Schools influence housebuyers: Poll

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Parents are willing to pay thousands of pounds to live in the right area for a good school, according to a survey.

Two-thirds of those polled (67.5%) said they would consider moving house to ensure their child is in the catchment area for a favoured school.

Nearly three in 10 (29.2%) revealed they have already moved to help them secure a place at a good primary or secondary.

The survey, commissioned by confused.com, reveals how much money mothers and fathers are willing to pay out to live close to a preferred school.

Just over six in 10 (61.7%) said they would be willing to spend up to £20,000 more on a property to live in a desirable school catchment area, with about 25% alone saying they would shell out an extra £10,001 to £20,000.

Nearly one in ten (9.8%) said they would be willing to spend in excess of £50,000, the poll claims.

It found that 25% of those surveyed said they would consider falsely renting a house to be in the catchment area for a good school while 6.1% admitted that they had already done so.

Others were willing, or had already, taken other measures to win a place at a good school, including attending church and hiring a tutor, with some saying they would, or had, given a false address in the right area for the school they wanted.

Gareth Lane, head of home insurance at Confused.com, said: “Although household finances remain stretched, it is significant to see from our research that a number of parents are willing to pay more on the price of a new home to ensure their child is in the catchment area for a good school.”

The OnePoll survey questioned 2,000 UK parents between August 20 and 23.

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