The Residential Sales Price Index (SPI) for Tbilisi increased moderately in April and May of 2021, however, it decreased slightly in June and amounted to 114.4 index points (equaling 100 in the base period of January 2019). Compared to the second quarter of 2020, the SPI showed an increase in Q2 2021 – with the largest change of 7.9% (YoY) in June 2021.
Consistent downward trends in the Rent Price Index (RPI) in 2021 reversed in May, when the index rose to 78.5 index points. Although the RPI decreased slightly in June 2021, falling to 77.8. Compared to the previous year, the RPI, unlike the SPI, showed lower levels in every month of the second quarter; with the greatest decline (14.9% YoY) found in April 2021.
During Q2 2021, the Average Sales Price (ASP) in Tbilisi decreased from 934 USD per m2 in April 2021 to 922 USD in June 2021 (monthly average). Whereas the Average Rental Price (ARP) increased slightly in May 2021 and remained at 5.8 USD per m2 by the end of the quarter (monthly average).
In Q2 2021, on average, the most expensive districts by ASP were Mtatsminda-Sololaki (1,410 USD), Vera (1,216 USD), and Vake-Bagebi (1,176 USD), while the cheapest district was Lilo at 423 USD per m2. By ARP, the most expensive districts in Q2 2021, on average, were Kiketi-Kojori (9.1 USD), Tsavkisi, Shindisi, Tabakhmela (8.0 USD), and Mtatsminda-Sololaki (7.5 USD).
TBILISI COMMERCIAL PROPERTY PRICE HIGHLIGHTS
After a moderate decrease in Q1, on average the Rent Price Index (RPI) for commercial properties increased significantly (11.9%) in Q2 2021, compared to the previous quarter.
During Q2 2021, the ASP for commercial properties increased from 1,004 USD per m2 in April 2021 to 1,018 USD in June 2021 (monthly average). However, the ASP for commercial properties decreased by 3.5% compared to the previous year. While the ARP rose from 7.6 USD per m2 in April to 8.5 USD in June 2021 (monthly average). Moreover, the ARP for Q2 2021 increased by 9.0% on average compared to the previous year.
TBILISI AND GEORGIA REAL PROPERTY SALES
In comparison to Q1, the GEO real property market expanded by 15.9% in Q2 2021 (from 30,825 units sold in Q1 to 35,735 units in Q2), and held an annual growth of 140% (YoY) compared to Q2 2020. This annual increase was largely triggered by a significant upsurge in April 2021 sales (from 649 units sold in April 2020 to 12,515 in April 2021).
Tbilisi dominated the real property market with a 38.5% share in total sales in Q2 2021 (the capital held 39.3% of total sales in Q1 2021). The Tbilisi market was followed by Adjara and Kakheti, with 11.9% and 10.0% of GEO sales, respectively.
In Q2 2021, Racha-Lechkhumi & Kvemo Svaneti experienced the highest increase (YoY) in sales (312%), followed by Adjara (257%) and Tbilisi (153%). In total, the market outside the capital grew by 133% (YoY).
More than half (51.3%) of GEO sales were registered in the three largest cities: Tbilisi, Batumi, and Kutaisi.
BATUMI & KUTAISI RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS
In Q2 2021, the real property market increased significantly (259% YoY) in Batumi and (153% YoY) Kutaisi. Resultingly, 3,724 transactions were registered in Batumi and 844 in Kutaisi.
The SPI for Batumi residential properties increased by 1.4% (YoY) and settled at 83.5 index points in Q2 2021. Compared to the previous quarter, the Batumi SPI decreased by 1.5% (QoQ).
For Kutaisi, the SPI increased by 2.2% (YoY) and amounted to 126.9 points. Compared to the previous quarter, the Kutaisi SPI decreased by 6.1% (QoQ).
In Q2 2021, the ASP of residential properties decreased by 4.9% YoY (3.1% QoQ) in Batumi and increased by 11.0% YoY (-4.1% QoQ) in Kutaisi, amounting to 711 and 438 USD per m2, respectively.