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Average price of a typical property in Ireland up over €200,000 for first time

The average price of a three bedroom semi-detached house in Ireland has risen above €200,000 for the first time since the country emerged from the property crash, the latest data shows.

The average home in this sector now costs €200,093, a rise of 2.4% since the end of June, and up 6.37% year on year, according the house survey report from the Real Estate Alliance.

And with an increase of mortgage backed buyers on the market chasing a limited supply, prices in Dublin have grown by 2.75% to €373,333, almost double that of the previous three months.

The quarter three survey, which concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, explained that buyers are chase a scarce supply of suitable housing.

In Dublin, one agent Ed Dempsey in Clonskeagh, is reporting increases of €25,000 for sale prices over the past three months, with the average three-bed semi increasing by 5.49% from €455,000 in June to €480,000 now, a rise of 9.09% year on year.

Other Southside Dublin agents are reporting that the autumn market is stronger than the second quarter of the year with the lower and middle ends of the market beginning to move due to a release of pent-up demand.

Prices in the tier containing commuter counties and the main cities of Cork and Galway have risen by an average of just under €3,000 to €217,176, growth of 1.21%, while those in the rest of the country have increased by nearly €5,000 to €133,268, a rise of 3.55%.

‘We are seeing little or no increase in supply nationally, with an increase in funded buyers fuelling the market in the short term. Many of our agents are now reporting some buyers are returning to the market having achieved a level of savings, and that there is an increase in mortgage funded purchases,’ said REA chairman Michael O’Connor.

‘The average amount of cash buyers has fallen by 3% to 33% nationwide, but in Dublin city that figure is down by 7% in three months, with 72% of transactions now mortgage-funded.

“The early effects of the Central Bank restrictions had previously seen prices drop in the capital in the year to the first quarter of 2016, but a combination of a longer time period to save and pressure on supply is manifesting itself in price growth,’ he explained.

‘Our agents are also reporting that many first time buyers seem to be holding fire in the hope of increased incentives in the upcoming budget. The Central Bank’s mortgage deposit rules are still being keenly felt in the commuter areas, with most rises occurring in towns where three bed semis are available for under the deposit threshold of €220,000,’ he added.

The survey report suggests that the immediate aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has had an effect in the North West where Donegal is the only county to register a three month fall of 1.73%.

It points out that this has been most keenly felt in traditional holiday home spots such as Bundoran where the average three-bed semi has dropped by 3.41% in three months from €88,000 to €85,000.