For those who are not familiar with Virtuoso, it is nothing more nothing less than a huge network of the best luxury travel agencies, with more than 17,500 advisors worldwide.
Virtuoso releases a luxury european tour report every year, in which displays what the travelers seek when looking for a perfect holiday destination. The report for this year, revealed that people are looking for pristine, unique and less-known destinations to visit.
In 2018, Croatia featured on the second place on list of top emerging destination, amongst Japan, Portugal, Cuba and Iceland.
If you think of Croatia, you instantly might think of the popular spots such as Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split and Rovinj. Although those regions are espectacular and have plenty to offer, the uniqueness and authenticity of destinations that are still not very explored and overcrowded are attracting the attention of tourists.
You will find that plenty of the real estate Croatia opportunities are located in the overcrowded cities. And, if you have done some initial research on real estate investment opportunities, you will most definitely have heard of Njuškalo, the main and most known portal in Croatia.
This month, Njuškalo held a conference in Zagreb which the subjects approached were tourism, being the main industry in the country, combined with real estate investing. Together they have created a market with huge potential and definitely worthy of investing in.
During the conference, Robert Pakrovac, from Estre, one of the top banks in Croatia, said “ We’re an open book on which other sectors such as tourism, and ultimately the retirement of people in Croatia, lean on”
It is common to find real estate prices in overcrowded areas higher than in other locations. Due to the simple fact that there is more demand for these real estates. This is because many of these areas are popular destinations for both tourists and first time buyers who are less knowledgeable on Croatia and the real estate market.
However, recently more and more tourist and first time buyers are looking away from these popular areas and are in search for authenticity, privacy and unique experiences. These can be found in the lesser known regions of Croatia.
One of the best investments one could do is property investing, but it can also be very difficult decision requiring research on the area the property is located and on the property itself, apart from a lot of budgeting or financing for most people. For that reason, It can be really a decision for life if that is the case as if you decide to finance you will have a couple of year of mortgage awaiting for you.
How then to make the most of your money and depending on the area even an income?
To make an income it is important to decide on a property that is located in a very attractive area or country. This way you guarantee there will be away interest from tourists to stay in your house if you decide to rent it. That is the core of buying an investment property as well as in an area. Buying an investment property has to both ways, for the investor and for the guests.
To make this comparison simpler we selected a few countries and the prices for a house in comparison to Croatia. So, here is a brief list of properties in Europe. There are requirements you can stick to when looking for an investment property abroad, on the list below the requirements were either price or number of rooms.
Social media is being bombarded with Croatian landscapes during the summer of 2018. Sunny weather, clear turquoise sea, picturesque lanes and buildings make the perfect combination for that snap you are looking for.
Receiving the amount of 18.5 million tourists only last year, makes it easier for the spread of dreamy summer holidays in Croatia, and Instagram is playing a large role on this exposure.
When you think of fishing you might have the image of old fishermen boats that go to the deep sea to catch tons of fish to make a living. There is nothing wrong about that by the way, thanks to the hard work of these men we are able to eat delicious, refined and fresh seafood, such as Tuna fish, Swordfish, Greater amberjack, Little tunny, Dusky grouper, Mahi mahi, Albacore, Blue shark, Common dentex, Red porgy and Atlantic bonito,
However, fishing can be an expensive hobby, involving yachts, different types of fishing gear, a fishing license, and the costs you have also depends on the level you are at: beginner fishing or advanced
The Boat…or Yacht
The adriatic sea is a rich source for the sports lovers that are looking for some big catches. But to enjoy the sport and fish with style you will need some preparation and capital. The prices for a fishing yacht can go from: €850,000 to €30,628,000
If you are looking for a gluten-free diet while in Istria, you are in for a treat. Croatian food is traditionally is based naturally in gluten-free ingredients, while celiac-friendly pizzas will make your Croatian food experience complete.
Croatian food and Istrian cuisine is celiac-friendly
Traditional Istrian cuisine is a Mediterranean one, with a dose of continental influence. Locals rely on fish, olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables, and throw in a piece of pork or ox meat for good measure.
For those looking for a healthy, gluten-free diet, it means their options are readily available in farmers’ markets, restaurants and shops. A bit of planning in advance will make sure they taste all the flavors of Istria.
Over 1 million tourists arrived in Istria in August 2018, generating 8.5 million overnight stays all over the peninsula
The region of Marčana in Istria, where Candy Brick villas are located, had an increase of 9% arrivals in comparison to August 2017. This generated an impressive 5,000 more overnight stays. These numbers keep increasing over the years.
The good news about these numbers are that they show the region of Istria is attracting an incredibly large amount of tourists. This is impressive considering that there are only 208 thousand inhabitants in an area of just 2,813 km².
Istria is divided into 10 officially designated cities and 31 rural municipalities. During the summer peaks, it can get overcrowded and lack of options for accommodation creating more opportunity for rentals.
What’s the recipe to the right real estate investment opportunity?
In this article you’ll read about very important aspects of real estate investing and how you can benefit from it in the future.
To start with that, it would be great having a team of analysts making the research and providing you the direction on where to place your capital and invest.
But having a team can be costly, and for some investors the usage of potential investing capital to hire members and support is misuse.
While you collect information and research on your own, some people rater spend for this detailed research but what sometimes is not considered is that this process can take up years.
One wise way to direct your own investment research is observing in what industry and location well known investors are putting their money on, this way you can surf the wave of investment opportunities.
Planning and building an investment property in Croatia, or any other kind of project, requires good management and processes. At Candy Brick we researched and planned the project meticulously, developed solid processes, and selected very well our team. In this article we are going to present these key elements to you.
Planning and Execution
Think of a building, there are foundations and structures underneath the superficial layers of paint. Even if you can’t see them, for example the bricks, they are extremely important during the construction and ensuring the building remains stable.
Within a project team, it works the same way. Even though you might not be able to see or hear some team members, they are still fundamental to the successful project execution. It is therefore important that all team members are competent and synchronised.
What is the status of the current industry and market? This is an aspect you should definitely consider. You don’t want to make the mistake of starting in an industry that is already over-saturated. And if you do, then make sure you innovate in this industry.
We started our investment research based on the growth of real estate market in Croatia. Here we noticed increasing rents mixed with affordable property prices, and low taxes and costs compared to other countries. Which made the idea of purchasing an existent investment property in Croatia and reselling it, an appealing investment.
Know the Place
Do extensive research of the area your project is based, and adapt your research to the project needs. If your project is an investment property in Croatia, then location is key for an excellent return on investment.
If the region has abundant natural resources, take advantage of it, innovate and implement it in your project. Croatia’s 300 sunny days a year gave us the opportunity to innovate our villas by putting solar panels on them. This makes them self sufficient and increases the value of your investment property in Croatia.
Deni Tomisic, our geodesist at Candy Brick, gave us plenty of local advice that was crucial at the early stage of the project. His expertise and knowledge was able to point out fundamental aspects missing from some sites. Such as, no electricity or water and no possibility for connecting them, no usage permits, chemicals in the ground, low quality materials, and even a pending mortgage on a house.
After more in depth research on the local searching tool, http://www.katastar.hr/, more legal problems were found in relation to the sites. Purchasing terrains with issues can be a nightmare in many ways, making you spend more to fix them. If this step is missed then the whole project can fall apart.
The selection starts with defining characteristics that every member of the team must have. It is important all team members share the same fundamental characteristics in order for the group to be synchronised.
When your in a foreign country it can be hard at first to identify your desired characteristics in people. But a local references and advice can help you hugely.
At Candy Brick we choose people who are honest, loyal, driven to make the project go forward, and have a will to evolve.
From the Geodesist, responsible for selecting good and suitable terrain, and taking the right measurements to be used for later stages of the project.
To the architect that has to understand the intention of the client’s project, translating the needs into a drawing. And then has to clearly specify the materials to be used, the precise measurements, and the instructions about their drawing.
To the engineering supervisor, responsible for checking all the stages of the construction, disapproving any step that is not correct, and having the initiative to correct any mistakes.
And the Project manager responsible for controlling the project quality, budget and timing. He does this by checking everyday the construction progress, negotiating with suppliers in order to get better materials for better prices, and working on behalf of the company and not himself.
The choice of a good team of builders is also essential. Many mistakes can be done when constructing if the builders are not experienced and competent. And the fixing of these mistakes can be costly and can slow down the project if the wrong person is chosen. In Croatia there is a scarcity of workers and it can be quite difficult to find honest and qualified workers without the help of local advice.
Importantly, None of this can happen if your not legally allowed to. It is important therefore to have full legal understanding on your team, and a person who is familiar with law, contracts, rules. And not just for one country, but internationally, as laws can change from country to country.
Finally, we working internationally, communication becomes vital. It is crucial to have perfect translators in the team to avoid any error through miscommunication.
Talking about communication, marketing is extremely important for any company and team. Having a really good team and product is essential, but without really good marketing people will never get to hear about them or their achievements.
The sales person also has to understand fully the product and the companies values, and has to be able to transfer those values to the client. It is fundamental having a person who creates a connection with the client.
The administration is key to keep the internal engines of the company running smoothly, initiative and communication skills are necessary for a good administrator.
The accountant’s role may consist of primarily financial data collection, entry and report generation. The accounting structure of a company is an essential component to business operations. It is therefore essential to have an accountant that is honest and does not misrepresent the firm.
The External Team
Beyond your core team, there is also the external team to consider and the same selection process should apply for them. These are your partners and collaborators. Let’s compare them to other external factors in a construction project, such as the weather.
You have everything needed to start your construction project, like materials and constructors, but then it rains and you can’t start building. This is external factor interference.
With your partners and collaborators, it is the same and they can equally influence the progress of your project. The only difference is you can actually choose your partners and collaborators. You can’t choose the weather.
A legal partnership is a contractual relationship involving close cooperation between parties having specified and joint rights and responsibilities. Each party has an equal share of the risk as well as the reward.
A collaboration involves cooperation, parties are not necessarily bound by a contract. This is a relationship, but it is usually less formal than a legal partnership. A good collaboration can only exist when several people pool their common interests, assets and professional skills for a joint project. Importantly, organisations don’t collaborate – people collaborate.
It is better to chose partners and collaborators that are aligned with the project and will respect your goals.
For building investment property in Croatia, we chose partners and collaborators that are available, precise and responsive.
Good planning is fundamental to strategise and reach your goal
We hope that the tips given on this article help your planning and researching process, either if you are starting or already have an on going project.
Don’t be mistaken. Tax in Croatia isn’t like it is in a haven such as the Cayman Islands. It can be quite high. However, this won’t be the case with your Candy Brick investment property that gives you a high return on investment.
If you purchase your villa as a natural person you will have to pay VAT which in Croatia is 25%. This would be an additional €87,500 which you wouldn’t be able to claim back.
That is why we recommend you open a private limited company in Croatia (d.o.o.).
This is more advantageous as you can claim your VAT back in 30 days! If you can’t cover this amount for the 30 days, we can offer you an interest free loan to cover it.