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Majority of Northern Ireland people wouldn't swap where they live, according to new survey

Published 25/11/2016

The garden plays big factor in decision to buy a home, survey found.
The garden plays big factor in decision to buy a home, survey found.
Transport links played a role in people's house buying.
Research looked at how happy people were with the location of their home

The majority of people in Northern Ireland are happy with where they live and wouldn't swap it for anything else, a new survey has found.

More than eight in 10 people said yes when asked if they were happy where they were living.

That was the lowest of all the UK regions survey and compares to a national average of 89.1%.

People in Wales were found to be the most happy with where they were living, with 93.4% saying yes.

Yorkshire residents and those in the South West of England were also particularly likely to be satisfied with where they live, the research from Co-op Insurance found.

The research also suggested that the price of a home may have more of an influence on home buyers' decisions than the location.

Seven in 10 people said the price of a home was a main influence on whether or not they bought it, while 65% said a home's location was key, the survey of more than 2,000 people found.

Almost half said the size of their garden was a major factor in the decision to buy a house. A third said access to transport links was vital and a quarter wanted storage space. Twenty-four percent wanted to be near a good school.

Some 23% of people surveyed would want a home that was ready to move into, with no renovations needed, while one in 10 (10%) would like a property with investment potential.

Two-thirds (67%) of people surveyed said a good sense of community spirit is the key to being happy with where you live. And nearly one in five (19%) had considered how nice the neighbours seemed before putting in an offer on a property.

Here are the percentages of people who said they were happy with where they were living, according to Co-op Insurance:

  • Northern Ireland, 82.1%
  • East Midlands 87.5%
  • East Anglia 83.2%
  • London, 88.7%
  • North East, 86.7%
  • North West, 86.1%
  • Scotland, 88.7%
  • South East, 91.2%
  • South West, 92.8%
  • Wales, 93.4%
  • West Midlands, 91.6%
  • Yorkshire and the Humber, 92.8%

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