As we wrote earlier, the golden age of the Hungarian property owners may end soon after the energy and economic crisis hit Hungary hard. Based on the latest statistics, buyers disappeared from the market of the building sites. In the first three quarters of this year, their number fell by 10 percent. As a result, their price rise decreased to only 2.5 percent compared to Q1-Q3 of 2021, according to the latest statistics of Otthon Centrum, the greatest Hungarian real estate agency.
The agency says that the trend turn is not surprising. The number of purchasers decreases because of the worsening economic situation, which keeps demand low. They added that building site prices keep increasing, but the growth rate declined by 2.5 percent. It means the average price per square metre in Hungary is 10,800 HUF (EUR 27), 168.hu said.
The Otthon Centrum recalled that in 2021, the price of the building sites for family houses grew by 30-50 percent. Furthermore, the commercial traffic in that segment was 20 percent higher than this year. Of course, the differences are significant in the case of the different localities. In Budapest, the average sqm price of family house building sites was between HUF 60 and 80 thousand (EUR 150-200) in 2021. Meanwhile, in the municipalities, the differences were even higher. In Debrecen, the average was HUF 28,000 (EUR 70) per sqm, while in Szombathely, near the Austrian-Hungarian border, that sum was only HUF 13 thousand (EUR 32). In Kecskemét, Central Hungary, it was HUF 8 thousand (EUR 20), while, in Zalaegerszeg, which is at the end of the list in that respect, it was only HUF 2,500 (EUR 4.5) per sqm.
The statement of Otthon Centrum mentions the smaller localities. In that market segment, only the building sites close to water (lakes, rivers) are above HUF 10 thousand (EUR 25) per sqm based on the data of the first nine months.
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Napi.hu, a Hungarian economy-focused website, writes that the number of property advertisements is rising in Hungary. At the beginning of November, there were 8,900 on ingatlan.com, which is a 19 percent increase compared to last year’s 7,500.
The once overheated property market of Hungary seems to be cooling down currently. Only the prices of the newly built apartments increased last month. All other categories showed signs of stagnation. The average sqm price of properties in Budapest stands at HUF 1.18 million (EUR 3,000), a 29 percent rise in 2022.
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Source: 168.hu, napi.hu
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