Sunday, 17 December 2017

What buyers want

PROXIMITY to the countryside, an en-suite bathroom and a good community are among people’s top priorities when carrying out a

PROXIMITY to the countryside, an en-suite bathroom and a good community are among people’s top priorities when carrying out a property search, new research has found.

Front and back gardens and off-road parking are also high on people’s wishlists when looking for their ideal home, according to the survey of 2,000 people in the UK.

The study, by house builder Banner Homes, revealed the perfect home would be within 10 miles of the coast and no more than two miles away from a pub and a supermarket — perhaps adding credence to the old adage of location, location, location.

Strutt & Parker’s own research concurred that location is key for people looking for a new home, with market towns with good connections to major cities such as London consistently proving popular. Good amenities are also a must, but it is proximity to good schools which can really act as a deal breaker for many property hunters.

High-end facilities within the home are also a must-have when it comes to the public’s idea of the perfect property. Items such as a couple of televisions, a fireplace, a large fridge, fitted wardrobes and a large bed also came out as some of the most desirable property features in Banner’s research.

High-speed internet access is becoming increasingly important for both leisure and work purposes, Strutt & Parker added. And it may be heartening news for many that the old-fashioned sense of community remains a key consideration, with the study revealing that good neighbours are important.

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