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Landlords and owners putting their homes on the market are being told to show off gardens in marketing photos as house-hunters search for space.

Pictures of the kitchen had previously been considered key to attracting the attention of browsers.

Lockdown has changed the priorities of buyers and renters, many of whom have been working from home, research by property portal Rightmove suggests.

Flats are the big losers, as indoor and outdoor space becomes a bigger draw.

Rightmove said that a studio flat was the most sought-after property type among renters in January, but by May - after the coronavirus lockdown - it had dropped out of the top five. A two-bedroom house is now the biggest attraction.

Moving further out of town

Flats have also dropped out of the top five wanted list among buyers, calculated from the number of enquiries per property of each type.

Many people would usually have been priced out of larger homes with big gardens, but indications suggest they are willing to accept a longer commute in order to cast the net wider for an affordable property.

The property market was effectively shut down for weeks owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the easing of restrictions in England in mid-May, property portals and estate agents have reported a surge in interest. Some believe the rebound will be short-lived owing to inevitable economic pain which will follow the outbreak.

Coastal demand

At present, interest in property is high in some areas. Lockdown break-ups, job losses and urgent relocations are thought to have led to a surge in the rental sector.

This is dependent on the area. Coastal towns, and some urban areas have seen significantly higher rental demand, topped by a 51% increase compared with last year in Wolverhampton, Rightmove data shows.

However, London and the commuter belt of south-east England have seen demand fall, with the biggest drop of nearly 14% compared with last year seen in Croydon.

Property sales plunged during lockdown, but at the same time renters and buyers appear to have reassessed what they want in a home.

Estate agent Savills, which deals with high-end property, has noted higher interest in countryside living.

Now the Rightmove research for the BBC, based on the website's data and a survey of 4,000 potential movers, has suggested 49% of renters and 39% of buyers have changed what they are looking for as a response to living in lockdown.

Among buyers, four- and six-bedroom houses have become more sought-after. As half of those asked wanted to work from home with only occasional trips to work, a third of movers wanted a better domestic workspace.

Good internet and a spare room are now higher up on wish-lists, but commuting times and transport links are less important, the survey found.

Source BBC News Website