Security is top of the homebuyers agenda says research by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The survey shows that single men and women identify nightlife and leisure as their major concern, whereas couples are more concerned with garages and off street parking.
Throughout all lifestyle stages, however, security features high on individuals list of priorities, and is the most important factor for single women.
The arrival of children changes the agenda completely, pushing schools to the top of the list followed by gardens and security.
Gay couples’ interests focus on the same issues as single men and women -nightlife, leisure and security. These priorities also make a reappearance as important factors for divorcees, along with the quality of neighbourhoods.