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Not superstitious? You're in luck - it's over €4,000 cheaper to live at door number 13

The value of homes at number 13 are typically €4,335 cheaper than the average Irish property.

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FRIDAY THE 13TH may be considered by superstition to be one of the unluckiest days of the years and new research shows this scepticism is feeding into property prices.

The value of homes at number 13 are typically €4,335 cheaper than the average Irish property.

The latest House Price Report, released at the start of the month, found that the price of the average home is now nearly €241,000 – 8.9% higher than this time last year.

This means that prices have risen by almost 47% on average from their lowest point in late 2013.

In order to find the price difference in number 13 homes compared to others, Daft.ie carried out analysis on almost one million Irish properties that have been listed on the site since January 2006.

The research also found that, since 2010, Friday the 13th has occurred 13 times. On those days, there are roughly 10% fewer transactions than regular Fridays, which are normally the busiest day of the week for transactions.

“We often think of housing markets as being simply about cold laws of supply and demand. But while these are the top-level forces are work, there are lots of quirks of human behaviour that affects any individual property or transaction,” Ronan Lyons, author of the report said.

“What’s interesting about this research is that our superstitions appear to affect not only prices – with properties numbered 13 cheaper than average – but also quantities, with fewer transactions on a Friday the 13th than on other Fridays,” he said.

4335-less Source: Daft.ie

The story doesn’t stop there, Daft.ie also looked into people’s perceptions around house numbers and found that nearly one in five of people (19%) would try to avoid buying a property at number 13.

Martin Clancy from Daft.ie said:

When it comes to superstition and property, triskaidekaphobia – the fear of the number 13 – appears to be having an impact on not just perceptions but actual property prices.

“Our research shows that properties at number 13 are 1.8% cheaper than the average Irish property, which could provide a saving to savvy house hunters with no superstitions.”

Latest property report

The latest House Price Report found that the number of properties available to buy on the market nationwide has continued to fall also, albeit at the slowest rate in over five years.

There were almost 24,000 properties on the market on 1 September, 4% lower than the same date a year previously.

It found that the best value for money is in Sligo where houses are around €134,000, while South County Dublin remains the most expensive with the average house costing €559,000.

The annual rate of inflation in Dublin was 9.9% in the year to September. This is the second quarter in a row where it exceeds the rate in the rest of the country (8.2%).

The rate of inflation in Dublin also exceeded the rate seen in each of the four other major cities for the first time since 2014.

In Cork, the change in prices over the last year has been 5.1%, its lowest in over three years, while in Galway the figure was 9.2%.

In both Limerick and Waterford, the rate was close to 8.5%, similar to the rate seen elsewhere in the country.

  • Dublin City: €354,765 – up 9.9%
  • Cork City: €260,181 – up 5.1%
  • Galway City: €271,797 – up 9.2%
  • Limerick City: €177,771 – up 8.6%
  • Waterford City: €159,992 – up 8.5%

Read: House prices across the country rising by more than €50 a day

More: Budget 2018 measures will bring only 31 additional social housing builds next year

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