The Andy Murray effect on househunting

Alex Johnson

c0eaf9f654d5b0f67aa63394f3a4c2fa01e2cd62 The Andy Murray effect on househunting

What effect did Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory have on people looking for a new home? According to Rightmove, the very end of the final saw its biggest ever daily dip in traffic.

“For around a 20 minute period around the conclusion of the Wimbledon final we saw traffic levels on mobile devices fall by nearly half from the peak hit earlier in the day,” said Miles Shipside, director at Rightmove, “and website traffic fall by about a third. It’s the single biggest traffic ‘hit’ we’ve ever seen. We saw something similar on ‘Super Saturday’ during the Olympics when in space of an hour we saw three pronounced dips in traffic as people tuned in to see Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah win Olympic gold.”

William Blake’s house for sale
The four bedroom, 17th century cottage at Felpham, Bognor Regis, which was the home of English poet and artist William Blake is now on for £650,000 with Jackson-Stops & Staff. Pictured above, the thatched Grade II flint and brick cottage where Blake wrote Jerusalem is on the market for the first time since 1928. Features include a walled garden, the dining room where he kept his printing press, and lots of off-street parking.

10 years of property prices in Scotland
A new report from Registers of Scotland looks at the decade of property prices in the country from 2003 to 2013 and shows that:

* residential house prices in Scotland rose by 52.9% and a home now costs £156,428 on average

* the volume of sales has dropped by 43.8% compared to 2003

* the number of £1m+ residential properties sold in Scotland doubled between 2003 and 2013

* 2007-08 saw the largest volume of homes sold in Scotland

Aberdeen saw the highest increase in average prices, with properties doubling in price – the average price of a property in the city is now £187,298, compared with £91,573 in 2003/04. The smallest rise was in Glasgow where average prices grew by 25% to £126,930. The highest number of high-value sales were in Edinburgh.

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  • justejudexultionis

    The British obsession with house prices and property ownership is a sort of strange, sick disease, akin to Ebola or Guinea Worm.

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