Agents say access to best state schools major focus for buyers

But which comes first, the house or the school?

Agents have reported their buyers becoming ever-more aware of the importance of finding a house within the catchment area of a state primary or secondary school with top exam results, or within travelling distance of one of Britain’s 164 grammar schools.

Robin Thomas, Head of Strutt & Parker Exeter office said: "The demand for selective state school places is growing and it is clear the recession is taking effect. Many families are reflecting on their lifestyles and rethinking their priorities in light of the recent financial turmoil.

"Some 50% of our buyers move to this county from outside the area and we anticipate this trend to continue for now. Colyton is one of the few local authorities that has grammar schools and properties in the locality are very sought after."

Prices in England have fallen 15.4% across the board, whereas prices in the catchment areas for top state and grammar schools dropped by an average of 11.2% and areas with the worst-performing schools have seen the largest falls in property prices.

The winners in all of this will be those with houses to sell near the best state and grammar schools and even those without children are investing in the golden areas because when it comes to resale, being in a good catchment area is worth the money.

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  1. Paul Evans

    Before buyers rush to move to Colyton, they should be aware that Colyton Grammar School is full in all year groups with waiting lists. As a selective school, entry also requires qualification in the selection tests before students are eligible for addition to the waiting lists. “Nearness to school” is not one of the criteria for admission to the school unless there is a tie in the rank order on the waiting list.