The price of the average second-hand three-bed semi in Limerick City has risen by 2% to €250,000 in the last three months, according to a national survey by Real Estate Alliance.
And the survey has shown that 55% of sales in the city are to first-time buyers, with 30% of all purchasers coming from outside the area.
Across the rest of the county, the average price rose 2.4% this quarter to €210,000, the Q1 REA Average House Price Index has shown.
Time to sell across the county sits at three weeks, with 50% of sales to first-time buyers and 43% of buyers from outside the county.
“We are seeing the prices continue to move in an upward trajectory,” said Pat Dooley, REA Dooley.
“The supply of new homes and developments are stagnant, and the cost of building remains stubbornly high and growing.
“It seems to becoming more apparent that 2022 will be the year that prices will peak, with the different parameters of possible interest-rate hike and international uncertainty weighing on vendors minds.”
The REA Average House Price Survey 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 ountrywide.
Nationally, house prices are increasing at an average of almost €100 a day as the market shows no signs of slowing up in the early months of 2022, the survey has found.
Average house prices rose by 3.16% nationally in the first three months of year, matching the 1% a month increases experienced during the Celtic Tiger days.
And illustrating the two-tier nature of the market, 59% of all purchasers were first-time buyers, that figure rising to 76% in Dublin as people with mortgage approval scramble to get on the housing ladder.
The price of a three-bedroomed semi-detached house across the country rose by almost €9,000 over the past three months to €278,500 – representing an annual increase of over 14%.
The average three bed in Dublin is fast approaching the €500,000 mark, with actual selling prices rising by 2.2% since the new year, to an average of €481,250.
Commuter counties saw prices increase 4.47% – a jump of €13,000 to €305,000 – and double the rate of increase seen in the capital.
In the rest of the country, where prices rose 3.4% to €196,569, the survey found that one in every three buyers were from outside the county as new working conditions enable a rethink on home bases.