Published: 16 October 2014

Number of first-time homebuyers 21,000 in 2013

According to Statistics Finland, the household-dwelling population included 20,718 first-time buyers of dwellings in housing companies. The number of first-time homebuyers has fallen by 13,400 persons (39 per cent) compared with 2006. Here, a first-time homebuyer refers to a person who has bought a dwelling in a housing company and is exempt from the asset transfer tax as a first-time homebuyer. Those having bought their first home in a real estate property are not included in the statistics.

First-time buyers of dwellings in housing companies are centred on towns. Most first-time homebuyers were living in the ten biggest towns of Finland in the year of purchase. 18 per cent of first-time homebuyers were living in Helsinki.

First-time homebuyers by municipality of residence in 2006 to 2013, persons

First-time homebuyers by municipality of residence in 2006 to 2013, persons

In 2013, the average age of first-time buyers of a dwelling in a housing company was 28. Of first-time homebuyers, 17,000 were lived in the purchased dwelling at the end of the year. These persons were divided into 13,400 household-dwelling units, 5,200 of which were one-person household-dwelling units.

Persons aged 18 to 39 who do not already own a dwelling and who buy the dwelling for their own use are exempt from the asset transfer tax. First-time homebuyers have to move in within six months from the time of purchase, for which reason all first-time homebuyers are not living in the dwelling they own in the statistical reference period. Those registered as permanently resident at institutions, dormitories and abroad, as well as homeless people do not belong to the household-dwelling population. Helsinki region includes four towns: Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa.


Source: Dwellings and Housing Conditions, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Topias Pyykkönen 029 551 2628, Marja Hermiö 029 551 3211, Arja Tiihonen 029 551 3272, asuminen@stat.fi

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 16.10.2014

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Dwellings and housing conditions [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-6761. Overview 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.10.2021].
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