Choosing the Perfect Property Location for a Better Lifestyle

The perfect location?

The location of your new home can have a huge impact on your lifestyle and there is plenty to consider. Do you want to live in the beautiful countryside that is quiet and peaceful or in a busy vibrant town with plenty to do? How close should you be to family and relatives and how will your new location impact your children? These are important questions to consider when choosing your property location, which we address below.

Country versus Town

A place in the country?

A home in the country offers the ideal setting with amazing views, the possibility of a good sized driveway and bigger garden – and not to mention a quieter more peaceful way of life. But it does have its limitations.

Or in town?

 

If you are a city or town person you will appreciate the convenience of being close to shops and restaurants, the gym, GP surgery, train station… and much more! The disparity in high speed internet access is still considerable for many living in a rural setting.

In an ideal world a mixture of rural and town would be perfect but is very hard to achieve and ultimately, you need to decide how much you value peace and quiet versus access to a wider range of services that comes with living near a town or city.

Home is Where the Heart is

Do you want to be near those you love?Being far from loved ones is less-than-ideal for many, especially when children are involved (or as parents get much older). But this has to be balanced against the need to commute to work. Living close to family may not always be ideal if it involves long daily commutes which can be stressful and expensive in the long run.

Distance from work may be less of an issue if you live close to a train station although this will incur higher travel costs. If you need assistance figuring out a route, the Commute Search on our main website will help.

The Kids are Alright

Is it right for the kids?

If you have children (or plan to!) then the quality and access to nearby schools is important. Towns tend to have more choice of schools whereas schools in the country tend to have small class sizes, providing a more personal learning experience.

The rural versus city question is once again an important topic when it comes to kids. While there may be sports centres and play-areas in urban locations so the kids don’t get bored, a rural home is likely to be larger and have garden space, possibly nearby fields to be active in.

Does the perfect location exist?

To cut straight to the answer, for many people it’s no. There is always a trade-off to be made but this doesn’t mean that decisions over location should be ignored.

When moving house, don’t just think about the house itself and it’s interior. Property location can have a HUGE impact on your lifestyle in terms of family, friends, work and activities that you love to do.

With this taken into account, you’re ready to start searching for your new home. Why not use our search engines to find that perfect location?

 

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Six in 10 home buyers over 60 yet to buy their dream home

  • More than a third (38%) of young first time buyers would look to move again within two years

London, 18 November 2014 – Almost six in 10 (58%) homeowners over the age of 60, and approaching retirement, have yet to own their dream property, according to a survey carried out by property search engine Placebuzz.com. Home ownership is an aspiration for many Britons, and we all dream of buying that perfect property and putting down roots. But the gap between the dream and reality has never been wider as UK property prices have skyrocketed over the past 15 years.

Although more than three quarters (78%) of those homeowners polled said they aspired to own their dream property, two thirds (66%) of homeowners said they have never been in a position to, with affordability cited as the main reason.

For the younger generation, that first home is not about finding their dream property, but more about simply getting onto the property ladder, whatever it takes. And more than a quarter (27%) of those young first time buyers polled, aged between 21-30, admitted that once they got their foot on the ladder, they planned to move again within two years.

They were willing to be flexible on the location, condition and type of property to achieve their objective. It shows that for many first time buyers their first property purchase is a practical rather than an aspirational purchase.

Competition between buyers remains a major stumbling block when it comes to a property purchase, and with intense competition for the best properties in many parts of the country, people are willing to go to any lengths, well almost any, in order to avoid missing out on a property.

Almost half (47%) of respondents said they’d be happy to take part in a sealed bid process while a third (32%) admitted they had or would make an offer after only one viewing. Almost three quarters (72%) said they would go back to renting or live with family members to ensure they were chain-free when they started the buying process.

Andy Hatoum, co-founder of Placebuzz.com, comments: “Home ownership will always be an emotive subject for the British public. Property is more than just bricks and mortar.

“Most of us dream of owning that perfect property one day, whether a quaint cottage in the country, a city centre pad or a family house down by the coast, but the booming UK property market, has dashed the hopes and dreams of many people.

“It’s fair to say that many homeowners are now probably resigned to the fact that their dream home may always be out of reach.”

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Fill out our survey and Win!

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We’d like to take 2 minutes of your time to complete our online survey to help us understand our users and build a better site.

To make it worth your while, we will automatically enter you into our competition for a chance to win a £100 or £50 IKEA voucher.

Terms & Conditions:

– The prize is a prize of a £100 IKEA Gift Card for the best entry and a £50 IKEA Gift Card for the runner-up.
– Entrants must be a resident of the UK.
– Entrants must be at least 18 years of age to enter.
– One entry is allowed per person.
– Only the winning entrant can be a recipient of the voucher.
– The winners will be selected from all valid survey entries, tweets and Facebook comments.

– The competition will run from 9/09/2014 until 31/10/2014 and the winner will be announced on 04/11/2014
– If a winner does not respond within 7 days of the winner announcement, the prize will be allocated to another entrant.
– This competition is not open to employees of Placebuzz or any associated companies or their immediate families.
– This competition is run independently by Placebuzz on their chosen social networking platforms and is not endorsed by, associated with or sponsored by Twitter, Facebook or IKEA.
– Placebuzz reserves the right to close the competition early.
– Placebuzz can duplicate any entries into the competition on any of their hosting platforms i.e. website or social media accounts.

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#PointlessPropertyPurchase Competition: Win a £100 or £50 IKEA Gift Card

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Move over summer, it’s Back to School time! Students will be flocking to the UK from all over the world, going on manic shopping sprees to find various items for their new digs; be it cutlery, crockery, bed linen or even a poster or two…

What we’d like to know is whether you’ve ever bought something for a new place with loads of ideas for what you’re going to do with it…

And then when you finally move in… NOTHING comes of it. It could be that smoothie maker  you dreamed of getting your 5-a-day with or that bedside cabinet you thought would really improve the feng shui. We like to call this a #PointlessPropertyPurchase.

We’re so intrigued by your Pointless Property Purchases, in fact, that we’re offering a prize for the best ones in a competition; we have a first prize of a £100 IKEA Gift Card up for grabs and a runner-up prize of a £50 IKEA Gift Card to make up for that pointless purchase of yours!

There are two ways to enter:

Twitter:

1. Follow us on Twitter (@placebuzz)
2. Tweet us your #PointlessPropertyPurchase, making sure you include the hashtag (and a photo if possible!)

Facebook:

1. ‘Like’ us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/placebuzz
2. ‘Like’ the competition post and comment with your #PointlessPropertyPurchase
(and a photo if possible!)

We’re looking forward to reading (and seeing) them!

Terms & Conditions:

– The prize is a prize of a £100 IKEA Gift Card for the best entry and a £50 IKEA Gift Card for the runner-up.
– Entrants must be a resident of the UK.
– Entrants must be at least 18 years of age to enter.
– One entry is allowed per person.
– Only the winning entrant can be a recipient of the voucher.
– The winners will be selected from all valid tweets and Facebook comments.

– The competition will run from 9/09/2014 until 17/10/2014 and the winner will be announced on 20/10/2014
– If a winner does not respond within 7 days of the winner announcement, the prize will be allocated to another entrant.
– This competition is not open to employees of Placebuzz or any associated companies or their immediate families.
– This competition is run independently by Placebuzz on their chosen social networking platforms and is not endorsed by, associated with or sponsored by Twitter, Facebook or IKEA.
– Placebuzz reserves the right to close the competition early & to change the T&C’s at any point during the competition.
– Placebuzz can duplicate any entries into the competition on any of their hosting platforms i.e. website or social media accounts.

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Summer Competition: WIN a £50 Amazon Gift Card

Placebuzz CompNothing goes better with summer than shopping, so we thought this was a great time for a competition. Our prize is a £50 Amazon Gift Card that can be used to get some pretty cool summer essentials!

There are two ways to enter:

1. Follow us on Twitter and RT this tweet: http://ow.ly/z7vZg

2. ‘LIKE’ our Facebook Page

Good Luck!

Placebuzz competitions have the following Terms and Conditions:

-The prize on offer in this competition is 1 x £50 Amazon Gift Card
-There is only one entry per username
-Users can enter via Twitter & Facebook
-Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and must be a resident of the UK
-The competition is not open to employees associated with Placebuzz, and their associated companies or their immediate families.
-Prizes may not be transferred to any other person and there are no cash alternatives or alternative prizes available
-Winners will be randomly selected from all valid tweets, retweets and Facebook Page ‘Likes’
-The competition winners selected must respond within 7 days of confirmation to claim prize
-Placebuzz competitions are not endorced or sponsored by Facebook or Twitter.
-Competition end date is Thursday 31st July 2014 & the Winner will be announced on Friday 1st of August 2014
-Placebuzz reserves the right to close the competition early.

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Want to live on ‘Prince George Street’? Properties command a royal price tag

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  • Properties on a street bearing the name of Prince George are on average 16% more expensive than the local average
  • Buyers can expect to pay a premium of £110,187 for the privilege – 63% higher than the UK average house price 
  • In London, properties with the regal address are a third (33%) more expensive than the average house price in the capital 

Buy property on a street bearing the name of Prince George and you can expect to pay almost a fifth (16%) above the average for that postcode, according to new data by leading property search engine, Placebuzz.com [1].

The research, coinciding with Prince George’s 1st birthday on July 22, also reveals that a property with the little prince’s moniker costs on average £110,187 more (63%), than the average UK house price[2].

According to Placebuzz.com figures, properties on Prince George streets in London are 26% more expensive than average property prices in the same postcode, and a third (33%) pricier than the average London property[3].

For example, buyers purchasing property on Prince George Road in London’s trendy Stoke Newington will pay £599,464, which is almost 50% more than the average house price in the N16 postcode.

And, in south-west London, the trend continues. Buying a property on Prince George’s Road in Wimbledon costs £725,491, 28% more than the average SW19 home.

This gulf in price is not unique to London. In Portsmouth, houses on Prince George Street are on average £223,920, over a quarter more (26%) than the cost of a home with a P01 postcode (£177,860).

The following table shows a sample of Prince George streets across the UK:

Street City Average price of a house on a ‘Prince George’ road (£) Average price of a house in the same postcode (£) % Difference compared to average house in same postcode % Difference compared to UK average
Prince Georges Road, SW19 London £725,491 £567,430 + 28% + 322%
Prince George Road, N16 London £599,464 £404,611 + 48% + 248%
Prince George Avenue, N14 London £509,111 £378,652 + 34% + 196%
Prince George Street, PO1 Portsmouth £223,920 £177,860 + 26% + 30%
Prince George Drive, DE22 Derby £179,786 £169,654 + 6% + 5%
Prince George Street, ST10 Stoke onTrent £179,495 £160,566 + 12% + 5%
Prince George Avenue, SR6 Sunderland £173,000 £163,751 + 6% + 1%
Overall Average £281,222 16% 63%

Andy Hatoum, co-founder of Placebuzz.com, says: “By George! Clearly, buyers have to fork out a lot more for the privilege of living on a road steeped in royal history. The inflated price tag associated with living on a road named after the latest addition to the royal family is almost double in Portsmouth. The baby Prince is already boosting sales of baby clothes – does his regal influence extend to the property market too? It would seem so.”

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London’s most expensive properties in pictures

A Hampstead mansion…£40 million

 

6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms and 6 Reception rooms…£35 million

 

5 bedroom kensington apartment…£30 million

 

Double fronted victorian villa…£29 million

 

Eaton square apartment…£28 million

 

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Travel less to work. Discover new areas to live in London

Three-quarters of UK workers have journeys to work of less than 30 minutes, according to the Office for National Statistics.  That figure comes down significantly for Londoners, with  less than 50% getting to work in under 30 minutes.

Working out where to live and how long the journey to work is requires looking at several websites to get information about public transport links and can be quite time consuming.

To make it easy to discover places to live in London, we have launched a new feature that allows our users to do just that; Quickly discover places to live by specifying where they work, how long they wish to travel, the type of property they are looking for and their budget.

To use this feature, simply go to http://www.placebuzz.com/commute-search

Simply enter the area you work in (e.g. Holborn)…

And hit the Suggest Areas button…

You are then presented with a carousel showing the areas matching your criteria.  You can adjust the travel time, type of property and budget using the orange sliders and hitting the Suggest Areas button again to narrow down or widen your search.

You can further explore an area by clicking on an area from the carousel, or on one of the map markers…

As the popup says, we use a combination of science and magic to show you how long a typical journey would be including any tube, bus and walking times.

To see properties in an area that you like, just click the Find properties around… button which will take you directly to property search results…

To use this feature, simply go to http://www.placebuzz.com/commute-search

Please send us your comments and let us know what you think of this feature.

 

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