Milton Keynes is home to some of the nosiest neighbours reveals research from property website Zoopla.
The Nosey Neighbours Index reveals that MK residents check out how much their neighbours’ homes are worth almost twice as much as the average Brit, placing our area second in the list of Britain’s nosiest neighbours.
Compiled by examining how many times visitors to the Zoopla website used the property estimates tool to get an instant valuation on a neighbouring property, the Nosey Neighbours Index compared 50 of Britain’s biggest towns against an average national ‘nosiness’.
Residents of Milton Keynes topped the table, almost double the national average – with a score of 176.6, only beaten by residents in Reading.
The South East of England as a region appears to be full of residents wanting to boost their local property knowledge by getting the inside track on how much their neighbours’ properties are worth.
Two more of the top 10 ‘nosiest’ towns - Cambridge (159.6) and Bedford (138.5) – are also located in our region.
There is also a connection between the level of nosiness and property price growth in the last 12 months – generally property prices in the towns making up the top 10 have experienced a much larger growth rate than those in the bottom end of the table.
Towns in the top 10 have all increased in average property value by 2.5 per cent or more in the last 12 months, compared to the least nosey towns where most have a growth rate of around one per cent, or less.
Lawrence Hall, spokesperson for Zoopla, said: “Whether you are buying or selling, one of the best things you can do as you start this journey is to research the property market to get an idea of what is happening to house prices in your local area.
“Residents in Reading and Milton Keynes are clearly well aware of this and have their finger very firmly on the pulse when it comes to knowing their local market.”
TOP TEN NOSIEST NEIGHBOURS:
2. Milton Keynes
4. Central London