Optimism evident in housing survey
Six out of 10 potential house buyers plan to purchase a property within the next two years.
A survey revealed more than 10 per cent of those want to buy a place as soon as possible, with another quarter hoping to find a new home in 12 months.
More than 2,000 people took part in the Daft.ie online consumer attitudes survey.
Buyers believe mortgage availability, the recession and unemployment would be the three main factors affecting house prices in the coming year.
Kieran Harte, marketing director for Daft.ie, said the survey measures consumers’ perceptions of the state of the property market both nationally and locally.
“It also gives us an indication of people’s intention to participate within the property market,” he said.
“We believe these on-going surveys will act as an important indicator for measuring consumer sentiment.”
Almost half of those who took part were aged between 30 and 40 years and 67 per cent were either married or living together.
Over 55 per cent were renting, a quarter lived in their own house with a mortgage, nearly 10 per cent lived with their parents, 7.4 per cent had no mortgage and 0.6 per cent were in social housing.