23 Aug

School catchment areas are top priority for house-hunters in the south-east

School catchment areas are top priority for house-hunters in the south-east

Extra competition and a high quality of schools means that property hunters in the south-east of England are willing to pay more money for a property which falls in a catchment area of a good school.

The stats from Santander, which include people looking for a house for sale in Norfolk, show that those looking for property in the area are willing to pay up to £10,961 to live in a good catchment area.

The study also revealed that over a third of potential homebuyers with children ten years or under say that moving into the catchment area of a good school is their number one priority

Phil Cliff, director of Santander Mortgages, said: "People are increasingly concerned about the value of a good education, and in some areas of the country, there is a significant amount of competition for places at sought-after schools."

"This has led to many parents trying to move to a particular area deliberately to improve their child's chances of getting into their desired school."

The research was carried out by Opinium research and the study took in the views of over 2,000 adults

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