Is energy efficiency the key to selling your home?

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Want to sell your home quickly? Then make sure you have energy efficient central heating and double glazing, according to

A new survey from the comparison site has found energy efficiency, security and good broadband are some of the most important things for house-buyers.

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Open plan kitchens and living areas, as well as period features, all fail to make the top 20 'must-have' property features.

Most surprisingly, only 1 in 10 (13%) said good local schools were an essential factor when buying a new home.

What if you're looking to buy?

If you're buying or just looking to get on the housing ladder, you'll either agree or disagree with this list of 'must-haves'. Perhaps there's a few of your own you would prioritise more.

However, before you start creating your own essential features, there are some other things you need to think about.


The first question you should ask yourself, particularly if you're a first-time buyer, is how big a mortgage can I afford? This will dictate what kind of properties you should be looking at.


The amount you can afford to pay as a deposit will greatly affect how much you have to repay every month. A bigger deposit means a smaller mortgage. It can be worthwhile saving up for a larger deposit, so you have more manageable mortgage repayments.

Stamp duty

The greatest expense, other than the deposit and monthly repayments, will be Stamp Duty. How much you'll have to pay depends on the value of the property.

Stamp Duty is just one of the extra home buying costs, which people just don't think about. Find out more about what else you've have to budget for in this short video.

This article is provided by the Money Advice Service.

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Most viewed property of the year
This unassuming three-bedroom detached house in Martins Heron in Berkshire doesn’t immediately look like the kind of property to draw the crowds. However, the fact it was used as Harry Potter’s home in the first of the films means we were intrigued to see inside this £475,000 property that was ideal for commuting.
This was an impressive seven-bedroom home in Upper Denby, on the market for £1.3 million - with plenty of rustic charm and a wood-burning stove. However, we all know the real reason this made it to the list of the most-viewed properties: it’s the enormous play area complete with pirate ship that you can just catch sight of through the lounge window.
This five bedroom relatively newly-built mansion has every whistle and bell you could wish for - from a cinema and games room to a gym, swimming pool, and a dining room that’s big enough for a grand piano in the corner. It’s still on the market for £1.05 million, and is right next to Lincoln Golf course if you fancy playing a round.
Unsurprisingly, this development project on Chadwick Road in East London has been snapped up. At just £1 million you got 13 rooms over four floors - with off-street parking for three cars. No wonder it was the seventh most popular home for us to look at, and dream that with a bit of elbow grease we could have a huge London property... and we could finally park somewhere near it too.

This is a home that comes with a dream lifestyle. For just £1.4 million, you can get an incredibly swanky five-bedroom farmhouse in seven acres of lovely Welsh countryside. You also get a two-bedroom barn conversion - either to house visiting family, or to run as a holiday letting business. The house is still in the market - so that dream could still be yours.

Ever fancy your own posh lakeside hideaway with its own jetty just over an hour from London - for just £2.8 million?

Quite a few people did, judging by the fact that this new development in Cirencester was the 5th most viewed house of the year.

For just £545,000, this 6-bedroom house in Donaghadee could be yours. The property itself is very recently developed in an elegantly rustic New England style. There's plenty of room, and a dream bathroom. But possibly the reason it features so high up the list of most-viewed houses is that it comes with a paddock and stable - perfect for anyone with horsey aspirations.
It’s easy to see why this pretty £375,000 cottage is in such high demand. First is the fact it has been rebuilt from reclaimed stone, so combines old world charm with handy modern features (like a good-sized kitchen and fancy bathroom). Then there’s the location - right in the centre of the village of Holmfirth - best-known as the setting of Last of the Summer Wine.

This impressive house in Bromley in Kent has footballer written all over it. From the pale grey colour scheme, to the acres of space, and the enormous patio for entertaining, there's plenty for a footballer to love. At just £1.7 million it’s pocket-change for them too. For the rest of us, there’s the chance to dream of a mansion within commuting distance of London for the price of a flat in Notting Hill.

There was a time when a semi-detached five-bedroom home in Hampstead Garden Suburb was the sort of thing that ordinary families could aspire to. Now it's the kind of thing we spend our time daydreaming over on property websites: marveling at a 90 foot garden and the fact it has a garage. The price tag of £2.25 million means it's the kind of house we can only ever afford to look at online - which is probably why it's the most viewed property of the year.

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