Pandemic having a detrimental effect on house building in Wicklow – report
Just 859 dwellings were added to Wicklow’s residential building stock in twelve months to June 2020 a new report has revealed.
The latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report released by GeoDirectory and EY-DKM shows there are 750 residential buildings currently under construction in Wicklow, while the percentage of unoccupied residential units in the county stands at 2.9%, much lower than the national average of 4.5%.
The report also found that there were 1,506 residential property transactions in Wicklow in the twelve months to May 2020, of which a staggering 31.3% were new builds. This meant the average house price in Wicklow over that period was €369,057.
Wicklow was one of only three counties that recorded average residential property prices above the State average (€296,758), the others were Dublin at €441,205 and Kildare at €314,046.
Commenting on the latest GeoView Residential Building Report, Dara Keogh, Chief Executive, GeoDirectory said: “This report shows the impact that Covid-19 has had on housing supply in under six months.
“For the first time in several years, we have seen a drop in the number of new address points added to the GeoDirectory and a fall in construction activity compared to the previous year.
“Residential property transactions have also declined across the country. Time will tell whether this is just a temporary stalling of supply and demand, or if it is evidence of a long-term change,” Mr Keogh concluded.