The time taken to sell the average house in Westmeath has fallen by three weeks in the past quarter, a national property survey has found.
The REA Average House Price Survey found that the average time taken to sell across the county fell over the past three months from seven weeks to four.
As people move away from urban hubs and incorporate new working-from-home lifestyles, the price of the average three-bed semi-detached house in the county remained unchanged at €195,000 over the past 12 months.
“We are seeing that a lack of supply is driving towards a quicker time to sale agreed,” said Donna Hynes of REA Hynes, Athlone.
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 countrywide.
The average three bed semi nationally is now reaching sale agreed after seven weeks across the country – a significant fall from the ten-week average in June.
Despite fears of a downturn in the market during the Covid-19 crisis, the price of a three-bedroomed semi-detached house across the country rose by 0.6% over the past three months to €236,046, an annual increase of 0.4%.
Reflecting the beginnings of a flight to rural locations, prices in the rest of the country’s towns rose by almost 1% in 12 weeks to €163,345.
“Houses are taking an average three weeks less to sell across the country, driven by a combination of low supply and highly-motivated buyers,” said REA spokesperson, Barry McDonald.
“This is a huge shift in market behaviour, and one that we have not experienced in the last decade with almost every agent reporting a substantial drop in the time to reach sale agreed.
“Buyers are more focused, with a higher percentage of bids being made, and in many cases are looking to secure homes before their current mortgage approval runs out.”