Are you a nosey neighbour? Do you spend your spare time perusing property websites? Well, you are certainly not alone. We are a nation of property obsessives with very good reason. Our homes are our castles and becoming a homeowner or even climbing the ladder in the UK is a huge challenge and aspiration for many.
More than 38 per cent of Britons (two in five of us) have checked the price of someone else’s home online in the past year – including the properties of neighbours, family, friends and colleagues, and even ex-partners.
The research also claimed that 10 per cent of people looked online at the home of their colleagues, while 10 per cent snooped on their potential new partners, and with a further 9 per cent prying on ex-lovers.
The study uncovered that 2.6 million self-confessed ‘property addicts,’ browsing online property sites at least once a day to keep a check on prices, design trends and daydream about their future home. The survey also suggested that 63 per cent of Britons admit to window shopping online for home that they have no intention of buying.
Other reasons people used property websites include checking on local property prices, assessing future potential areas in which to live and fantasising about homes they simply can’t afford.