House hunters say location is key in choosing a new home – but only if the price is right

Location is still the most important factor for house hunters, but only if the price of the property is right, a new survey has revealed.

According to the Home Builders Federation (HBF), 80% of those surveyed believe that place and price are equally important when it comes to choosing a new home, while over half say that ongoing running costs, in the form of household bills, are a major consideration.

The nationwide survey of over 350,000 members of the public was commissioned by the HBF to support New Homes Week which runs from 16th – 22nd May to highlight the benefits of buying a new home. The survey also reveals that it costs an average £45,000 to upgrade an older home to new-built standard.

Torquay-based Cavanna Homes who recently received a fourth consecutive five star ranking from the HBF, is part of New Homes Week and a selection of their developments in Torbay and across Devon have been selected to be featured as part of the nationwide campaign.

Among the Cavanna Homes developments chosen for their prime locations, design, layout and build quality are Primrose Hill and The Pines in Torquay, Fusion at Paignton, Origins at Dartington and Offshore at Stoke Fleming.

Primrose Hill which is located on the edge of Torquay offers a contemporary and striking mix of two, three and four bedroom homes set within a development designed with plenty of public open space and a community play area.  A few miles from Primrose Hill is The Pines, a collection of two bedroom apartments with private parking, offering low maintenance, well-designed homes in an excellent location close to Babbacombe.

Also situated along the English Riviera is Fusion, a development of 220 two, three and four bedroom homes on the edge of Paignton, conveniently positioned for easy access to stunning beaches, local facilities and local businesses and industry.

Origins at Dartington is highlighted for its cutting edge, innovative and energy efficient design. All of the properties feature UPVC double glazing with many having solar thermal panels, helping to keep household bills to a minimum. Some of the features include full height feature windows, balconies and aluminium rainwater pipes and guttering.

At Offshore in the picturesque village of Stoke Fleming near Dartmouth, and only minutes from the famous Blackpool Sands, each new home has been finished in a traditional local style using natural slate and render.

Andy James, Head of Sales and Marketing, at Cavanna Homes, said: “We pride ourselves on selecting excellent locations for all of our new developments here in Devon, recognising that our buyers are all looking for something special when they come to choose a new home.

“Some may be looking for a new home close to work or school with access to beaches or glorious countryside walks. Whether house hunters want to be close to a large town like Torquay or part of a village community like Dartington, we have a really excellent choice.

“The benefits of buying a new home are many and varied; from help with raising a mortgage through the Help to Buy Scheme to keeping household bills to a minimum with modern building materials, insulation and equipment and benefitting from low maintenance finishes and of course new bathrooms and kitchens!

“We are thrilled to have been chosen by the HBF to help with their New Homes Week campaign to raise awareness of all these advantages and more.”

To find out more about New Homes Week visit or follow the campaign on @newdashhomes

For more information on Cavanna Homes and its range of developments, please visit our development pages on our website.