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New research from Zoopla has revealed over 7.2 million potential house buyers visit properties between Christmas and New Year, with a staggering 60% increase in property related searches.

Popularity of house hunting over Christmas - by Tracey Mayne

As the festive period is fast approaching, we have listed below some of the top reasons why this is the ideal time for house hunters to kick start their search for a new home!

1. More time
Christmas offers the perfect opportunity to search for properties, with extra downtime to research an area and visit the developments. As movers can commit more time to house hunting without the stress of work or school runs, potential buyers are more likely to find the right property for them.

2. A chance to visit homes as a family
As the children settle in at home for the Christmas holidays, families have a rare opportunity to visit a potential home all together. When house hunting, finding time for the whole family can be tricky with the hurdles of school hours and work commitments. Therefore, the festive period provides the ideal time for families to spend time together and discover a home that will appeal to everyone.

3. Search online using your new toys
It’s tough to celebrate Christmas without at least one person receiving a new tech gadget, whether it’s the latest smartphone or a brand-new tablet. Luckily, house hunting online has never been easier, with frequently upgraded apps and house building websites allowing people to search for their dream property from the comfort of their own home.

4. New year, new home
Every Christmas comes to an end with a new-found optimism for the year ahead, as we find the motivation to make exciting changes to our lives. Although the decision to move home is a daunting process, the festive period offers the perfect time to reflect on your family’s growing needs.
Using the festive period to search for properties will ensure you find the place that is right for you, and will set you up for spending next Christmas in your dream home! For inspiration, we have some fantastic show homes at our developments in London, Cambridge, and the rest of the UK, which are open during the festive period on the following days:

We are open over the festive period other than the days noted below so come and visit our show homes.

Saturday 23rd December 2017 - Closed
Sunday 24th December 2017 - Closed
Monday 25th December 2017 - Closed
Tuesday 26th December 2017 - Closed
Sunday 31st January 2017 - Closed
Monday 1st January 2018 - Closed

Tracey Mayne,
Associate Director of Sales

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