Thursday, 23 April 2015

The price of an average three bedroom semi detached house in Limerick has risen by 16.67% in the past year

The price of an average three bedroom semi detached house in Limerick has risen by 16.67% in the past year, but the market has remained flat in the first three months of 2015 with suitable supply the major issue, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.

The Real Estate Alliance Average house index concentrates on Ireland's typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving a picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide.

It now takes four weeks to sell the average house in Limerick, down from eight weeks in September 2014, with the average price now €140,000.
“While we have experienced more viewings and enquiries in the marketplace from December 2014 to March 2015, the lack of supply has diminished our ability to increase sales levels,” said Michael O’Connor from REA O’Connor Murphy in Limerick city.

“However, within the last two weeks we have seen a dramatic change in this and expect an increase in prices in the region of 10% for the coming quarter. In general, there is a drastic improvement in the market and we are positive for the remainder of 2015.”

The average semi detached house nationally, including Dublin, now costs €187,153 the latest REA survey has found – a rise of 16.23% over the past 12 months.

However, the average house has risen by just 1.32%, or €7,005, across the country over the December 2014 figure of €184,713 – and the lack of a supply of suitable housing is a feature of the market across the country.

“There is an acute lack of supply of three-bedroom family homes because it is still not financially viable in many areas for builders to construct homes and make a profit,” said REA Chief Executive Philip Farrell.

“In country and commuter areas where the average value is below €200,000, supply of new homes will remain reduced even if lands become available due to profitability issues for developers who need houses to sell for above that mark.

“This is caused by the current high cost of construction which is exacerbated by the significant taxes which are payable on a new home (28% of the cost) and the recently increased building regulations.“

And while Dublin led the way in the market recovery last year, prices have fallen by -0.28% in Dublin city and county in the opening quarter, where the average semi-d now stands at €352,500.

In a complete shift in the market, the biggest increases over the last year have come from what is termed Tier Three – the country areas, outside of the pale and the major cities, which have gone up by 17.28%, ahead of Dublin city’s 17.18%, and 14.82% when Dublin city and county are combined.

Over the past six months, property price rise rates in the rest of the country (5.1%) have more than trebled that of the capital (1.55%).

In the opening quarter this year, there have been significant increases in Carlow (7.50%) Kilkenny City (7.41%), Waterford City (5%) and Wexford (8%), while the rise in sterling has seen a jump in property prices in Bundoran in Donegal of 7.69%.


Available for interview:
Michael O’Connor, REA O’Connor Murphy, 087 2597034

Philip Farrell, CEO Real Estate Alliance
086 250 3515 /

For further information on exhibition contact:
Eimer O’Keefe, Real Estate Alliance
086 8249040 /

Media information:
Darren Hughes, MediaConsult 086 2937037 /