The most sought after homes in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, during 2011 were apartments costing around the €50,000, while the most active buyers were young families.

Leading agency Bulgarian Properties, who made the findings, also reported that while the property market in Bulgaria remained relatively stable in 2011, overall prices fell.

While apartments in Sofia accounted for the biggest share of home sales in 2011, typical spends for holiday apartments on the Black Sea coast and in the ski resort of Bansko were between €20,000 and €40,000, while for rural houses buyers were spending between €15,000 and €20,000, which bought homes in good condition and ready to move into.

Apartments in Sofia and in the other large cities were bought mainly as homes by Bulgarian buyers. They were mainly young families buying their first home and getting on the property ladder or families who want to move to a bigger or more luxurious home. As for holiday properties, the main buyers were Russians, purchasing lettable holiday homes.

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