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How can you Airbnb smart?

Airbnb is hugely popular, more and more people decide to put their apartments online instead of looking for long term tenants – but experts and Airbnb users say it is very easy to fail on this market if you are not prepared enough. Currently there are more than 8 thousand available accommodations on Airbnb. In 2014 around 150 thousand tourists visited them, but it is clear that outside Budapest it is a risky business to put your rental online: out of these more than 138 thousand rented apartments…

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August has been the weakest month in the last half year on the real estate market with only 11066 transactions according to the data published by Duna House. In the meantime real estate prices remain in a continuously increasing trend. Experts say that August may have produced the lowest volume in the number of transactions in the housing market, the slight decline is only seasonal. According to Duna House the same period last year showed a 19 percent decline in transaction numbers, and two years…

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After the crisis the real estate market went silent for years, but now it is clearly booming and the trend seem to just be getting stronger. Which means that landlords are not in so great need of the rent paid by ruinpubs anymore and they might decide to freshen up their development plans instead. This however presents a slight paradox as the "party district" of Budapest became so popular and expensive partly because of the presence of the ruinpubs. Most of these were opened in places where investments,…

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One third of buyers bought estates for investment purposes on the Hungarian market in July according to the newest statistics by the Duna House network. Invertors spent an average 19.5 million Forints on apartments 70 square meters large. One fourth of buyers however were buying their first own flat: they were mostly buying 60 m2 estates for an average of 18.3 million Forints. On the countryside a quarter of buyers acquired larger apartments for an average price of 16.5 million – they were…

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Real estate market prices are still on the rise according to the Hungarian Central Statistical Office. Also they are rising more rapidly – the price of used flats increased by 4.4% in the first quarter of 2015. Prices however are not increasing evenly across the country. The record is held by Western Hungary where used flats in small villages became 10% more expensive than in the quarter before. Meanwhile cities and villages of the Southern Great Plain provide a contrast: used flats in this…

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The 2011 census in Hungary provided some interesting data for the real estate market, including statistics about the average size of Hungarian apartments. As a rule of thumb, the size of the average apartment depends on where one lives. According to the census, the average sized apartment is 77 m2. In bigger cities however size decreases - mainly due to the fact that in these areas townhouses are more common. Differences can be clearly seen when we divide the capital into three areas. In inner districts…

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Before buying an apartment we have to make sure we have all information we need regarding e. g. the condition of the apartment and the house and the prospective costs. Condition of the Building The condition of the building tells a lot about its tenants. We can get informed about the property’s financial condition and the reconstruction plans from the joint representative. It is also recommended to ask for the energy certificate of the building. Contract When buying an apartment, one of the most…

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In 2014 apartment prices finally started to go up, but beside Budapest this trend has only appeared in a few counties. Reviewing the data of property website, Otthontérkép, you can check if your apartment is also worth more, than a few years ago. The data reveals how property prices per square meter changed between 2013 and 2014 in the districts of Budapest and in the country. Apartments in Budapest Cost 1 Percent More In 2014 in Budapest apartments cost HUF 230 thousand per square…

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According to the data of OTP Ingatlanpont apartments are 24 percent more in demand, and the number of transactions increased by 30 percent compared to last year’s same period. In Budapest Small Apartments Are Popular In Budapest the smaller, 35-41-square-meter apartments are the most popular: they get sold for HUF 150-240 thousand per square meter on average. The smaller – less-than-100-square-meter – family houses are also in demand: they are bought for HUF 250-370 thousand per square meter. In…

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According to the latest analysis of OTP Mortgage Bank more apartments were sold in 2014 than in the previous years. The 11th district was the most popular – which is partly thanks to the new Subway Line 4 –, but apartments in the 9th, the 8th and the 13th district were also in demand. One-third of the apartments were sold in the latter 3 districts. The 3rd, the 7th and the 14th district were also popular.   The Number of Available New Apartments Decreased to 1100 in Budapest 50 percent more…

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​Budapest overtook the Austrian, the Italian and the French capital on CNN’s list of the most popular cities for foreign tourists, since last year more foreign guests visited Budapest than Vienna, Rome or Paris. According to the data of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH) Hungarian tourism reached record-breaking results in 2014. The number of domestic guests increased by 10 percent, and that of foreign guests increased by 8 percent; thus Budapest became the 27th most popular…

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​After last year’s results records were broken again in January. Although the first months of a year are usually weak, in January 2015 more apartments were sold than ever since the beginning of the crisis. According to the data of real estate agency Duna House 9 thousand apartments were sold in January: 1.5 times more than in last year’s same period. This has been the best result on the real estate market since the end of the crisis. According to the estimations 140 thousand apartments…

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More and more apartments are bought by foreigners in Hungary year by year; currently around 2000 apartments are sold to them each year. According to the data of real estate agency network Duna House an increasing trend was shown in the market in the past 2-3 years: in 2012 420 and in 2014 525 apartments were sold to foreign buyers.Far Easterners Spend HUF 26.7 Million on an Apartment Most foreign buyers (45 percent of all the buyers) comes from the EU, they are followed by Ukrainians and Russians…

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More apartment buyers applied for a loan in 2014 than in the previous years, and the trend is expected to increase further in 2015.Buyers trust more in loans, their cost decreased, and the banks are also more active. The rate of apartments bought using a loan was the highest last year: 20 percent in the first half of 2014, and 25 percent in the second half.   A HUF 7.5 Million Loan Was Applied for on Average According to the data of Otthon Centrum Mortgage Center the mortgage broker service…

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Smaller, 40-70 square-meter, one or one-and-a-half-room apartments for HUF 20 million or less are most in demand in Budapest, but larger and more expensive ones are getting more and more popular, too. More apartments were sold in 2014 than in the previous years, and the average prices and the rate of investors also increased.   Most Popular Apartments in Pest and Buda According to the data of the Budapest offices of real estate agency OTP Ingatlanpont apartments in the city center continued…

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Budapest, the City of Records

Budapest gets on more and more international lists of the best cities, and thanks to the continuous developments locals also enjoy living here.  But there still are several facts we don’t know about that make the Hungarian capital the city of records. Thermal Baths Budapest is a city of baths: the Hungarian capital has more thermal baths and spas than any other capital cities, and a daily 70 million liters of thermal water rises to the surface. The local bathing culture dates back to the Roman…

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The construction bidding for the future Budapest Museum Quarter in City Park (Városliget) has finished: half a thousand tenders were received, from which the best 17 got into the second round. The jury featuring 11 experts from Hungary and all over the world decided according to whose plans 4 of the 5 museums will be built. The House of Hungarian Music will be built using the plans made by the Japanese Sou Fujimoto Architects, the Hungarian Museum of Architecture and the Photo Museum…

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As one of the most important steps of the cooperation between the European Union and China Hungary signed the contract about establishing the Budapest–Belgrade super express railway line. Beside China, Serbia and Hungary among others the representatives of Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland also took part on the meeting in Belgrade.   We Can Profit More from the Favorable Location of the Country Thanks to the establishment of the railway line Hungary can profit…

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Every owner’s nightmare is a non-paying or problematic tenant moving into their apartment. Unfortunately, there is no 100% guarantee to filter out bad tenants, but there are some steps to help you screen the candidates. 1. Aim at a little higher price range The first step is to determine and target the correct market. It is not worth saving the money on not providing a fully furnished, equipped apartment to a future tenant, when by this we may reach a more reliable long-term client.2. Ask for…

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In general, mostly the summer is the period for rent searches; however the beginning of the year can be at least as strong as the best summer months.Despite this, the beginning of the year season has some misconceptions, which we recommend for re-thinking. "In January, only students look for an apartment" It is true that the second semester starting in February, displays many students to appear on the market, however at least as much - if not more - multi-companies look for an apartment for their…

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