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Midlands Property Sales Rise Despite National Slowdown

Over 2,500 homes were sold across the region.

Property sales in the midlands continued to rise despite a national slowdown in 2019.

Overall more than 2,500 homes were sold across the region. 

Westmeath showed the strongest growth in 2019 - with an 8.1% increase in property sales. 

That's second highest in the country after Wicklow at 15.5%.

Two of every five houses sold in the midlands were in the Lake County. 

Laois also showed an increase of 3.5% last year. 

865 homes were bought in the O'Moore county in 2019. 

One in 10 of those were new builds. 

Offaly had growth of just 0.5% throughout the year. 

But it was still one of only nine counties that didn't experience a decrease in sales. 

It also had the most expensive purchase in the midlands when a property went for €1.2 million in Birr. 

The Georgian house on Oxmantown Mall belonged to 1920s Irish motorcyclist  'Flying' Fay Taylour, who was known as the Queen of the Speedway 

This was double the price of the nearest property - a farm in Laois, costing €600,000. 

Abbey House, on the banks of the River Shannon in Athlone, was the dearest house sold in Westmeath - going for €590,000. 


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