Scot­tish home own­ers are big­gest movers in prop­erty mar­ket

Up sticks: Scots tend to buy a new house more of­ten than else­where in Bri­tain

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - vicky shaw

The aver­age home owner moves prop­er­ties ev­ery 23 years, anal­y­sis has found.

Scot­land is home to the most fre­quent movers in Bri­tain, the re­search sug­gests, with the aver­age home owner stay­ing put for around 19 and a half years.

Peo­ple in Wales re­main in their home the long­est, tak­ing an aver­age of 26.8 years to move.

Prop­erty web­site Zoopla made the find­ings af­ter work­ing with an­a­lysts Home­track.

The re­search looked at sales fig­ures across Bri­tain and com­pared them with hous­ing stock lev­els to work out how of­ten peo­ple typ­i­cally move, us­ing Land Registry and Regis­ters of Scot­land data.

Res­i­dents in Mid­loth­ian, Scot­land, are par­tic­u­larly likely to move fre­quently – af­ter just un­der 15 years on aver­age, the re­search sug­gests.

At the other end of the spec­trum, res­i­dents of Powys in mid-Wales only move around once ev­ery 33 years.

Re­searchers said the fre­quency of home own­ers mov­ing has fluc­tu­ated in re­cent years.

In 2009, af­ter the fi­nan­cial cri­sis, peo­ple tended to move less of­ten, around once ev­ery 26 years.

The re­search was re­leased to co­in­cide with the launch of a new “move plan­ner” tool by Zoopla.

Spokesman Lawrence Hall said: “Re­gions with a shorter time between house moves could of­fer bet­ter af­ford­abil­ity than those ar­eas where prop­er­ties change hands less reg­u­larly.”

A sep­a­rate re­port, from Lloyds Bank, has found the aver­age cost of mov­ing home is now more than £11,500.

Pic­ture: Getty.

The aver­age home owner moves ev­ery 23 years.

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