Nah then, thinkin’ of relocating to Yorkshire? If you are then you are not alone. A record number of those leaving London are relocating in the north.
The proportion of Londoners heading to Yorkshire and the Humber to buy a home has risen sharply, research by Hamptons International, the estate agents, suggests. In 2009 only 1 per cent of those who left London bought a primary residence in the north. Last year that rose to 13 per cent.
Bigger, more affordable houses, major cities, top transport links, miles of green spaces and some of the best schools in the country…it’s not hard to see why more people than ever before are packing their bags and make the switch to the north. If you’re considering a move to Yorkshire, check out our five top tips below.
Register your interest
If you’re one of those looking to enjoy everything the region has to offer, it’s a good idea to register as an applicant with a knowledgeable local estate agent. This means you can chat to an expert about your specific wants and needs, get a flavour for prices in different postcodes and be the first to hear about properties which fit your requirements.
At Redbrik, buyers can benefit from our unique PropertyFile online portal which helps registered buyers stay up to date. They can use their online account to request viewings, track progress and receive confirmations. When a viewing is confirmed, you can find all the details in your online account including directions to the property. Post-viewing, you can provide feedback to the seller.
You can also follow the progress of your purchase with updates on when key milestones are reached.
Know your market
It can be really helpful to spend some time learning about the local property market using online data sources. Before taking the plunge, you should gather as much information as possible about the prices in the area you’re looking to buy. At Redbrik, we recognise how important this is, particularly for those new to a region, which is why we offer buyers online access to specific insights into each postcode area we operate in.
Via our website, we provide a postcode breakdown highlighting the average price of a home for all property types. Buyers can compare these to average prices across other parts of Yorkshire and the Humber, as well as the UK as a whole. Data is also available highlighting how much prices have changed in the last 12 months and five years, the average cost of a new home and the average price per square foot.
Plan a recce
With a population of more than five million people, Yorkshire – divided into north, south, east and west – is clearly huge. It can be difficult to know where to start when looking to relocate. At Redbrik, we always advise our clients to spend some time in the areas you are looking at.
It can really help to visit Yorkshire for a few days and even book in some property viewings to get a feel for what you can get for your money and the local market. This could be interspersed with visits to restaurants, town or city centres, schools and local landmarks and attractions to get to know an area overall.
Gather local knowledge
Yorkshire has it all. Bustling city and town centres, superb shopping, major employers, theatres, museums, Sunday Times top schools, coastal resorts and national parks. And to help you decide on the best location for your future home, it’s well worth taking advantage of local knowledge.
Online resources such as our area guides capture this local knowledge for the benefit of our buyers. The guides take an in-depth look at individual postcodes highlighting where to eat, socialise, visit and shop, so you get a real sense of the location you’re looking to call home. Our personalised Redbrik staff recommendations ensure you get to know about the best places.
Move with us
We class ourselves as something of a local property expert. If you buy a Redbrik house, you’ll see the difference from the very start of the process. Homes we market are available to view across a variety of media, including our own website as well as sites such as Zoopla, RightMove and On The Market, and are beautifully presented with all the information buyers need.
We’ve thought of everything to try to ensure a smooth process for our buyers from the initial viewing right through to collecting the keys to your new home. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned house-mover, our expert team will offer the support you need from start to finish.
If you are thinking of moving and want to find out more about the area or local property market, call us for a chat on 0114 399 0567, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.redbrik.co.uk and let us help you find your dream home.