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Home buyers who live in big cities are planning their escape to the countryside as a property website reported a 125 percent increase in people planning to move to villages after the coronavirus lockdown.

Rightmove said there has been an increase in urban residents considering moving to the countryside – and this exceeds an increase in home hunters planning to move from town to town.

In the past two months, the number of buyer inquiries from people in 10 major cities increased by 78 percent compared to the same period last year.

This is because the British are lagging behind the major European economies in returning to work. Almost one in ten people here now hopes to be able to do their job permanently from home as people try to find a better lifestyle in the country.

City dwellers' contacts to buy a house in a village rose 126 percent in June and July compared to the same period last year, surpassing the 68 percent increase in people in cities who asked about cities.

For example, the number of requests from Liverpoolers looking for a village lifestyle has almost tripled compared to the previous year (275 percent), while requests for cities rose by 63 percent.

In Edinburgh, inquiries about villages have increased by 205 percent and in Birmingham by 186 percent. Only in one of ten cities surveyed – Leicester – the number of requests for moving to cities has risen faster than to villages.

Rightmove is seeing an increase in urban residents considering moving to the countryside, with these locations being the most popular

A popular village visited by Londoners is Iver, Buckinghamshire, where this four bedroom house costs £ 675,000. The village on London's Paddington railway line has an average price of £ 607,483, compared to the London average of £ 641,854

A popular village visited by Londoners is Iver, Buckinghamshire, where this four bedroom house costs £ 675,000. The village on London's Paddington railway line has an average price of £ 607,483, compared to the London average of £ 641,854

Nottingham residents check out the village of East Leake, where this six bedroom detached house costs £ 475,000. Nottinghamshire village has an average house price of £ 290,005 compared to the Nottingham city average of £ 214,572

Nottingham residents check out the village of East Leake, where this six bedroom detached house costs £ 475,000. Nottinghamshire village has an average house price of £ 290,005 compared to the Nottingham city average of £ 214,572

The people of Bristol are planning to move to Banwell, where this four bedroom cottage is on the market for £ 600,000. Somerset village has an average house price of £ 287,480 compared to the average of £ 328,776 in Bristol city

The people of Bristol are planning to move to Banwell, where this four bedroom cottage is on the market for £ 600,000. Somerset village has an average house price of £ 287,480 compared to the average of £ 328,776 in Bristol city

According to Rightmove, many places in the city that city house hunters are interested in are still within commuting distance from the city they currently live in, suggesting that people are drawn to the attraction of a quieter way of life.

Money does not seem to be the main motivation for the move, as the average asking prices in villages are often more expensive than in cities.

The most popular villages home hunters ask to move to

Here are the most popular rural locations home hunters want to head to, with the average asking prices in towns and villages, according to Rightmove:

  • Birmingham, £ 212,661 – Marlbrook, Worcestershire, £ 367,854
  • Bristol, £ 328,776 – Banwell, Somerset, £ 287,480
  • Edinburgh, £ 276,879 – West Linton, Peeblesshire, £ 365,888
  • Glasgow, £ 154,680 – Bridge of the Weir, Renfrewshire, £ 221,830
  • Liverpool, £ 169,973 – Aughton, Lancashire, £ 377,515
  • London, £ 641,854 – Iver, Buckinghamshire, £ 607,483
  • Manchester, £ 218,594 – Charlesworth, Derbyshire, £ 356,655
  • Nottingham, £ 214,572 – East Leake, Nottinghamshire, £ 290,005
  • Sheffield, £ 199,562 – Whiston, South Yorkshire, £ 231,300
  • Leicester, £ 236,672 – Markfield, Leicestershire, £ 260,772

Rightmove suggested that some townhouse owners may have benefited from strong house price growth over the years and are now able to trade in the land.

Real estate expert Miles Shipside said, “The lure of a new lifestyle that is quieter with an abundance of beautiful landscapes and more outdoor space has led more city dwellers to choose to become rural residents.

“We saw a shift back in April with more people in cities inquiring about moving out of this city, and that trend has continued.

"The most popular village moves are still in the same region that the home hunters are currently in as they are likely to keep their current jobs but may have the flexibility to commute less frequently and set up their work space at home."

Mark Rimell, director of Strutt & Parker's cottage division, said, "A slower pace of life, outdoor space, and close communities go hand in hand with village life – something that many have come to appreciate and love in the past few months Duration is. "

Freddie Wright, Partner at Knight Frank Bristol, said: & # 39; The urban real estate market in Bristol is very busy right now. Many of the vendors want to move to villages like Banwell because people are looking for a slower pace of life-lockdown, and these villages offer the best of both worlds. & # 39;

Rightmove's study was published when a separate survey by Barclays Mortgages found that south-west England, with its rural and coastal communities, is a particularly sought-after location for those from Birmingham, Nottingham, London and Manchester.

Barclays mortgages found popular reasons for people wanting to move, a bigger yard, proximity to essential services, an easy sport life, proximity to relatives, and a stronger local community.

Dr. Peter Brooks, Chief Behavioral Scientist at Barclays, said, “More outdoor space and the benefits of being closer to friends and family are high on the must-have list for many moving companies.

Edinburgh residents rate the village of West Linton in the Borders, home to a six bedroom house for £ 595,000. The village has an average house price of £ 365,888, well above the Edinburgh average of £ 276,879

Edinburgh residents rate the village of West Linton in the Borders, home to a six bedroom house for £ 595,000. The village has an average house price of £ 365,888, well above the Edinburgh average of £ 276,879

Manchester residents check out the village of Charlesworth, Derbyshire, where an eight bedroom house costs £ 675,000. The house was first listed at £ 775,950 in January 2019 and then scaled down to current levels in February, March and August of that year

Manchester residents check out the village of Charlesworth, Derbyshire, where an eight bedroom house costs £ 675,000. The house was first listed at £ 775,950 in January 2019 and then scaled down to current levels in February, March and August of that year

Marlbrook in Worcestershire is a popular choice with Birmingham locals where this five bedroom home is located. The home was listed for £ 550,000 in July 2019, then reduced to £ 550,000 in September 2019 and then reduced to £ 538,950 in June 2020

Marlbrook in Worcestershire is a popular choice with Birmingham locals where this five bedroom home is located. The home was listed for £ 550,000 in July 2019, then reduced to £ 550,000 in September 2019 and then reduced to £ 538,950 in June 2020

Liverpool residents check out the Lancashire village of Aughton, where a four bedroom house costs £ 365,000. The number of requests from Liverpool residents looking for a village lifestyle has nearly tripled compared to last year

Liverpool residents check out the Lancashire village of Aughton, where a four bedroom house costs £ 365,000. The number of requests from Liverpool residents looking for a village lifestyle has nearly tripled compared to last year

"As work from home becomes more common, it seems to be easier for many to move abroad as it is less necessary to be within a short distance of the office."

For inquiries from large cities about villages, the top ten percentage increases

Here are the percentage increases in requests from major cities for villages, followed by increases in interest in cities, according to Rightmove:

  1. Birmingham, 186%, 43%
  2. Bristol, 131%, 85%
  3. Edinburgh, 205%, 86%
  4. Glasgow, 60%, 55%
  5. Leicester, 27%, 48%
  6. Liverpool, 275%, 63%
  7. London, 144%, 79%
  8. Manchester, 79%, 36%
  9. Nottingham, 137%, 68%
  10. Sheffield, 81%, 58%

Last week, Rightmove said searches for homes with gardens had doubled since last year as potential home buyers put more emphasis on the outdoors after the lockdown.

Homes with south-facing gardens were the most sought-after – they sold faster in almost all regions of England, Scotland and Wales, a survey by the property website found.

The study found that homes with south-facing exteriors sold two days faster and were priced nearly £ 23,000 more than homes without.

Real estate experts said data showed that searches on the website for homes with a garden were up more than 100 percent in June compared to June 2019 – the total number of buyer searches increased 56 percent over the same period.

And a survey by the company in May found that having a bigger yard, or at least access to one, was the top requirement for home buyers, which had changed as a result of the lockdown.

The study looked at nearly 400,000 listings of three and four bedroom homes between July 2019 and June 2020 and found that homes with south-facing gardens had a national average price of £ 369,365, compared with £ 346,670 for those without a demand markup of 7 percent.

In eight out of eleven regions, properties with south-facing outdoor areas sold faster than those without – only the South East, London and the North West showed no difference in sales times.

The appeal of a south-facing garden was greatest in Yorkshire and the Humber, where homes with the asset sold eight days faster than those without and a price premium of 14 percent – averaging £ 288,681 versus £ 253,053.

Also last month, it was alleged that the UK property market was experiencing an "unexpected mini-boom" with prices hitting record highs as virus lockdown measures slowly increased.

Some Sheffield residents are dying to move to the village of Whiston, where a three bedroom bungalow costs £ 300,000. The property, with wraparound gardens, was first listed for £ 315,000 in December 2018 before being reduced in April 2019

Some Sheffield residents are dying to move to the village of Whiston, where a three bedroom bungalow costs £ 300,000. The property, with wraparound gardens, was first listed for £ 315,000 in December 2018 before being reduced in April 2019

Leicester residents check out the village of Markfield, where this five bedroom detached house is for sale for £ 550,000. Markfield has an average house price of £ 260,772 compared to the average in the City of Leicester of £ 236,672

Leicester residents check out the village of Markfield, where this five bedroom detached house is for sale for £ 550,000. Markfield has an average house price of £ 260,772 compared to the average in the City of Leicester of £ 236,672

Some who live in Glasgow check out Bridge Of Weir, which is selling a two bedroom apartment for £ 145,000. The house was last sold in December 2007 for £ 152,250 and relaunched in October 2018 before being reduced by £ 5,000 last August

Some who live in Glasgow check out Bridge Of Weir, which is selling a two bedroom apartment for £ 145,000. The house was last sold in December 2007 for £ 152,250 and relaunched in October 2018 before being reduced by £ 5,000 last August

The average asking price of a property is now 2.4 percent, or £ 7,640 higher than before the restrictions announced in March, at £ 320,265, according to Rightmove.

Prices are also 3.7 percent higher than a year ago, the biggest annual increase since December 2016.

The property market in England reopened on May 13th. The ministers had effectively closed it as part of the lockdown measures implemented in March.

Mr Shipside said: & # 39; The unexpected mini-boom continues to gain momentum as more nations reopen.

During the virus crisis, many lenders, including HSBC and Nationwide, took out low deposit mortgages because of growing fears that borrowers might default on their obligations.

A Bank of England poll last month warned that mortgages and other credit would be more difficult to come by in the current months as banks become more risk averse.

Experts have raised concerns that the UK could be heading for another credit crunch, potentially dampening the impact of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's stamp duty cut.

How Britain is falling behind the rest of Europe on its return to office

By LUCY WHITE, city correspondent for the Daily Mail

The British are lagging behind all the major European economies when it comes to returning to work – almost one in ten here now hopes to be able to do their work permanently from home.

According to a recent survey by investment bank Morgan Stanley, only a third of office workers in the UK have returned to their desks.

This corresponds to 83 percent in France, 76 percent in Italy, 73 percent in Spain and 70 percent in Germany.

Now 9 percent of UK workers believe that they will never return to the office permanently and will be able to work from home every day. This corresponds to 2 to 6 percent of the workforce in other major European economies.

But the UK office workers who have returned to their desks have, by and large, been doing so more days a week than their counterparts elsewhere.

However, the numbers will continue to fuel concerns for the survival of businesses in downtown Britain who thrive on the hustle and bustle of busy office buildings. A number of job losses have already occurred at retailers and coffee chains. Pret a Manger – popular with commuters and office workers – has announced plans to close 30 stores and cut 1,000 jobs.

And now WH Smith – a staple for busy train station thoroughfares – has announced 1,500 layoffs after a drop in customer numbers.

The different attitudes of workers between the UK and its European counterparts suggest that reluctance to return to normal may hamper economic recovery.

The Bank of England has warned of long-lasting economic “scars” as the economy is unable to make up for all of its lost ground due to numerous job losses and lower consumer demand.

The government is now borrowing more and more money to fund its measures to support the coronavirus. The Bureau of Budgetary Responsibility believes the Treasury Department is on track to borrow more than £ 370 billion this year – a peacetime record – and a swift economic recovery will be critical to repaying that debt.

However, with Boris Johnson asking to get employees back into the office and spend again on transportation, coffee and lunch, only a third of UK workers believe they will be forced to return to their desks permanently.

Urging staff to return to their offices in early August, Mr Johnson said last month, “I want more people to feel safe using the stores, using the restaurants, and getting back to work – but only if we all follow the guidance. & # 39;

However, many companies have turned down Mr Johnson's request because commuter trains and office buildings across the country are still deadly quiet compared to their usual levels.

Nigel Wilson of financial services firm Legal & General told the Mail yesterday that getting employees back to work is vital to the local economy.

He said, "For restaurants, pubs, clubs, gyms, hairdressers and cleaning companies, they are just back to work and are terribly dependent (on office workers)."

The number of domestic workers in Britain appears to have been influenced by London, where the thought of jam-packed local trains and underground networks has deterred people from venturing into the office.

69 percent of office workers in the capital have not returned to their usual location, and only 18 percent will work every day.

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