Journalists are going to have a field day with the latest residential property data from the CSO. Prices in Dublin seem to have risen slightly. Overall, house prices in Dublin are 55% lower than at their peak in early 2007. See the graph below.
From the report:
In the year to May, residential property prices at a national level, fell by 15.3%. This compares with an annual rate of decline of 16.4% in April and a decline of 12.2% recorded in the twelve months to May 2011.
Residential property prices grew by 0.2% in the month of May. This compares with a decline of 1.1% recorded in April and a decline of 1.2% recorded in May of last year.
It’s important to have more data before before every auctioneer/journalist/commentator in the country starts calling the bottom of the housing market. We’re only talking about a few months of semi-positive growth. I don’t want to take away from the data, but interpreting these data points as proof the worst is over is premature, given the scale of the year on year change (about a 15% drop).