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084 PROPERTY


BUYING A HOUSE BEATS STARTING A FAMILY


indexmagazine.co.uk


New research reveals British adults put getting onto the housing ladder ahead of having children, why Kent and Medway are more popular than ever, plus all the latest and local property news


are now more of a priority to British couples than starting a family, a new study has found. In a survey of 1,003 British adults, carried out by e-tailer Furniture123.co.uk, 67% said that getting onto the property ladder was their number one priority for adult life and that they wanted a place to call their own before planning to start a family, while 63% of respondents said they wanted to see more of the world before committing to children. Meanwhile, 53% of those asked said that landing their dream


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ucket list favourites including


buying a house, travelling and getting married


job was more of a priority than starting a family, as one in three believe it would be diffi cult to juggle career progression with the responsibilities of parenthood. Owning a pet also made the top


fi ve list of priorities – 29% claimed they wanted to buy a pet before having children and 95% of these said that caring for a pet was great practise for looking after a child. Mark Kelly, Marketing Manager


at Furniture123.co.uk, says: “Times are changing and the age at which couples choose to have their fi rst child appears to be on the rise. We know that fi nances are generally much tighter for the younger generation so it’s no surprise that many young couples may want to wait until they’re in a more stable position before having children of their own.”


TOP FIVE THINGS BRITS WANT TO DO BEFORE HAVING CHILDREN:


1. Buy a house – 67% 2. Travel more – 63% 3. Land the dream job – 53% 4. Get married – 41% 5. Get a pet – 29%


Housebuilder lays out plans to deliver more homes to local community


One of the region’s leading housebuilders has revealed plans to continue to deliver more much- needed homes across Kent and create new jobs. Tom Wright, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes South East, said: “2018 has been an excellent year for the business in this region. We have opened new developments and phases at Newington, Chatham and Deal and have further plans to bring new homes to Gravesend, Rainham and Headcorn in the coming months,” adding: “The business has created jobs at our head offi ce in Maidstone as well as out on site...We remain committed to bringing young people into the business through our apprenticeship and trainee programmes, and currently have one apprentice and fi ve trainees.” Persimmon Homes South East is already selling homes for completion in 2019 with a focus on building affordable homes for families and fi rst-time buyers. • Visit persimmonhomes.com


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