Daft.ie Rental Report, Q1 2011 – Rents rise by half a percent in early 2011

10th May, 2011 – Nationwide rents rose by half a percent (0.5%) on average in the first three months of 2011, according to the latest report published by the property website, Daft.ie. The average rent nationwide now stands at €825, 25% below the 2007 peak.
Rents have been largely static since early 2010, however the stabilisation nationally hides different regional trends. In Cork city and some parts of Dublin, rents are now up to 3% higher than the same time last year, while in Galway city, they are largely stable. In Waterford city, they are 6% lower, while elsewhere in the country, rents are 3-4% lower than this time last year. The total number of properties available to rent nationwide has risen slightly but at 17,000 is well below its high in mid-2009 of almost 24,000.
Offaly & West Leinster
In the Midlands counties of Laois, Westmeath, Offaly and Longford, rents fell 1.3% in the first three months of 2011, similar to the change in rents between September and December. The average rent in Offaly in the first quarter of 2011 was €595, a fall of €190 from the peak in 2007.
Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, Economist at Daft.ie, said: “The latest figures confirm the first signs of stabilisation in rents which emerged from Dublin and Cork in early 2010. However, while rents are rising in some urban centres, there is still significant overhang in other parts of the market which is pushing down rents. What we may be seeing is the emergence of a two-tier rental market, reflecting different levels of property oversupply around the country and indeed different labour market outlooks.”
Year-on-year change in rents, Q1 2011
Dublin: €1,057, up 0.4%
Cork: €869, up 2.9%
Galway: €746, down 0.9%
Limerick: €686, down 2.3%
Waterford: €639, down 6.0%
The full report is available from www.daft.ie/report and includes a commentary by financial analyst Cormac Lucey, as well as an analysis of affordability and statistics on residential yields around the country.
For further information please contact:
Ronan Lyons (086 604 5655), Daft.ie – media@daft.ie

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