CSO Residential Property Price Index - megathread


Has there been any statement from the Central Bank about what accountability the banks have to comply with the macro-prudential measures introduced last year? Will there be a statement released giving the compliance of the various banks with the thresholds?


Yes they have said they will undertake a review after the rules have been in force for a year. I don’t know that they’ll publish details of compliance by each bank but probably something on the overall compliance.


Remind me again of the source for that (Daft reports don’t count!). Was it one of your analyses?


Why do daft reports not count? I’m pretty sure if it showed prices going down you’d be happy to let them count.


Nah. Can’t take them seriously after the time they got the year wrong for the whole report. Also, they continuously mix up asking prices and selling prices.

But I’m fairly sure I remember this being one of ps’s, so it’s probably impeccable.


Wow 2.9%?! Maybe this is start of the end of that fabled dead cat bounce that was doing the rounds here years, literally, ago…


I can understand why you might have blotted it from your memory! :smiley:
It is from a Pearson rank correlation I performed between the CSO RPPI and my own asking prices per sq. ft. scraped from myhome.ie. The correlation was 96%. There has been a blip upward in asking prices as of March’s snapshot. It’s only 1-2% over the first quarter, but I will not be surprised to see an upward blip in the CSO numbers for March when they appear. Nothing guaranteed of course.


The lack of lag suggests the CSO index drives asking prices.


There is a seasonal effect. January sales probably reflect sale agreeds in November, well past the summer selling season.

There is an empirically robust relationship between thinner markets and lower prices.

It could only be in the range of 2-3% but thats what we’re talking about.

PS: I say this every year, which means it must be spring:-)


Thanks ps. I wonder what the causative link is – I assume there is one.


As regards thinner markets the BPFI data shows strong mortgage drawdowns through Q4 2015 but the leading indicator of approvals declining since last July with declines accelerating and now at lowest level since early 2014


This is what seasonality looks like in approvals volumes.



Those “trendiness” are really misleading.


Trendlines? Depends how you interpret them.

To me they just exemplify the futility of extrapolation.


CSO Residential Property Price Index – January 2016 & Overall figures:

cso.ie/en/releasesandpublica … nuary2016/


  1. The above stats are for Mortgage Transactions only as Cash Transactions are still not included.
    Per the official PPR there were 48,184 Property Purchases Q1 2015-Q4 2015 as at 2/3/16.
    Per BPFI there were 26,034 Mortgage Drawdowns Q1 2015-Q4 2015. See here for details viewtopic.php?f=4&t=26451&p=814001
    Therefore 46.0% of all Sales were Cash purchases in the period Q1 2015-Q4 2015.
    This compares to 50.6% cash sales in 2014 and 52.2% in 2013.

Every CSO report from February 2013 to January 2016 has stated “The CSO is currently examining Stamp Duty returns to the Revenue Commissioners, made via the Revenue Online Service (ROS), with a view to assessing both the extent of cash-based full market price transactions and any potential bias in the RPPI that might accrue from their exclusion.”
We still await the results of this obviously in-depth report.

  1. The number of transactions per quarter is still not disclosed by the CSO, despite the new Property Price Register being available since 30 Sep 2012. So if there are relatively few sales in that period, this can lead to large drops or rises, thus skewing the results.

  2. This index, based on mortgage draw-down data from IBF member banks, is a lagging indicator of the Irish mortgage market. These houses were probably Sale Agreed 3-6 months ago, depending on how long it took for the sale to go through. So it may no longer be reflective of current market conditions.


Out Now

cso.ie/en/releasesandpublica … ruary2016/

In the year to February, residential property prices at a national level, increased by 8.0%. This compares with an increase of 7.6% in January and an increase of 14.9% recorded in the twelve months to February 2015. See Table 1

Residential property prices showed no change in the month of February. This compares with a decrease of 0.5% recorded in January and a decrease of 0.4% recorded in February of last year. See Table 1.

In Dublin residential property prices decreased by 0.1% in February and were 4.0% higher than a year ago. Dublin house prices decreased by 0.3% in the month and were 4.0% higher compared to a year earlier. Dublin apartment prices were 4.3% higher when compared with the same month of 2015. See Tables 6, 7 and 8. However, it should be noted that the sub-indices for apartments are based on low volumes of observed transactions and consequently suffer from greater volatility than other series.


A 3.2% drop since the high of last October for Dublin houses. Looking good for whoever predicted circa 5% drop over the course of the year. Will still most likely be July/ August before we see a year on year drop but thats 4 months in a row of drops. Is it likely people will be less panicked into buying now that they see the runaway train has stopped? I dont believe we will see prices drop too much more since a lot of people have a lot more money in their pockets than even this time last year.


Yet the Times still spin it as wildly bullish, that’s how Joe Soap will read it. :frowning:


Have you the link to the Times piece on it? I wonder how they will be able to spin it when we get year on year decreases?


irishtimes.com/business/econ … -1.2591985