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Energy Efficiency key to property holding value - housing expert

A property expert claims capital values on properties should drop significantly if they are not considered appropriately energy efficient.

“Homes which aren’t energy efficient may find their value dip sharply. Climate change is a concern for everybody. Towns and cities are far from immune but it is fair to say that the effect are often felt more acutely in the countryside with an increased chance of flooding from rivers and hills” according to Jonathan Rolande of the National Association of Property Buyers.

He says that while energy efficiency is becoming more relevant for buyers of any property type, he considers that rural areas tend to be colder and communities there are hit harder by rises in prices, especially if not using mains gas. “Older, country homes can be cold and drafty and costly to insulate, especially without spoiling character” he suggests.


Rolande lists five other issues which can significantly impact on a property value when selling.

Connectivity – “4g, 5g and super-fast broadband are as important to many as a gas and electricity supply. Nowhere seems perfect but many rural areas have less reliable connection and are affected more seriously by adverse weather, as we have seen in the last week or so. If you own a property where connectivity is poor it could well end up leading to your house-price dropping.”

Location – “The return to work policy of many companies has seen zero days a week go to two days, then three – it won’t be long before there is a return to a five day week for many more people. Distance and convoluted commutes will make it impossible for many to continue living the idyllic countryside dream. Wages are lower for locals and a decreasing number of well-paid city workers will suppress demand and prices. So properties in more remote spots are likely to be hit hardest by any price drops.”

Nearby amenities - ”High Streets and pubs in rural areas have suffered post-Covid and many feel that the place just isn’t the same. Banks and Post Offices leaving won’t worry many city workers, happy to do business online, but the charm of many villages is without doubt being diminished in some areas. This is having a knock-on impact on prices.”

Transport - “The Government’s decision to change the plans for HS2 has been one of the biggest transport sagas in decades. But the rollout will be closely monitored by all working in the property sector. Access to a good, efficient and reliable train service will always help insulate the value of your home. So, too increasingly, will access to a good local bus or tram service. Properties who can’t offer either of those things and require a homeowner to need a car, and a parking space, will be less appealing to many looking to buy. And this could impact price.” 

Crime - “Being a victim of a crime is still, thankfully, a rare event for most of us. But there’s no doubt that those looking to buy a home will increasingly analyse local crime rates first. Areas where the police take a proactive approach to policing, especially around the low-level anti-social behaviour and street crime which blights communities, will attract property buyers. Towns and cities where the local Chief Constable has admitted they’re not able to deal with the war on crime are likely to be less appealing and the housing market in those areas will suffer.” 

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    Utter nonsense 😂😂 people are desperate for a home, any home 🏡. There is nothing to buy or rent near me. The climate fanatics are shouting the loudest, that is all that is happening.

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    We've known this for along time. All of our new tenants ask about the energy running costs of the house or flat. In the past energy costs have been the number 1 moan from our existing tenants. This has been addressed with a systematic investment in energy efficiency over 10 years. In our experience, the EPC national measurement system is now very accurate and almost all of our directly owned units are EPC Grade C or higher. Having a good EPC Grade is a valuable marketing tool and gives confidence to our tenants.

    Richard LeFrak

    Now Now Martin..! Stop telling lies, not one person has asked me about running costs in over 25 years.


    Same Peter. I’ve never had anyone ask about energy efficiency since 1995 when I started. Over sixty people applied for my last vacant property, and again not one asked about the energy efficiency. Oh and as usual Martin I’ve reported you. As usual. Spreading drivel should not be allowed and a genuine landlord would understand how things really are out in the housing industry.


    Must be a different type of tenant in you area then Martin? I've NEVER had a tenant ask me the EPC rating of a property since they were introduced!


    Were you wearing your “Ask me about EPC’s” t-shirt Martin. Bet they only asked you once. I’m just kidding with you but tenants have never asked me about them.


    More giberrish from Gibbo. Surely his post should have started with, "Once upon a time" like other fairy tales do?


    Comedy 🎭 gold 👍🏻

  • George Dawes

    The solicitor when I let my shops does but not one residential tenant has ever even asked about the daft things , I doubt they even know or care if they exist

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    Jonathan Rolande and his quest for publicity.


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