7 Mar

Green rating unimportant when buying houses for sale in UK

Green rating unimportant when buying houses for sale in UK

House hunters may not prioritise the energy efficiency of a property when looking at houses for sale in the UK.

The location, price and the style of the house are more important to homebuyers, according to Malcolm Harrison.

The importance of eco-friendly properties to people buying property for sale in 2011  depends on how important the environment is to them, he claims.

He said: "When it comes to homes, people just see what they want and if that is where they would feel they would like to live and whether they can afford to live there."

Energy performance certificates may not have an impact, despite people being more aware of environmental issues, he added.

People living in older properties could have new incentive to make their property more eco friendly.

According to Building magazine, the next budget will include stamp duty incentives for homeowners who retrofit their homes under the government's Green Deal.

If introduced, the scheme could make energy efficiency more important for people looking at houses for sale in 2011.ADNFCR-1222-ID-800446675-ADNFCR

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