Property stat watch: messy sellers, keys, loans, Help to Buy and much more…

Alex Johnson

926e2c438803288c9fd7ac1cc5e68d648a5f8af7 300x199 Property stat watch: messy sellers, keys, loans, Help to Buy and much more...As promised earlier in the week, a roundup of our favourite property-related stats from the last seven days…

First-time buyers took out 27,100 loans in August, an increase of 7% on July and of 33% compared to August 2012 (Source: Council of Mortgage Lenders)

New research reveals that 21 million people leave their washing machine on while they are out of the house (Direct Line Home Insurance)

1% of 18-24s feel homeownership is not important at all (Mortgage Advice Bureau)

Almost 8 in 10 of England’s low to middle income families will still not be able to afford a family home with a 95% Help to Buy mortgage (Shelter)

22% of potential home owners are put off by a messy or cluttered property when searching for their next home (Move with Us)

Over the 12 months to June 2013, 49% of all £1m+ sales in prime central London went to foreign buyers by nationality… only 28% of buyers were non-resident in the UK (Knight Frank)

One in four of UK homeowners surveyed worried about the potential impact of disruptive neighbours or the council granting planning permission to build something detrimental nearby (BLP Insurance)

More than 1 in 6 people say they spend the most waking hours in the bedroom (Lloyds Bank Insurance)

The average Briton hands out a total of 5 spare keys to their house to other people and 9% of people who have given out spare keys admit that they can’t remember how many they’ve given out and to whom (Yale Door)

The number of callouts for boiler-related problems increased by 72% from the first week of September to the first week of October, coinciding with householders turning their heating on (AA Home Membership)

35 per cent of property sales in the first half of 2013 in the UK were paid for in cash, The South West has the highest proportion of cash buyers in England and Wales, while the number of cash buyers in the UK has grown faster than mortgage buyers in 2013 (Hamptons International)

London has retained the top ranking for international high net worth investment in 2014 with the most important influencing factors being its perceived ‘safe haven status’ (26%) lifestyle (27%) and quality of education (25%) (Cluttons)

Next week: how many people do not know their neighbours’ first names?

Greater London rents are almost double the rest of the UK
And if those aren’t enough, here are some more statistics – tenants living in London are now paying almost double the amount of rent than those around the rest of the UK, and almost two thirds of their income on rent, according to new research from HomeLet.

Its figures for September suggest that the average cost of renting a home in Greater London increased by 1.6% during September to £1,337 per month, 4.8% more expensive than the same time last year, marking a new record-high. Meanwhile, around the rest of the UK, the average cost dropped by 1.8% to £696 per month (that’s when the Greater London figure is removed).

Wales saw the largest monthly and annual increases in average rents of 4.1% and 7.2% respectively – it now costs an average of £614 per month to rent a home in Wales.

Pictured above is a 2 bedroom semi detached house for sale in Long Reach Close, Seasalter, Whitstable. On with Miles & Barr for £179,950 it has been viewed on the Zoopla website 6,233 times in last 30 days

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