Although 2020 was a roller coaster ride, there were some interesting records in the housing market. Last year, the cheapest house was sold for HUF 300 thousand (~EUR 832), and the most expensive flat was sold at Lake Balaton for HUF 74 million (~EUR 205,425). Some people sold their property in less than a day, and the number of advertised apartments for rent rose to a record high of 115,000.
Needless to say, 2020 was an unusual year, with the coronavirus epidemic completely transforming everyday life, different areas of the economy, including the real estate market.
24.hu presents the survey of ingatlan.com, according to which a total of more than 540,000 ads were posted last year. Regarding apartments for sale, 430 thousand new advertisements appeared, thus the rental market reached a peak. Due to the lack of foreign tourists, owners were mostly looking for tenants for short-term rent. As a result, more than 115,000 new offers appeared on the portal last year, which is a record.
Generally speaking, it took longer than before to sell an apartment or house, yet the fastest sales took place within a day. In Budapest’s XXIII. district an owner announced a 200-square-meter family house for HUF 38.9 million (~EUR 107,986) last May, and sold the property in less than a day. Outside the capital, a family house in Hajdúböszörmény was sold the fastest. The owner asked HUF 37 million (~EUR 102,712) for the 110 square meter, 3-room house.
It was such a great price that potential buyers were coming every 30 minutes to check it out the next day.
The most expensive property in the country is a palace on Andrássy Avenue, a 2,000-square-meter luxurious apartment on a plot of more than 1,000 square meters. The real estate agent representing the owner announced it for nearly HUF 6 billion (~EUR 16,6m) last year. The apartment hasn’t been sold yet.
Suprisingly, the most expensive flat was not sold in the capital, but on the shore of Lake Balaton.
A 79-square-meter apartment found on the third floor of a renovated waterfront panel building was advertised and sold for HUF 74 million (~EUR 205,425). The extremely high price in the market is explained by the fact that the apartment has a 40 square meter terrace and direct entrance to the beach.
Among the cheapest real estates, the record belongs to a ruined adobe house located in Négyes in Borsod County. The owner launched a 60-square-meter, one-and-a-half-room property at a distance of 8 kilometers from the Tisza at a price of HUF 300,000 (~EUR 832).
The cheapest apartment of 2020 cost HUF 600 thousand (~EUR 1,666). It is located in Salgótarján and is still for sale. The 48-square-meter, completely empty property even lacks radiators.