Irish residential property prices could increase by 5% in 2024, report says

Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers chief notes that with population increasing, there have been suggestions the Government’s targets for new-builds should be increased substantially

Average residential property prices could increase by a further 5 per cent in 2024 despite the increased number of new-builds last year, with demand still comfortably outstripping supply, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers has said.

In its latest six-monthly report in prices across the country, Ipav says the average cost of homes in the latter half of last year was €335,520, up 2.99 per cent on the first half of the year.

The report focuses on three and four-bedroom semidetached houses as well as two-bedroom apartments.

There were considerable variations across both the three different property types and 41 geographical areas surveyed.


Dublin topped the various lists, with prices highest in Dublin 4. In the two-bedroom sector, a property there cost almost twice on average what it did in Dublin 24, at €485,000 compared to €248,334.

Across all property types, Longford was the least expensive location, with the cost of homes averaging €165,000 compared to €917,500 in Dublin 4.

Prices in many areas of the capital increased by less than the national average, about 1 per cent, due to already high costs and some improvements in supply factors.

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The authors say some of the strongest growth seen, meanwhile, was in areas with lower prices. The average price paid for a three-bedroom semidetached house in Mayo, for instance, was up 7.3 per cent to €220,000, with Donegal the next highest, at 5.6 per cent, to €181,250.

Overall, just two areas experienced any price falls – Dublin 6 and Wicklow – both in the four-bedroom semidetached category. The decreases, however, were small, at 0.23 per cent and 0.09 per cent respectively.

Ipav chief executive Pat Davitt said “prices remain resilient and, given the paucity of supply, it’s not unreasonable to think that, barring a geopolitical crisis or unforeseen catastrophe, we could see rises of the order of 5 per cent this year”.

He noted that with the population increasing, there have been suggestions that the Government’s targets for new-builds need to be increased substantially.

He accused policymakers of allowing “political correctness” to hinder progress on the issue, arguing that they are “afraid to be seen to assist small builders/developers, and indeed private landlords, with any form of equity with commercial landlords”.

“That needs to change. We need a combination of co-ordinated measures to fix the market,” he said, suggesting a range of measures including changes to planning, reviews of Rent Pressure Zone rules “where they are incapacitating the market”, and support for SME builders in the form of low-cost finance.

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Emmet Malone

Emmet Malone

Emmet Malone is Work Correspondent at The Irish Times