I am considering a move to the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, and would really appreciate some good advice and information from expats and/or locals who are registered on this website.
There are of course many questions/concerns on my mind that I would love to get answers for, so I will list some below and hope that anyone could answer it for me.
About housing in Sofia (or Bulgaria as a whole if you don't live in the capital), is the process of buying a property really as dangerous as people make it sound? I have seen advices of getting lawyers and notaries involved in the process. I have lived in China for several years and also purchased an apartment in Beijing a few years back, and I had no problem at all. Just as normal as the process would be in Sweden (my country of birth). Is the housing market really that bad in Bulgaria? If anyone had any good experience in buying property, especially in Sofia, I would love it if you could share the agent with me and any lawyers/notaries if you used them. If it is not allowed to post the agencies/agents name here you can send me a message.
As for selling property, here I have also read some concerning posts by other people. That when you sell your property you are likely to make a loss and that it would take at least 6 months to find a buyer. Is this true as well, is the property market in Bulgaria slow/dead? And how about investment, am I more likely to make a loss than to gain money from buying and eventually selling my property in Sofia/Bulgaria?
As for drivers license I have read that the questions can be taken in English but the English is terrible and next to unreadable. Are there any truth in this? And for those who has taken their drivers license in Bulgaria, where would it be best to do it, in the city or in the country side? In Sweden I know many people prefer to go to the country side to avoid heavy traffic when they do their driving test. Also how much does it cost, the written exam and the driving test. Any traffic school that could be recommended in Sofia or nearby?
And now to some more easier questions.
What's the price of (and a good company for):
- Internet (I would be interested in high-speed connection)
- Food (bread, milk, cheese, pizza etc.)
- Public transport (bus, subway, tram)
- Cinema (do they screen movies with original sound or dub them to Bulgarian?)
- Mobile internet (do they provide and option for unlimited data in a monthly plan?)
- Electricity (home)
- Insurance (car, home, health)
If you feel that there's something that I might have forgotten to ask about, feel free to note that as well. And thanks a lot in advance, really appreciate any answer, short or long.