Over half, 54% of potential first time buyers and 51% of recent first time buyers rates gardens as the most important feature.
Among potential first time buyers 36% said living near good public transport was important, 28% rated having a property with low maintenance as important and 26% said living near family was important.
For recent first time buyers 26% said good public transport was important, 36% wanted a property with low maintenance and the same number wanted to live near family.
However, the survey also found that the importance of some other features lessens once people settle in, suggesting compromise could pay off in the long term for potential first time buyers.
For example, while 36% of potential first time buyers see living near good public transport as key, it is far less of a factor for those who recently bought their first home with just 26% rating that as important, which suggests this is a compromise they made and didn