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Home workers are looking to buy property miles from place of employment

A new study has revealed that 20% of workers hope they never have to set foot in the office again, even after lockdown restrictions are lifted and the world returns to normal. As a result, the poll of 2,000 UK homeowners found that two-thirds would now look to move to a house that was better designed for home working. 

Homebuyers now also put having an office as a higher priority than a garage or a house that is eco-friendly, while a bigger garden is also key. The research was commissioned by online estate agents Purplebricks, whose managing director, Christian Howes, said: “Certain things about 2020 will have far-reaching repercussions, such as the desire to continue working from home in many cases.”

The study also revealed that technology is changing the way people view and buy homes with 33% turning to Google Street View to help scout their potential new neighbourhoods. More than half would be happy to try out a ‘virtual viewing’ if they were looking for a new home now, while 42% would also be prepared to use an app to help manage the sale.

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