EVERYONE knows first impressions count, but a new survey from Aviva has shown that the recent competitive housing market has led people to decide within the first 33 minutes of a viewing on whether to buy a house or not.
It has never been more pertinent for sellers to ensure that their house is in pristine condition, and that buyers are asking the right questions of estate agents from day one to avoid hidden problems.
The research has found that 24 per cent of home owners said they only viewed a property once before making what is likely to be the biggest purchase decision of their lives. In fact, every year up to 40,000 people buy properties without viewing them at all.
Michael Fiddes, head of residential agency at Strutt & Parker, which has an office in Pangbourne, says: “Buyers know that if they fall in love with a property, a strong early offer often can help secure the purchase. But today’s fast paced and often competitive market is demanding more from buyers and sellers than ever before.”