Today (23 March) marks one year since the UK went into the first national lockdown. The pandemic has undoubtedly made an impact on the housing market, not only in the demand for properties but also in the types of properties home buyers are now searching for.
Take a read of our Head of Sales, David Smith’s reflections on how the pandemic has affected home buying and the essential requirements of new properties.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has turned house purchaser’s priorities upside down, as to where and how they want to live.
Prior to the pandemic, the house served as a base to come home to after a long day at the office to relax during the evenings and weekend. All this has now changed with the home being used 24/7 and serving a dual function role as an office during the day, and a place to live in the evenings and weekends. This means the design of the property and shopping list of “essential requirements” have completely changed and there is a very strong demand for properties that can offer plenty of space to fulfil both functions.
Of course, quality nearby schools and good transport links still feature high on the list, however there has been a significant shift in demand towards properties with larger gardens preferably in villages in the open countryside to breathe fresh air.
Looking forward to sales in the next 12 months, I see strong demand for properties in more rural and coastal locations as people look to escape more built up areas, as well as more homes that have space for home working.”
If you are interested in finding out more about the properties at our developments in Harrogate, Markington, York and Pocklington, please get in touch by calling 0333 370 2505 or emailing our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org.