From family and friends, to colleagues and even ex-partners, we reveal whose house prices Brits secretly look up – and how you can track down yours.
- A whopping 59% of Brits admit to checking out how much someone they know has paid for their home. See whose house prices people are snooping on.
- People are most likely to find out what their neighbours, friends and family have forked out for their home. But 3% have looked up the price of their boss’ pad.
- Nearly a third have continued to date someone they wouldn’t have otherwise after viewing their home online, while a quarter have dumped someone as a result of it.
- The main reason people found out the value of someone else’s home was to get a better idea of what their own property was worth.
Keen to find out what your boss forked out for their sprawling house? Or fancy checking out the price tag of your ex-partner’s shiny new pad?
If so, you’re in good company. Nearly 6 out of 10 Brits admit to secretly looking up how much someone they know has paid for their home.
Yes, a whopping 59% of people we surveyed have snooped on the property price of a friend, relative, colleague or even potential partner.https://storage.googleapis.com/iframe_content/zoopla%20visual%20stories/2021/consumer%20stories/nosy%20neighbours/who%20are%20the%20nosiest%20Brits%20map/dist/index.html
But only 19% of people think it is acceptable to ask someone what they paid for their home. And 65% say they would never admit to the owner that they had looked up the value of their property.
If you’re wondering how to find a friend’s house price, simply head to My Home and enter their postcode.Whose house prices have people snooped on?https://storage.googleapis.com/iframe_content/zoopla%20visual%20stories/2021/consumer%20stories/nosy%20neighbours/whose%20house%20prices%20are%20brits%20most%20likely%20to%20look%20up/dist/index.htmlHow did people react after checking out someone else’s house price?
A third of Brits admitted they had continued dating someone they otherwise would not have after finding out how much their home was worth.
And a further 50% said it ‘encouraged’ them to keep seeing someone.
But 24% of people dumped someone after viewing their home online.
Putting romance aside, 11% of Brits confessed they felt jealous after finding out how much someone they knew paid for their home.
But 10% said they respected someone more and 9% said they liked them better after looking up their house price online.https://storage.googleapis.com/iframe_content/zoopla%20visual%20stories/2021/consumer%20stories/nosy%20neighbours/how%20did%20brits%20react%20after%20looking%20up%20the%20value%20of%20someones%20property/dist/index.htmlWhy are Brits nosy about house prices?
The main reason people looked up someone else’s house price was to get a better idea of what their own property was worth, with 23% of the 2,000 people we surveyed citing this.
Fancy finding out what your home could be worth? Use My Home to get an instant estimated value of your property and discover how much you could have made on it.
Around 18% of people who checked out the sale price of someone else’s property said they did so to find out what their home looked like on the inside, while 12% were motivated by nostalgia and wanted to see pictures of their previous home.
Some people were motivated by improving their own property, with 10% wanting to see what different layouts or extensions would be feasible for their home, and 9% claim they were looking for interior design inspiration.
Meanwhile, 8% of those who had looked up sale prices said they wanted to gauge if it was a good time to put their home on the market.What could it mean for you?
If you’re curious about the value of your home, use our My Home experience to get an instant estimate of how much your property could be worth and see if it’s time to sell.
You can also use it to track how much your home has changed in value over time, giving you a clear picture of how much equity you might have to play with if you want to move up the housing ladder.
And you can use My Home to monitor other properties you’re interested in so you’re ready to move when the time is right for you.
Bradley Duhy, Exeter branch manager at Complete estate agents, said:
The research from Zoopla clearly shows that most residents across the UK, and in the south west in particular love nothing more than investigating what properties are worth – especially when it comes to homes owned by people they know.
The depth of information available on websites like Zoopla means these super sleuths have a bank of knowledge at their fingertips when it comes to researching property prices.
Tom Parker, consumer spokesperson at Zoopla, added: “How much a house sold for is publicly available information and is easy to source online.
“Whether it’s your boss, a friend or even a potential partner, it’s clear we want to know more about the homes they live in and will often treat them differently as a result.”