The price of the average second-hand three-bed semi in County Leitrim is predicted to increase by 7pc in 2024, according to a national survey by Real Estate Alliance.
Three-bed semi-detached homes in the county now cost an average of €182,500, up 8pc on the December 2022 average of €169,500, the Q4 REA Average House Price Index shows.
County agents reported that first time buyers made up 65pc of the market in Q4, with 38pc of sales coming from outside the county, and 33pc of sales attributed to landlords selling properties.
Carrick-on-Shannon prices rose by 5.4pc in 2023 to an average of €215,000.
Joe Brady of REA Brady, Carrick-on-Shannon explained, “Q4 has been busier than expected, and there has been strong take-up through November, while new listings in December have enjoyed immediate and vibrant bidding.
“The levels of housing stock on the market are still low,” said Mr Brady.
In Carrigallen, 2023 saw prices rise by 11.1pc to €150,000.
James Spring of REA Donohoe Spring, Carrigallen explained, “We are seeing a market similar to Q3, except things are taking a bit longer to sell.
“Seasonality is certainly part of the reason for this, as well as low supply combined with steady demand.
“There are fewer viewings but prices are being achieved are as predicted,” said Mr Spring.
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.
Three-bed semi prices nationally will rise by 3pc in 2024, estate agents across the country are predicting.
A record shortage of supply has driven a 1.5pc rise in the last three months in the capital, but only in houses under a certain price, the index found.
The actual selling price of a three-bed, semi-detached house across the country rose by 1pc in the final quarter of 2023 to €304,259 – representing an annual increase of 4.3pc.
Time taken to reach sale agreed nationally is steady at five weeks as low supply continues to drive sales in an increasing interest rate environment.
Mortgage-approved first-time buyers are still the main market drivers, with 59pc of sales nationally – a figure that rises dramatically to over 80pc in commuter counties as they hunt suitably priced properties.
Homes in the commuter belt showed the most stability in 2023, rising by just 2.2pc to €319,722, with counties within travelling distance of the capital recording growth of just 0.2pc in the past three months.
The biggest annual rise came in large towns nationwide, which rose by 6.6pc annually and 1.2pc in the quarter to €223,638.