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Irish house prices not heading north yet
Irish house prices not heading north yet
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Moody's says house prices to fall by a further 20 per cent

The ratings agency also says that the Irish economy will only grow by 0.2 per cent in 2012.
Jun 16th 2012, 8:45 AM 6,303 37

RATINGS AGENCY MOODY’S says that house prices will fall a further twenty per cent from today’s levels.

In a report released yesterday, the investor service said that the total aggregate peak-to-trough fall will be sixty per cent, adding that Ireland’s rate of mortgage arrears could be as high as 13.99 per cent.

“The steep decline in house prices since 2007 has placed the majority of borrowers deep into negative equity,” the agency explained.

“In this weak economic recovery, it will be difficult for distressed borrowers to significantly increase their debt servicing capabilities and so arrears are likely to continue increasing,” it warned.

Moody’s report contradicts findings by the the Irish Central Bank, which said last month that 10 per cent of mortgages were in arrears. Mortgage holders are said to be in arrears when they are more than three months behind in their payments.

The findings come as Allsop’s made public details of its latest cut price property auction.

It includes a four bed ‘lodge’ in Cavan for €45,000,  an apartment in Sligo for €25,000 and a semi detached three bed in Killiney for €95,000.

Fewer houses for sale in Dublin than at any other time in the last five years >

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