The Sunday Times
Friday February 22, 2019
Zoopla

If you’ve ever searched on Zoopla to find out how much your neighbours’ homes are worth, you’re not alone. These are the nosiest neighbourhoods in Britain for property values.

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  • The commuter town of Reading is home to Britain’s nosiest neighbours, according to the latest research from Zoopla.

    Compared to the national average, they are 47% more likely to run a valuation on their neighbours' properties.

    Milton Keynes took the second spot at 43% above the national average, while the third nosiest town is Bedford at 37%.

    The ranking of ‘Nosey Neighbours’ was compiled by examining how many times visitors to Zoopla used the estimates tool to get an instant valuation on a neighbouring home. Take a look at the table below to see if your town makes the top 10.

    Top 10 nosiest towns

    Rank

    Post town

    Valuations run (above British average)

    Average property price 

    Increase/decrease in average property value in last 12 months

    1

    Reading

    47%

    £422,153

    -1.8%

    2

    Milton Keynes

    43%

    £306,453

    -1.4%

    3

    Bedford

    37%

    £328,873

    -1.0%

    4

    Swindon

    25%

    £260,003

    0.2%

    5

    Colchester

    20%

    £323,626

    0.7%

    6

    Cambridge

    19%

    £458,482

    -1.0%

    7

    Stockport

    17%

    £266,979

    1.2%

    8

    Newport

    17%

    £181,787

    4.1%

    9

    Bournemouth

    15%

    £306,289

    3.0%

    10

    Coventry

    14%

    £211,600

    -0.9%

    Source: Zoopla, January 2019

    On the other hand, Middlesbrough is the least nosiest town, with residents 55% less likely than the average Brit to snoop at their neighbours’ house prices. At 46% and 42% below average respectively, Rotherham and Dundee take second and third place.

    Top 10 least nosiest towns

    Rank

    Post town

    Valuations run (above British average)

    Average property price

    Increase/decrease in average property value in last 12 months

    1

    Middlesbrough

    -55%

    £145,645

    -1.6%

    2

    Rotherham

    -46%

    £152,180

    1.3%

    3

    Dundee

    -42%

    £171,469

    4.7%

    4

    Hull

    -42%

    £142,233

    0.6%

    5

    Doncaster

    -31%

    £156,414

    -1.9%

    6

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    -31%

    £210,272

    2.9%

    7

    Barnsley

    -31%

    £142,874

    2.8%

    8

    Liverpool

    -30%

    £173,400

    2.4%

    9

    Glasgow

    -27%

    £191,832

    6.8%

    10

    Oldham

    -26%

    £155,282

    3.4%

    Source: Zoopla, January 2019

    The British obsession with property does not stop there though, as Zoopla’s State of the Property Nation report revealed that nearly a third of people know the exact street or house they want to move to. The survey of more than 6,000 Brits also showed that 43% already know which town or region they’d like to live in.

    Regionally, Londoners are the most likely to know exactly where they want to move to, with almost half (48%) having already picked out their ideal street or house. The Welsh were the least certain, with just 16% knowing which street or property they want to live in.

    State of the Property Nation Survey

    Question

    I know the specific house OR street I want to live in

    I know the neighbourhood(s) I want to live in

    I know which town(s) I want to live in

    I know the region of the UK, but no more than that

    I have absolutely no idea

    Great Britain

    31%

    21%

    21%

    14%

    6%

    Scotland

    19%

    24%

    40%

    8%

    9%

    West Midlands

    33%

    21%

    27%

    12%

    7%

    Wales

    16%

    21%

    36%

    19%

    9%

    East Midlands

    30%

    21%

    33%

    11%

    5%

    East of England

    20%

    17%

    36%

    18%

    8%

    South West

    19%

    22%

    29%

    27%

    4%

    South East

    24%

    17%

    33%

    18%

    7%

    London

    48%

    19%

    18%

    9%

    6%

    North West

    35%

    23%

    28%

    10%

    3%

    North East

    32%

    24%

    28%

    9%

    6%

    Source: Zoopla, January 2019

    Annabel Dixon, spokesperson for Zoopla, said: “We’re a nation of property lovers so it’s perhaps no surprise that nearly a third know the exact street or house they want to live in.

    “Whether Brits are plotting their next move, or simply curious, it’s fascinating to see the stark contrasts in nosey behaviour from town to town.”

    Dixon added: “Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, researching the property market and speaking to estate agents in your local area is always a good idea as it will ultimately help you make a more informed decision.”

    Top three takeaways

    • Reading is home to the nosiest neighbours, with nearly half of its residents researching local house prices
    • Middlesbrough proved to be the least nosiest town, with residents 55% less likely than the average Brit to examine their neighbours’ house prices.
    • Approximately one in three Brits already know the street or house they want to move to

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