Noisy sex kills off property sales

Press release – research from haart estate agent

 

House hunters’ biggest turn-offs?

·         Party animal households (54%)

·         Noisy sexual athletics (43%)

·         Train lines (32%), motorway traffic (31%) and frequent DIY (29%)

·         Survey of over 1,000 Brits

 

Straitlaced Brits are turned off their dream home by parties and sex over any other form of noise pollution, according to a survey by haart estate agent.

 

Over half (54%) of house hunters are unwilling to live next door to a party house and 43% would not put up with neighbours having loud sexual intercourse most nights – even if  they were offered a significant discount on the purchase price to compensate. Other noise pollutants considered far less offensive to potential buyers include train lines (32%) and motorway traffic (31%).

 

Only a third (32%) of homebuyers are put off by commuter train lines, and even constant animal noises are less of a nuisance, with just 33% unwilling to put up with dogs barking or cockerels crowing. At the bottom of the list of nuisance noises are motorbikes or diesel van start-ups immediately out the front of the house every morning – with only 26% saying they wouldn’t move in to this type of property.

 

Women are more concerned by troublesome neighbours than men, with nearly two thirds (58%) of female respondents opposed to living next to a party house (compared to 46% of men). The older generation are also particularly apprehensive, with 74% of those aged 65 and over unwilling to put up with party animals next door.

 

Young adults aged 16-25 proved to be the least cautious, with 17% happy to live next door to neighbours with a steamy love life most nights with no compensation required whatsoever (compared to 0% of those 65 and over).

 

Would not move in to such a property – no matter what the discount

 

Noise pollution

Regular (at least once a week) neighbour parties featuring blaring music and/or noisy guests

54%

Loud sexual intercourse most nights

43%

Close proximity to busy airport (i.e. under a low flight path of commercial and/military)

39%

Daily barking dogs or other animals, such as crowing cockerels

33%

Commuter mainline trains running regularly at back of property

32%

Being adjacent to a very busy main road or motorway

31%

Frequent loud DIY involving tools such as drills, chainsaws and sanders

29%

Noisy motorbikes or diesel van start-ups immediately out front every morning

26%

 

Aside from those who would not move in to these properties for any amount of compensation whatsoever, the remaining would demand a substantial discount, with the highest reduction required to put up with neighbours having regular parties, where people would want an average of 22% off the cost of the property. The following table highlights this:

Average price reduction demanded for noise pollution

Noise pollution

Average discount demanded

Regular (at least once a week) neighbour parties featuring blaring music and/or noisy guests

22%

Close proximity to busy airport (i.e. under a low flight path of commercial and/military)

21%

Being adjacent to a very busy main road or motorway

19 %

Commuter mainline trains running regularly at back of property

18%

Frequent loud DIY involving tools such as drills, chainsaws and sanders

18%

Loud sexual intercourse most nights

16%

Daily barking dogs or other animals, such as crowing cockerels

16%

Noisy motorbikes or diesel van start-ups immediately out front every morning

15%

Paul Smith, CEO of haart estate agent commented: “We Brits are renowned for our prudent behaviour, and this survey highlights just how significant this mind-set is when it comes to buying a home. It is usually quite simple to scope out whether a property is affected by noise from nearby traffic, train lines or motorways, however, it’s not so easy to spot the livelier neighbours in just a handful of visits.

 

“Homebuyers should make sure they check out a property at different times of day and week if possible and – if you can brush the British bashfulness aside – speak to the neighbours and get their view of the street and area before you decide to buy.”

ENDS

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Christina Gillings  The Wriglesworth Consultancy, 020 7427 1400 or c.gillings@wriglesworth.com 07973 595 961; or  Jamie Till  j.till@wriglesworth.com 07708 997 926

 

Methodology

 

Survey of database of over 14,000. Respondents were asked a number of questions on how much of a reduction it would take for them to live with certain noise pollutants, whether they would never live there regardless of reduction or whether they would be happy to move in without a reduction.

 

About haart

haart is part of Spicerhaart, the UK’s largest independent estate agency group. Every year, haart helps tens of thousands of people buy, sell, let or rent their home through its network of over 100 branches. haart has 20,000 homes available, worth £3 billion, at any one time. Founded in 1999, haart was named the Best Region for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk at the 2010 UK Property Awards. For more information visit http://www.haart.co.uk.

About Spicerhaart

Spicerhaart was founded over 20 years ago by father and son Alick and Paul Smith with three branches of Spicer McColl in East Anglia. Today, the Spicerhaart Group encompasses six estate agency brands – Chewton Rose, Darlows, Felicity J Lord, haart, Haybrook and Spicer McColl – together with a range of professional services. For more information visit http://www.spicerhaart.co.uk.

 

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