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Postby bobinsofia » Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:52 pm

Mat wrote:I'm about to rent a place through Eva Kostakeva (0889 231 078) who has also been successful in finding places for two friends here in the 1000-1500 euro a month range. She speaks good English, sends details quickly and with photos and is very easy on the eye to boot.


I don't know what the market was like in 2007 but there is absolutely no need to pay 1000-1500 per month for an apartment unless your needs are extremely extravagant. You can get greatl fully furnished places for 400 - 600 EUR. I know of three apartments in the 1500-1700 per month range - they are all >200 square meters (one is 400 square meters), penthouse apartments with 3 bedrooms or more and fully furnished. And that's asking price before negotiation.

There are a lot of people trying to grossly overcharge for apartments here right now, particularly to expats. The market is in the tank, it's a real buyer's/renter's market. Take your time to shop around if you're looking.

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Postby Mat » Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:54 am

bobinsofia wrote: I don't know what the market was like in 2007


Precisely.

As it happens the rent on this apartment has decreased over time to 600 euro - to the point where the landlord has decided to sell. So I'm now looking again for an apartment but certainly won't be paying more than 600 euro.

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Postby bobinsofia » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:44 am

Mat wrote:
bobinsofia wrote: I don't know what the market was like in 2007


Precisely.

As it happens the rent on this apartment has decreased over time to 600 euro - to the point where the landlord has decided to sell. So I'm now looking again for an apartment but certainly won't be paying more than 600 euro.


In the upper end of the market (~500 - 600+) I'd look for 75-100 off the asking price, in the lower end 25-50. Beware of the bait and switch scam that is very prevalent here. Agencies put up ads for apartments that look too good to be true (they are) and then when you call they try to show you some lessor POS for the same money or even sometimes more. Not all are fakes though, you just have to be persistent, look at a lot of places and make a lot of offers. Some [idiot] owners won't be a dime on their price even if it's outrageously high and others are more than willing to negotiate. Everything is negotiable... if it doesn't seem to be move along to the next place.

I stumbled on to a really good agent who went to bat for me and beat up the owner on the price significantly and got me all the terms I wanted. If anybody needs a recommendation please PM me.

I and others I know are still trying to find the actual owners of the apartments at Nikolai Haitov 2 (in Iztok, the big tall round building across from interpred). We are trying to get around the crooked building manager and just deal with the owners directly. I'm sure that would be in everyone's best interest.

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Postby Mat » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:14 am

The manager of that building (or at least the chairperson of the owners committee or whatever the organisation of owners is called) is a good friend of mine and certainly not corrupt - the previous one seemed to have some problems so perhaps you were thinking of her. PM me and I'll send you her details- she speaks perfect English so you can easily call her to find out what is going on.

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Postby bobinsofia » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:39 am

Yes please PM but if you're talking about Nelly Pateva she most certainly IS corrupt, does not speak perfect English and has been caught red handed in writing trying to defraud the tenants. However if there is another person that is the building manager above Nelly I would love to have her contacts. Many of the tenants here would like to get in touch with the actual owners of the apartments for various reasons. Nelly refuses to allow anyone to have any contact with their owners - I suspect because the reports that she's cheating the owners are true. Why else would she refuse to put buyers in touch with sellers of real estate that is supposedly for sale among other things?

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Postby bobinsofia » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:03 pm

Mat wrote:The manager of that building (or at least the chairperson of the owners committee or whatever the organisation of owners is called) is a good friend of mine and certainly not corrupt - the previous one seemed to have some problems so perhaps you were thinking of her. PM me and I'll send you her details- she speaks perfect English so you can easily call her to find out what is going on.


I'm not sure if the PM worked (don't see any outgoing message in the sent box) - however I'm definitely interested in the contact. Please feel free to cc my email bob.johnson424242@gmail.com

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Postby mememe » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:15 pm

bobinsofia wrote:I'm not sure if the PM worked (don't see any outgoing message in the sent box) - however I'm definitely interested in the contact. Please feel free to cc my email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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For information: It'll either be in your "Outbox' (meaning read by the recipient) or your 'Sentbox' (unread), Bob. If you click 'send' and you haven't put in a title, you will get a warning message pop up. But if you just click 'ok' to the warning message, the PM will disappear into the ether and go nowhere....

I'd also be wary of putting your regular email for all to see. (Use 'edit' to remove it) It could be harvested and then be subjected to (even more) spam. :x

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Postby bobinsofia » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:43 pm

For information: It'll either be in your "Outbox' (meaning read by the recipient) or your 'Sentbox' (unread), Bob. If you click 'send' and you haven't put in a title, you will get a warning message pop up. But if you just click 'ok' to the warning message, the PM will disappear into the ether and go nowhere....

I'd also be wary of putting your regular email for all to see. (Use 'edit' to remove it) It could be harvested and then be subjected to (even more) spam. :x


I see, I guess it went through then (I hope). Thanks for your concern but I'm not worried about the spam. Gmail's spam filter is excellent and it learns. I have almost no problem with that and I post my e-mails all the time.

Thanks.

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Postby bobinsofia » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:15 am

In case it matters to anyone I was able to reach the owners of one of the units managed by Nelly Pateva (nelly.pateva@abv.bg). Nelly is absolutely running a massive scam. She's cheating and lying to both the tenants and the owners. Owners have no idea what's actually going on. Among many other things she's "churning" the tenants - i.e. kicking them out unnecessarily so she can re-rent the places and collect a commission. She's trying to con the owners into selling the apartments to her at below market prices. She's attempting to cheat the tenants and the owners on the bills and much more. STAY AWAY!

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Postby geri_pm_sofia » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:02 pm

I'm really sorry to hear that there are people who take advantage of their clients. I work for a property and rental management company since 2007 and as the contact person for owners, I feel that it is my responsibility to look out for their interest first and foremost. If any owner at the Nikolai Haitov apartments needs rental management services or any information please let me know.


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