Property prices in Laois were unchanged during the final quarter of 2020, according to the latest MyHome.ie Property Report in association with Davy.
The report for Q4 2020 shows that the median asking price for a property in the county has stayed steady at €180,000. Prices are also unchanged compared with this time last year.
The price of a 3-bed semi-detached house in the county dropped marginally by €275 over the quarter to €169,725. This represents an increase of €975 compared with this time last year.
Meanwhile, the asking price for a 4-bed semi-detached house in Laois rose by €11,500 over the quarter to €199,500. This means prices in the segment were up €4,500 compared with this time last year.
The number of properties for sale in Laois on MyHome.ie fell by 12% in the last quarter and was down 37% on this time last year.
The average time for a property to go sale agreed in the county after being placed up for sale now stands at just over four months.
The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at Davy, said that house price increases were now likely in 2021. “This quarter’s MyHome report points to an acceleration in annual asking price inflation to 6%, the fastest pace in almost three years. This pressure has not yet turned up in transaction prices, although the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Residential Property Price Index (RPPI) rose by 0.5% in October, the sharpest monthly increase in over one year. It is probably only a matter of time before the official measure of house price inflation accelerates.
“As we head into 2021, homebuyers have saved additional funds to purchase homes, with sentiment helped by the likely recovery in the economy as vaccines are disbursed. Given that homebuilding will remain impaired, with banks seeking lending opportunities, too much cash is chasing too few homes – which can only push prices higher.”
Angela Keegan, Managing Director of MyHome.ie, said: “The property market mirrors the overall economy, and we are in a much better place now than we may have expected to be earlier in the year when the virus emerged. Government Covid-19 supports, increased mortgage lending, and the concentration of job losses among mostly lower-paid workers have ensured the property market has remained buoyant, while the ongoing issue of supply has exacerbated demand leading to a rise in house price inflation.”