Affordable Housing Scheme Needed For First Time Buyers
The effects of the Central Bank Lending Rules are now clearly showing in Ireland’s property prices. Since the measures were tightened in January, inflation in the residential market has stabilised significantly, giving way to more sustainable property prices. In figures released today by DNG, Q3 2018 saw house second hand price inflation in Dublin of just 0.4% compared with a 2.1% increase for the same period in 2017.
Research by DNG, the leading seller of residential property in the Dublin area, suggests that homebuyers in Dublin are also benefitting from the stabilisation of the market. Mortgage exceptions have essentially run out in the capital, leading to price inflation in the residential market stabilising significantly and giving way to more sustainable property prices. Inflation rates across Dublin averaged just over 0.4 of one percent in the last quarter and the latest results from the DNG House Price Gauge show that second hand house prices in the capital have risen by 4.6% over the last twelve months.
However, DNG’s Head of Research Paul Murgatroyd strikes a note of caution, highlighting that prices of entry level homes in the capital are continuing to rise at a higher than average rate, having increased by 8% in the year to September.
Commenting on the results, Paul Murgatroyd said “The latest results confirm that the trend of stabilising house prices in the capital is continuing as this year progresses. The Central Bank’s macroprudential lending rules, combined with the increased supply of new residential dwellings across the capital, has served to limit house price inflation in the Dublin resale market.”
He continued “As a result, price inflation in the market has moderated, with prices having increased by 4.7% in the last twelve months, compared to a rate of 11% for the year to September 2017, and this more sustainable rate of growth is to be very much welcomed.”
It is worth noting that, on average, residential prices in Dublin have now risen by 88% from their low point in 2012 but still remain 37% below their previous peak in 2006. The DNG research confirms that increased levels of residential construction in Dublin along with the Central Bank rules are helping to control inflation in the capital.
Chief Executive of DNG Keith Lowe welcomed the Q3 findings saying: “These figures are good news for buyers and sellers as Ireland’s property market stabilises. The focus for government and policy makers now needs to be on ensuring sustainable flows of mortgage finance to allow buyers to enter the home ownership market.” Lowe continued “Our findings on the cost of entry level homes sector also indicates that Budget 2019 is the right time for Government to introduce a new Affordable Housing Scheme. Taking an equity stake in the property allows Government to easily improve affordability for hard-pressed first-time buyers, many of whom are currently caught in the rent trap.”