BY NEIL GREENLEES
THE average price of a new home in Lisburn in
the last three months of last year was just over £217,000.
A total of 78 new homes, all in the private
sector, were sold in the city between October and December
making Lisburn the third dearest area of Northern Ireland.
Neighbouring Castlereagh came first in the
league where just five new homes were sold at an average price
of £295,800 during the same period.
North Down came second with 24 new homes
exchanging hands at an average price of £253,700.
The statistics are contained within the most
recent edition of the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin which
revealed the city also came third in the province's house
During the period October 2005 to December
2006 a total of 973 new private dwellings were started in the
This figure was topped only by Craigavon with
1,453 news starts and Belfast with with 1,346.
During the same period a total of 138 new
housing association dwellings were started in Lisburn.
This figure was beaten only by Belfast where
construction began on 882 new housing association homes.
The Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin is
produced each quarter by the Statistics and Research Branch of
the Department for Social Development.
It contains information on new house sales
and prices, action for mortgage possession and new housing