penthouses.
The BERLITA residential project is scheduled to be completed in Q2 2022. The developer of the project is VENUS INVESTMENT GROUP.
More information on the BERLITA project.