Commissioning of housing increased by 20.5% during the first quarter,

compared to January-March 2020, the State Statistics Service reports. Of the 2.3 million square meters, 70% was in urban areas. Kyiv city accounted for 6%, or 145,000 square meters.

Apartment prices in Kyiv could nearly double – to $2,000 per square meter — by the end of 2023,

 predicts Serhiy Pylypenko, general director of Kovalska construction and construction materials company. Driving prices up 15-20% this year will be the rising cost of building materials, he told the Confederation of Builders conference, “Post-Quarantine Development” Wednesday in Kyiv. The world runup in iron and steel prices are pushing local prices up by 30-40%, he said.

Estonian shareholders of Arricano Real Estate Plc registered in Cyprus, the management company and developer of a number of shopping and entertainment in Ukraine, have demanded $750 million in compensation for what they say is the illegal seizure of Sky Mall in Kyiv.

 “According to the press service of Arricano, after filing the notification, the parties have six months to settle the dispute before arbitration. If the parties fail to agree within the specified period, Estonian investors will apply to international investment arbitration against Ukraine” Interfax-Ukraine has reported.

The e-commerce boom pushed Kyiv warehouse vacancy rates down from 30% to 2%, according to a new report

 by Cushman & Wakefield, the real estate consultancy. Although 85,000 square meters of new space were commissioned last year, rates have increased to $5.5 per square meter. “It is not enough to satisfy existing occupier demand,” said the report. This year, an additional 60,000 square meters are pipeline for 2021.

Retailers from neighboring Poland and Turkey aggressively court Ukrainian consumers

, introducing their brands and opening stores, said Konstantin Oliynyk, UTG (Interfax-Ukraine). Brands from Poland include:  LPP, Sinsay, CROPP, House, MOHITO, Reserved. Turkish retail brands include: DeFacto, LC Waikiki, and FLO.

Kyiv’s office vacancy rate doubled last year, to 11%,

the highest level since 2014. In turn, rents fell by 10 to 20%, reported the Kyiv Post. Faced with uncertainty in the pandemic year, CBRE Ukraine said that developers offered only 125,000 square meters of new office space — half the initial plan. This year, Cushman & Wakefield has predicted that 160,000 square meters in new office space will come on the market in Kyiv. Total current supply is 2 million square meters.

Rents are softening during the April lockdown, with discounts up to 30% expected,

said Yuri Pita, President of the Association of Realtors of Ukraine, (Interfax-Ukraine). Assuming the coronavirus pandemic ebbs in May, rents will stabilize. However, he adds: “In the face of accelerating inflation, the cost of rent can increase by an average of 5-7%.”