Property prices in Laois have risen by €20,000 in the past year, according to the latest MyHome.ie Property Report in association with Davy.
The report for Q1 2019 shows that the median asking price for a property in the county now stands at €185,000. This was up 3.8% from €180,000 at the end of last year and by 12% on this time last year when prices stood at €165,000. This leaves house prices in the county at their highest level since Q4 2011 when they stood at €190,000.
The rise in prices was reflected in the asking price for a 3-bed semi-detached house in the county, which were up 1.5% in the quarter from €167,000 to €169,500. This contributed to an annual increase of 13% with prices for this house type now €19,500 ahead of where they were 12 months ago at €150,000.
The asking price for a 4-bed semi-detached house in Kilkenny was up 2.6% both in the quarter and year-on-year, rising from €195,000 to €200,000. The number of properties for sale in Laois on MyHome.ie was down 4.9% in the last quarter but was up 20.6% on this time last year.
The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at Davy, said the slowdown in price inflation, which was concentrated in Dublin, was largely due to the Central Bank’s lending rules and unrealistic price expectations rather than uncertainties caused by Brexit.
“At the beginning of 2018, the median loan-to-income (LTI) ratio among first-time buyers in the capital was already 3.5 times income and therefore close to the regulatory threshold. The tightening of the Central Bank of Ireland mortgage lending rules – and the resulting slowdown in price inflation - was always going to be felt first in the capital.
“It also appears that price expectations in early 2018 were unrealistic and a period of adjustment has taken place as a result.
“Interestingly our analysis shows that the slowdown has been concentrated in the most expensive property types and areas.
“Whatever about the possibility that Brexit uncertainties have held back prices, there are few signs yet that Brexit is holding back transactional activity.
“Residential transactions grew by 4% in 2018 to 57,000 and we believe volumes in January and February were also up 4% on the same period last year” he said.
The Managing Director of MyHome.ie Angela Keegan said the fact that we are seeing more transactions, more properties on the market and lower price increases were all positives for prospective buyers.
“There were 21,250 properties listed for sale on MyHome in March, up 13% on last year. With 18,100 units completed in 2018, it is clear that new construction is also starting to add to supply.
“There are currently 509 new housing developments listed on MyHome. While this is still short of meeting natural demand, the graph is definitely going in the right direction” she said. According to the report the average time to sale agreed nationally has risen to 4.8 months and to 3.9 months in Dublin.”