More Brits prefer buying new home miles away from work, according to new study

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Brits are prepared to buy a new property miles away from their place of employment – because many plan to continue working from home permanently, a study has revealed.

A fifth 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, a 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.

And more than half would be happy to do a "virtual viewing" when looking for a new home.

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.

"But it seems many Brits are still looking for homes with enough room for entertaining guests – showing we can't wait to gather in groups again."

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.

And age is no barrier when it comes to technology either.

As 70% of those over the age of 65 claim they're happy to view homes virtually.

More than half (52%) of the older generation are also ditching property sections of the local paper in favour of apps.

Six in 10 adults think modern technology like home viewing apps makes the process of buying a property quicker, compared to "traditional" methods, like ringing estate agents or flicking through the newspaper.

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