Pandemic having a detrimental effect on house building in Kilkenny – report
Just 323 dwellings were added to Kilkenny’s residential building stock in twelve months to June 2020, a new report has revealed.
The latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report released by GeoDirectory and EY-DKM shows there are 278 residential buildings currently under construction in Kilkenny, while the percentage of unoccupied residential units in the county stands at 3.3%, much lower than the national average of 4.5%.
The report also found that there were 599 residential property transactions in Kilkenny in the twelve months to May 2020 of which 8.3% were new builds. This meant the average house price in Kilkenny over that period was €217,028.
Commenting on the latest GeoView Residential Building Report, Dara Keogh, Chief Executive of GeoDirectory said: “This report shows the impact that Covid-19 has had on housing supply in under six months.
“For the first time in several years, we have seen a drop in the number of new address points added to the GeoDirectory and a fall in construction activity compared to the previous year.
“Residential property transactions have also declined across the country. Time will tell whether this is just a temporary stalling of supply and demand, or if it is evidence of a long-term change,” Mr Keogh concluded.