While 47% bought their latest home in the same or a similar area to their previous property, 40% were able to purchase home in a more affluent area
New research from GetAgent’s has revealed that 57% of homebuyers to have purchased in the last six months have been able to afford a bigger home, providing them with more space to help offset any future boredom of being stuck indoors. 28% bought a similar-sized home, while just 15% had to purchase a smaller property
However, it’s not just the property that UK homebuyers are upgrading. While 47% bought their latest home in the same or a similar area to their previous property, 40% stated they were able to purchase in a more affluent area than before.
Again, just 13% had to buy in a less affluent area than previously.
Finally, with social lives remaining restricted and summer fast approaching, it comes as no surprise that a huge 86% of recent homebuyers were able to afford a home with that all-important outdoor space.
Colby Short, Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, commented: Current market sentiment is incredibly positive despite the wider uncertainty that remains due to Covid.
Interest rates remain extremely favourable for those looking to fund their purchase via a mortgage, the stamp duty saving on offer has now been extended to as late as September for many, and there are other influential factors at play such as 95% mortgage products and the latest Help to Buy scheme, Short said.
He said: All of which is helping to boost buyer confidence not only when transacting but also in terms of the size and location of the property they’re aspiring to own. The trend for bigger homes and outdoor space is not only helping many climb the property ladder, but it also appears they are climbing the social status ladder as well, making the move to more affluent areas than they may have otherwise.
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