An estimated third of employees spend at least some of their week working from home with high speed broadband rising up the criteria list for new house buyers. Evidence suggests that broadband speeds could affect the price that buyers end up paying for their next move.
An analysis of average house prices and broadband download speeds by local authority reveals that buyers spend, on average, 17% more for properties in areas with superfast broadband compared to areas where average speeds are less than 25 Mbps.
Some of this will be related to where broadband providers have historically focused their investment, ie, in more affluent areas, but with the major providers increasing their coverage, this effect will become more diluted. Indeed, the Government has committed to provide superfast broadband (at least 24Mbps) to at least 95% of UK premises.
There are a myriad of factors that affect local property prices but the influence of broadband speeds should not be underestimated with its importance to buyers set to continue to increase.
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The Government Help to Buy initiatives have proved popular since their launch in 2013, allowing thousands of First Time Buyers to step onto the property ladder.
It is worth noting however, that these schemes are not just for the first-timers, but are also open to existing homeowners looking to move property.
Recent figures showed a notable difference between the increase in house prices compared to those of flats. Someone looking to make that move to a larger property may therefore find they do not have as much equity as expected, so bridging that gap may be difficult.
Both Help to Buy schemes – the Equity Loan and Mortgage Guarantee – allow borrowers to put down just a 5% deposit.
For those not keen to re-visit the Bank of Mum and Dad, this could prove to be a lifeline.
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