General Information

Where are we at with Polish interest rates?

Team - Monday, May 16, 2022

Up, Down - It doesn't matter if you can't afford a mortgage

If Poland hadn't been one of the most successful global economies of the last 30 years then we wouldn't be facing the current inflationary tsunami in the same way.


Team - Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Hedging in a time of inflation

If you have been considering buying Polish property in 2022, you may be holding back to see how recent (and expected future) interest rate rises will affect apartment prices.

Property Fees - A Strategy to Reduce Costs When Buying Property in Poland

Team - Wednesday, May 12, 2021

When it feels like everyone has their hand out

Before deciding to buy property in Poland you need to know how the system works. As a foreigner, you can't just assume that it is the same (or even similar) to that which exists in your home country.

Buying A New Apartment? Negotiating Tips for the Polish Market #1

Team - Monday, April 26, 2021

Price is not the only route to getting a better deal

Recent reports suggest that Poland delivered 7% more homes in 2020 than they did in 2019. This despite the pandemic. Prices have held firm and in some areas increased in contrast to expectations (including ours) from early 2020. Interest rates are rock bottom so affordability is greater and demand has increased as demonstrated by the latest mortgage report. So why would developers negotiate with you in such a positive market?

Polish Salaries, Property Prices & Mortgage Costs - 2018 to 2020

Team - Friday, February 26, 2021

Assessing the past may sometimes be a guide to the future

After almost twelve months of lockdowns, mask wearing and isolation where has the Polish property market been and where might it be going?

Polish Property & Mortgage Market 2021 - The Expert View

Team - Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Beyond the statistics - What's happening at street level

Penthouses may be losing their allure.

Polish Property Prediction for 2021

BigDoor24 Team - Thursday, December 10, 2020

Mortgages are cheaper, Property prices will continue to rise

Monthly mortgage repayments have never been lower as the Polish economy enters 2021 with a 35 year mortgage of 500,000 zl. costing less than 2,000 zl. per month.

Staying Afloat - Poland Records Second Highest YoY Property Price Rise In EU

Team - Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Latest report shows Poland property prices up 10.9% from Q2 2019

Despite Covid-19, demand for property is still very very strong in Poland, resulting in a continuation of price increases.

The Polish Economy 2020 and Beyond - A Quick Update

Team - Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Green Shoots - Economic indicators are beginning to have more relevance...finally.

Welcome to the new normal. Our last post made the point that we would simply not get involved in the projection game until there was a clearer picture of what was going on in the economy. We are getting closer to that point and the recent report from the EC Summer Economic Forecast puts some meat on the bones of previously sketchy data.

Polish property up or down? What we can tell so far

Team - Friday, May 8, 2020

Without a definite date for a vaccine, we work with what we know

Further to our previous articles on the ongoing pandemic and the relationship to property, some things are becoming clearer.

Will Airbnb be around in 6 months?

Team BigDoor24 - Monday, March 30, 2020

Staycations are not in the companies business model

Amongst the many disruptions to the global economy, many companies have suddenly rose in value as their product directly benefits the current situation. Airbnb is not one of them.

Polish Mortgage? Should you Suspend Repayments during Corona Chaos?

BigDoor24 Team - Friday, March 20, 2020

What to consider when deciding to take a Mortgage Payment Holiday

If you have an existing Polish Mortgage you are probably aware that one of the many financial reactions to the current coronavirus pandemic is a possibility to suspend your monthly mortgage repayments for up to three months.

Coronavirus, The Polish Economy & More

Team BigDoor24 - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Do We Have a New Future?

"Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?" by Paul Gauguin (Image)

Have you got a Swiss Franc Polish Mortgage? Don't get cheated again!

Team BigDoor24 - Friday, February 28, 2020

Lawyers are offering a solution, that may be a problem.

In October of last year, a test case was successfully brought in the European Court by a Polish couple against their Bank over the terms of their Swiss Franc Mortgage. A complicated judgement that essentially denied the banks claim they they alone had the right to set the exchange rates when demanding repayments. This has resulted in a flood of similar claims from all over the country as homeowners received confirmation of what they had always suspected, the Banks were screwing them and they were due recompense.

Poland City Rent vs Mortgage Costs - Which is Best and Where

Team - Monday, February 10, 2020

Q4 2019 - Are You Losing Money by Renting?

Despite, in some cases, double digit growth in property prices in Poland in the last year, we examine whether renting or buying is a better option for your finances.

Polish Property Market 2020 - A Good Time to Buy?

Team - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

To Buy or not to Buy, that is the question

What a year it's been for both the Polish economy generally and the Polish property market in particular. Growth in the number of new build properties, prices and mortgage approvals all exceeded official forecasts. Unemployment, despite increasing marginally in the last quarter remains at an historic low of 5.1 % and salaries have increased on average by 6% in 2019.

Buying for Investment? Should you Bother Renting it Out?

Team - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Argument for NOT Renting out a New Apartment

Buying an apartment anywhere in the world can be like booking a Ryanair flight. The headline price rarely is what it actually costs you.

Are Polish Property Agents a Waste of Money - Rent

Team BigDoor24 - Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Series 3/4 - Renting

Further to our initial articles in the series, Are Polish Property Agents a Waste of Money/ Selling & Buying we now look at Renting.

Getting a Property Valuation

Team BigDoor24 - Thursday, November 14, 2019

Buying or Selling - Some Tips on Getting a Polish Property Valuation

Whether buying or selling, it's a good idea (and required if getting a Polish mortgage) to get a good independent valuation. And strangely, not all valuers are created equally.

Buying & Selling Polish Zloty - Do's & Dont's

Team BigDoor24 - Thursday, November 14, 2019

It's all about the spread, 'bout the spread, 'bout the spread ...

If you are in Poland for the weekend it is unlikely you will spend enough to make any real difference to how you buy your Zloty but for anyone staying a little longer, it's worth figuring out the most efficient way of changing your currency.

Rugby World Cup 2019 - Best Pubs to Catch the Action

Team BigDoor24 - Sunday, September 22, 2019

We're on Tokyo Time

At BigDoor24 we are all about property, much like Rugby ....gaining ground or losing it we can see the parallels.

Work Permit - Why are some Polish provinces easier than others?

Team BigDoor24 - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The process is the same, the time taken is not

Anyone who has tried to obtain a work permit in Poland these days knows the wait time can be extraordinarily long, hampering both the efforts of the prospective worker and the employer.

How will Doubling the Minimum Wage affect Polish Property

Team BigDoor24 - Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Up or Down?

The Government announced plans this week to double the Polish minimum wage over the next 4 years (Bloomberg), should they be re-elected. What effect will this have on future Polish property prices?

How Safe is your City?

Team - Monday, September 9, 2019

Burglary Numbers by Vovoidship

The official numbers are out from the National Map of Security Risks detailing amongst others, the number of reported burglaries by Vovoidship for the period January to June 2019.

Love the Sun, Hate the Heat - Air Conditioner Tips in Poland

Team BigDoor24 - Monday, July 29, 2019

Be Cool

There are lots of articles out there that detail the different types of Air Conditioning to get this summer. From the small portable units with their varying prices, energy efficiency and bacterial effects to the built-in multi-room wall controlled ones, there is a lot to choose from.

Top Property Search sites in Poland - Ranked - # 2

Team BigDoor24 - Friday, June 7, 2019

Buying & Selling - Who Does What Best

The second part of our series on Polish property search portals we look at buying & selling and who does what best.

Top Property Search sites in Poland - Ranked

Team BigDoor24 - Thursday, June 6, 2019

Renting & Letting - Who Does What Best

They are not all the same...

Is Polish Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Team BigDoor24 - Friday, May 17, 2019

St. Patricks Day Events in Poland - 17th March 2019

Team BigDoor24 - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

You don't have to be Irish to have a Party

The Irish call it Paddy's Day, the Americans, Saint Patty's Day, and the Poles, Festiwal sw. Patryka as the celebrations by Irish communities around the world for St. Patrick's Day only gets bigger.

Polish Rental Agreement - 5 things you need to know

Team BigDoor24 - Saturday, February 16, 2019

What's in the contract, What's not, and What should be....

Not knowing some basic things about a Rental Agreement is just a gamble.

When & How to apply for a Polish Mortgage - 6 Tips

Team BigDoor24 - Friday, January 25, 2019

When to apply, How to apply, What to consider - Polish Mortgages

6 Tips that may save you serious Zloty

Kiss your 2018 shopping days goodbye !!!

Team BigDoor24 - Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Only 15 out of 52 Sundays are open for shopping in 2019

A lot of you knew it was coming but may have forgotten.

Choosing a Language School - things to consider

Team BigDoor24 - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Why you want to learn is as important as where you study

While it's true that a lot of Poles speak English and in many cases a third language, to really experience the country you may want to learn Polish, or at least enough to get around.

Rental Deposits - How Much, When and Getting it Back

Team BigDoor24 - Saturday, December 8, 2018

Just Easier When You Know

As in most countries, it is perfectly normal that a tenant is required to pay a deposit to a new landlord to cover any outstanding utility charges or damages to the property during a tenants stay.

Best city for an Airbnb Investment Q II 2018

Team BigDoor24 - Thursday, August 2, 2018

Which city offers the greatest return on investment

Everyone is doing it so why can't you?

(Fake) Media in Poland

Team BigDoor24 - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Not Real Media, Just Property Media !

OK so the headline was fake ...ish.

English Language Media in Poland

Team BigDoor24 - Thursday, June 14, 2018

What's happenin'

Just a few News sources we recommend for the English speakers amongst us.

Home or Investment - Don't ignore the secondary market

Team BigDoor24 - Thursday, June 14, 2018

Everyone wants new, which means there are bargains to be had

Case Study

Getting a Property Valuation

Team BigDoor24 - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Buying or Selling - some tips on hiring a property Valuer

Whether buying or selling, it's a good idea (and required if getting a home loan) to get a good independent valuation. And strangely, not all valuers are created equally.

Renting without an Agent - A Checklist

Team BigDoor24 - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Going it alone

When renting a property through an agent you will normally pay a fee equivalent to one months rent ( or less if using BigDoor24 ).so you may decide you would like to avoid paying anything.