How Many Homes Are Being Built in Guatemala?

In the country's metropolitan area, nearly 16,000 homes are being built, most of which are apartments and will be available in the coming months.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The good numbers for the construction sector in the country will continue in the coming months, since currently 112 real estate projects are being developed in the department of Guatemala, which will increase the housing supply in the next three years.

See "Residential Construction: Figures in the Region"

Regarding the causes of the increase in demand, Leonel Marroquin Navarro, assistant manager of projects and housing at the Institute for the Promotion of Insured Mortgages (FHA), explained to that "... the family nuclei are demanding housing in the metropolitan area as a result of the traffic factor and the preference is for central areas. Now that there is more vertical property, people are buying again because traffic is a factor."

Fernando Estrada Dominguez, director of the Statistics Commission of the Guatemalan Chamber of Construction (CGC), said that "... last year there was a recovery in mortgage bonds with respect to 2018 and it is a positive sign for the industry, which at the same time activates other activities in the economy and above all employment."

Also see "Construction: Millionaire Investments in the Region"

Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18 and 21 of Guatemala City are where most projects are located, however, in zones 3 and 8, considerable investments are also made.

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