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

Nationally the housing market has seen a massive boom since the end of the first lockdown and the announcement of the stamp duty holiday. 

Luke Brady, the head of residential in the south for Savills, gave us an insight into what people in the region are after when moving home since the first lockdown.

He said: "Since reopening in mid-May there’s been a remarkable recovery in the housing market.

"With many anticipating continued flexible working and less frequent commuting, houses which offer more space, in well-connected town or village locations, are particularly sought-after."

Additionally, 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.

The latest statistics from YouGov  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 Southampton right now: 

Three bed link-detached house

Millbrook Road East, Freemantle, Southampton SO15


Romsey Advertiser:

This three-bed family home has bags of potential but it is in need of some modernisation and a touch of TLC.

There are two good sized gardens as well as ample space inside the property for a busy family.

Boasting four reception rooms there is definitely room for a home office (or two) and this home is being offered with no onward chain.

Find out more on Zoopla.

Romsey Advertiser:

Another property in need of a makeover, this semi-detached house is marketed as an investment and needs a complete renovation.

Coming in at under £200,000 this home is situated in a prime location not far from the city centre and close to many amenities. 

There is a rear private garden that is currently accessed by the kitchen and is in need of landscaping, once complete this could make a great outside space as it is south facing so will get sun for most of the day.

Find out more on Zoopla.

Three bed semi-detached house

Staplehurst Close, Southampton SO19


Romsey Advertiser:

A great example of a modern family home this  property boasts three bedrooms, a large living room as well as a fitted kitchen and dining room. 

This property has a well-maintained rear garden with a decking area which is ideal for alfresco dining.

Find out more on Zoopla.

Three bed terraced house

Magnolia Road, Southampton SO19


Romsey Advertiser:

This beautiful home has three good-sized bedrooms as well as both a front and rear garden. 

The property would be ideal for a small family with the opportunity to turn the third bedroom into a home office.

The kitchen has been extended and there is an additional dining room and large lounge. 

For more information visit Zoopla. 

Five bed detached house

Midanbury Lane, Southampton SO18


Romsey Advertiser:

Coming in at the liimit for the stamp duty holiday is this wonderful five bedroom home.

Boasting ample space for a large busy family this property has five bedrooms and a self-contained annexe. 

With everything the modern buyer is after, what more could you need? 

Find out more on Zoopla.

Have you thought about moving since the first lockdown? Let us know in the comments.