Latest property price barometer indicates sentiment changing - IPAV

The latest Residential Property Price Barometer from IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers, covering the first half of 2022 shows an overall price increase of 6.36 percent on the previous six months.

IPAV’s Barometer records prices actually achieved by auctioneers rather than asking prices, for three and four-bedroom semi-detached homes and two-bedroom apartments.

Pat Davitt, IPAV Chief Executive, said however, that there was a noticeable change in the level of increases in the latter two months.

“In the first four months the overall increase would have been of the order of 10 percent but changes during May and June brought the six months figure to 6.36 percent.

“In the latter two months the practice of increasing reserves - where the price expectations of neighbourhood sellers tend to escalate when a property achieves a particular level - had almost disappeared,” Mr Davitt stated.

He said in the period ahead the level of price increases is likely to slow further.

“In the next six months we would expect prices to taper to about the two percent mark with some of the more expensive areas experiencing no increases at all,” Mr Davitt added.

A correction took place in Dublin 4 house prices between 2017 and 2022 that has taken five years for prices to achieve the same level again, he said.

Mr Davitt said increasing interest rates “are bound to dampen sentiment, especially with the hike of 1.25 percent already and further to come.”

He said it was disappointing to see last week’s CSO data showing the residential sector reduced its volume of output by 2.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis between Quarter 1 2022 and Quarter 2 2022.

“If we can get to a stage where output grows closer to demand that would be a very desirable situation and it would create stability,” he said.


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