Surge in high earners keeping property prices high as Revenue figures show 50pc rise in people earning more than €100,000

Prices rose in the second half of last year after interest rate hikes put a dampener on price growth in the first half of the year, according to the latest quarterly house price report from in association with Bank of Ireland.

There has been a 50pc rise in the number of people earning more than €100,000, according to Revenue ­figures. This has boosted property prices in a market where a chronic shortage of supply is also fuelling price growth.

The report found that annual asking price inflation was 4.1pc nationwide, 4pc in Dublin and 3.9pc in the market outside of Dublin. This is despite a dip in asking prices nationally in the last three months of last year.

However, the decline was of similar magnitude to that which occurred in the same quarter last year and reflects the quieter winter months.

The typical, or median, asking price nationally was €325,000 in the last quarter. In Dublin it was €415,000 and elsewhere around the country it was €280,000.

Bank of Ireland economist Conall MacCoille, who wrote the property ­report, said prices will keep rising this year.

He is predicting another rise in house prices over the course of the year.

Last year was one of two halves for the property market, the report indicates.

Houses are now selling for 4pc above their asking prices, but at the start of last year, just 1pc of residential properties were selling for over their asking price.

Property experts said the buoyancy of the labour market has had a huge impact on the market.

Revenue estimates there has been a 50pc rise since 2022 in the number of tax units (single or jointly assessed couples) with incomes exceeding €100,000.

About 357,000 tax units now earn more than €100,000.

Rising property prices and higher ­incomes meant the average mortgage approval amount in October hit €297,000.

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