Sunday, 30 May 2010

The World's 10 Best Places To Live

Vienna has more to offer than opera, and there’s more to Swiss cities Zurich and Geneva than chocolate and watches. These and other cities offer residents top-notch quality of life in the world, according to a new study by Mercer. It ranked 221 cities around the world on 39 measures, emphasizing political safety and health, but also including factors from restaurant availability to air pollution. Cities are ranked against New York as the base city; it has an index score of 100. This year Mercer introduced its eco city rankings, published alongside its quality-of-living list, which scores countries on how well they promote sustainability and protect their environments.

Over the past three centuries Vienna has produced the visionary composers Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert and Johann Strauss. This year the culturally and historically vibrant Austrian capital can claim another feat: For the second year it has been named the world's best place to live, according to a report released Wednesday.

Vienna offers a thriving opera scene, a hospitable business environment and a comprehensive public transportation system. Zurich and Geneva take the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively. Switzerland's strong showing on the list is little surprise to Mercer, the global outsourcing and investment consultancy that produces the annual Worldwide Quality of Living Survey.

“The Swiss cities are very pleasant, the natural environment is clean, and we weigh heavily the prevalence of hostilities, and Switzerland is neutral,” says Rebecca Powers, a Mercer consultant. “If you can't be safe in Switzerland, you can't be safe anywhere.”

Vienna beat Zurich by just over half an index point, and less than one point separates the top three cities, making them roughly equal for livability.

“There's probably a little bit more to do in Austria than Switzerland--I would think the symphony is better--but we're splitting hairs between countries,” says Powers.

European cities take seven of the top 10 spots for quality of life, thanks to their relative safety, political stability and cultural offerings. As for the U.S., Honolulu, at No. 31, has the best quality-of-life record and the continental U.S. makes its first appearance on the list at 32, with San Francisco tying Adelaide, Australia. Boston came in at No. 37, Chicago and Washington, D.C. tied for 45th place, and New York ranked 49. Philadelphia and Dallas were ranked for the first time this year, landing spots 55 and 61 on the list, respectively.

Behind The Numbers
Mercer ranked 221 global cities on 39 measures, emphasizing political safety and health, but also including factors from restaurant availability to air pollution. Cities are ranked against New York as the base city; it has an index score of 100.

The cities that scored best on Mercer's list had the best safety records and the lowest levels of political upheaval, which helps explain why volatile Baghdad sunk to the last-place spot. While strong infrastructure, cultural amenities and good schools also helped separate the top and bottom cities, most of that was trumped by the importance of local stability.

The World's Top 10 Best Places to Live are:

1. Vienna, Austria
Quality of Life Index: 108.6
Eco-City Index: 126.2

2. Zurich, Switzerland
Quality of Life Index: 108
Eco-City Index: 133.5

3. Geneva, Switzerland

Quality of Life Index: 107.9

4. (tie) Auckland, New Zealand
Quality of Life Index: 107.4
Eco-City Index: 133.6

4. (tie) Vancouver, Canada
Quality of Life Index: 107.4
Eco-City Index: 133.6

6. Dusseldorf, Germany

Quality of Life Index: 107.2

Eco-City Index: 130.7

7. (tie) Munich, Germany

Quality of Life Index: 107

Eco-City Index: 130.7

7. (tie) Frankfurt, Germany

Quality of Life Index: 107

Eco-City Index: 123.1

9. Bern, Switzerland

Quality of Life Index: 106.5

Eco-City Index: 133.6

10. Sydney, Australia

Quality of Life Index: 106.3

Eco-City Index: 125

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Is This the Safest House in the World?

t wasn't so long ago that panic rooms were thought of as little more than a plot line for a Jodie Foster film or an expensive eccentricity of the paranoid. No more.

Nowadays, increasing numbers of homeowners are spending big bucks to have panic rooms, safe cores and other sorts of high-tech security systems installed in their home to ensure their family and possessions are kept safe from intrepid intruders and other calamitous events.

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One residence, located high in the hills above Los Angeles, goes several steps further than a simple but effective panic room. The lavish and luxurious appointments of the sky-high mansion discreetly hide and disguise a security system so tight that it just may be the safest house in the world.

Modern-Day Fortress

The modern-day fortress was designed and built in 2002 by Al V. Corbi, a renowned authority on residential and yacht security. Corbi's stock in trade is designing integrated systems with detection, deterrence, defensive and offensive options. The heavily fortified and super secure residence occupies an easily defended promontory with 360-degree views. The well-defended dwelling stands five stories tall, measures almost 8,000 square feet and includes 32 rooms that all sit atop a virtually impenetrable batcave-like garage that will hold six, preferably armored, cars.

Safe and Luxurious

When not aiding the defense and security of its occupants, the fortress-like home functions like any other well-appointed mansion with deluxe creature comforts such as an elevator for whisking folks from the garage level to the living levels, a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and commercial grade appliances, two offices, a wine cellar and a home theater.

Buy Some Peace of Mind

The home's real luxury is, of course, the ensured safety of its inhabitants. Should an intruder manage to breach the extensive exterior security measures that include comprehensive surveillance abilities, there are two hidden panic rooms and two architecturally invisible "safe cores."

The safe cores consist of entire sections of the residence that can be isolated from the rest of the home and where the homeowner can retreat in complete safety -- not to mention luxury -- from an outside threat that might include an intruder, a natural disaster or even a nuclear, biological or chemical attack.

Hurwitz James Company

The homeowner declined to discuss some of the specifics of the heavy-duty security set up out of obvious concern that it could compromise the overall system. This means they're not going to tell this writer or anyone else but the next owner that the property is equipped with semi-automatic weaponry that can be remotely controlled from the panic room(s). It may not be, but then again, maybe it is.

Room for Refugees

In addition to the handicap-accessible guest suite, the seriously safe house has five bedrooms and eight bathrooms including a master suite with panoramic views, a fireplace, a luxurious bathroom and a custom-fitted dressing room that would satisfy any clothes horse with a penchant for high-powered security systems.

Whirly-Gig Accessible

The sprawling and tiled terrace on the roof takes full advantage of the 360-degree views that include Mount Baldy, the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean. There is also a built-in barbecue center and a spa situated under the heliport designed for emergency evacuations in the event of a home intrusion or for fire emergencies.

The Price of Safety

While it can be tough to put a price of the safety and security of one's family, in this case the tab is $7.25 million.

For more information and details on the safest house in the world, contact Bob Hurwitz (phone number ) at the Hurwitz James Company in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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The new luxury market

Luxury brands have not been immune from the downturn and need to reassess their digital strategies to thrive, writes Nicola Clark.

Consumers getting their Chanel fix at the luxury brand's flagship Rue Cambon store in Paris can quench their thirst with Perrier-Jouet Champagne and marvel at the marble staircase snaking up to Coco Chanel's former apartment.

Those who get their Chanel second-hand from auction websites will have a very different experience, but their peers won't be able to tell the difference.

Just as shoppers have embraced discount sites and vouchers in their droves during the recession, a growing number of consumers are looking to get the best deal on luxury brands. However, lawsuits launched against eBay by brand owner LVMH over unauthorised sales and fakes attest to the fact that luxury brands are not welcoming these developments with open arms.

Rob Feldman, chief executive of Brand Alley, a site that stocks luxury brands such as Chloe and DVF, says that consumers are accessing such goods in new ways. 'There is no doubt that consumers are more focused on bargains, whether that's buying smoked salmon from Lidl or Miu Miu from Brand Alley,' he says.

According to Feldman, the growth of discount sites has made luxury brands far more accessible. 'Many shoppers can't justify spending pounds 500 on a Chloe bag, but when they see it on Brand Alley a few months later for pounds 150, they snap it up,' he says. This is the first taste of a luxury brand for some. 'If they can see the value in the product and are happy with it, they may buy a full-price item the following season.'

Chris Gorrell Barnes, chief executive of Adjust your Set, a full-service video agency that creates digital assets for brands such as Thomas Pink, notes that luxury brands have been slow to get into interactive media; for many, stylised, photo-led campaigns in glossies such as Elle and Vogue still form their core activity. 'Burberry is one of the few brands that has a genuinely creative online presence,' he adds.

Burberry has walked a fine line, maintaining its heritage while developing its digital platforms. Few can attend its catwalk show, but streaming online directly from the event connects the brand with a greater breadth of consumers. Similarly, innovations such as its 'Art of the Trench' site has put a new spin on the classic trenchcoat, making it an instant sellout.

Marc Jacobs is another designer who has embraced the power of the web to reach a wider audience. The brand's chief executive, Robert Duffy, has been documenting the evolution of its latest collection on Twitter and replying to customer enquiries and complaints. It also streamed its autumn show live via its website and plans to launch an ecommerce platform in August.

The perennial problem for many brands remains balancing the need to grow their brand, and increase sales, with that to maintain exclusivity. Nik Wheatley, strategic planner at media agency Media Planning Group, which works with brands such as Bogetta Veneta, says: 'Many luxury brands' whole existence is built on being untouchable, unobtainable and out of reach.' This being such a central part of their identity, many have shied away from digital activity.

Extended, targeted reach

Ironically, the recession has provided the tipping point for brands that had hitherto avoided entering the ecommerce market. As the emerging markets become more crucial for growth, a web sales platform can provide brands with an entry point.

Fadi Shuman, founder of creative digital agency Pod1, says, the key issue for many luxury brands is that it is hard to convey the quality and attention to detail online. '2010 is going to be the year that luxury brands finally get to grips with digital,' he predicts. 'The likes of Matches and Net-a-Porter have been selling online for some time and there is a feeling among some brands that if they sell direct, they may risk these relationships, but this just isn't the case.'

As conspicuous consumption has fallen out of fashion over the past few years, the privacy afforded by online shopping should not be ignored Not all consumers need to be fawned over to part with their cash. In fact, Barnes claims, '95% of millionaires prefer shopping online.'

However, Nick Gray, managing director of retail marketing agency Live & Breathe, contends that while some consumers want to get any given product for the lowest possible price, for many, the value of luxury brands is derived from everything that goes with it. This includes the 'seeing and being seen' that goes with the glossy shops, heavily branded carrier bags and bows (which now sell in their own right on eBay).

This is certainly the case in high-end department stores such as Harvey Nichols, where an eclectic selection of luxury brands are carefully selected and displayed. Georgina Murray-Burton, who heads the Harvey Nichols account at creative agency DDB London, says that purchasing luxury goods is often a sensory experience that is difficult to replicate online. 'When you see the products in situ, there is an instant emotional connection with the consumer.'

For a luxury brand, being stocked in a shop such as Harvey Nichols creates a halo effect. 'It's all about trying to maintain the value in the brand, whether that's by not selling through discount sites or brands such as Levi's battling to stop Tesco stocking its products,' says Gray.

In the digital arena, it is harder to retain that control. Not only do a multitude of sites offer second-hand or discounted goods, but counterfeits are just a click away. Brands need to consider whether using inaccessibility to maintain an air of exclusivity will drive potential customers to the secondary sale market - or, worse, to fakes.

As a result, even the most elusive and high-end brands now need to rethink their strategy. In the past 12 months, a plethora of luxury fashion brands have partnered with high-street stores on diffusion lines.

While most fashion houses are financed not through the sales of their haute couture but through the perfumes, cosmetics and sunglasses that provide an access point to the average consumer, these diffusion lines provide a different point of contact.

'This is a very clever strategy,' says Gray. 'It gives the brand a second tier of distribution without affecting the top tier.' The key is that any diffusion line must not overshadow the core brand.

Ultimately, no brand is recession-proof. Dominique Moseley, magazine and luxury publishing director at the Financial Times, says there is more confidence in the luxury market this year than last. But this doesn't mean that these brands can stand still, and many believe the failure of luxury brands to embrace ecommerce is a fatal mistake.


The thought of last season's Chanel handbags going up in flames is enough to drive even the most hardened fashionista to tears. However, for many brands, getting rid of old stock, even destroying it, is essential if they are to maintain their exclusivity.

However, in the current climate, where brands are falling over themselves to prove their environmental credentials, the controversial issue of destroying stock may well become a hot potato. As the recession puts the spotlight on maximising profits, many expect more luxury brands to team up with discount retailers to sell their past season's products, rather than have them reduced to ashes.


Have you made cuts to small regular purchases to make sure you can still afford life's treats?

'We just have to save a bit longer, which is annoying, but it makes them even more rewarding when they come.'

'The impulse buys have gone, unfortunately, but I still make sure I get them one way or another.'

'The recession is a bit of a farce, really, and I don't see why we should cut back on these sorts of things.'

'I still buy them, but tend to do a bit more online research.'

'There are loads of checks and balances you can make to keep yourself in treat purchases, so yes.'

Source: Media Planning Group Fabric Research Panel February 2010.

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Megayacht Seized for Tax Evasion

The yacht business is filled with tax-loopholes and dodges. Italian tax authorities say Flavio Briatore is caught up in one of them.

And so they seized one of Europe’s best known yachts for unpaid taxes. Armed Italian police boarded the 207-foot Force Blue near Genoa and impounded the boat, claiming the owner, Flavio Briatore, owes millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. Mr. Briatore’s wife, a Wonderbra model, was on board when the police arrived.

Fraser Yachts - Force Blue

(To see video footage of the seizure click here).

At issue is Italy’s tax treatment for chartered vessels. If a boat is a charter vessel–privately owned but occasionally rented out to others–it can register as commercial boat and doesn’t have to pay the 19% value-added tax, or VAT, on fuel, wine and many kinds of food.

When you are talking about $1,000 bottles of Dom Perignon and tank-fill ups that cost $100,000, that is big savings. (In the U.S., foreign-flag vessels can’t charter in U.S. waters).

Italian customs officials say Mr. Briatore–the flamboyant sports tycoon known for his super-model-packed yacht parties and Formula One racing teams–has been claiming commercial status for the boat to avoid taxes. But, they say, Mr. Briatore uses the boat mostly himself.

Fraser Yachts, which manages Force Blue and rents it for charter, said it is “not aware of any contravention of the legal or financial requirements, as set out by the Italian authorities, by either the owning company, captain or beneficial owner.

“As far as we are able to ascertain, this issue appears to have arisen as a result of regulations which can appear confusing and inconsistent rather than through any wrong-doing” by the owner.

Two yacht brokers told me this morning that Force Blue is scheduled to be chartered for six weeks this summer at €255,000 ($278,550) a week, suggesting it really is a charter vessel. They say Italian officials are simply making an example of the high-profile Mr. Briatore for political reasons.

“He probably just ticked someone off in government and they’re getting him back,” said one yacht broker.

Either way, the case is likely to rock a few boats on the Med this year, as yacht owners wonder how closely local officials are going to start snooping around their boat business. Brokers also say they are getting barraged with calls from worried charter clients in the Med. “When you’re paying $250,000 a week for a boat this summer, you don’t want to worry about the police jumping on board and taking the boat,” said one broker.

Do you think that yachts ought to get special tax treatment for charters?

By Robert Frank from The Wealth Report ( )

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Spending Is a Hard Habit to Break for the Rich

The recent tabloid sting involving the Duchess of York has elicited plenty of schadenfreude in the British press.

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Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson

The Duchess, it appears, is by her own admission virtually penniless after her divorce from the Duke of York left her with only 15,000 pounds a year. That’s a modest income for anyone, but especially so for someone who confesses to an “overspending disease” and penchant for private jets and luxury goods.

In an article on the BBC News Magazine, U.K. psychotherapist Benjamin Fry, who co-presents BBC Three’s Spendaholics program, says giving up the bling can be traumatic.

“It’s the change in circumstances that’s difficult… She could have accepted she was poor but wouldn’t know who she was. The alternative was to do something I’m sure she didn’t really want to do.”

He says wealth can become an addictive drug, needed most by the insecure.

“People do overspend because they’ve got a low sense of self worth. If you feel very small on the inside and present yourself as very big on the outside, it’s compensation.”

“The way to cope is to try really hard to invest in non-material sources of wealth — family, relationships, community or self care.”

Easier said perhaps than done. After all, spending habits die hard — especially among the wealthy.

Do you think there are rich (or formerly rich) people in the U.S. being forced to cut back dramatically on spending?

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The Wealth Report - The Meaning of Wealth Translated Around the World

We like to think the reasons for seeking wealth are universal. Humans, by nature, like to be comfortable, like to have power and like to have the choices and freedoms offered by lots of stuff and money.

Yet it turns out there are some regional variations in the meaning of wealth around the world.

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A chauffeur stands besides a Rolls Royce Phantom outside the Shanghri-la Hotel, in Shanghai.

The new Barclay’s Wealth Insights study, released this morning from Barclay’s Wealth and Ledbury Research, finds that the emerging-market rich view wealth very differently from the older-money Europeans and the slightly less nouveaux Americans.

The study surveyed 2,000 people from 20 countries with investible assets of $1.5 million or more. They shared some common themes: a vast majority of rich people from all regions agreed that wealth enables them to buy the best products and that wealth gives them freedom of choice in their life. Most also agreed that wealth is a reward for hard work.

But the differences are more interesting:

Respect–Asians and Latin Americans were more likely (49% and 47%) to say that wealth “allows me to get respect from friends and family.” Only 28% of Europeans and 38% of Americans said respect was a byproduct of wealth.

Charity–About three-quarters of respondents in the U.S. and Latin America said wealth enabled them to give to charity. That compares with 57% in Europe and 66% in Asia.

Happiness–About two thirds of Europeans and Americans said wealth made them happy. But it had a greater happiness effect in emerging markets, with 76% of Asians and Latin Americans saying wealth made them happy.

Role Models–Less than half of Americans and Europeans say the wealthy “set an important example to others to be successful.” That compares with 71% of Latin Americans and 61% of Asians.

Spending–Wealthy Europeans are far more likely to spend their dough on travel and interior decorating. Latin Americans seem to put the highest spending priority on education, while the U.S. surges above the rest in philanthropy (which the report counts as spending).

We can read several things into the differences. Most obviously, the U.S. has a more formalized and tax-favorable system of philanthropy than the rest of the world. (It is too sweeping to say Americans are the most “generous.”)

What is more, the global financial crisis may have tarnished the image of the wealthy–even among the wealthy. And finally, the longer a country has wealth, the less it craves the attention and respect wealth brings.

What patterns or explanations do you see in the regional differences?

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The Meaning Of Wealth Translated Around The World

While the premium and unique characteristics (i.e. location, amenities, views, gated communities, customization, size, historical and architectural significance) that define the value of luxury real estate differ among countries, so does the meaning of wealth. In turn, luxury real estate entails greater responsibility for realtors who handle such transactions and needs.

The Wall Street Journal just released the following article titled "The Meaning of Wealth Translated Around the World," which is part of a new Barclay’s Wealth Insights study (Barclays Wealth and Ledbury Research):

Any thoughts or comments based on your experiences? Would you use such interesting dimensions to fulfill the luxury real estate needs of your wealthy clients?

Blogged on 2010/05/25 by Jean-Yves Piton

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Luxury hotels in Ljubljana Slovenia

Luxury Hotels in Ljubljana Slovenia

Mons Hotel

308121The new 4-star luxury hotel in Ljubljana, the Mons Ljubljana Hotel & Congress Centre, is on the city’s western bypass, just a few minutes from the bustling centre of Slovenia’s capital, yet is in a magnificent natural setting, surrounded by mature woodland.

Ljubljana hotel combines 114 comfortable modern rooms, a congress center with six congress halls, two a la carte restaurants, and the self-service Polna skleda (“Full Bowl”) Restaurant designed like an open market (an innovation in Slovenia), under one roof.

The architecture of Boris Podrecca, one of the most acclaimed architects of the modern Europe, the attractively designed interior and the high standard of services combine to ensure that your stay at the Mons Hotel will be an unforgettable luxury experience. We are delighted to have opened the first designer hotel in Slovenia.

Grand Hotel Union Executive

Hotel UnionBuild in 1905 and one of the most beautiful and elegant hotels in the region, the property offers an excellent complimentary buffet breakfast, free internet access and a modern business centre. Being less than 30 minutes from the international airport, the Union Executive is ideal for business and leisure guests.

Enjoying a premier location in the centre of Ljubljana near the old town, the Grand Hotel Union Executive offers spacious and comfortable rooms housed in a historical Art Nouveau building.

Culinary delights are served in the elegant restaurant Smrekarjev Hram or in the quiet shady garden in the summer. The hotel also has a cosy bar and the popular Grand Café.

The Grand Hotel provides 20 multi-functional conference rooms with a capacity for up to 800 participants and many other facilities.

Unwind at the indoor swimming pool, in the sauna or the fitness room or do some shopping at the souvenir shop, the fashion boutique or the jewellery shop.

Best Western Premier Hotel Slon

Hotel SlonAs one of the leading hotels in Ljubljana, the Best Western Premier Hotel Slon offers you bright and colourful rooms, a stunning breakfast room as well as restaurants and conference rooms with a separate bar.

Luxury otel is renowned for its 450 years tradition and up to today it is one of the leading hotels in our town.
After a well-earned rest in one of our homely, air conditioned, en suite rooms, our extensive and complimentary buffet breakfast will provide for a perfect start.

In just a few steps you can reach the famous Three Bridges and countless tourist attractions, business locations and major government offices. After a long day you can treat yourself to a visit in the roof top relaxation zone featuring a sauna and fitness corner.

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About Slovenia Luxury - real estate, property, estates

What does luxury even mean

luxury; noun

  1. a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity: Gold cufflinks were a luxury not allowed for in his budget.
  2. free or habitual indulgence in or enjoyment of comforts and pleasures in addition to those necessary for a reasonable standard of well-being: a life of luxury on the French Riviera.
  3. a means of ministering to such indulgence or enjoyment: This travel plan gives you the luxury of choosing which countries you can visit.
  4. a pleasure out of the ordinary allowed to oneself: the luxury of an extra piece of the cake.
  5. a foolish or worthless form of self-indulgence: the luxury of self-pity.
  6. Archaic. lust; lasciviousness; lechery
So therefore Slovenia luxury means everything slovenian that is more than just ordinary.

As every country has it’s own luxury spots, such as geographicaly special, culinary special, architecturaly special or famous by anything at all, so does Slovenia. Slovenia, as such, has many special nice and pleasent spots.

So you must only know where to look for them...

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Slovenia luxury hotels in Portoroz

Slovenia Luxury presents cream of cream: Slovenian luxury hotels on Slovenian coast.

All the Slovenia apartments in this hotels are five star rated

Hotel Kempinski Palace Portoroz

Palace Hotel Portorož on the central strip of Portorož is a luxury hotel, famous for its historical heritage as well as for its refined Slovenian hospitality.

The 2 hotel buildings (historical wing and modern wing) are oriented in an east-west direction and are overlooking the bay of Piran. Apart from luxuriously equipped and stylishly furnished rooms, the hotel offers a range of culinary highlights in several restaurants and bars and guests will find relaxation in the Rose Spa, 2500 m² in size. The Kempinski Rose SPA is based on aromatherapy and a combination of aromatherapy and homoeopathy. It offers individualized wellness services on the basis of an interview with a specialized homoeopathic doctor and professional advisers. A set of a completely natural preparations are used in the therapies.

Grand Hotel Portoroz

Situated in the heart of the seaside resort Portoroz, Grand Hotel is an Slovenia exclusive 5-star property with a genuine Mediterranean flair with comfortable and well-appointed accommodation.

Dine at one of the 2 restaurants and relax in the winter garden with a café. Soak up the sun on the private beach or do some shopping in the lively shopping centre.

An essential part of the Grand Hotel Portorož is the Terme & Wellness LifeClass Spa featuring a complex of indoor swimming pools with thermo-mineral water, a spacious sun terrace and superb wellness centres.

The highly qualified and friendly staff strives to make your stay an unforgettable one, offering consistent service quality in a luxurious ambience.

Grand Hotel Bernardin

An elegant building with 242 comfortable fully air-conditioned rooms with direct dial telephone, cable and pay tv, radio, high speed internet, mini bar, balcony and sea-view. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool with heated sea water, whirlpool, saunas, solarium, hair dresser, own beach, six tennis courts, parking lots, main restaurant “Grand Restaurant”, a la carte restaurants “Pečina” and “Sunset Restaurant”, Piano bar, Grand Café, Terrace “Grand Garden”and large convention center.

Grand Hotel Metropol

Built in 1972, our sophisticated and impressive hotel offers an unforgettable view of Portorož and has a reputation as one of the most prestigious hotels in Slovenia.

Dedicated staff will ensure that our reputation is maintained by providing you with quality service day and night. Our accommodation is elegant and stylish, with air conditioning throughout for your comfort.

You can take a dip in the hotel pool or relax in the Turkish sauna before dinner. You will have a choice of 3 restaurants serving cuisine ranging from local to international specialities.

Once you’ve finished your meal, your night is by no means over; we have live shows and music to keep you entertained until the small hours. Of course our casino draws quite a crowd too, and is a fun night out in itself.

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Saturday, 29 May 2010

Indeks cen stanovanj in družinskih hiš, Slovenija, 1. četrtletje 2010


Cene rabljenih stanovanj v Sloveniji so bile v 1. četrtletju 2010 povprečno za 3,1 % višje kot v 4. četrtletju 2009. V Ljubljani so se znižale za 0,5 %, zunaj Ljubljane pa so se zvišale za 5,5 %.

Cene rabljenih stanovanj v Sloveniji znova višje

Cene rabljenih stanovanj v Sloveniji so se v prvem četrtletju 2010 glede na predhodno četrtletje – podobno kot v zadnjem četrtletju 2009 – v povprečju znova dvignile, in sicer za 3,1 %. Zdaj so le še za približno 9 odstotnih točk nižje kot v tretjem četrtletju 2008, ko so dosegle najvišjo raven doslej.

Cene rabljenih stanovanj po območjih so se tudi v prvem četrtletju leta 2010 gibale skoraj enako kot v četrtem četrtletju leta 2009: v Ljubljani so se znižale za 0,5 %, zunaj Ljubljane pa so se zvišale za 5,5 %.V Ljubljani so cene rabljenih stanovanj v zadnjih treh četrtletjih obmirovale, saj je bil tu presežek ponudbe novozgrajenih stanovanj večji kot zunaj Ljubljane. Tam so se cene rabljenih stanovanj zvišale že drugo četrtletje zapored in tako se je precejšnja razlika med povprečnimi cenami stanovanj v prestolnici in tistimi zunaj nje zmanjšala.

Število opravljenih transakcij s stanovanji v Ljubljani in tudi zunaj Ljubljane je primerljivo z običajnim številom transakcij iz predkriznega obdobja in v tem oziru se je trg rabljenih stanovanj v zadnjih dveh četrtletjih skoraj normaliziral.

V prvem četrtletju 2010 je bilo registriranih 343 transakcij z družinskimi hišami, ki bi jih lahko upoštevali v izračunu indeksa cen. Obseg trgovanja je bil torej še vedno le nekoliko nižji od običajnega pred kriznim letom 2009. Kljub temu indeksa cen družinskih hiš tokrat še ne objavljamo, pripravljamo pa za objavo revidirane indekse cen hiš za daljše obdobje

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Stanovanja v Sloveniji so se podražila za dobre tri odstotke


Cene rabljenih stanovanj v Sloveniji so se v prvem četrtletju letos v povprečju zvišale za 3,1 odstotka, kažejo zadnji podatki državnega statističnega urada (Surs). Število opravljenih transakcij je medtem ostalo primerljivo z običajnim številom transakcij iz predkriznega obdobja. "V tem pogledu se je trg rabljenih stanovanj v zadnjih dveh četrtletjih skoraj normaliziral," pojasnjujejo v Sursu.

Na podražitev so vplivale cene rabljenih stanovanj zunaj Ljubljane, ki so se zvišale za 5,5 odstotka, saj so se stanovanja v prestolnici pocenila za pol odstotka. Posledično se je precejšnja razlika med cenami stanovanj v Ljubljani in tistimi zunaj nje v tem četrtletju zmanjšala. "Trenutno so cene rabljenih stanovanj za približno devet odstotnih točk nižje kot v tretjem četrtletju leta 2008, ko so dosegle najvišjo raven doslej," dodajajo v Sursu.

Nekoliko drugačni so podatki geodetske uprave (Gurs). "Povprečna cena kvadratnega metra rabljenega stanovanja se v prvem četrtletju v primerjavi s predhodnim četrtletjem ni bistveno spremenila. V primerjavi s prvim četrtletjem lanskega leta pa je bila višja za odstotek," ugotavljajo v poročilu o povprečnih cenah nepremičnin na slovenskem trgu. Tudi v Ljubljani na četrtletni ravni ni bilo sprememb. Povprečne cene so se najbolj zvišale v Kranju, kjer so na četrtletni ravni narasle za osem odstotkov, na letni pa za 15 odstotkov, podobno pa so se gibale v Murski Soboti. Po drugi strani so se cene stanovanj v Kopru na letni ravni znižale za sedem odstotkov, kar je za največ med večjimi slovenskimi mesti.

Povečal pa se je promet stanovanjskih nepremičnin, saj se je po podatkih Gursa število evidentiranih transakcij stanovanj zvišalo za 77 odstotkov, število transakcij hiš pa za kar 250 odstotkov. Kljub temu je bil v primerjavi z rekordnim četrtletjem leta 2007 obseg sklenjenih transakcij stanovanj še vedno manjši za 39 odstotkov, obseg transakcij hiš pa za 52 odstotkov. "Prihodnji trendi cen in prometa z nepremičninami so negotovi. Še vedno je pričakovati znižanje cen na območjih, kjer je zaradi precenjenosti nepremičnin prisotna velika presežna ponudba novogradenj. Če do tega ne bo prišlo, pa lahko ponovno pride do zmanjšanja aktivnosti in krča na nepremičninskem trgu," dodajajo v Gursu.

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Vir: Dnevnik, Luki Nuredini

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Slovenski gradbeni velikani lani ob več kot pol milijarde evrov prihodkov


Ljubljana - Največjih 35 slovenskih gradbenih podjetij je lani ustvarilo vsega 2,1 milijarde evrov čistih prihodkov, kar je več kot 600 milijonov evrov manj kot leto poprej.

Zaradi padca prihodkov in ker upravam ni uspelo v celoti prilagoditi stroškov manjšemu obsegu poslovanja, so analizirani gradbinci lani ustvarili sedem milijonov evrov čiste izgube, v letu prej pa so imeli za 50 milijonov evrov čistega dobička. Brez upoštevanja Gradisa Skupine G, Stavbarja gradenj in MTB, ki so ustvarili najvišjo izgubo in ki so v stečaju oziroma prisilni poravnavi, so preostali gradbinci ustvarili okoli 30 milijonov evrov dobička.

Dejansko stanje mnogo bolj alarmantno
Natančnejša analiza pa kaže veliko slabšo sliko. Pri več gradbenih podjetjih se je namreč tudi lani bistveno povečala vrednost zalog in nedokončana proizvodnja, kar je sicer pozitivno vplivalo na prihodke in s tem tudi na dobiček.

Brez upoštevanja spremembe vrednosti zalog in nedokončane proizvodnje bi SCT imel leta 2009 več kot pet, Primorje pa več kot deset milijonov evrov izgube. Samo sprememba vrednosti zalog in nedokončane proizvodnje je namreč k prihodkom Primorja prispevala rekordnih 17 milijonov evrov, kar je največ med vsemi analiziranimi gradbinci. Kaj je vplivalo na bistveno povečanje vrednosti zalog, smo želeli izvedeti tudi v SCT in Primorju, ki ju vodita Ivan Zidar in Dušan Črnigoj, vendar nam na naša vprašanja v dveh dneh niso uspeli odgovoriti. Podobno kot Primorje in SCT je sprememba vrednosti zalog pred izgubo rešila tudi Gratel, Gradbinec GIP, Energoplan in nekatere druge. Na drugi strani pa je prav znižanje vrednosti zalog odneslo velik del dobička Vegrada, ki ga vodi Hilda Tovšak, negativen vpliv iz tega naslova pa so imeli tudi v MTB, Stavbeniku, Gradisu Celje in novomeškem Begradu.

Za pol milijarde evrov zalog
Konec decembra lani so imela analizirana gradbena podjetja za 461 milijonov evrov zalog (predvsem stanovanjskih in poslovnih objektov ), kar je le 20 milijonov evrov manj kot leto prej. Dejanski podatek o višini zalog je sicer še višji, saj imajo gradbinci večji del zalog skoncentriranih na tako imenovanih projektnih družbah. Šele ko bodo gradbena podjetja objavila tudi konsolidirane podatke o lanskoletnem poslovanju, bo znano, koliko imajo dejansko zalog. Po neuradnih ocenah je imelo največjih 25 gradbenih skupin konec minulega leta že za med 650 in 850 milijonov evrov zalog. Visoke zaloge so v veliki meri posledica dejstva, da so slovenska gradbena podjetja hkrati tudi investitorji v stanovanjske in poslovne nepremičnine, medtem ko tujini to vlogo praviloma prevzemajo naložbena podjetja in finančne institucije, opozarjajo v Banki Slovenije.

Konec minulega leta so imeli gradbinci v povprečju že skoraj 20-odstotni delež zalog v sredstvih, Kraški Zidar, MTB, Stavbar gradnje in Gradbinec GIP pa so imeli za vsakih 100 evrov sredstev že več kot 50 evrov zalog. Strm padec prihodkov in dobička ter velik obseg zalog sta gradbincem lani onemogočila tudi razdolžitev. Kratkoročne finančne obveznosti je večina sicer nekoliko znižala, a so se hkrati povečale dolgoročne finančne obveznosti. Konec decembra lani so imeli tako gradbinci najetih za 900 milijonov evrov posojil oziroma 14 milijonov evrov več kot leto prej. Povečanje dolgoročnih posojil je sicer v veliki meri posledica državnih jamstev, ki jih je dobilo več gradbincev, med drugim tudi MTB in Stavbar gradnje, pri katerih se je država izpostavila s 50-odstotnim jamstvom za odobrena posojila, oba pa sta sedaj v prisilni poravnavi.

Posojil z osnovnim poslovanjem večina gradbenih podjetij ne more vrniti, saj z dobičkom iz poslovanja praktično krijejo le stroške obresti. Tudi v Banki Slovenije v svojem majskem poročilu o finančni stabilnosti ugotavljajo, da se od začetka letošnjega leta prav v gradbeništvu in poslovanju z nepremičninami (poleg nefinančnih holdingov) zamude pri vračanju posojil najbolj povečujejo.

Leto v znamenju padca gradbincev
MTB, Stavbar gradnje in Gradis Celje so le trije večji gradbinci, ki so že pristali v prisilni poravnavi oziroma stečaju, v prihodnjih mesecih pa je pričakovati, da se jim bo pridružil še kateri od prezadolženih gradbincev. "Letošnje leto bo predvsem v gradbeništvu zaznamovano s padcem nekaterih gradbenih podjetij ali pa z državnim reševanjem teh. Prav zato bo sekundarno gradbeništvo (obrtniki, inštalaterji, dobavitelji...) izjemno izčrpano, gradbena podjetja, ki bomo še izvajala dela, pa bomo imela velike težave pri izpolnjevanju pogodbenih obveznosti prav na področju obrtniško-inštalacijskih del," ocenjuje direktor Konstruktorja VGR Aljoša Sevčnikar, ki meni, da bo kritično predvsem obdobje naslednjih štirih do šestih mesecev.

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Banke naj plačajo za bodoče krize


Ljubljana - Evropska komisija je včeraj v Bruslju predstavila prve predloge za obdavčitev evropskih bank, z namenom izogniti se scenariju zadnjih dveh let, ko so morale evropske vlade pomagati bankam z milijoni evrov injekcij, da bi preprečile poglabljanje finančne krize.

Predlogi, ki jih zagovarja komisija, predvidevajo stekanje sredstev, pridobljenih prek dajatev bank, v mrežo nacionalnih skladov za upravljanje morebitnih stečajev insolventnih bank.

"Ni sprejemljivo, da bi davkoplačevalci še naprej nosili drago breme reševanja bančnega sektorja," je poudaril komisar za notranji trg Michel Barnier. Komisar je ob tem izrecno poudaril, da pri predlaganih skladih ne gre za zbiranje sredstev za reševanje bank, temveč za preventivno ureditev v primeru stečaja bank, ki bi preprečila destabilizacijo finančnega sistema. Pri tem naj bi šlo za premostitvena posojila bankam v težavah oziroma financiranje vrzeli med "dobrimi in slabimi bankami". Predlog komisije sicer temelji na švedskem sistemu, ki je že uvedla bančne dajatve, sledile pa naj bi ji tudi druge evropske vlade.

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Monday, 24 May 2010

Promet s stanovanji za tri četrtine večji

V prvem četrtletju letos se je promet s stanovanji v primerjavi z istim obdobjem lani povečal za 77 odstotkov, je ena glavnih ugotovitev Geodetske uprave Republike Slovenije (Gurs), ki so jo zapisali v poročilu o nepremičninskem trgu v Sloveniji za prvo letošnje četrtletje.

Takoj pa je treba dodati, da je bil promet v prvem četrtletju lani najmanjši, kar ga je kdaj zabeležil Gurs. Zato ne preseneča drug podatek, po katerem je bilo prometa s stanovanji kljub veliki rasti še vedno za 39 odstotkov manj kot v rekordnem tretjem četrtletju 2007, promet s hišami pa je bil v primerjavi s tem obdobjem manjši za 52 odstotkov.

Več prometa tudi z zemljišči in poslovnimi prostori

V primerjavi s prvim četrtletjem lani se je precej povečal tudi evidentirani promet z zemljišči za gradnjo stavb. Ta je bil večji za 38 odstotkov, pri čemer na Gursu dodajajo, da so opazili rahlo upadanje cen zemljišč. Pri poslovnih nepremičninah so bile cene stabilne, medtem ko se je v prvem četrtletju letos promet s temi nepremičninami v primerjavi z istim obdobjem lani potrojil.

Spodbudno okrevanje

Gurs ugotavlja, da smo v zadnjem obdobju priče kar spodbudnemu okrevanju slovenskega nepremičninskega trga. Ker so podatki o številu v evidenci trga nepremičnin (ETN) evidentiranih transakcij z nepremičninami v močni povezavi z dejansko ustvarjenim številom kupoprodaj, so razmeroma zanesljiva podlaga za ocene gibanja prometa s posameznimi vrstami nepremičnin na slovenskem trgu. Pri tem je treba upoštevati, da:

  • je število dejansko izpeljanih transakcij večje od števila evidentiranih, saj se v ETN ne zajamejo prav vse transakcije;
  • prihaja v praksi do zamikov pri posredovanju podatkov, zato so podatki o številu evidentiranih transakcij za tekoče leto začasni in praviloma še nepopolni.
Večjih sprememb razen v Kranju ni

Po podatkih Geodetske uprave Republike Slovenije (Gurs) se povprečna cena kvadratnega metra rabljenega stanovanja v Sloveniji v prvem četrtletju letos v primerjavi z zadnjim četrtletjem lani ni spremenila. Gibanje cen se je v večjih slovenskih mestih umirilo, cene rabljenih stanovanj pa že pol leta vztrajajo na približno enakih ravneh. V Ljubljani se povprečna cena rabljenih stanovanj v primerjavi z zadnjim četrtletjem 2009 tako rekoč ni spremenila, v primerjavi s prvim četrtletjem lani pa je bila za odstotek nižja. Glede na doseženo raven cen prestolnici sledi Koper, v katerem se je povprečna cena v prvem četrtletju letos v primerjavi s predhodnim sicer povišala za odstotek, v primerjavi s prvim četrtletjem lani pa je bila za sedem odstotkov nižja, kar je največ med večjimi slovenskimi mesti. Edino mesto, kjer je bil v prvem četrtletju 2010 evidentiran upad povprečne cene rabljenih stanovanj, je Celje. Največji skok povprečne cene v prvem četrtletju letos je bilo opaziti v Kranju (osem odstotkov), kjer je bilo povišanje (15 odstotkov) največje tudi v primerjavi z istim četrtletjem lani.

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Vir: Finance, Oglasna priloga - Nepremičninski informator

Monday, 17 May 2010

Emoniko naj bi začeli graditi letos


Predstavniki Emonike so danes Mestni občini Ljubljana in Slovenskim železnicam predstavili idejno zasnovo nove ljubljanske avtobusne in železniške postaje. Navzoči so se strinjali s predlagano zasnovo, ki jo bo Emonika še ta mesec predstavila javnosti.

Idejna zasnova predvideva, da se bo avtobusna postaja prestavila na Vilharjevo cesto, s čimer se bo občutno sprostil promet na Masarykovi cesti in Trgu OF. Avtobusna postaja bo imela več kot 30 postajališč, čakalnico in prodajno mesto ter bo neposredno povezana tudi z novo železniško postajo.

V Emoniki zatrjujejo, da intenzivno delajo pri projektih za pridobitev gradbenega dovoljenja, ki naj bi ga dobili v jesenskih mesecih. Razlog za optimizem vidijo tudi v dokončani študiji umestitve podpornih stebrov za železniško postajo, ki naj ne bi ovirali morebitne bodoče poglobitve železniških tirov skozi mestno središče. Odprtje Emonike tako napovedujejo za konec leta 2012, poleg avtobusne in železniške postaje pa naj bi kompleks obsegal poslovno-stanovanjsko in hotelsko stolpnico, nakupovalno-zabaviščno središče in garažno hišo z 2500 parkirnimi prostori.

Ob tem lahko spomnimo, da investitor, multinacionalka Trigranit, začetek gradnje Potniškega centra Ljubljana ali Emonike napoveduje že vrsto let. V začetku lanskega leta so napovedali, da bo Emonika stala spomladi 2011, septembra 2008 so obljubili, da bo zgrajena spomladi 2010, še marca 2008 pa so bili prepričani, da bo center gotov do božiča 2009.

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Vir: Dnevnik, pp

Friday, 14 May 2010

Nepremičninarji napovedujejo dražja stanovanja. Razlog: dvig DDV.

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Z letom 2011 20-odstotna stopnja DDV za nova stanovanja in hiše, ki niso del socialne politike.

Dvig DDV za stanovanja bo po pričakovanjih nepremičninarjev do konca leta pospešil promet na nepremičninskem trgu. Cene stanovanj bodo zato morda celo rasle, vsekakor pa ne bodo močneje upadle, napovedujeta nepremičninarja.

Finančno ministrstvo je objavilo osnutek sprememb zakona o DDV, ki odpravlja znižano, 8,5-odstotno stopnjo DDV za stanovanja in hiše, ki niso del socialne politike. S prihodnjim letom se bo namreč izteklo prehodno obdobje, ki si ga je Slovenija izpogajala ob vstopu v EU.

Slovenska socialna politika

Ker socialna politika v pravnem redu EU ni definirana, je Slovenija kot izvajanje socialne politike določila nakup vseh stanovanj, ki so velika do 120 kvadratnih metrov, in enostanovanjskih hiš, velikih do 250 kvadratnih metrov. Za ta stanovanja bo tudi po 1. januarju ostala znižana stopnja DDV.

Višji davek tudi za manjša stanovanja

"Ker se bo upoštevala celotna površina stanovanja, tudi terase, shrambe, garaže, bo 20-odstotna stopnja DDV verjetno veljala celo za stanovanja, ki imajo 60 kvadratnih metrov neto uporabne površine," pojasnjuje Frano Toš iz Interdoma . Po njegovem bo dvig DDV zato močan pritisk na sedanjo slabo prodajo stanovanj, saj pričakuje, da se bodo nova stanovanja podražila za desetino: "Pri maržah ni več veliko rezerv," pravi, in dodaja: "V danih razmerah bodo najbrž zaradi dviga DDV prihodki države celo upadli, ker se bo prodaja stanovanj še močneje zmanjšala."

Vzporednice z dvigom avtomobilskega davka

Glede na dogajanje na trgu ob dvigu davka na motorna vozila Franci Ježek, predsednik društva nepremičninskih posrednikov, pričakuje dva trenda. "V prvi fazi bodo tisti, ki razmišljajo o nakupu, želeli pohiteti in kupiti stanovanje pred uvedbo višjega davka. Zaradi povečanega povpraševanja bodo cene rasle ali vsaj manj izrazito upadale," razmišlja Ježek.

Meni, da je možno, da bodo cene zrasle že pred uvedbo višjega davka in bodo prodajalci v višje cene potem vračunali razliko davka. Možno je tudi, da bodo cene zaradi davka dvignili, pozneje pa kupcu prikazali popust. "Dolgoročno bi se zaradi višjega davka lahko zniževanje cen vsaj upočasnilo oziroma bi se zgodil popravek cen navzgor. V številkah si ga pa ne upam napovedati," meni Ježek, ki pomembno vlogo pri spremembi trenda pripisuje ravnanju bank.

Konec odbijanja DDV za neposlovne namene

Bolj kot pričakovani dvig DDV pa duhove buri druga novost, ki jo prinaša osnutek novele. Po njem bo namreč odbitek vstopnega DDV za podjetja omejen le na tiste nepremičnine ali njihove dele, ki jih podjetje uporablja za poslovne namene. V zvezi s to novostjo nepremičninarji z zanimanjem pričakujejo pravilnik, ki bo podrobneje določil, kako bodo obravnavane nepremičnine ali njihovi deli, ki se oddajajo v najem, od najema pa se ne obračunava DDV. Zlasti gre za prostore, ki jih ima v najemu država. Obstajajo tudi razlage, da gre za normalizacijo ureditve, ki bi podjetja odvračala od nakupa stanovanj in apartmajev, ki jih nikoli ne bodo uporabljala v gospodarski namen, pravi Ježek.

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Vir: Finance, Nepremičnine, Jaka Elikan

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Banka ali zavarovalnica v kavarni Evropa

Kljub krizi med gostinci še zanimanje za najemanje lokalov v Ljubljani.

V stavbi kavarne Evropa, kjer je od nekdaj bila restavracija ali kavarna, naj bi v prihodnje začela delovati banka ali zavarovalnica. Borut Breznik, ki za lastnike, ki živijo v tujini, oddaja gostinski lokal, je povedal, da bodo namembnost prostorov spremenili tako, da bodo 350 kvadratnih metrov velik prostor razdelili na dva dela, del bo po novem namenjen poslovni dejavnosti, torej zavarovalnici ali banki, v drugem delu pa bo tudi v prihodnje ostala gostinska dejavnost.

Prav ti nameni lastnikov pa so iz prostorov pregnali gostinca Luko Lesarja, ki je bil zadnji v vrsti najemnikov Evrope. Povedal je, da sta tako a la carte restavracija kot del, kjer so stregli študentska kosila, odlično obratovala, zato razlog za njegov odhod nikakor ni slab promet, pač pa navzkrižje interesov glede tega, čemu bi moral biti prostor namenjen, o čemer so imeli z lastniki nasprotne poglede. Dodaja, da je sprememba namembnosti, ki so jo želeli lastniki, za seboj potegnila tudi višjo najemnino, kar je še poglobilo neskladja. "Trud, ki smo ga vložili v oživitev prostorov, se je obrestoval, saj smo na dan pripravili tudi do 150 kosil ter organizirali srečanja za velike skupine ljudi in žal mi je, da nimamo več restavracije v prostorih Evrope," je povedal Lesar.

Breznik je kot glavni razlog za spremembo namembnosti izpostavil težavo, ki so jo imeli pri zagotavljanju gostinskega programa za tako velik prostor. S tem pa se ne strinja Lesar, ki pravi, da je sam še vedno zainteresiran za opravljanje gostinske dejavnosti na celotnem prostoru kavarne Evropa.

Kot kaže, se kljub trenutni gospodarski krizi med gostinci še vedno pojavlja zanimanje za najemanje gostinskih lokalov v Ljubljani. Kot je povedala Simona Remih, načelnica občinskega oddelka za ravnanje z nepremičninami, se na javna zbiranja ponudb javlja sicer manj ponudnikov kot pred dvema letoma, kar je verjetno posledica gospodarske krize, saj se ljudje težje odločajo za najem lokala ter za poslovni riziko. "A v primerih, ko gre za oddajanje elitne lokacije v najem, takšnih problemov ni, saj se najdejo ponudniki, ki so na gostinskem področju že uveljavljeni," pravi Remihova. Največ je zanimanja za odprtje gostinskih lokalov na frekvenčnih lokacijah, drugače je za lokacije, ki so zunaj mestnega središča, še dodaja. V zadnjih dveh letih je tako Mestna občina Ljubljana oddala v najem šest gostinskih lokalov, le pri dveh, ki so jih v tem času oddajali, niso uspeli najti najemnika in so zato spremenili namembnost lokalov v trgovino z neživili.

"Bolj kot so ljudje obupani, raje se sprostijo ob kavi"

Kljub recesiji pa gostinci v središču mesta ne opažajo zmanjšanja prometa. "Imam občutek, da večja kot je kriza, bolj kot so ljudje obupani, raje se sprostijo ob kavi," je povedal Andrej Škufca, ki je pred slabim letom dni najel Makalonco. K slabšemu prometu po njegovem ne prispevata niti gradbišče, ki je v bližini lokala, niti za promet zaprto mestno jedro, slednje je za obisk lokala še celo boljše, pravi. Nad prometom se ne pritožuje niti Silvana Šparemblek, ki ima slabi dve leti v najemu nekdanjo gostilno Pri Pavli, sedanjo Pr potic. "Prva tri leta so najtežja v gostinstvu in skozi to obdobje se je pač treba prebiti, nato ljudje sprejmejo lokal," pravi, a hkrati priznava, da je bilo obdobje, v katerem je ponovno odpirala gostilno, res nekoliko nesrečno.

Vir: Dnevnik, Anja Hreščak

Podjetja, ali veste, da se pri nakupu nepremičnin lahko izognete davku

Kaj morate storiti, da vam ob nakupu ne bo treba plačati ne DDV ne davka na promet z nepremičninami.

Denarja za nepremičnino boste ob nakupu potrebovali manj, likvidnost bo večja. Vendar pa se morate hkrati davkarjem zavezati, da boste v tej nepremičnini poslovali najmanj 20 let.

Po 1. januarju se namreč kupec in prodajalec stare nepremičnine lahko dogovorita, da bo prodaja predmet DDV, hkrati pa se izogneta obračunavanju in plačevanju DDV ob transakciji z nepremičnino. Kupcu torej prodajalcu ni treba plačati DDV, ki bi ga ta nakazal naprej davkarjem. Obveznost za plačilo DDV se formalno prenese na kupca, ki pa ga poračuna kot vstopni DDV. To pomeni, da ga davkarjem v resnici ne plača oziroma da ni denarnega toka. To je - glede na slab likvidnostni položaj podjetij v gospodarski krizi - dobrodošlo.

Kaj morate vedeti o plačevanju DDV pri nakupu nepremičnine? Odgovore sta nam pomagala pripraviti davčni svetovalec Dušan Jeraj iz Taxgroup in davčna uprava .

Kateri davek mora zavezanec za DDV plačati ob nakupu ali prodaji nepremičnine - davek na promet z nepremičninami ali DDV?

Promet zazidljivih stavbnih zemljišč in novih objektov, pri katerih je minilo manj kot dve leti od vselitve, je v primeru, ko je prodajalec davčni zavezanec za DDV, vedno predmet obdavčitve z DDV. Pri prodaji starih nepremičnin pa bo promet praviloma predmet davka na promet nepremičnin. Razen, kadar se prodajalec in kupec dogovorita, da bo transakcija obdavčena z DDV, o čemer pišemo v tem prispevku.

Ali se je možno izogniti davku na promet z nepremičninami in hkrati ne plačati DDV?

Kupec in prodajalec nepremičnine v kupoprodajni pogodbi opredelita, da bo prodaja nepremičnine predmet DDV. S tem se izogneta plačilu davka na promet z nepremičninami. O tem morata tako kupec kot prodajalec obvestiti vsak svoj davčni organ prek skupne izjave. V tej je treba opredeliti, da so izpolnjeni pogoji za obdavčitev z DDV. Torej, da je kupec zavezanec za DDV in da ima pravico do odbitka celotnega vstopnega DDV, vezanega na konkreten posel z nepremičnino. Ker se obveznost za DDV prenese na kupca nepremičnine, ki odbija vstopni DDV, bi lahko rekli, da tudi DDV ni treba plačati ob transakciji.

Kakšne so davčne obveznosti prodajalca in kupca nepremičnine, če se odločita, da bo transakcija predmet DDV?

Prodajalec nepremičnine do davkarjev nima nobenih obveznosti. Kupec pa se zaveže, da bo nepremičnino imel nadaljnjih 20 let za opravljanje dejavnosti in da bo iz te dejavnosti tudi obračunaval DDV. Če nepremičnino proda prej, pa jo mora prodati z DDV. Če mu to ne uspe, bo imel do davkarije dodatne obveznosti.

Kaj se zgodi, če kupec neha poslovati v tej nepremičnini pred iztekom 20-letnega roka in nepremičnino proda brez DDV?

V tem primeru mora kupec davkarjem plačati preostanek vstopnega DDV, ki ga ob nakupu dejansko ni plačal. Primer: Če je bila nepremičnina ob nakupu vredna milijon evrov, bi vstopni DDV znašal 200 tisočakov. Če kupec v njej posluje deset let in jo nato proda kupcu brez DDV, mora davkarjem plačati sto tisočakov. Če ne plača, lahko pričakuje izterjavo. Poleg tega plača od vrednosti, po kateri prodaja nepremičnino naprej, še dvoodstotni davek na promet z nepremičninami.

Kaj se zgodi, če kupec ali prodajalec skupne izjave o DDV ne pošljeta na davčni urad?

V tem primeru se šteje, da formalni pogoji za obdavčitev prodaje z DDV niso izpolnjeni in mora prodajalec plačati dvoodstotni davek na promet z nepremičninami.

Kdaj kupec in prodajalec nepremičnine ne moreta podpisati skupne izjave, ki omogoča, da ne prodajalec ne kupec ob transakciji ne plačata ne DDV ne davka na promet z nepremičninami?

Pri prodaji starih nepremičnin se davku na promet z nepremičninami ne boste mogli izogniti, če kupec ni zavezanec za DDV. Tako obdavčitev prodaje z DDV, ki ga ob transakciji dejansko ne plačate, praviloma ni možna, če so kupci fizične osebe, banke, zavarovalnice in javna uprava. Seveda pa takšna izjava tudi ni mogoča, če gre za transakcijo z zemljišči ali novimi nepremičninami in če sta prodajalec in kupec zavezanca za DDV. V tem primeru mora namreč kupec plačati DDV prodajalcu, ta pa davčnemu uradu. Kupec sicer dobi od davkarije vrnjen vstopni DDV.

Ali bo zaradi nove ureditve DDV manj davčnih utaj?

To je tudi namen nove ureditve plačevanja DDV pri transakcijah s starimi nepremičninami. Do 1. januarja je tudi za promet s starimi nepremičninami veljalo, da prodajalec nepremičnine obračuna 20-odstotni DDV, ki ga predhodno zaračuna kupcu. Kupec je prodajalcu plačal DDV in od davkarije zahteval in dobil povrnjen vstopni DDV. Vendar pa davkarija od prodajalcev, ki so že dobili plačan DDV od kupca, tega DDV ni dobila. Ta težava je bila pogosta, poudarja Jeraj.

Vir: Finance, Nepremičnine, Tanja Smrekar

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Prodaja ljubljanskih zemljišč stoji

Ljubljanskemu županu Zoranu Jankoviću letos ni uspelo prodati še nobenega zemljišča za milijon evrov ali več.

Čeprav je v letošnjem proračunu Mestne občine Ljubljana eden najpomembnejših finančnih virov prihodek od prodaje nepremičnin v mestni lasti, županu Zoranu Jankoviću ni uspelo prodati še niti enega zemljišča ali stavbe za več kot milijon evrov. Uspele so le dražbe ali zbiranja ponudb za manjše, nekaj sto tisoč evrov težke nepremičnine.

Rudniška Mala tržnica ostaja mestna

Na zbiranje ponudb za nakup 18.500 kvadratnih metrov veliko nezazidano stavbno zemljišče (imenovano Mala tržnica) na Rudniku (nasproti sedeža Viator & Vektorja ) ni prišla niti ena ponudba. Izklicna cena je bila 7,4 milijona evrov (400 evrov za kvadratni meter), čeprav je decembra propadla dražba po izklicni ceni 6,8 milijona evrov.

To zemljišče je pred leti Janković skušal prodati Ikei , vendar je ni prepričal. Tedaj je bila cena 900 evrov za kvadratni meter, nedavno pa je župan dejal, da posestva ne bo prodal pod 350 evrov za kvadratni meter, saj je to eno najprimernejših preostalih trgovskih površin v mestu.

Ob tem omenimo, da se Janković zanima za nakup sosednje parcele Viator &Vektorja oziroma za menjavo za sedanjo zemljišče remize LPP , čeprav je tudi Mala tržnica namenjena terminalom in skladiščem, torej primerna za novo remizo.

Tudi posestnika ne zanima lastništvo

Noben ponudnik ni izkazal interesa niti za zemljišče ob Verovškovi, ki je v posesti Butan Plina in ki ima predkupno pravico. Zemljišče je veliko 41 tisoč kvadratnih metrov, izklicna cena pa je znašala 6,8 milijona evrov oziroma 165 evrov za kvadratni meter.

Vir: Finance, Nepremičnine, Jaka Elikan

Za parcele na Rudniku in v Šiški se ni zanimal nihče

Za zemljišča ob Verovškovi se ni potegoval niti Butan plin, ki jih zaseda, kupca za deset parcel na Rudniku pa bodo menda dobili kmalu – z neposrednimi pogajanji.

Javni zbiranji ponudb za prodajo 41.116 kvadratnih metrov zazidanega stavbnega zemljišča (ob Verovškovi) v katastrskih občinah Šiška in Dravlje ter 18.451 kvadratnih metrov nezazidanega stavbnega zemljišča v Poslovni coni Rudnik, s katerima je nameravala Mestna občina Ljubljana zaslužiti najmanj 14,2 milijona evrov, na včerajšnjem odpiranju nista prinesli želenega rezultata. V predvidenem roku namreč niso dobili nobene ponudbe.

Čudi predvsem dejstvo, da se za več deset parcel v Šiški ni zanimalo niti podjetje Butan plin, ki jih ima v posesti, ne pa (še) v lasti. Na njih ima svoje poslovne in druge stavbe, poti, parkirišča in dvorišča. Morda je bil razlog v tem, da bi moralo za nepremičnine plačati vsaj izhodiščno ceno, nekaj manjšo kot 6,83 milijona evrov, in davek na promet nepremičnin.

Prav tako ni bilo interesenta za nakup desetih parcel na Rudniku (skupaj z zemljiščema, ki sta v lasti CPL in Skupine Viator & Vektor, tvorijo večji, še nepozidan kompleks), ki bi bil zanje pripravljen plačati vsaj izhodiščno ceno 7,38 milijona evrov in 20-odstotni davek. Pri tem je treba povedati, da gre za zemljišča, ki bi jih lahko po veljavnem odloku za območje urejanja VP 1/2 Rudnik kupec uporabil za proizvodnjo, skladišča in terminale.

Medtem ko je pri prvem poslu šlo za zemljišče »s pravno napako«, gre pri drugem za območje, ki je večinoma obremenjeno z zemeljskimi izkopi, prepeljanih z gradbišča športnega in trgovskega centra v Stožicah. Teh je približno 50.000 kubičnih metrov, ki so jih tja navozili s soglasjem ljubljanskega župana Zorana Jankovića (pozneje so pridobili tudi okoljevarstveno dovoljenje) in njegovim pojasnilom, da je to početje »smotrno in ekonomično za bodoče lastnike, saj bi ti morali gradnjo odložiti za najmanj eno leto, če prej ne bi bil zgrajen predobremenilni nasip. S takim dovoljenjem pa jim je občina obdobje utrjevanja terena skrajšala.«

Župan Zoran Janković je na svoji včerajšnji tiskovni konferenci dejal, da MOL namerava zemljišča s statusom barjanskega travnika in parcelnimi številkami 245/271, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334 in 246/35, 47 in 49, ki ležijo ob južni avtocestni obvoznici oziroma med izvozom za trgovsko cono Rudnik in lokalnimi cestnimi povezavami znotraj območja, kjer je bila prvotno predvidena ureditev veletržnice, zdaj prodati z neposrednimi pogajanji. Potrdil je, da ima interesenta za nakup, ni pa hotel povedati, za koga gre, še manj pa razložiti, zakaj je zemljišča, ki jih na lanski decembrski javni dražbi ni mogel prodati za 6,5 milijona evrov (ali 352 evrov za kvadratni meter), zdaj prodajal za 7,38 milijona evrov.

Na vprašanje, zakaj na Rudniku prodaja svojo zemljo (v neposredni soseščini je veletrgovcem pred časom za 35,46 milijona evrov neuspešno prodajal tudi večji paket parcel s skupno površino 59.000 kvadratnih metrov in »obogatenih« s 150.000 kubičnimi metri zemeljskih izkopov iz Stožic«), po drugi strani pa se zanima za terminal Skupine Viator & Vektor, je župan odgovoril, da zato, ker bi vanj lahko takoj preselil avtobusno remizo LPP s Celovške ceste. Oba mestna kompleksa na Rudniku pa sta ne le neurejena, temveč tudi precej manjša od Vektorjevega.

Vir: Delo, Janez Petkovšek