The price of the average second-hand three-bed semi in Waterford city has risen 4.3% to €240,000 in the last three months, according to a national survey by Real Estate Alliance.
The market in Waterford county saw a 5.4% increase this quarter to €195,000, the REA Average House Price Index shows.
“We are seeing a shortage of supply driving price up through competitive bidding,” said Des O’Shea of REA O’Shea O’Toole, Waterford city.
The average time taken to sell reduced by half in the city to an average of four weeks this quarter, while across the county, the average time taken to sell fell by a fortnight to six weeks.
“The activity has increased further this quarter, with sales agreed in a shorter window as demand is increasing further over supply,” said Eamonn Spratt of REA Spratt, Dungarvan.
“The prices for second hand homes has been strengthened by reason of newly constructed homes taking longer to be completed.”
Average house prices have risen by almost €1,000 per week nationwide since the end of March, the REA Average House Price Survey has found.
The 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 countrywide.
Fuelled by pent-up demand and the return of physical viewing, the marketplace is also seeing the lowest supply and the shortest time taken to sell in recent history.
And as multiple buyers bid for scarce supplies, the average three bed semi is now reaching sale agreed after just four weeks on the market across the country – less than half the ten-week average this time last year.
The price of a three-bedroomed semi-detached house across the country rose by €10,000 over the past three months to €253,685 – representing an annual increase of 8%.
The biggest rises in Q2 came in commuter counties and the country’s large towns as buyers continue to move out further from the city in preparation for long-term hybrid working situations.
In Dublin city, house prices rose by €1,500 per week in Q2, increasing from €438,500 in March to a present rate of €456,667.
Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway cities shared a combined increase of 3.5% in the past 12 weeks with prices rising by €10,000 to an average of €275,000.
Three bed semis in commuter counties rose 4.33% by over €11,000 in the past three months to an average of €270,111 – with the average home selling in just three weeks, down from a high of 11 weeks a year ago.
As the flight to rural locations continues, prices in the rest of the country’s towns rose by over 4.6% in Q2 to €176,690.