Southend’s changing property market and what people now want

What are property buyers now looking for in a home since the start of the pandemic?​

Nationally the housing market has seen a massive boom since the end of the first lockdown and the announcement of the stamp duty holiday.

Luke Brady, the head of residential in the south for Savills, gave us an insight into what people in the region are after when moving home since the first lockdown.

He said: “Since reopening in mid-May there’s been a remarkable recovery in the housing market.

“With many anticipating continued flexible working and less frequent commuting, houses which offer more space, in well-connected town or village locations, are particularly sought-after.”

Additionally, a recent Rightmove report revealed that the average time to sell is now 50 days, which is 12 days faster than the same period last year.

Gráinne Gilmore, head of research at Zoopla said:

“At present, we’re predicting the busiest run-up to Christmas in the property market in over a decade, a trend we anticipate across the south, as well as the country as a whole.”

The latest statistics from YouGov show that a third of buyers said the pandemic has made having a garden more important to them.

Whilst three in ten buyers said the pandemic made a home workspace a priority. 

Here are a few of the most popular properties on the market in Southend right now: 

Three bed semi-detached house 

Colchester Close, Southend-On-Sea, Essex SS2

£162,500

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Offered on a 50 per-cent shared ownership basis, this gorgeous modern home is close to both Prittlewell station and the A127 which is ideal for those commuting. 

The interior of the house is well spaced with three good-sized bedrooms, one of which would easily be utilised as a home office.

For more information visit Zoopla.

Three bed semi-detached house 

St. Lukes Road, Southend-On-Sea SS2

£290,000

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This gorgeous semi-detached property has been well-looked after by the current owners and is ready to move straight into. 

Boasting a family lounge, fitted kitchen and dining room on the ground floor and three bedrooms upstairs, there is ample space for a home office. 

Visit Zoopla for more.

Two bed terraced house

North Avenue, Southend-On-Sea SS2

£275,000

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This stunning home has two large double berooms, living and dining room plus a recently fitted kitchen with a breakfast bar.

Outside there is a south facing garden in excess of 60 feet. Offered with no onward chain the property is ideal for couples looking to enjoy the finer things in life. 

For more information visit Zoopla.

Three bed semi-detached bungalow

Hampton Close, Southend-On-Sea SS2

£300,000

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The epitome of stylish living this semi-detached chalet has all the makings of a high-end home.

Lovingly improved the porperty has an open-plan living space on the ground floor benefiting from bi-folding doors which open out to the low maintenance garden.

Upstairs there are three good-sized bedrooms, the master has an en-suite and there is a family bathroom.

Find out more on Zoopla.

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