What are property buyers looking for in a home since the start of the pandemic?​​

The demands of buyers have changed significantly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and a record number of homes are coming to the market.

Ian Thomas, partner at Ford and Partners in High Wycombe gave us an insight into what people in the region are after when moving home since the first lockdown.

He said: "We have seen significant changes since March 2020 and are pleased to announce that we have sold property to a value of twelve million pounds.

"The housing market has certainly bounced back from lockdown in a strong fashion."

Mr Thomas identified that after lockdown the true worth of an extra bedroom became priceless, as people working from home were having to take calls and work from the dining room table.

High Wycombe properties with gardens or close to green spaces all of a sudden became even more desirable.

He said: "The increased demand for a new home meant that the properties on the market coming out of lockdown in early summer with extra rooms and gardens were snapped up in days for ‘full’ price." 

A recent Rightmove report revealed that the average time to sell is now 50 days, which is 12 days faster than the same period last year.

The report compared the national UK property market in 2019 to 2020.

Gráinne Gilmore, head of research at Zoopla said:

"At present, we're predicting the busiest run-up to Christmas in the property market in over a decade, a trend we anticipate across the south, as well as the country as a whole."

The latest YouGov statistics showed that a third of buyers said the pandemic has made having a garden more important to them.

Whilst three in ten buyers said the pandemic made a home workspace a priority. 

Here are some of the most popular properties on the market in High Weymouth right now: 

Four bed property 

Adelaide Road, High Wycombe HP13


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This large four bedroom family home is listed as an investment opportunity with bags of potential.

In need of some modernisation and a bit of TLC the property has four large bedrooms, three bathrooms and also benefits from a loft conversion - so ample room for a home office.

Find out more on Zoopla.

Four bed detached house 

New Road, High Wycombe HP12


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Coming just under the stamp duty threshold this gorgeous family home is well-presented throughout. 

Recently extended, there is a 30ft open plan kitchen diner and living room with feature wood burner and bi-folding doors leading to the landscaped rear garden.

Additional features include a utility room, downstairs shower room, family room or bedroom, refitted bathroom and four good-sized bedrooms.

Find out more on Zoopla.

Three bed semi-detached house

Hughenden Road, High Wycombe HP13


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This gorgeous semi-detached property has been well-looked after by the current owners and is ready to move straight into. 

Boasting a family lounge, fitted kitchen and dining room on the ground floor and three bedrooms upstairs, there is ample space for a home office. 

Visit Zoopla for more.

Three bed terraced house

Wynbury Drive, High Wycombe HP13


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Offered with no onward chain this mid-terrace family home has an impressive open plan living space.

The kitchen boasts luxurious marble worktops plus a breakfast bar. From the kitchen there are sliding doors leading to a decked seating area - ideal for alfresco dining.

As one of the most viewed properties in High Wycombe on Zoopla, this house has had more than 1,000 views in the last 30 days. 

To find out more visit Zoopla.

Have you thought about buying or selling your home since the start of the pandemic? Let us know in the comments.