Dublin Housing Market Remains Strong, Prices Begin to Stabilize

The Dublin housing market is beginning to stabilize after experiencing a period of rapidly rising prices. Residential property prices in Dublin rose in some places from 50% to 100% or more since the 2012 housing bust through 2015, but then moderated when changes were made to Central Bank rules. Over the past few years through 2018, Dublin housing market prices have been rising even higher. Through the second quarter of 2018, residential prices in Dublin rose year-on-year by 6.2%.

Overall, housing in Ireland continues to face strong demand and weak supply. New construction in Dublin generally focuses on new homes in the form of housing estates. Most demand is for apartments located in the city, indicating a mismatch between supply and demand. However, the new home construction in the Dublin housing market has helped prices stabilize.

According to Daft.ie’s Irish Price Report for Q3 2018:

Most Expensive Housing Markets in Ireland

  • South County Dublin
  • South Dublin City
  • North Dublin City
  • Wicklow (located south of Dublin on the east coast of Ireland)

Ireland’s Strong Economic Growth Drives Dublin Housing Market

As the Ireland economy continues expanding with growth forecasts in some cases doubled, the Dublin housing market will experience continually higher demand. New construction adding to the supply will help keep price increases from overheating too rapidly.

There are concerns that the Ireland economy is growing too fast. Growth estimates of over 9% in the first half of 2018 may be high due to multinational currency transfers. However, the underlying economic momentum appears to be two and a half times the European Union average.

What should employers expect?

Employers should expect that the Dublin housing market will continue to experience price increases. Both residential home prices and rents are expected to continue rising. Conversely, employers looking to relocate employees from the Dublin market may experience shorter timeframes for property sales.

What should employers do?

Employers should review their hiring plans and determine how to mitigate the impact of the Dublin housing market price increases. Employers should examine their relocation policies to determine if they would benefit from enhancements that assist transferees looking to relocate into Dublin.


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