THE reopening of schools in March coincided with a surge in house hunting - but how sought after could your home be?

Buyer interest in homes on the market has soared by 25% in the two months alone since schools reopened in March.

Zoopla's latest research reveals where buyer demand has surged the most in regions across Dorset as lockdown restrictions ease.

This surge in house hunting comes as housing market momentum saw sales agreed on one in every 50 homes sold between 1 January and 15 April, up from one in every 100 homes a year earlier.

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Weymouth and Portland saw the largest increase in property interest in this period with a growth of 63 per-cent.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth saw the smallest growth with an eight per-cent increase. 

West Dorset (35 per-cent) and Poole (36 per-cent) also saw a sharp increase in demand for property during this time.

Interest in North Dorset after schools went back increase by 18 per-cent.  

One and two-bedroom flats

First-time buyers and empty-nesters appear to be driving demand for one bedroom and two-bedroom flats.

Flats have seen a spike in interest especially in the New Forest because they offer suburban and urban living at a relatively low cost. 

With average prices of below £250,000 for flats, they are likely to appeal to first-time buyers.

Two and three-bedroom homes

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Two and three-bedroom properties in areas where prices are below their regional average have seen the largest increase in interest from potential buyers.

While homes of this size remain in strong demand across Great Britain, the seaside resort of Scarborough has seen interest from potential buyers skyrocket 142 per-cent.

Demand for two and three-bedroom homes in picturesque Weymouth and Portland, on the Jurassic Coast, where average homes cost £235,000, 15 per-cent below the regional average, has jumped 115per-cent.

Four and five-bedroom homes

Demand for four and five-bedroom homes is being driven by the ongoing search for space, with buyer interest spiking in rural or coastal areas.

Boasting easy access to London and a range of Ofsted-rated Outstanding schools, Cambridge led the way with demand soaring by 182 per-cent.

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