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'Bidding wars' for niche homes as buyers flood the market following Covid-19 lockdown

Country living has not become a priority for most buyers, according to summer property report

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Still a struggle: House prices across the country are still rising, but at a lower rate on a monthly basis. Stock picture

Still a struggle: House prices across the country are still rising, but at a lower rate on a monthly basis. Stock picture

Still a struggle: House prices across the country are still rising, but at a lower rate on a monthly basis. Stock picture

House prices are on the rise as buyers flood the market following the country's Covid-19 lockdown.

Early indications from the nationwide Residential Property Price Barometer compiled by Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV), which is not due out until this September, indicate strong activity in the market.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent this weekend, the chief executive of IPAV, Pat Davitt, said: "We have compiled prices up until the end of June and I can tell you that prices have gone up for the last six months.