Eight in ten people are turned off by new-builds, claim

Much of the Government’s housing policy may be based around new-builds such as through Help to Buy, but buyers are unenthused by these sorts of properties, a poll suggests.

Research among 2,000 adults by bridging lender MFS found that 81% of adults are not thrilled about the prospect of living in a new-build, while 23% would only consider them for buy-to-let investments.

Asked why they were against new-builds, 60% felt they were poorly built and 41% said they lacked character.

The research also found that 79% of respondents feel the current Government should do more to encourage the refurbishment of older properties as a greater priority to boost the nation’s housing supply

Paresh Raja, chief executive of MFS, said: “Despite the distinct need for a greater national supply of housing, the public appetite is evidently stronger for refurbished traditional properties over new-builds.

“However, the UK’s current housing strategy is heavily predicated on new-builds, much to the frustration of buyers across the market. Clearly more needs to be done to support aspiring property buyers by doing more to encourage the refurbishment projects that are essential to satisfy widespread demand.”


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  1. Headache

    People in this country buy a new build out of necessity not desire.

  2. Bless You

    worst part of new homes are the  sales people. Aggressive, strange breed from the 80’s. House unsold for 6 months suddenly needs to exchange yesterday when a buyer I found. Plus govt. Fault for allowing so many houses on a plot. Rabbit hutches not houses.


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