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Aug 28, 2015

Rental yields are moderate in Sofia, Bulgaria

Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2015
SOFIA CENTRE - Apartments COST (€) YIELD (p.a.) PRICE/SQ.M. (€)
50 sq. m. 52,300 249 5.70% 1,046 4.97
85 sq. m. 84,065 370 5.28% 989 4.35
120 sq. m. 136,440 542 4.77% 1,137 4.52
SOFIA SUBURBS - Apartments
45 sq. m. 38,970 206 6.35% 866 4.58
70 sq. m. 53,760 272 6.06% 768 3.88
120 sq. m. 92,280 412 5.35% 769 3.43
SKI RESORTS- Apartments
45 sq. m. 20,250 n.a. n.a. 450 n.a.
65 sq. m. 31,785 n.a. n.a. 489 n.a.
120 sq. m. 59,040 n.a. n.a. 492 n.a.
BLACK SEA - Apartments
55 sq. m. 61,875 n.a. n.a. 1,125 n.a.
120 sq. m. 128,280 n.a. n.a. 1,069 n.a.
Districts researched:
Sofia centre: Doctor´s Garden, Ivan Vazov, Iztok, Lozenets, near the Medical Academy, and Oborishte.
Sofia suburbs- Dragalevtsky, Borovo, Manastirski Livadi, Buckston, Vitosha, Gotse Delchev, Student´s Town, Strelbishte
Krasno Selo, Boyana, Geo Milev, Ovcha Kupel, Dianabad, Beli Brezi, Hladilnika, Poduyane and Slatina
Ski resorts: Bansko and Borovets
Black Sea Coast: Bourgas and Varna
Source: Global Property Guide Definitions: Data FAQ See also: Update Schedule

Sofia has moderate gross rental yields - i.e., the rental return on a property if fully rented out, before all expenses.  Yields in the centre are around 4.7% to 5.7%.  Yields a little further out are a half a per cent higher.

Doctor’s Garden, Ivan Vazov, Iztok and Lozenets are among the most sought after addresses in the centre. Embassies, museums and universities are located here. These areas also have many parks and green spaces, making them popular with expats.

In the southern part of Sofia in Vitosha Mountain (or in the vicinity) are prestigious suburban neighborhoods like Boyana and Dragalevtsi. Though new developments being built here are increasing the stock of rental apartments, we find better yields here on the very smallest apartments, with yields stretching up to 6.4%.  Last year we found that the very biggest apartments command exceptional yields at 8.4%.  We weren´t able to gather enough data this year, but that may be worth investigating.

We aren´t able to provide yields in Bulgaria’s beach and ski areas, because rents in these areas are highly seasonal.


#1 PEJMAN KHORSANDNIA | September 10, 2012

I would like to thank you for your useful site. It is a very big help for property investors in such a world where information would come much more handy than self of capital to investors.i would like to mind you that on the chart above on the column for 60 m apartments on black sea either the percent of property price given as yield or the amount of rental yield should be wrong. Because the numbers don't fit mathematically. Thanks

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