Real estate investment in Hungary
Hungary doesn’t limit sales of properties and land to foreigners, except for agricultural land and architectural monuments.
Statistics confirm the liquidity of investments: residential real estate prices grow by an average of 3.4% every quarter. Five years ago, an apartment of 100 m² cost an average of €111,000, and today it is sold for €206,000.
of housing in Hungary
increase per quarter
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How the residential property price index is growing in Hungary
Cost of a 3-bedroom apartment in Hungary
Apartment in the centre of Budapest with a view of the Danube or the historical centre
Apartment in the centre
Apartment outside the centre of Budapest
What do investors buy?
Real estate in the capital Budapest is in high demand.
in historical buildings
- houses and villas
- city mansions
- and townhouses
Hungary residence permit or citizenship by real estate investment
Obtaining a Hungary residence permit or citizenship is not connected with purchasing real estate or investing.
Until 2017, Hungary had a permanent residence program for real estate investors. Program participants could obtain citizenship after five years of maintaining permanent residency. The program is not operating now.
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Taxes and associated costs
The annual property tax depends on the municipality. The maximum tax rates depend on a particular municipality’s taxation system: €3.6 per 1 m² annually or 3.6% of the market property value.
If the owner rents out the property, they pay a 15% tax on the rental income.
maintenance of an apartment
Electricity, gas, water, heating, and garbage collection
Internet, TV and telephone
Real estate sellers pay a capital gains tax of 15% on the difference between the sale and purchase prices.
When selling through an agency, a realtor’s commission ranges between 4% and 6.5%. It is not necessary to involve an agent.
of real estate
Capital gains tax
Paid on the difference between the purchase and sale prices
If sold through an agency
Frequently asked questions
The sale of real estate and land to foreigners in Hungary is not limited, except for agricultural land and historic buildings.
The average price per 1 m² of housing in Hungary is €2,062. A 3-bedroom apartment in the centre of Budapest costs approximately €500,000.
Yes. The sale of real estate and land to foreigners in Hungary is not limited, except for agricultural land and historic buildings.
In Hungary, foreigners do not receive a residence permit by real estate investment. But they are entitled to receive visa benefits. For example, a visa that allows multiple entries into Hungary.
The entire process, from selecting a property to signing the agreement, takes 1—2 months.