High mountains, deep inland lakes and a spectacular southern coastline of bays and beaches, plus sunny summers and mild winters, are just some of the reasons why Montenegro has become a holiday hotspot. Combine this with the fact that it occupies a key location for business, is attracting foreign investment, has a rapidly growing infrastructure and has been a sovereign state since 2006 upon its independence from Serbia and you have one of the world’s most intriguing emerging property markets.
Montenegro is aiming for EU membership in 2014, which will add to its attractiveness for buyers looking for investment properties or holiday-home ownership. There are no restrictions for foreigners wishing to buy property in Montenegro, other than land for development, and the buying process is relatively straightforward. Montenegro property prices and lawyers’ fees are low and there is no capital gains tax liability in Montenegro, all of which is helping to fuel the sector.
Montenegro is well served by airlines. Flights arrive at Podgorica and Tivat airports regularly from Europe and further afield, plus into Dubrovnik in Croatia, which is a drive of around 50 minutes across the border to Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor. Kotor, a fabulous old city that has been recognised as a UNESCO heritage site, and is one of the country’s most popular holiday hotspots, lies on the banks of the bay.
Much of the new development is taking place around Kotor and already there are reports of property increasing by as much as 100% over the past year or so, with the potential for further capital growth being maintained, plus excellent rental returns being achieved through holiday home rentals.
“Montenegro property offers an excellent investment opportunity,” says Glenda Lazare, managing director of Key Universal, an overseas investment specialist company. “The country has a burgeoning tourist industry, bolstered by the government’s Tourism Masterplan 2007-2020, which aims to develop high-end hotels, golf courses and other luxury facilities in order to attract affluent tourists.”
Key Universal is currently marketing Kotor Apartments in Dobrota on the fringes of Kotor. A boutique residence of just ten two and three bedroom contemporary apartments offering stunning sea and mountain views, and a specification that includes parquet flooring, granite staircases and fitted kitchens and bathrooms, the development is ideal for investors looking for exclusive holiday-home rental opportunities, says Lazare.
The complex will have landscaped gardens, a pool and parking spaces. Key Universal has negotiated a special deal direct with the developers and prices for the upmarket apartments will start at EUR154,880 (£124,000), with a 30 per cent deposit and 70 per cent payable on completion. “The rugged beauty of Montenegro continues to attract high-profile visitors, including Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Madonna and The Rolling Stones,” adds Lazare. “It is being tipped as the next Monte Carlo.”
Other companies marketing in the Kotor area include Europe Property Plus, which is offering Dobrota Heights, a brand-new luxury collection of apartments from around EUR225,000 (£180,000), and Rosco Properties that has off-plan apartments at Herceg Novi-Igalo from …