Midlands Leading All But Dublin In House Price Increases

The latest CSO report on residential property prices shows housing costs over 7% more since last year.

The midlands saw the biggest overall rise in the cost of buying a property outside of Dublin, in the latest Residential Property Price Index report.

House prices in the region jumped 7.7% year on year, according to the CSO's data in the 12 months to December.

The most expensive county in the region to buy a home in is Laois at €252,600, followed by Westmeath at €246,500 and in Offaly the median house price comes in at €235,000. 

The average price of a house in the last year was €327,500 nationally.

Overall there was a 4.4% rise in prices nationally.

Ian Lawlor from Lotus Investment Group says this is not surprising: 

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