After a subdued begin because of the pandemic, the housing market took off with a bang in 2021, resulting in double-digit worth progress. A mixture of hovering demand, restricted provide, traditionally low rates of interest – and an elevated give attention to life-style, due to the transfer to distant working – turned up the temperature on property costs proper throughout the nation.
Nationally, costs rose by 12.4 per cent within the yr to September 2021, with costs up 11.5 per cent in Dublin, in line with the Central Statistics Workplace.
Nevertheless, a moderation in demand mixed with a rise in provide means home worth progress ought to begin to gradual over the approaching yr.
David Cantwell, director, Hooke & MacDonald
2021 was an especially energetic yr for residential gross sales. Gross sales of recent three- and four-bedroom homes in Co Kildare, Co Meath and Co Wicklow have been notably buoyant, with demand considerably exceeding provide in all areas.
The most important challenges for builders in responding to the demand for brand new properties are the rising value of labour, supplies and utilities, in addition to delays in attaining planning permission. That is attributable to an inefficient planning system, a surge in objectors and judicial critiques inflicting chaos for provide. The irony is that a number of the objectors are politicians who needs to be facilitating the availability of recent properties somewhat than impeding it.
Whereas most individuals don’t appear to need new housing beside them, the truth is that new constructing and elevated provide is the one long-term answer to our housing disaster so it’s the duty of everybody to take a extra welcoming method.
Residences have been in good demand however the non-viability of supply of recent residences has starved the market of residences on the market, besides in a small variety of high-end residences in Dublin 4 and south Co Dublin. The truth that greater than 50 per cent of the supply value of every new residence goes on non-construction objects comparable to VAT, planning prices and levies, water and different utility prices is stopping the availability of properties which are wanted to realize city densification.
The second-hand residential market had a busy yr with the center and higher ends being notably sturdy, with a number of aggressive bidding on most properties and information costs being typically exceeded. Costs are prone to reasonable considerably in 2022, with housing completions prone to attain 27,000. Vitality ranking will develop into extra essential to purchasers in figuring out what worth they need to pay.
Man Craigie, director of residential, Knight Frank
In 2021, our residential crew has witnessed an actual lack of mobility amongst movers – these seeking to downsize or commerce up who, like most, are unable to purchase a brand new residence with out promoting their very own and the difficult balancing act it entails.
Movers are getting into a fiercely aggressive market made up of chain-free, absolutely funded patrons to incorporate returning emigrants, first-time patrons and a re-emergence of buyers who will not be below the identical constraints as these needing to promote. It has created a bottleneck with higher-than-normal fall-through charges, as would-be movers resolve to postpone their residence gross sales till inventory ranges ease. By doing so, nonetheless, they’re inadvertently perpetuating the availability difficulty.
Our new properties crew has additionally skilled vital undersupply, with overwhelming demand for the reason that starting of 2021, as builders attempt to speed up timelines for the supply of properties delayed by lockdowns and the knock-on results of labour shortages, escalating development prices and now supply-chain points.
First-time purchaser demand is very excessive, notably in fashionable cities and commuter areas, the place we’re seeing will increase in extra of 15 per cent in some cases as extra persons are returning to their administrative center and plenty of are ready to be versatile on location. On the mid to higher finish of the market in Dublin, we’re seeing sturdy demand from downsizers, notably for the elevated variety of boutique residence developments in prime residential areas. There may be additionally demand from these seeking to commerce into a brand new A-rated residence as a substitute of refurbishing an older property.
We anticipate 2022 will see some improve in provide to the market, however with volumes nonetheless considerably beneath demand, and huge numbers of people that have been unable to safe a purchase order this yr competing with subsequent yr’s new patrons. All of this mixed will possible proceed to drive costs larger over the course of subsequent yr.
TJ Cronin, president of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Eire (SCSI)
2021 or “groundhog yr” as one potential purchaser not so fondly named it, has been an exacting one for everybody concerned within the property market.
Unsurprisingly, the dearth of provide of recent and second-hand properties stays the dominant difficulty and this may proceed to be the primary market driver going ahead. Through the yr, it wasn’t unusual when putting a property in the marketplace to obtain provides larger than the asking worth as a gap bid.
Given the demand/provide imbalance in each the gross sales and rental markets, I anticipate sale costs to rise subsequent yr by 5- 6 per cent, whereas rents will most likely improve by as much as 5 per cent, relying on location.
This yr we noticed a really clear twin-track market emerge within the residential market, with a really sturdy demand for brand new properties, notably first-time patrons. The requirements and effectivity of recent properties, their sustainability, coupled with the help of the Assist to Purchase scheme and extra engaging mortgage charges for “inexperienced properties”, have actually inspired many patrons to go the brand new residence route.
Second-hand homes in want of appreciable renovations seem like struggling considerably, by comparability, and are proving much less interesting to some patrons. The elevated prices of constructing supplies and the scarcity of builders and expert trades, is clearly having an impact right here.
The current institution of the Fee on Housing was a welcome improvement, as have been the formidable targets set out within the Authorities’s Housing for All plan. Reaching these targets and delivering the vary and scale of high-quality, inexpensive and sustainable housing that our residents require is the subsequent massive step. That’s our want for 2022 – and no extra groundhog after all.
Pat Davitt, chief govt, IPAV
The property worth market has proven resilience however that ought to hardly be shocking given demand, pent-up for the reason that monetary crash of 2007 to 2013, and the paltry stage of residence constructing since then. Provide averaged a mere 10,000 a yr over 9 years and grew to just about 21,000 final yr and a probable comparable quantity this yr. That is towards an estimated want of about 35,000 yearly for a number of years.
Given the shortage of provide, we’re prone to proceed to see will increase for the foreseeable future. My prediction for 2022 is that, topic to no rate of interest rise and solely minimal coverage modifications, we’re prone to see worth inflation of the order of 5-10 per cent.
There will not be sufficient properties out there for buy proper now. This shortage can also be having the impact of would-be sellers not placing their properties in the marketplace, lest they get caught on the shopping for facet in a rising market.
If there was an rate of interest hike of 1-2 per cent, many potential purchasers could possibly be priced out. Ought to the variety of purchasers decline, we could discover that we’re constructing sufficient properties.
The introduction of the Shared Fairness Dwelling Possession Scheme will assist the lower-paid, as sadly the Central Financial institution didn’t modify the mortgage measures to allow them safe mortgages in their very own proper. They may now be confronted with proudly owning – perhaps within the quick time period – lower than 100 per cent of their new residence. This may drive costs larger on the decrease finish in the marketplace.
We have to see the price of constructing properties diminished to make them extra inexpensive. There needs to be a discount within the VAT price on new housing from 13.5 per cent to five per cent for owner-occupiers.
Accompanying measures would must be launched to make sure the financial savings are handed on to the owner-occupier and never used to boost developer margins.
A sensible technique is required to result in 100,000 vacant properties and enterprise premises into the housing inventory, together with tax incentives. If 10 per cent, or 10,000 of those properties, got here again into the housing inventory it will ship the identical consequence as constructing 50 per cent extra new homes.
Stephen Day, director, Lisney
The yr 2021 shall be remembered because the patrons’ yr of frustration. This yr’s patrons discovered themselves within the good storm. There was a 10-year excessive in mortgage approvals, residual patrons from the 2020 market to compete with, and damaging rates of interest bringing buyers to the market to raised park their deposits. This swell of shopping for energy was met with low inventory ranges. Whereas we noticed elevated inventory from 2020 it was lower than the market required.
It could have been a sellers’ market, however sellers themselves have been involved with turning into patrons. There was a scarcity of bridging finance and actual issues over shedding worth by promoting an asset and renting whereas ready to purchase in a fast-growing market. The mixed impact noticed mid-market properties specifically profit from big progress as pissed off patrons fatigue-purchased.
Coastal properties alongside the Dart line, with Monkstown a standout, retain their recognition standing. The outside life-style has grown in significance in selecting a house – extra so than the standard distance from St Stephen’s Inexperienced. Promoting off-market stays exceptionally fashionable, notably north of the €2 million mark and we proceed to see money patrons returning residence from overseas seeking to safe one in every of these properties.
The residence market has not seen the current progress of the housing market, however nonetheless trades properly. There was a interval on the finish of final yr when extra properties have been out there to lease than purchase – however 2021 has seen this distinctive place corrected.
The proposed Invoice earlier than the Oireachtas requiring sellers to have ready a authorized pack previous to advertising is welcome, and can deliver transparency to the method. It is going to additionally encourage confidence in buying and selling notably when buying and selling in a series.
Public sentiment is combined. Many hope to see costs cut back as they uncomfortably watch within the wings as progress continues. As buying energy continues to rise and sellers stay considerably reticent to promote with out certainty and someplace to go, 2022 will see additional progress however not the bounce 2021 introduced.
Marian Finnegan, managing director, Sherry FitzGerald
After a tumultuous 2020, this yr was in some ways equally disconcerting. The yr started in lockdown, affecting development ranges, notably within the personal sector. Regardless of restrictions, demand remained fairly sturdy. Properties continued to transact, solely restricted by the exceptionally low inventory.
Following the lifting of restrictions, the market has seen some normality return. Total transaction exercise has now recovered. For the primary half of the yr, gross sales have improved 29 per cent in comparison with the identical level final yr, and are up 1 per cent on 2019 ranges. The second-hand market has been notably sturdy with exercise very sturdy in additional rural and coastal areas.
Essentially the most outstanding pandemic fallout confronted by the housing market has been the elevated ranges of worth progress.
The rental sector has additionally been affected by the pandemic. With elevated demand and insufficient provide, rental inflation has picked up this yr, most notably outdoors of Dublin. Double-digit rental progress has been recorded throughout many counties, with rents outdoors the better Dublin space growing over 10 per cent yearly.
Trying to the yr forward, we will anticipate a rise in development exercise to roughly 26,000. Transaction volumes ought to enhance to over 58,000, of which 48,000 shall be within the second-hand market. The mix of each these elements ought to yield a extra reasonable price of worth inflation, with inflation in Dublin anticipated to be within the area of 4-5 per cent, whereas general inflation in Eire could possibly be larger at 6-8 per cent.
If I had one want for 2022, it will be that stakeholders work collectively to start to ship on the initiatives launched in Housing for All. Whereas not good, it actually represents progress, and can assist in the journey to delivering truthful, equitable housing.
Angela Keegan, managing director, MyHome.ie
If 2020 was the yr during which we requested the query about how the pandemic would have an effect on the residential property market, then 2021 was the yr during which we received a convincing reply.
Now, as we method the tip of 2021, the market continues to be considerably overheated, and we’re not seeing any let-up in demand. As soon as once more it’s largely been pushed by first-time patrons.
As ever within the property market, present ranges of provide and demand are key indicators of the place we stand. And herein lies a serious difficulty: the availability of properties each to promote and lease at current is staggeringly low. On the time of writing, there have been simply over 12,000 properties available for purchase all through the nation on MyHome.ie – this compares to a determine of about 20,000 pre-pandemic.
Likewise, in early December there have been simply 1,800 properties to lease in Eire. This isn’t a wholesome or sustainable determine for a rustic with a inhabitants of 5 million, and the knock-on results are clear to see: rising costs, excessive public disillusionment and a major political give attention to a property market that has been properly and actually thrown off-kilter.
As we method 2022, as ever we glance to the development sector and constructing exercise to assist us get again on monitor. A rise in housing provide will go a good distance in the direction of easing the stress in the marketplace by levelling costs off to a extra sustainable stage and providing individuals extra alternatives to purchase and lease.
Keith Lowe, chief govt, DNG
Residential property transaction ranges fell markedly throughout 2020, however have recovered considerably this yr, returning to pre-pandemic ranges. At a nationwide stage, the amount of transactions within the interval January-October fell by 22 per cent in 2020 in comparison with 2019. Nevertheless this yr, transactions are operating simply 2.5 per cent behind the 2019 stage.
The pandemic has additionally modified the dynamics of the property market. Demand for provincial residential property has been considerably boosted by the vacation residence market and on account of a better proportion of individuals transferring to make money working from home. As well as, the higher finish of the market is especially sturdy with elevated competitors for a restricted variety of out there high-value properties. The pandemic has additionally targeted individuals’s minds and accelerated their shopping for selections to “proper dimension” their residing preparations.
The brand new Shared Fairness Scheme mortgage shall be a game-changer for the market, serving to hundreds of patrons to grasp their ambition of residence possession. As well as, the just lately introduced extension to the Assist to Purchase scheme can also be very welcome, as many first-time patrons of recent properties would merely not be capable to buy with out this help.
Wanting forward, property costs are set to rise once more subsequent yr, albeit at decrease charges than 2021. I predict that costs will rise by 7 per cent in Dublin and by greater than 10 per cent outdoors the capital within the yr forward.