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PLANNING BY THE NUMBERS

43,077 -- Number of homes in housing estates and apartment complexes granted permission in 2009 and 2010. 20,600 -- Units completed in the same period. 60,000 -- Number of homes for sale today. 33,226 -- New units completed or nearly completed but unsold in ghost estates. 9,854 -- Homes at early stages of construction. 58,025 -- Number of units for which permission is already in place, but where work has not commenced. 1,958 -- First time buyers who purchased a new home in 2009. €329m -- Amount paid in stamp duty in 2009, down from €1bn the previous year. €220,000 -- Average price of a new house today. €365,000 -- Average price in 2007, the height of the boom.

(Sources -- Central Statistics Office, Department of the Environment, daft.ie)

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