Urban congestion reduces the accessibility of Bucharest

Urban congestion reduces the accessibility of Bucharest

Urban congestion reduces the accessibility of Bucharest 1200 600 BUCHAREST REAL ESTATE CLUB


The lack of predictability currently manifested by the project to modify the fiscal measures affects not only the business environment, but also consumers and will generate major imbalances in the market, believe the representatives of the largest real estate companies, members of the Bucharest Real Estate Club organization (BREC). They participated yesterday in the debate Residential Conference – The Future of Quality Living, the main topics being the turbulence affecting the fields of construction and real estate in Romania.

Even if, fundamentally, the developers agree that the Government’s plan to increase taxes is reasonable, considering the fact that their level is lower in Romania than in other countries, they believe that such changes must be announced in time so that the environment businesses to adjust their investment plans accordingly.

Andrei Diaconescu, co-founder of One United Properties, spoke in this regard about transitional provisions that should have been adopted as part of the plan to modify the tax package. “I find the Government’s plan reasonable, even if I do not agree with the tax increase. When European money comes through PNRR or other mechanisms, I understand why tax facilities are removed for some categories such as builders, but there are private investors who do not benefit from European funds and who have large projects that develop for several years. In their case, it would have been reasonable to benefit from transitional provisions, which would give them time to adapt their plans”, said Andrei Diaconescu.

Tinu Sebeșanu, CEO of Impact Developer and Contractor, disapproves of the way the fiscal changes were debated and the short implementation time. “In Germany a tax increase of 1% was announced 3 years before. The German state recently announced incentives for residential developers. Romania’s budget has been bleeding for years and we are permanent blood donors. The impact of the new measures is not major, but it creates pro-cyclical measures and we would have liked more predictability”, said Tinu Sebeșanu.

The lack of predictability is the reason why Cordia, part of the Hungarian group Futureal, changed its plans regarding Romania. “Our plans could not be developed in Romania as we originally proposed. As an international investor, we had to move to other markets for the time being, where conditions are favorable and predictable. In Spain we have a project under development and we bought two other plots, the last transaction, worth 46 million euros, being among the largest in the Costa del Sol in 2023. This money could have come to Romania, a market in which we will remain and in which we will continue to develop residential projects”, said Mauricio Mesa, General Director, Cordia Romania and Spain. The company announced in 2019 a budget of 120 million euros for the development of projects and 40 million euros for the acquisition of land, currently having a portfolio that allows it to develop more than 2,000 apartments.

Also speaking about predictability, Laurențiu Afrasine, CEO of Akcent Development, referred to an official meeting of real estate developers last year with Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă, who assured them that the Government had no intention of changing taxes. “There will certainly be an impact on many levels, especially the emotional one for the buyer, who will be faced with the new prices.” Afrasine said.

Developers continue to face the urban gridlock that is chronically manifested already in Bucharest and is beginning to make its effects felt in other large cities as well.

What are the solutions for unblocking Bucharest? Andrei Diaconescu claims that the first step is the unblocking of the Zonal Urban Plans (ZUP) by sector, the next is the adoption of the General Urban Plan (GUP). “GUP should have been ready much faster, it’s already been going on for several years. If you don’t have a GUP, you can’t develop anything on a plot of land of over 3,000 square meters.” said Diaconescu, and in the end everyone suffers. “We all bear the burden of traffic, the city is developing towards the periphery, but schools, theaters, workplaces are in Bucharest, so transit traffic is increasing, a situation that I don’t know if it is taken into account by the local authorities”, Diaconescu also said.

The consequence of the urban uncertainty is the decrease in the accessibility of Bucharest, as the demand for apartments and new office spaces will recover, but the supply will decrease.