Homebuyers 'target school catchment areas'

More than two-thirds (67 per cent) of people would be willing to sell their home to live in the catchment area for their preferred school, according to recent research.

A study by independent property portal HotProperty.co.uk indicates that such areas give priority to those who live within the boundary.

However, the site notes that there is no assurance that living in such a region will guarantee entry to an academic institution.

In news that may be of interest to those looking to buy a house in Scotland, Shawn Luetchens, managing director of HotProperty.co.uk, explains that the property market reflects the competitive nature of getting a child into the "right" school.

"Due to long waiting lists and catchment area restrictions, this has become a major concern for families, one that often needs to be planned well in advance of the child actually attending school," he comments.

In other news that may interest those looking to buy a house in Scotland, it was recently reported by the Communities and Local Government house price index that Scottish house price inflation increased in October.