Sunday 26 October 2014

Property market slide 'arrested'

Published 29/08/2013 | 16:17

The value of property transactions are at a three year high

The number of properties sold in Dublin soared by 13% in the first half of the year, research showed.

A study found 3,671 homes and apartments were snapped up in the capital by the end of July, compared to 3,252 in the same period last year and 2,409 in 2011.

The value of transactions was also at a three year high with almost 1.2 billion euro raised from sales, up a quarter from 965 million a year earlier.

MyHome.ie revealed while the number of transactions rose in 18 areas across the city and county, they fell in some of the most popular places to buy because of lack of supply.

Dublin 14 - which covers from Churchtown, Rathgar and Rathfarnham - boasted the highest number of sales at 224, but was down 5% on last year.

Elsewhere 207 properties changed hands in west Dublin, a 20% drop from last year, and Dublin 16 had suffered a 2% fall despite 217 sales confirmed.

Angela Keegan, managing director, said the main reason behind the fall in certain areas was a lack of suitable stock.

"These figures reflect the shortage of family homes coming to the market," she said.

"Many people are holding onto their tracker mortgages rather than upsizing but it's clear we need to see more new developments coming on stream in the greater Dublin area."

The property website analysed official figures from the property price register, which last week revealed the cost of a home in Dublin jumped by 8% over the last year. The Central Statistics Office said the figure caused national prices to go up 2.3% despite a drop in sale prices outside the capital.

The figures showed more than two thirds of the 23 postcode areas and Dublin county had a record number of transactions for the first half the year since 2010.

However it is believed the housing market in the first few months of 2013 may have been affected by buyers availing of mortgage interest relief which ended at the end of 2012.

More recent data showed there have been 4,743 transactions in Dublin up to August, compared to a total of 8,984 for all of 2012.

Ms Keegan said the figures were encouraging after six years of falling prices.

"That trend could not continue and the fact it has been arrested in Dublin and prices are beginning to stabilise or rise in most areas is a positive development for the property market in the capital," she added.

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