Thursday 23 April 2015

The price of an average three bedroom semi detached house in Kildare has risen by 13.53% in the past year to €241,250

The price of an average three bedroom semi detached house in Kildare has risen by 13.53% in the past year to €241,250, with a slight 1% increase in the first three months of 2015, 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.

Prices in Newbridge have jumped 2.63% to €290,000 in the first three months, Naas has increased by 2.22% to €230,000 while prices in Maynooth and Celbridge, which experienced growth for much of last year, remain at €270,000 in Q1.

It now takes eight weeks to sell the average house in Naas and Newbridge, compared to 12 weeks in September 2014, while the time taken to sell a house in Maynooth and Celbridge has increased from four weeks to 11 weeks in the last six months.
“Second-hand residential properties will continue to rise until builders start making some profile,” said Brian Farrell, REA Brophy Farrell in Naas and Newbridge.

“In Naas, it is now making financial sense for developers to build new houses and there are three new developments planned for 2015. Proximity to Dublin and the opening of the Kerry Group development are driving demand.”

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:
Brian Farrell, REA Brophy Farrell, Naas and Newbridge, 086 2558125
Will Coonan, REA Coonan, Celbridge and Maynooth, 086 8134388

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 /