13 Aug 2022

Surge in the cost of property - three bed-semi up by 13% in past year

Latest report shows breakdown of Donegal prices

Surge in the cost of property  - three bed-semi up by 13% in past year

The average cost of a three-bed semi-detached house in Donegal cost almost 13% more at the end of the second quarter of 2022 compared with the same period last year, according to figures released today.

Asking prices for a 3-bed semi-detached house in the county rose by €4,000 over the quarter to €140,000. This means that prices in the segment have risen by €16,000 compared to this time last year.

The latest Property Report shows that there were 231 properties for sale in Donegal at the end of Q2 2022.

The report for Q2 2022, in association with Davy, shows that the median asking price for a property in the county is now €185,000. 

This means prices have risen by €30,000 compared with this time last year.

Meanwhile, the asking price for a 4-bed semi-detached house in Donegal fell by €17,000 over the quarter to €182,500. However, this price is still up by €33,500 compared to this time last year.

The average time for a property to go sale agreed in the county after being placed up for sale now stands at just over seven months.

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The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at Davy, said that 2022 should be a year of two halves, with price inflation slowing down in the second half of the year. “Double-digit inflation and sharp price gains are set to give way to greater concerns on affordability, the economic outlook and the impact of the ECB raising interest rates.”

He said that even though the slowdown has been marginal this quarter, anecdotal evidence from estate agents suggests that the momentum driving asking price inflation earlier in the year, is starting to slow.

“However, we are unlikely to see a repeat of the Celtic tiger era - as mortgage lending rules have kept the market in check. The expected rise in interest rates from the ECB, while notable, will also not have the same negative effect given the Irish market is well insulated at present.”

He said, however, that demand was still exceptionally intense, with the average time to sale agreed falling to a fresh record low of 2.6 months.

He added that the average mortgage approval rate was now €283,700 – which is above Celtic tiger levels for the first time – but that the excess demand in the market meant that effectively 20% of homebuyers with mortgage approval are currently failing to secure a property each year.

He concluded: “The possibility of a modest fall in Irish house prices can’t be ruled out, correcting some of the froth built-up since the beginning of the pandemic. However, double-digit declines or a repeat of the Celtic Tiger era housing crash seems very unlikely. This is because the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) rules have stopped homebuyers taking on too much debt.”

Full details of the report can be found at

Median prices

The median price is the ‘middle price’. It can be thought of as the price of the house which is more expensive than exactly half of the other houses.

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