A range of new criteria which reflects society’s changing lifestyle is increasingly influencing house buyers in the capital, according to Edinburgh’s leading property solicitor.
Scott Brown, Estate Agency Consultant at Warners Solicitors and Estate Agents said: “Gone are the days where people’s buying focus stops and starts around either a garage or big garden.
“Now features such as access to super-fast broadband and perfect mobile phone reception can play a key role in a property deal.
“Social media and web browsing is very much part of our everyday lives in this digital age, added to the fact that more people are choosing to work from home too.
“As a result, we are finding that house-hunters are looking for good broadband and mobile phone connections, and these 21st century demands are becoming as important as traditional factors such as good schools, low crime rates and access to good transport.”
In a recent survey from Halifax, 30% of people said access to a good broadband signal is likely to affect their decision on whether to buy a certain property and 20% said they would pay more for the same home if it had good broadband.
Warners believes that the local property market is likely to remain stable throughout 2013 and could see an increase due to a growing confidence among buyers and sellers, so factors which can influence a sale will become even more prevalent.
The firm further cemented its status as the Capital’s top estate agent recently by marking the sale of its 10,000thproperty since 2000, according to official sales figures recorded by Edinburgh Solicitors’ Property Centre (ESPC).