Average Donegal house prices drop -1.73% in last three months – survey

Property Prices here under the microscope

Michael Daly


Michael Daly

Average Donegal house prices drop -1.73% in last three months – survey

Donegal is the only county in Ireland to register a decline in property prices in the last three months, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance (REA).

This drop has been linked by REA to the Brexit vote.

According to local REA agents, the price of the average three-bed semi in Donegal has dropped -1.73% to €85,000 since Brexit.

The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland's typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide to the end of Q3 this week.

The Brexit effect has been most keenly felt in traditional holiday home spots such as Bundoran where the average three-bed semi has dropped by -3.41%.

REA agents in other holiday home areas such as west Cork reported an immediate slump post the Brexit announcement but feel that the market has bounced back over the past month.

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The average three bed semi nationally now costs €200,093, an increase of €4,732 (+2.42%) since the end of June. This is a rise of 6.37% against the same time last year.

Prices in Dublin city grew by +2.75% to €373,333 since June – almost twice the growth experienced in the same area in Q2 as buyers chase a scarce supply of suitable housing.

Prices in the tier containing commuter counties and the main cities of Cork and Galway have risen by an average of just under €3,000 to €217,176 (+1.21%) while those in the rest of the country have increased by nearly €5,000 to €133,268 (+3.55%).

“We are seeing little or no increase in supply nationally, with an increase in funded buyers fueling the market in the short-term,” said REA Chairman Michael O’Connor.

“Many of our agents are now reporting some buyers are returning to the market having achieved a level of savings, and that there is an increase in mortgage-funded purchases.

“The average amount of cash buyers has fallen by 3% to 33% nationwide, but in Dublin city that figure is down by 7% in three months, with 72% of transactions now mortgage-funded.

“The early effects of the Central Bank restrictions had previously seen prices drop in the capital in the year to Q1 2016, but a combination of a longer time period to save and pressure on supply is manifesting itself in price growth.

“Our agents are also reporting that many first-time buyers seem to be holding fire in the hope of increased incentives in the upcoming budget.”

“The Central Bank’s mortgage deposit rules are still being keenly felt in the commuter areas, with most rises occurring in towns where three-bed semis are available for under the deposit threshold of €220,000.”