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Mortgage is the new marriage

9th February 2017

  • Couples together for 3 years, 3 months and 12 days before joint purchase
  • 40 per cent of women lead the property search (vs. 30 per cent of men)
  • Men are more likely to trust their partner to put in an offer on a property that they haven’t yet seen than women (34 per cent vs. 19 per cent)
  • Men more likely to blow property purchase budget by £10,385 on average
  • As we approach one of the most romantic times of the year, new research from Zoopla reveals 40 per cent of Brits now believe having a joint mortgage is a bigger commitment than marriage. The average couple is together for three years, three months and 12 days before they commit to buying a property together*.

    According to Zoopla, women are the most dominant when it comes to the property search, with 40 per cent of ladies admitting to leading the charge compared to 30 per cent of men. Men appear to be happier to take a backseat during the search phase – two thirds (65 per cent) say they’d trust their partner to view properties in their absence and a further 34 per cent even admit they’d let their partner put in an offer without having seen the property themselves (compared to 46 per cent and 19 per cent of women respectively).

    Despite being more confident in their partner’s opinion, men are three times more likely to splurge on the perfect home. More than a fifth of homeowners (22 per cent) went over budget (by an average of £10,385), with 21 per cent of men taking responsibility for the decision, compared to just seven per cent of women. The results also revealed that men are also more willing to compromise on what they want from a property in order to suit their partner’s needs – 79 per cent say they’re prepared to make sacrifices compared to 60 per cent of women.

    Over a third of male homeowners (36 per cent) ensured their property had enough bedrooms for future children (compared to 30 per cent of women), almost a quarter (23 per cent) considered the performance of local schools (compared to 17 per cent of women), and a fifth sought a property that could be extended (compared to 12 per cent of women).

    Lawrence Hall, spokesperson for Zoopla comments: “Once you've had 'that' conversation and agreed to buy together, tasks such as registering with estate agents, setting up property email alerts and sharing homes you've found on property websites like Zoopla, can be really exciting. But, unless you have an unlimited budget, it's important to remember that - like any long-term relationship - buying a property is all about compromise.

    "Before you start your property search, sit down together and agree on the core elements of what you are looking for in a home. Key points to agree on include budget, location and the level of work - from a lick of paint to a complete renovation - you are willing to put in. Being on the same page from the outset will take pressure off your search, avoid time wasting and - most important of all - arguments."

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    For further information, please contact Tim Vooght at or on 020 3872 5615.

    Notes to editors

    Zoopla is the UK's most comprehensive property website, focused on empowering users with the resources they need to make better-informed property decisions. We help consumers both find their next home and research the market by combining hundreds of thousands of property listings with market data, local information and community tools.

    At Zoopla we are fans of transparency and everything we do is aimed at making the market more efficient for both property consumers and advertisers alike. Zoopla has rapidly become the UK’s leading online destination for property consumers to search for homes and do their market research and the favoured online marketing partner for UK estate agents, letting agents and property developers.

    Launched in 2008, Zoopla has since been one of the fastest growing websites in the UK, now attracting over 40 million visits per month and we are proud to have collected numerous awards and accolades along the way, including being named one of the Top 10 UK Tech Companies (Guardian) and one of the Top 10 Most Innovative UK Companies (Smarta).

    Zoopla is part of Zoopla Limited which was founded in 2007.

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