House prices in County Limerick are up 11.4% in a year

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

The report compared and contrasted the final three months of 2018 with 2017

The report compared and contrasted the final three months of 2018 with 2017

HOUSE prices in County Limerick are catching up with the city.

In Limerick city, the cost of a home in the final quarter of 2018 was almost 10% higher than a year previously. In the county they were up 11.4%. Only Laois had a larger increase.

The report compared and contrasted the final three months of 2018 with 2017. In the breakdown of major cities the average price of a house in Dublin was €370,472 with a rise of 2.9%. In Cork city it is €275,703; up 5.8%. Galway saw an increase of 6.3% with a house setting you back €290,528. A home in Waterford city changed hands for €174,879 – up 8.6%. In Limerick city, the average price is €194,214 which equates to a jump of 9.8% – the biggest increase in all the cities. The average house price in the city is now 63% above its lowest point.

In County Limerick, the average house price is now €189,218, 44% up on its lowest point. The number of properties available to buy on the market nationwide rose by 10% during 2018. There were over 23,500 properties for sale in December 2018, compared to 21,200 a year earlier. This is the first year-end increase in availability in a decade. Whereas earlier in the year the increase was being driven entirely by Dublin better availability has now spread to other parts of the country, including other cities, and the rest of Leinster and Munster.

Commenting on the figures, Ronan Lyons, economist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the Report, said: “During the 2000s bubble and crash, the laws of supply and demand were secondary in the housing market to credit market shocks. Not least because of the Central Bank’s mortgage rules, the market this decade has returned to the more fundamental drivers of supply and demand.” 

Since 2013, demand has been strong but supply weak, said Mr Lyons. 

“The increase in homes being built – especially estate houses – in the last 18 months, though, has helped cool down inflation, in particular in the greater Dublin area, where construction activity is focused. The hope for the housing system is that the building of new homes continues to increase, and to spread to other urban areas,” he said. Looking to the future, what does the market have in store?

“2018 was the year that sales and rental segments detached. For roughly five years, there had been a common trend of acute supply shortages that characterised both segments.

That has given way in the sales market to one of steadily improving supply, relieving the upward pressure on prices.