Average cost of buying a Newry house is £157,857, research reveals

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Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

The latest ‘Quarterly House Price Index’ report from Ulster University indicates an optimistic outlook for Northern Ireland underpinned by improving market conditions with both annual and quarterly price increases to the end of Q3 2019.

The average cost of buying a house in Newry, Mourne and Down is £157,857.

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Buying a Terrace House in the area costs on average £93,552.

A Semi-Detached House costs an average of £138,978 while a Detached House costs on average £203,604. 



An Apartment in Newry, Mourne and Down has an average price of £126,173.

Analysing the performance of the Northern Ireland housing market premised on 2,339 transactions between July and September 2019, the report reveals an overall average house price of £171,763, which represents a weighted annual level of growth of 5% between Q3 2018 and Q3 2019.

When considering the quarterly movements, the index displays an increase of 5.7% relative to the second quarter of the year.

During the third quarter of 2019 estate agents perceive market sentiment to remain much the same as quarter two of the year, and indeed the last several quarters, with Brexit and the associated economic uncertainty continuing to curtail purchaser confidence and transaction levels. 



Despite the economic ambiguity and political impasse, a number of agents highlighted that market activity levels remain stable, particularly in key conurbations which witnessed increased transaction activity outside of the first-time-buyer sector of the market over the course of Q3 2019.

The proportion of properties transacting below £100,000 equates to 18%, reflecting a decrease of 6%. Properties sold at or below £150,000 accounted for 55% of transactions, compared to 58% in the previous survey.

For the higher price brackets, 78% of transactions are at or below £200,000, with 87% of properties sold at or below £250,000 and 92% below the £300,000 price band, illustrating a 3% decrease in the transaction volume from the previous quarter.



Overall, the analysis by price band indicates that there has been some movement within the mid to high-value ranges, generally reflective of increased transaction volumes within the higher levels of the pricing structure.

Lead researcher, Dr Martin Hinch from Ulster University said, “The latest quarterly house price research indicates an element of buoyancy in the Northern Ireland market during the third quarter of the year, following a prolonged period of relatively passive house price performance. 

“This growth suggests robust market sustainability and displays a level of resilience through what has been an unprecedented and continued period of uncertainty.

“The ongoing Brexit situation together with the outcome of the upcoming general election will undoubtedly exert a significant short term influence upon the political and economic direction of the UK and Northern Ireland over the coming months,” he added.



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