Survey reveals what men and women look for when buying a new home

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27th October 2015 16:21 - Housing

A recent housing survey by Santander Mortgages has revealed what the different sexes look for when buying a property.Survey reveals what men and women look for when buying a new home

According to Santander’s research, men want to be near to transport links and their place of employment, whereas women would prefer a more spacious house and being near a good school and their family.

Of the male respondents, approximately 35 per cent said that they wanted to live near their workplace. On the other hand, 31 per cent of females favoured living space.

When the respondents were asked about gardens, women were found to regard them as more important than men, who were happy to substitute a private garden for a park.

Head of Business Development at Santander Mortgages, Graham Sellar, said of the findings:

“Men are most interested in what they can do and where they can go outside the home, whereas women are more concerned with the bricks, mortar and space within”.

During the research, more than 2,000 people were questioned and found that the males in the survey were more concerned about having friendly neighbours and finding a property in an ‘up and coming’ area, whereas women prioritised being in the catchment area of a good school and being close to family.

Women were also found to regard eco-features as more important than men.

Another unrelated study by the Wood Window Alliance revealed that approximately 2 in 3 Britons decide if they like a property before they have even entered a home. Of those who view a house with an open mind, it takes just five minutes to decide whether to buy the house.

The survey by the Wood Window Alliance also revealed that unkempt neighbours, mould and a messy lawn were the biggest turn offs to buying a property.

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