How to find a home within your budget
A new and easy app takes the slog out of house hunting, discovers Sara Yates
FINDING a home you can afford can mean hours of internet surfing, as well as numerous trips to random areas to pound the streets and befriend the local estate agents. But the latest new tool from Rightmove — “Where can I live?” — offers to sort through 3,000 UK locations in a second (where.rightmove.co.uk). It is an easy search “designed to explore areas people can afford”, says Hannes Buhmann, the property search engine’s head of innovation. “Some of the areas may be obvious, but others will be in locations they have never considered before.”
EASY AND QUICK PROPERTY FINDER
The interface is definitely user friendly. For people looking to commute, they simply type in the location of their work, click a box for their preferred mode of transport, the desired maximum journey time, the number of bedrooms required and their maximum budget, and up pops a map with all the best possible search areas highlighted. Better still, the tool lets users click through findings in order of affordability. Should any location take their fancy, just one click and they can immediately view all the properties advertised on Rightmove to buy or rent in that area.
before you know it. If you prefer to be closer in, think about Dartford, 18 miles south-east of central London. Here you have the option of direct trains to Victoria, Charing Cross or Cannon Street, for an average asking price of £325,000 — though with Bluewater shopping centre on your doorstep, you may find the bright lights of Oxford Street less alluring.
If you want to keep the convenience of the Tube, you still have options. Again, Dagenham — just 11 miles from Charing Cross, remember — provides relatively good value for money, with a three-bedroom house at £320,000 on average. If your budget can stretch that bit further, look at Plaistow in Newham, where, for an average asking price of £375,000, you can have three bedrooms and a Zone 3 address.
The search tool is available now at where.rightmove.co.uk — simply sign up or sign in to start looking for a new home in the perfect location for you.
£325,000: buys a three-bedroom neat Victorian family house in Dartford. Call Able Estates (01322 535046)