A new survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Ulster Bank has revealed Northern Ireland’s estate agents are forecasting rising house prices as confidence in the market grows.
The report said sales expectations among Northern Ireland surveyors are at their highest since last summer.
Also noted in the survey was a rise in the number of surveyors and estate agents who had experienced growing house prices over the last few months.
Samuel Dickey, a director in estate agents Simon Brien and the RICS residential property spokesman, said: “The latest survey brings to an end the first half of 2018, and the market has performed relatively strongly in this period, despite some political and economic uncertainty.”
The report further showed surveyors here were the most optimistic of anywhere in the UK about an increase in house sales.
“Surveyors also remain confident about the outlook, with the expectation that sales activity will rise and prices will continue to edge upwards.
“Whilst the private rented sector continues to boom, we also continue to see a strong desire amongst people in Northern Ireland to own their own home.
“Having an adequate supply of good properties to meet this demand remains the one of the biggest challenges in the market.”
A 4.2% increase in the standardised house price in Northern Ireland to just over £130,000 over the last year was unveiled in a separate residential property price index, compiled by Land and Property Services.
Head of personal banking NI at Ulster Bank, Terry Robb, said: “We continue to see a good flow of mortgage interest, and we expect demand to remain strong in the second half of the year.
“Buying or moving home remains an attractive option for many people, as, despite rising prices, buying in Northern Ireland remains relatively very affordable. We see evidence that people retain a strong desire to own their own home.”