CBRE has recently strengthened the real estate market in Moravia where it has opened a brick-and-mortar office in Brno Business Park, which is located in Londýnské náměstí in Brno. The local division has the task of covering all transactions in various real estate sectors on the Moravian market.
Richard Curran, Managing Director at CBRE, commented: “Moravia is a strategic market within the Czech Republic, and we are proud to be the first global real estate consultancy to open a branch in Brno, with a focus on the Office, Retail and Industrial sectors. The Brno Business Park building was chosen for the offices of the new Moravian branch and will also manage this property for our client Immofinanz.”
Overall, Moravia – more specifically the South Moravian, Zlín, Olomouc and Moravian-Silesian Regions – has 1,566,300 sqm of industrial real estate, which accounts for 23 percent of the total offer in the Czech Republic, similar to other regions. In Moravia there is also 733,000 sqm of retail space, which represents 31 percent of the total market. The office real estate market is primarily situated in larger cities – Brno and Ostrava in Moravia. Currently in Brno there are 547, 000 sqm of offices, while there are 215,000 sqm of office space in Ostrava. Compared to Prague, where the total office space is 3,280,000 sqm, the share in the given sector is slightly lower.
As the flagship of Moravia, Brno dictates the entire real estate market and drives demand in the Moravian regions. Brno has 380,000 inhabitants and is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. It is the economic, cultural and educational centre of South Moravia. At the same time, it is conveniently situated at the intersection of important highways linking Brno with European metropolises such as Prague (210 km), Vienna (150 km) and Bratislava (140 km).
The secondary position of the Brno office market within the Czech Republic has a large impact on overall demand. The top interest in office space in Brno is manifested by local companies or companies for whom an office in the capital is not a deciding factor. Their position outside this market has its strengths, primarily the noticeably lower rental costs and a cheaper workforce. Brno also has a large number of university students, who are suitable for this workforce.
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