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Buyers Still Want More Space When Looking At Homes

September 27th 2021

Ever since the first lockdown, space has become even more vital for property buyers. It has always been important, but in recent times, buyers are desperately looking for homes with space.

This hasn’t changed, and it is likely that it will be this way for some time.

This is something we have seen at Thomas Morris, and it is something that is highlighted by the leading property portals across the country.

Key takeaways stated by Zoopla:

  • Interest in houses for sale has more than doubled as the pandemic drives buyers to search for more space.

  • The number of people looking to snap up a family house has soared by 114% compared with levels typically seen at this time of year between 2017 and 2019.

  • The average cost of a house has jumped by 7.3% during the past year, while the typical price of a flat has edged ahead by just 1.4%.

Gráinne Gilmore, head of research at Zoopla, said: “There is a continued drumbeat of demand for more space among buyers, both inside and outside, funnelling demand towards houses, resulting in stronger price growth for these properties. Sellers will need to consider this when it comes to pricing expectations.”

What happens next?

  • Even though buyer demand for property is dipping, it is 80% higher than usual levels for this time of year

  • Even with falling demand, the supply of homes is nowhere near enough to meet demand

  • Zoopla research suggests house price growth for all property types will reach 6% in the coming months

  • After the stamp duty holiday ends and economic conditions tighten, Zoopla believes house price growth will reach between 4% and 5% by the end of 2021

Will this help first-time buyers?

A first-time buyer looking to buy a flat as opposed to a house might find this to be good news. This is because the cost of flats has risen at a slower pace than overall property values in the past year.

A lot depends on your location:

  • Price growth for flats in London has fallen by 0.5% in the past 12 months

  • In Scotland, price growth for flats has risen by 5.2% in the same-time

Why do people need more space?

  • 20% of respondents said limited storage was the key reason why they needed more space

  • A lack of garden space was said by 17% of respondents

  • Not having a spare room was cited by many respondents

  • A lack of home office space was also cited by many, and this is likely to increase given the need for remote working

What features would convince people to move?

  • An en-suite bathroom was said by 19% of respondents

  • To get a spare bedroom for guests was said by 17% of respondents

  • Other answers included a garage, a kitchen island, a driveway, swimming pool and home gym

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