Scots are Bri­tain’s most fre­quent home movers

Con­cern over Face­book ads

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - NEWS -

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 to­tal 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.

A sep­a­rate re­port, from Lloyds Bank, has found that the av­er­age cost of mov­ing home, in­clud­ing stamp duty, re­moval costs and var­i­ous fees, is now over £11,500 – ris­ing to £32,000 in Lon­don Face­book is to re­view its ad­ver­tis­ing tar­get­ing sys­tem af­ter it was re­vealed ads could be di­rected at those who ex­pressed hate­ful opin­ions on the site.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by ProPublica found that ad­ver­tis­ers on the so­cial net­work could tar­get ad­verts at peo­ple who had iden­ti­fied them­selves as “hat­ing” Jews on their pro­files.

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