Number of sales agreed for Irish homes trebles

There has been a threefold increase in "sale agreed" second hand properties in January, compared with the same month in 2009.

MyHome.ie says the increase began in September and has not stopped since.

A total of 658 properties went to ''sale agreed'' in Dublin in December, compared with just more than 200 in the same month in 2008.

There were similar trends in Wicklow, Kildare and Meath.

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