Dream Homes Divide Couples
Monday, 29 September 2014
It's one of the most exciting decisions you'll make together, but when it comes to deciding on a dream home, it seems many couples can’t see eye-to-eye. According to a new survey from the online estate agent PurpleBricks.com, up to two thirds of Britain’s couples have fallen out while trying to choose which house to buy.
It's well-known that the stress of planning a move can be overwhelming, with a poll last year placing buying a house at number one of the top 10 most stressful experiences of modern life, putting it it above bankruptcy, divorce or even bereavement. Now research suggests that 61% of first-time buyers found their experience led to tension, arguments, and even break-ups.
The biggest battle when it comes to house hunting, is men and women placing increasing importance on different features. For example, women are more likely to think about their family's future when considering a property, while men are more concerned with financial security.
Eight out of ten men surveyed explained that finding a house with good transport links, offering a quick and pain-free commute, was their number one priority, whilst over half of women questioned said that the number of bedrooms was most important. In keeping with their family-first attitude, over a third of the women surveyed added that being close to good schools was also a major concern.
Consumer expert Sarah Willingham, from Letssavemoney.com, said: "It is clear that for men, an improved lifestyle is the top priority with saving time on their journey to work proving to be a very important factor. For women it's all about family and creating a real home."
Despite some discrepancies, it seems that location is definitely a key factor for both sexes.