The price of the average second-hand three-bed semi in County Carlow has risen to €222,500, up 1.1% from €220,000 in the last three months, according to a national survey by Real Estate Alliance.

Across the county, the average time taken to sell currently sits at five weeks, unchanged this quarter, the Q3 REA Average House Price Index shows.

The survey shows that across the county 40% of purchasers were first-time buyers, and 35% of purchasers were from outside of the county.

A total of 45% of sales in the county this quarter were attributed to landlords leaving the market.

Prices in Carlow town were unchanged this quarter at €220,000, with time to sell currently at six weeks.

“This quarter we are seeing semi-detached homes still selling very well, with mid-range detached homes selling a little slower,” said Harry Sothern, REA Sothern, Carlow town.

“The market has been slow to pick up after the summer holidays and the return to school.”

In Tullow, prices rose 1.4% this quarter to €225,000, and time to sell in the area is currently averaging at four weeks.

“Stock levels remain low, and we are seeing well-finished three-bedroomed houses in good condition sell quickly,” said Matthew Conry, REA Dawson, Tullow.

The REA Average House Price Index concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland's typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an accurate picture of the second-hand property market in towns and cities countrywide.

The actual selling price of a three-bed, semi-detached house across the country rose by 1.4% over the quarter to €301,370 breaching the €300,000 mark for the first time since 2007.

House prices in Ireland’s large towns rose by 2% in the past three months and are increasing at twice the rate of Dublin and the major cities as mortgage approved buyers chase properties within their price ceiling.

Time taken to reach sale agreed nationally fell from six to five weeks as low supply continues to drive sales in an increasing interest rate environment.

Prices in Dublin city rose by 0.8% in the last three months, meaning that the average three-bed semi in the capital is now selling at €504,167 – an increase of 1.3% in the last year.

Nationally, 57% of sales are to first-timers, a figure that rises dramatically to 85% in Wicklow, Meath and North County Dublin as mortgage-approved buyers hunt suitably priced property.

Cities outside Dublin experienced a 0.73% rise to an average selling price of €317,500 – with the annual rate of increase halving to 4.5% from the previous survey.

Prices rose in Cork (1.4% to €365,000) and Limerick (1.8% to €285,000) while Waterford city and Galway remained static.

Commuter areas rose by 1.1% to €318,889, with 39% of buyers in areas such as Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow coming from outside the county, a large proportion of them from the capital, with 73% of sales to first-time buyers.