Price of three-bed semi in Westmeath on the increase

The price of the average three-bed semi in Westmeath has risen 13.3 per cent to €170,000 in the last year, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.

The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide to the close of last week.

The average semi-detached house nationally now costs €221,843, the survey has found – a rise of 3.1 per cent on the Q2 figure of €215,269.

Overall, the average house price across the country has risen by 11.2 per cent during the past 12 months, just under twice the six per cent increase registered to the full year to September, 2016.

The average three-bed semi-detached home in Dublin city has jumped in value by €17,000 in the three months to the end of September, and now costs €431,500.

The 4.1 per cent rise during the last quarter means that prices in the capital’s postcode areas have increased by 15.6 per cent in the past year, with properties selling in an average of four weeks after hitting the market.

“Supply is the main driver of these continuing price rises with our agents reporting that the volume of listings is down around the country,” said REA spokesperson Healy Hynes from Athlone.

“In what is becoming a vicious circle, families looking to trade up are not seeing the larger homes becoming available while empty nesters looking to downsize do not have a ready supply of smaller homes emerging on the market. To complete the equation, first-time buyers are not seeing the three-bed semis coming through in sufficient numbers.”

The commuter counties continued to rebound after a relatively static 2016 and saw an increase of 2.7 per cent this quarter, with the average house now selling for €229,300.

The slowest growth nationwide was registered in the main cities outside of Dublin. While Galway at €255,000 (up 4.1 per cent ) and Limerick at €190,000 (up 2.7 per cent ) showed growth, Cork city prices remained static during the three-month period, and just 5.1 per cent up on the year.

The country’s smaller rural towns situated outside of Dublin, the commuter belt and the major cities out-performed the national index with prices rising by an average of 2.8 per cent during the quarter to €142,867.

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