The price of an average three bedroom semi detached house in Kerry has risen by 8.77% to €155,000 in the past year, with a 2.7% increase in Killarney in the first three months of 2015, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.
The average house in Killarney is now costing €190,000, up €5,000 since the turn of the year while prices in Tralee have remained flat in the first quarter of 2015 at €120,000, showing an overall increase of 9.09% in the past six months.
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 ten weeks to sell the average house in Tralee, compared to 16 weeks in September 2014, while it takes six weeks to sell a house in Killarney.
“There is a lack of supply in the Killarney town area at present and with no new construction projects commencing, it follows that prices and rents will increase over the next 12 months,” said Donal Culloty of REA Coyne & Culloty, Killarney.
“The market is improving at present, with greater interest in property from all segments of the market. We see the market continuing to improve during 2015 with more bank lending adding to the numbers of cash purchasers currently looking for property,” said Eddie Barrett from REA North’s in Tralee.
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:
Eddie Barrett, REA North’s Tralee, 086 2568265
Donal Culloty, REA Coyne & Culloty Killarney, 087 2354790
Philip Farrell, CEO Real Estate Alliance
086 250 3515 / email@example.com
For further information on exhibition contact:
Eimer O’Keefe, Real Estate Alliance
086 8249040 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Darren Hughes, MediaConsult 086 2937037 / email@example.com