28. June 2019
What Do Apartments in Prague Actually Cost?
Agents of Svoboda & Williams have increasingly been coming across the claim that the average price of an apartment in Prague is currently almost CZK 110,000/sq. m. When real estate owners then sell their properties, they set astronomical starting prices that don’t seem to correspond to reality. Newspaper headlines proclaim these high numbers, but don’t explain the difference between the asking price and the actual achieved price.
According to the current data collected by Deloitte, the average asking price of a new apartment in Prague is CZK 107,100/sq. m. However, this figure only includes newly built residential projects and starting prices, which don’t include any reductions or subsequent special offers. In reality, the asking price is often quite different from the actually achieved price. This is doubly true in today’s decline in demand for real estate and the increasing rate of discounts offered by developers. Deloitte’s regularly published so-called Prague Real Index factors in the average price of a realized real estate transaction, which it acquires from the cadastre of real estate, and includes prices of older resale properties as well. In fact, the average actually achieved sales price is currently CZK 77,400/sq. m. This is the number that Prague apartment owners should consider when they are thinking about how much to sell their property for. Or even rent it out for, since this misunderstanding of the market also influences how property owners establish adequate rental prices.
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency maps the premium property segment, which has a higher average achieved price – currently around CZK 112,000/sq. m., with a median value of CZK 103,000/sq. m. Properties at the very top of the real estate pyramid are significantly pushing average prices upward.