The price of an average three bedroom semi-detached house in Waterford city has risen 5% in the first three months of 2015 to €152,750, with an overall increase of 10.33% in the past six months, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.
By comparison, prices for three bed semis in Dungarvan have stabilised throughout the past six months at an average of €135,000.
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 eight weeks to sell the average house in Dungarvan, compared to ten weeks in September2014, while it takes just four weeks to sell a house in Waterford city.
“The market in the last quarter of 2014 was very buoyant due to the Capital Gains Tax incentive expiring and the new rules with regard to mortgage lending,” said Des O’Shea of REA O’Shea O’Toole in Waterford.
“There is a scarcity of suitable three-bed semis and competitive bidding is now the norm.”
“In the more saleable areas stock is the biggest issue and correctly priced properties are getting a good number of viewings,” said Eamonn Spratt of REA Spratt in Dungarvan.
“It is becoming more noticeable that overpriced properties are not receiving any interest.”
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:
Des O’Shea, REA O’Shea O’Toole, Waterford, 087 2599976
Eamonn Spratt, REA Spratt, Dungarvan, 086 2531277
Philip Farrell, CEO Real Estate Alliance
086 250 3515 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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Eimer O’Keefe, Real Estate Alliance
086 8249040 / email@example.com
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