Cavan and Killarney see biggest increase in average house prices

In a number of areas prices are up between 6-20% on last year

Cavan and Killarney see biggest increase in average house prices

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Cavan and Killarney saw the biggest increase in average house prices across the country last year - while the cheapest homes are said to be in County Longford.

According to the Irish Independent's new property survey - there was a 17% jump in prices in Waterford in 2016, followed by Leitrim on 15% and Galway City on 14%.

House prices in South Wicklow were up by 8% last year - compared to a 3% rise in North Wicklow. The average price in the north of the county stands at €480,000 - compared to €215,000 in the south.

According to the survey, house prices in Donegal last year rose by 12%.  The average price is now €140,000 for a home.  

Property prices in the Midlands are also continuing to rise. The average price of a home in Westmeath is €215,000 - up 12%, while prices increased by 9% in Offaly to €150,000. In Laois you can buy a home for an average €143,000 - up 8%.

Limerick was the only county in the survey where there was no change in the average house price. 

The most expensive home sold last year was in Dartry in Dublin 6 for over €8m - while the cheapest was €260,000 for a property in Newtownforbes in County Longford.