The price of the average second-hand three-bed semi in County Wicklow has increased to €362,000, up 0.6% from €360,000 in the last three months, according to a national survey by Real Estate Alliance.

Across the county, time taken to sell is currently six weeks, the Q2 REA Average House Price Index shows.

Average prices in North East Wicklow rose 1.3% this quarter to €390,000, prices in Blessington were unchanged this quarter at €360,000, and Baltinglass prices remained at €245,000 during this period.

“Demand in the North Wicklow area has stabilised,” said Simon Murphy of REA Murphy Baltinglass and Blessington.

“We are seeing a lower level of multiple viewings, but there is positive interaction.

“The launch of a new development at significantly higher prices will bring some transparency to the demand levels. 

“The softening of demand in the South-West Wicklow area has also stabilised. 

“Viewing numbers are low for the three-bed semi market with buyers aspiring to stay closer to the employment centres. 

“Activity in the market is consistent to Q1, it is stable but harder work.”

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.