How to find a home within your bud­get

A new and easy app takes the slog out of house hunt­ing, dis­cov­ers Sara Yates

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Property Searching -

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.

TEST ONE:

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)

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