New research has found that homebuyers would prioritise buying a home with superfast broadband over being close to a good school.
A property consultancy, Bramleys, has analysed the priorities of homebuyers when looking for a first or new home, and how the pandemic has affected house searches.
Unsurprisingly, a garden and parking space were the biggest priorities for buyers, with 60 and 40 per cent respectively.
The survey of 3,000 UK adults found a third would prefer a home in a rural location, compared to just 10 per cent who would prioritise homes in a city centre location.
Superfast broadband was an essential feature of a new home for a quarter, twice as many as would prefer a home near a good school or a home that was within a close community with friendly neighbours.
A permanent home office space is down the list of priorities, with just one in 16 adults claiming it would be a necessity for a new home. Essentials that came ahead of a home office is a property close to budget supermarkets 15 per cent and proximity to a local pub (eight per cent).
The top 20 priorities for homebuyers were:
- Garden (61%)
- Parking space (40%)
- Rural location (32%)
- Good public transport availability (32%)
- Close to family (29%)
- Superfast broadband available (24%)
- Close proximity to budget supermarkets (15%)
- Close to workplace (14%)
- Close to friends (13%)
- Friendly neighbours/ close community (12%)
- Close proximity to good schools (12%)
- Already completely refurbished (11%)
- City centre location (10%)
- Separate garage (9%)
- Close proximity to a public park (9%)
- Close proximity to luxury supermarket (8%)
- Close proximity to a local pub (8%)
- Good selection of takeaways (6%)
- Home office space (6%)
- New build property (5%)