05 Jul 2022

House prices 'rocket' in Ireland with Laois spiking above the average cost - house prices

Building site on the Borris Road in Portlaoise during 2020.

House prices in Laois have fully recovered from the worst days of the property crash with the average cost of buying a new home in the county rising at a faster greater rate than the national increase in the past year, according to the new report.

The findings are contained in the House Price Report Q2 2021 which shows that housing prices are now 13% higher than a year ago around the country. The average price nationwide in the second quarter of 2021 was €284,313.

The average cost of buying a house in Laois rose by 17.5% in the past 12 months to €208,748. The average quarter-on-quarter change is 1.7%. The increase from the trough of the market is now 101.3%. breaks down the figures for all counties. MORE DETAILS BELOW LINK.

A one-bed apartment Laois costs €80,000 up 8.4% on last year while a two-bed terraced house will set you back €109,000 an increase of 21.7%.

It says the average cost of a three-bed semi-detached home in Laois has risen by 20.1% in the last year to €153,000. A four-bed Laois bungalow has gone up 20.4% to €303,000.  The cost of buying a five-bed detached home has risen by 19.4% to €310,000.

While there was an 88% increase in new home transactions in Laois in the past year, the total number of sales of new homes was just 92 in a year. MORE BELOW GRAPHIC. says there continues to be a split between trends in Dublin and trends elsewhere. In Dublin, prices rose by 8.4% in the year to June 2021, the fastest rate of inflation since early 2018, but price increases outside the capital have been roughly twice as large.

The report says that Cork, Limerick and Waterford cities, listed prices were between 14.3% and 15.5% higher in the second quarter of 2021 than a year previously, while in Galway city, prices rose 12.6% in the same period. Outside the main cities, prices rose by an average of 16.5% year-on-year, with Wexford and Waterford county seeing the largest increases, at just over 21%. 

Housing prices are now 13% higher than a year ago, according to the latest Sales Report/

The annual rate of inflation is at its highest since early 2015. Housing prices are now 13% higher than a year ago.

The total number of properties available to buy on June 1st was just above 12,300, up slightly from 11,900 recorded in March but one of the lowest figures recorded since the rise of advertising properties for sale online.

Despite an uptick in listings, the total availability of homes for sale nationwide on June 1st was one-third lower than the same date a year earlier and just half the amount for sale in June 2019. says the stock available for sale in Dublin has fallen by less than the national average, while stock for sale in Leinster (outside the capital) is down by nearly one half.

Commenting on the report, its author Ronan Lyons, economist at Trinity College Dublin, said: “Very weak supply continues to plague Ireland’s housing market. Unlike much of the last decade, when urban centres drove house price inflation, the Covid-19 housing market has seen the opposite trend. Inflation is less severe in Dublin than elsewhere and, outside Dublin, less severe in the other cities than the rest of the country.

“While the volume of second-hand homes listed for sale has improved somewhat in the second quarter compared to the first three months of the year, it remains very weak compared to the pre-pandemic housing market. An easing of lockdown restrictions in the second half of 2021 will help bring second-hand homes back on to the market. But it highlights once again just how important supply is in determining housing prices, given strong demand. It also serves as a reminder to policymakers that, when the pandemic subsides, construction of new homes at a far greater scale than in recent years is needed to ensure housing becomes more affordable,” he said.

Average list price and year-on-year change – major cities, 2021Q2
Dublin City: €402,028 – up 8.4%
Cork City: €303,491 – up 14.3%
Galway City: €313,360 – up 12.6%
Limerick City: €224,587 – up 15.5%
Waterford City: €199,562 – up 14.8%

The full report is available from HERE .

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.