Energy-efficiency is most sought-after feature by homebuyers

According to a new analysis by Share to Buy, searches for energy efficiency top the list as the most sought-after property feature for UK homebuyers.

As more people work from home for the long haul, buyers are searching for new builds, apartments and houses that can save them hundreds of pounds a year in energy bills.

To find out what UK homebuyers are searching for the most, Share to Buy has analysed across all the most common property features using Google search data, comparing year-on-year search growth from 2019, revealing the most and least searched house features of 2020:

Must-Have House Features Ranked

Energy efficient
136%
Roof terrace
54%
Double-glazing
46%
Balcony
41%
Garden
38%
Garage
31%
Carpeted
30%
Pet-friendly
26%
Home office space
25%
Fast broadband
19%
Tiled
18%
Patio space
15%
Annex
15%

Least-Searched House Features

Near the train
34%
Central heating
32%
Parking space
31%
Double garage
17%
White goods included
13%
Driveway
8%
Secure
4%

Altogether, searches for properties with energy-efficient setups, home office space and access to fresh air are taking centre stage, highlighting the increasing importance of combined home and work life for homebuyers. Fast internet is also a massive consideration as technology and remote work plays a more significant role at home than ever before.

Commenting on the analysis, Nick Lieb, Head of Operations at Share to Buy, said:

“One of the biggest things to consider when buying a house is whether it has the features you need to make it your dream home, and we’ve seen a huge shift in what people need and want this year as we spend more time at home than ever before”

To view the full analysis visit: sharetobuy.com/news/most-in-demand-house-features/

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