Profitable apartments in Dublin require joint income of €87,000

Profitable apartments in Dublin city centre require a joint income of €87,000.

This makes affordable flats next to impossible to build, according to a report from the Society of Chartered Surveyors.

The research also shows that it's cheaper to build a three-bed semi-detached house in Dublin, than a two-bed apartment.

One of the authors of the report, Paul Mitchell, says it is no surprise.

"Apartments are always more expensive than housing," said Mr Mitchell.

"It's come as a little bit of surprise to us that it's a surprise to the general public.

"Apartments are more complex, they are a bigger structure, they are a different product altogether than a domestic house built with blocks and timber."

Profitable apartments in Dublin require joint income of €87,000

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