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Shift to the country permanent? Here’s why it could be…

Posted 12th November 2021 by sdlt-admin

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“Where people moved to is not caused by Covid — it’s the realisation of many long-term reasons and desires that are becoming ever-more reasonable.”

Which brings is to the side-effect of the aforementioned rise in country property prices, as people look for houses with more space both in and outdoor and relish the mental health benefits that come from living close to green spaces or the coast.

However, notes David Hannah, principal consultant at property tax company Cornerstone Tax, Covid is not the only factor that persuaded more than 3.3 million people to leave the city for villages and rural areas.

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‘Many of us have long-dreamed of a slower life in the country, and the cultural significance of this dream is nothing new,’ he says.

‘The ubiquitous effects of the pandemic and the various lockdowns it caused has naturally had a significant impact, mainly by making the culture of work less rigid. The Government’s interference in the property market has also given many people the impetus to sell their home and buy another,’ he added.

But there’s more to it than that, insists Mr Hannah: ‘Where people moved to is not something caused by Covid,’ he insists, ‘but rather the realisation of many long-term reasons and desires that are becoming ever-more reasonable.”

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