Price development: quality prevails
According to Otto Immobilien, prices will not generally fall - in contrast to some prophecies of doom - but the quality of a residential property will be more decisive in the future than ever before. "A south-facing apartment with a balcony and a great floor plan in a green area of Vienna will tend to increase in value, while the north-facing apartment without exterior space and a poor floor plan may not be able to maintain its price level". Moreover, the development of prices is also very closely linked to the expected supply: This will depend, among other things, on whether many new units will enter the owner-occupied market through reclassifications or the re-conversion of existing AirBnB apartments into "regular, available" apartments. Future project developments may be postponed as the banks demand higher equity ratios. "One or two projects will certainly be reconsidered to determine whether now is the right time or whether another use could be more economically advantageous", says Buxbaum. The delays to building procedures already mentioned will also reduce the amount of building that takes place. "However, this also contrasts with one of the highest completion rates for apartments this year", says Buxbaum.
Right now, it is impossible to predict with any certainty how demand will develop. "Essentially, residential property in Vienna has been a very secure investment in recent years and over the past few decades. Now, the individual apartment parameters are being scrutinised a lot more, and our experience has also shown that this is already happening. Demand will therefore be very different", says Buxbaum. "The demand for affordable living space will increase and, as a result, decisions to buy in the near future will also most importantly depend on people's budgets", says Buxbaum. Last but not least, loans can still be obtained at favourable rates and even with the new credit rating after Corona, financing in sound conditions will presumably be available in the short term.
Vienna will be even more attractive to international buyers in future - More opportunities than risks
At the same time, there are still very wealthy and financially strong prospective buyers who will rely on secure investments. These buyers, taking the long-term view, will also increasingly come from abroad. "Vienna is a popular place to live, work and invest, and it is developing even more international appeal. It is regarded as a city that is taking the virus seriously and has it under control, and one that has a functioning healthcare system and a large number of other important and attractive qualities. The first few prospective buyers with these reasons for buying have already been in contact with us", says Buxbaum. The two experts are accordingly optimistic: "We and our teams are very confident about the future. With our many years of expertise, we are in a strong position and believe the property market currently has more opportunities than risks", say Richard Buxbaum and Sonja Kaspar.