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House buyers in the West Country take just 26 minutes to make decision

West home buyers are the quickest in the country to make their decisions. Photo: PA

House buyers in the West take just 26 minutes on average in making their mind up to buy a property according to a new survey. People in the region take some of the shortest amounts of time in the country to select their property.

Research by property website Zoopla, found the typical decision to buy a home when viewing it in person takes 27 minutes - around the same length of time as an episode of Coronation Street.

Nearly a quarter of home owners surveyed said they knew the property was right for them in 10 minutes or less.

People in the West take longer to buy a smart phone than their own home. Credit: PA

People were found to take longer over buying a smartphone or a tablet than they were their own home.

The survey found the decision to buy a smartphone took 46 minutes on average, while those who owned a tablet spent an average 36 minutes to make up their minds.

minutes taken to buy a house.
minutes taken to buy a smart phone.

Over half of home owners surveyed said they had made an offer on the same day they viewed their property.

Making a quick decision was thought to be down to many people doing their research before viewing properties.

The average house hunter was found to have spent 75 hours on average in their search, including visiting websites and going to see estate agents.

More than half of home buyers surveyed made an offer on the day they viewed the property. Credit: PA

The process of buying a home is a hugely emotive one.

Making a quick decision can help to secure a property in a fast-moving market, buyers should also keep a strong head and build up their knowledge before viewing a property and making an offer.

– Lawrence Hall, Zoopla spokesman