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NI house prices rising by a third
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Northern Ireland's house prices continue to rise steadily
House prices in Northern Ireland are rising by almost a third every year, according to the latest values survey.

The cost of houses in some areas has increased by more than 65% in the past 12 months.

The University of Ulster report said Lisburn was now the highest priced area in Northern Ireland, with the city's average house price almost 227,000.

The survey comes as the SDLP warn about a major increase in house repossessions.

The report, which was produced in partnership with the Bank of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, said the average house price in Lisburn was now almost 227,000.

In Craigavon and Armagh, the annual increase was almost 50%, mid and south Down saw a rise of 45%.

The slowest growth - just under 18% - was in the Coleraine, Limavady and North Coast area.

Exorbitant house prices and some mortgage lenders prepared to offer up to 5.2 times the combined income of the house buyers, compared to 2.1 10 years ago" will lead to financial crises for many young families
Patsy McGlone
SDLP

The latest University of Ulster quarterly house price index said the average house price in Northern Ireland was now 180,128 - up by 32.1% on the year before.

Authors, Professor Alastair Adair, Professor Stanley McGreal and Louise Brown - said the new levels of house price inflation posed significant questions.

Prof McGreal said: "The rate of annual increase at over 30% has pushed the local housing market to new dimensions which could not have been predicted

"The big questions are whether this is a spike, how long can such rates of increase continue and what are the long-term implications for the housing market"."

Meanwhile, SDLP assembly member Patsy McGlone has asked for a meeting with the Council of Mortgage Lenders over the "130% increase in the number of house repossessions in the last five years".

"In 2001, there were a total of 425 house repossessions in the north. This has risen to 973 in 2006 to date," he said.

"The huge increase in house repossessions is extremely worrying and will have serious long term consequences."

AVERAGE REGIONAL PRICES
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N Ireland 180,128
Belfast 172,209
North Down 193,197
Lisburn 226,984
East Antrim 140,882
L'derry/Strabane 147,053
Antrim/Ballymena 171,248
Coleraine/Limavady/N Coast 200,550
Enniskillen/Fermanagh/ S Tyrone 202,965
Mid-Ulster 181,078
Mid & South Down 207,506
Craigavon/Armagh 176,145

He said that "with exorbitant house prices and some mortgage lenders prepared to offer up to 5.2 times the combined income of the house buyers, compared to 2.1 10 years ago" would lead to financial crises for many young families.

"Many are just teetering on the edge of losing their house," said Mr McGlone.

In Belfast the overall average price of a house was 172,209, a rise of more than 29% over a year.

The highest priced city location was south Belfast with an average of 208,270, followed by east Belfast with an average price of 192,811.

The average price in west Belfast rose to 143,575 while the north Belfast average price was 129,570.

In Lisburn there was a 42.8% gain over the year, with the average house there now costing 226,984.

In North Down, the overall average price of 193,197 represented an increase of almost 22.3%.

Market rises

For the East Antrim market the overall average price of 140,882 reflected a growth of 28.9%.

In Antrim/Ballymena the overall average house price rose by 21.5% to 171,248.

In Coleraine, Limavady and the North Coast, the growth was 17.8%% taking the average price just over the 200,000 mark for the first time (200,550).

In Derry/Strabane a rise of 23.2% brought the average house price to 147,053.

The Mid-Ulster market average price was 181,087, up 26.3% over a year, while in Enniskillen/ Fermanagh/ South Tyrone the average sale price exceeded 200,000 (209,965), up 25.7% across the year.

In Craigavon/Armagh the annual increase was 49% taking the overall average price to 176,145.

The Mid & South Down markets performed strongly increasing the average home price over the year to 207,506, reflecting an unprecedented annual increase of 45%.


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