East Midlands: Schools are number one priority for homebuyers

Guardian News
Guardian News

Living close to a good school remains the number one priority for homebuyers. Twenty per cent of estate agents believe that this is still the most important factor when looking for a dream home.*

The latest data from Move with Us, home of the largest network of independent estate agents in the UK, also found that 18 per cent of estate agents believed good transport links were key. Proximity to local amenities such as a doctor’s surgery and shops came in third with 14 per cent of the votes.

Other factors that were less important to buyers include a fast internet connection which scored 7.6 per cent and a good mobile phone signal with 13 per cent.

Estate agents also cited what factors buyers are less interested in compared to five years ago. Homebuyers are less interested in garden sheds which shared 18 per cent of the vote. Garden size and outhouses came in at second and third place with 15 per cent and 14 per cent respectively.

Other results include the traditionally beloved bath tub with 14 per cent, a power shower at 10 per cent and finally, the dining room with eight per cent.

The one factor estate agents can’t seem to agree on however, is the garage. Eleven per cent of estate agents have noticed homebuyers are more interested in properties with a garage whereas nine per cent say homebuyers are less interested in them.

Robin King, Director at Move with Us commented: “The property market has been through peaks and troughs over the last five years but properties bought near to good schools, transport links and local amenities are typically sound investments.

“Anyone looking to buy a good property should stick to these golden rules. Surprisingly, a fast internet connection and good mobile phone signal came low down the wish lists of prospective buyers although interestingly, a good internet connection is becoming increasingly sought after in rented accommodation.”