Nicaragua: More Backing for Housing Construction

The Ortega administration intends to build 119,000 homes within 5 years, 70 thousand of which will be built by the state and the rest by private companies.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The recent increase from $20 thousand to $23 thousand in the ceiling of the price of social housing constitutes an incentive for the private construction sector, since it is expected that better conditions for access to financing will encourage an increase in demand. In this context, the government has announced plans to increase the housing supply in the country by 119,000 units.  

".. According to figures presented at the International Congress of Social Housing last October, in the first half of this administration (2007-2011), in conjunction with private enterprise, the construction of 38.708 homes was promoted. After that, in the second period (2012 and 2016), the construction of houses was 60.938, making a total of 99.646 houses in the ten years that Daniel Ortega has been in office."

In order to realize this plan an average of 24 thousand homes will have to be built every year. The figures indicate that in recent years an average of 10 thousand units per year have been built.

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