Published on: 31 July 2019

Housing construction is characterized by different territorial trends

In the first half of 2019, 6,472 new dwellings were built, 0.7% fewer than a year earlier. Based on issued dwelling construction permits and simple declarations, the number of homes to be built increased by 0.9% to 18,227 compared to the first half of 2018.

In the first half of 2019, 8.6% fewer homes were built in Budapest and 7.8% fewer in smaller towns. 10% more dwellings were put to use in towns of county rank and 4.3% more in villages. In Pest County, the number of dwellings built continued to be outstanding, but decreased by 5.9% compared to the same period last year. The number of dwellings built in Gyr-Moson-Sopron County increased by 10% (1,156), thus exceeding the total number of dwellings built in Great Plain and Northern Hungary (1,032).

The proportion of dwellings built by individuals fell from 49% to 47%, while that of dwellings built by enterprises increased from 49% to 52%;

51% of dwellings put to use in new residential buildings were in detached houses, 40% in multi-dwelling buildings and 4.2% in resident’s parks.

53% of homes were built for sale, 45% for own use and 2.1% for rent.

The average floor-area of homes put to use decreased by 2 sq. m to 99 sq. m;

According to dwelling construction permits and declarations, the number of dwellings to be built grew by 0.9% to 18,227 nationally, slightly increasing in Budapest, decreasing by 3.2% in county towns and by 5.7% in other towns and increasing by 20% in villages. Builders used simple declarations in 47% of cases. This share was 7.5% in Budapest and increasing towards lower level territorial units it reached 92% in villages.

Based on new construction permits (declarations), 11% more, i.e. a total of 7,486 residential buildings are planned to be built, while the number of permits issued for non-residential buildings was 2,007, 1.3% fewer than a year earlier.

New dwelling construction permits and simple declarations, dwellings put to use and ceased

Territorial unit New dwelling construction permits issued (declarations) in the first half year Number of dwellings put to use in the first half year First half of 2019 as a percentage of the first half of 2018 Number of dwellings ceased to exist in the first half year
number First half of 2019 as a percentage of the first half of 2018
2018 2019 of which: simple declarations 2018 2019 2018 2019
Budapest6 1196 153461100,61 4831 35691,4117113
Towns of county rank4 1113 9781 83996,81 6861 859110,3193137
Other towns5 1304 8383 26194,31 9421 79192,2229244
Villages 2 7063 2582 987120,41 4061 466104,3116172
Total18 06618 2278 548100,96 5176 47299,3655666

Methodological note: in accordance with Government Decree 456/2015. (XII. 29.) statistical data contain construction permits, simple declarations, put to use permits and official certificates concerning the put to use of buildings constructed on the basis of simple declaration.