Third of us spy on our neighbours
A new survey suggests we can't resist a nose in our neighbours' or friends' homes.
A third of us use property portals or visit estate agents to spy on the interior, or check the prices, or our friends’ and neighbours’ homes.
That’s according to a new survey by FindAProperty.com. 35% of respondents said they have logged on to a portal or gone to a local estate agent branch specifically to have a nose at the homes of their friends or neighbours.
One in ten said that they were prone to peek through a neighbour’s window to see what their home looks like on the inside.
And 6% of respondents said they had had a snoop around inside their neighbour’s home when asked to check up on it when the neighbour was away on holiday.
A nation of nosey neighbours?
The first thing to say is that this survey was only of 2,011 people. So while FindAProperty.com would love to extrapolate from that that 17.5 million of us are going out of our way to have a nose at our neighbour’s homes, it’s a bit of a stretch.
Personally, I couldn’t care less about the décor or apparent value of my neighbour’s homes. But then I’m not trying to sell. Would my attitude change if the house next door went onto the market at £20,000 more than we paid for our home?
Many years ago, my parents put their home on the market. A house on the same street was already on the market – at about £15,000 less than my parents’ home – and wasn’t selling. I vividly remember the owner’s outrage at the apparent value of the home I grew up in. He demanded to know what it was that made our home more expensive.
I’ve no doubt that, given the chance, he’d have loved a nose around inside.
Are you always interested in the layout and value of the homes around you, or those owned by your friends? Or does it only become an issue when you are thinking of moving?
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