According to Ireland property website Daft.ie, the bulk of new properties currently available that qualify for the Governments first-time buyers scheme are located in Dublin and Dublin's commuter counties.
The property website which has 2.21 million unique users each month found that 25% (643) of all properties nationwide that qualify and are currently available (2,540) - are in the Dublin area. Kildare has 14% of the properties that qualify while Meath (13%) and Cork (6%) were next best.
Daft.ie's public relations manager Martin Clancy commented, "At the moment we're continuing to see a lot of increased activity around new home searches. The majority of these searches are also matching up with areas that represent the bulk of properties available that qualify for the first-time buyers scheme, namely Dublin, Kildare and Meath."
Meanwhile, searches for new homes on Daft.ie continues to increase with November seeing a 67% increase in new home searches compared with the same period last year.
New homes that qualify for the first-time buyers scheme - by location (Top 5):
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According to Ireland property portal Daft.ie, the national average asking price for a home in Ireland in the third quarter of 2016 was €221,000, compared to €205,000 a year ago and €164,000 at its lowest point.
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