The price of the average second-hand three-bed semi in County Donegal has risen to €155,000, up 3.3% from €150,000 in the last three months, according to a national survey by Real Estate Alliance.

Across the county, the average time taken to sell has fallen by one week to three weeks, the Q2 REA Average House Price Index shows.

Agents in the county reported that this quarter, 25% of properties were purchased by first time buyers, with buyers from outside of the county making up 40% of sales.

This quarter, agents found that 20% of sales are directly linked to landlords leaving the market. 

Average Bundoran prices rose 6.5% this quarter to €165,000. Prices in Milford this period were unchanged at €145,000.

“Bundoran, as a seaside resort, attracts a lot of buyers from Northern Ireland, which is putting upward pressure on house prices,” said Roger McCarrick of REA McCarrick and Sons, Bundoran.

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-bedroom, semi-detached house across the country rose by 1.3% over the quarter to €297,056 – representing an annual increase of 6.6%.

The price of a three-bed semi in Dublin city has hit €500,000 for the first time, rising by by 0.3% in the past three months. They are now 14% ahead of their €431,000 Celtic Tiger peak level, with demand being largely driven by first-time buyers in an otherwise cautious market.

Time taken to reach sale agreed nationally has risen to six weeks as REA agents reporting that pricing levels are key in a sensitive market.

Cities outside Dublin experienced a 1.53% rise to an average selling price of €315,000 – an increase of 8.9% in the past 12 months.

Commuter areas rose by 0.4% to €315,389, with 41% of buyers coming from outside the county, a large proportion of them from the capital, with 72% of sales to first-time buyers.

The highest three-bed semi price rises came in the country’s main towns which rose by 2.24% in the past three months to an average of €216,517, with time taken to sell at five weeks.

Areas that attract holiday home buyers have noted an increase in UK or cross border interest with examples such as Bantry and Bundoran both recording €5,000 average increases in the past three months.