FIRST time owner occupier buyers of houses in Kildare spent much more money on houses in 2015 than in 2014, an analysis of new figures shows.
This group spent €567 million on homes in the county, a 16% increase on 2014, according to a Leader analysis of recent residential property prices from the Central Statistics Office.
The equivalent figure for the State as a whole was 7%.
The figures was a 34% higher than the average annual spend by this group on housing between 2010 and 2015.
Spending by first time buyers in Kildare was 27.6% of the total housing spend in Kildare in 2015, which amounted to €2,056m.
This was the highest percentage of house spending in the State by first timers. Overall first time buyers group spent 22% of all housing money.
This group had the highest spend in the country relative to that spent by all buying categories.