REVEALED: Number of Carlow residential buildings under construction and property transactions

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REVEALED: Number of Carlow residential buildings under construction and property transactions

155 dwellings added to Carlow residential building stock in 12 months to June 2020

The number of new residential address points added to the GeoDirectory database in Carlow in the 12 months to June 2020 was 155, according to the latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report released by GeoDirectory and EY-DKM. 

Nationally, the number of new address points fell by 32.9% year-on-year in the 12 months to June 2020, the first indication of the impact that Covid-19 has had on residential housing supply in Ireland. In total, 16,617 new address points were recorded, with over half (50.5%) located in the Greater Dublin Area, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

Dublin continues to be the driving force in terms of residential housing supply, with 30.2% of all new address points found in the capital. This was significantly higher than the total percentage of additions in Munster (21.4%), Connacht (10.7%) and Ulster (4.1%).

Leitrim (46), Roscommon (116) and Longford (123) were the counties with the fewest new additions to the database.

Construction activity

120 residential buildings were under construction in Carlow in June 2020.

13,661 residential buildings were listed as under construction in Ireland in June 2020, a 3.2% drop compared to the previous year when 14,107 buildings were under construction.

Dublin recorded the highest proportion of residential construction activity in the country at 20.5%. However, activity is down 9.6 percentage points (ppts) on June 2019 levels.

Residential construction work was particularly weak in the Midlands and North-West of the country, with the lowest levels recorded in Leitrim (0.1% of national total), Longford (0.6%), Offaly (0.7%) and Sligo (0.7%).

Residential property transactions

There were 427 residential property transactions in Carlow in the 12 months to May 2020, of which 11.9% were new builds.

In Ireland, there were 41,363 residential property transactions in total over the same time period, of which 18.8% were new dwellings. In terms of transactions, this represents a drop of 7.6% on the corresponding figure in 2019. A reduction in property transactions was recorded in 24 out of 26 counties in the State.

13,008 residential property transactions took place in Dublin, which was 1,633 fewer than the previous year. The lowest volume of transactions took place in Monaghan (268), Leitrim (307) and Longford (325).

In Carlow, the average house price was €178,689.

Nationally, the average house price increased by €3,643 (1.2%) to €296,758 in the 12 months to May 2020. When Dublin is excluded, the national average house price stands at €230,492. 

Only three counties recorded average residential property prices above the State average. These were Dublin (€441,205), Wicklow (€369,057) and Kildare (€314,046). The lowest average house prices were recorded in the rural counties of Leitrim (€118,241), Longford (€128,615) and Roscommon (€130,860).

Vacancy rates

The average vacancy rate in Carlow was 3.4%, lower than the national average of 4.5%. Vacancy rates declined in 25 out of 26 counties in the State, with Dublin posting a slight increase of 0.1ppt. However, Dublin remains the county with the lowest residential vacancy rate in the country at 1.3%, followed by Kildare (2.0%) and Wicklow (2.9%).

In contrast to the low vacancy rates of the Greater Dublin Area, there is a different picture in the west of the country, with the three highest vacancy rates all found in Connacht. Despite recording a 0.6ppt drop, Leitrim has the highest vacancy rate in the country at 14.6%, followed by Roscommon (12.6%) and Mayo (12.5%).