Published on: 6 May 2019

One and a half times as many new dwellings in Budapest, recovery in housing intentions in villages

In the first quarter of 2019, 3,661 new dwellings were built, 7.9% more than a year earlier. The number of homes to be built based on issued dwelling construction permits and simple declarations was 9,639, 2.1% less than in the same period of 2018.

The number of dwellings built increased one-and-a-half-fold in Budapest in the first quarter of 2019. Dwelling construction in Pest county continued to stand out but did not increase compared to the previous year. 54% of new dwellings were put to use in Budapest and Pest county. In spite of an 11% decrease the number of new dwellings in Gyr-Moson-Sopron county was several times higher than in the other counties. In the first quarter of 2019 one in five new homes were built in Gyr-Moson-Sopron county.

The proportion of dwellings built by individuals went down from 50% to 45%, while that of dwellings built by enterprises rose from 50% to 54%.

49% of dwellings put to use in new residential buildings were in detached houses, 44% in multi-storey multi-dwelling buildings and 2.4% in resident’s parks.

56% of homes were built for sale, 42% for own use and 2% for rent.

The average floor area of homes put to use decreased by 3.7 sq. m. to 96 sq. m.

The national number of dwellings to be built based on construction permits and declarations decreased by 2.1% to 9,639, while it rose nearly one-and-a-half-fold in villages. Builders used simple declarations in 43% of cases. This share was 5.7% in Budapest and was higher and higher when moving towards lower-level territorial units, reaching 90% in villages.

Based on issued new construction permits (declarations) 22% more, a total of 3,615 residential buildings are planned to be built, while the number of permits issued for non-residential buildings was 982, which was of the same order as 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 quarter 1 Number of dwellings put to use in quarter 1 Number of dwellings that ceased to exist in quarter 1
number quarter 1 2019 as a percentage of quarter 1 2018
2018 2019 of which: simple declarations 2018 2019 quarter 1 2019 as a percentage of quarter 1 2018 2018 2019
Budapest4 0353 65620990.6609916150.44171
Towns of county rank2 1461 96583891.696190594.29177
Other towns2 6022 4581 70694.510481 139108.793132
Villages 1 0671 5601 400146.277670190.358100
Total9 8509 6394 15397.93 3943 661107.9283380

Methodological note: in accordance with Government Decree No. 456/2015 (XII. 29.), statistical data cover construction permits as well as simple declarations, and put-to-use permits as well as official certificates issued on the basis of simple declarations.