QEC Research Note

A county-level perspective on housing affordability in Ireland

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November 13, 2019
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This study considers the sustainability of regional housing markets by looking at the rent-to-price ratio or market yield. By sustainability, we mean the extent to which rent-to-price ratios are explained by economic fundamentals. The paper presents a Heat Index to measure market sustainability over time and across counties.

These indicators suggest that house price levels across the country do not display signs of being unsustainable and are broadly in line with economic fundamentals. However, continued monitoring of differences in market dynamics on a regional basis are required going forward.