In 2022, the year in which the reactivation gained strength, more Colombian households finished paying for their homes and others started payments to fulfill their dream of having their own home.

Likewise, more and more people left family houses to start living in a rented place.

(See: Why the square meter in Medellín is so expensive).

According to the most recent report from the National Administrative Department of Statistics (Dane) on Quality of Life for the year 2022, it is evident that, although the households that lived in their own paid housing are not the same amount as in 2019 (it was 41 .6% the percentage of families) there is a slight increase compared to the year 2021, in which the percentage was 34.7%, since by 2022 the figure stood at 35%.

(See: This is how you can avoid falling for real estate investment scams).

The opposite occurs in the municipal capitals and large cities, since by 2021 33.4% of Colombians lived in their own home, but by 2022 the figure fell 0.2 percentage points. besides, This figure continues to be very low compared to 2019, the year in which it was 39.1%.

The gap a year after the pre-pandemic increases in the case of households living in rural areas, because although for this year 49.6% lived in their own home, by 2022, only 40.8% did. However, these areas of the country marked the dynamics compared to 2022, since the increase was 1.7 percentage points compared to 2021.

(See: How many Colombians have their own home in 2023).

On the other hand, the national total shows a slight slowdown in families that are paying for their home. In 2021, 4.7% of households in Colombia were in this process, while by 2022 the figure fell 0.6 points to 4.1%, the lowest in four years.

This dynamic is evident above all in the municipal capitals. In the pandemic, the figure was 5.8%, the highest since 2019, and by 2022 it stood at 4.9%. In what has to do with households that live in rent, the percentage went from 38.6% in 2021 to 40.2% in 2022, which represents an increase of 1.6 points.

Likewise, there was a notable change in habits, since households that lived in spaces with the owner’s permission, but without any payment, fell from 15.4% to 13.9%. In municipal capitals, the trend of living for rent also grew 1.7 points compared to 2021, going from 45.9% to 47.6%.

(See: Quality of life of Colombians: how much has changed during 2022?).

This trend is much more marked than in 2019, in which it was 43.3% of Colombian households.

Journalist Portfolio