The property market scene is ever-changing and this year will be no different. To understand better the present and future trends for the properties in Chania, Crete, property expert Maria Gkika gazes into her crystal ball – with the help of experts from across the prefecture – and predicts a rise in demand for short-term rental properties, a significant interest in smart technology and the areas which will support touristic investment properties for further growth.
One division of the property market in Chania which is going to be a fundamental factor of the future, especially within the next 10 years, is the private rented sector (PRS). Currently, around the half of homes in Chania are rented, with that figure expected to grow by 20-30 per cent over the next decade. As more and more people wish to spend several months in Chania, the need for high-quality rented housing (villas, luxurious apartments) will continue to grow so build-to-rent (BTR) property is going to play a significant role in supplying housing and giving renters a better choice and quality of where to live.
Aside from PRS, the need for smaller living spaces will become more and more common in the near future in Chania, Crete. Small apartments (one to two bedrooms) are already high in demand in Heraklion and Rethymnon, so it’s only a matter of time before design and construction companies here create more modular small apartments to keep up with trends.
Alongside PRS and small apartments, the other hot topic of the moment is low carbon footprint properties and commercial buildings (hotels) with an environmental conscience. As awareness of the environment and sustainable living increases, investors, purchasers and renters are continually looking for points of difference in where they set up properties.