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Area comparison tool: where should I buy a home?

Use our interactive tool to find the best areas to buy a house by comparing local authorities.

Whether you're buying the perfect home or looking for an investment property, choosing where to buy is a critical decision.

Our tool can help you weigh up different factors – including the rating of local schools, quality of life and local house prices.

You can compare your local authority with the national average, or compare two areas that you're choosing between.

And if you want to discuss your mortgage options, call Which? Mortgage Advisers for a free consultation on 0800 197 8461.

How to choose where to buy

The factors that are most important when buying a house will be specific to your circumstances – you might want to live near family, have a shorter commute or be walking distance from the sea.

But, as a general rule, there are a number of things you should consider that will indicate how good your quality of life will be, and how likely your property is to grow in value.

If you're unsure about what to take into account, our guide to finding the best places to live lays out the factors you need to consider.

And once you've found a property that appeals, you can use our house-viewing checklist to make sure it will meet your needs.

Get expert, one-to-one mortgage advice

If you'd like personalised advice on getting a mortgage, call Which? Mortgage Advisers for a free chat on 0800 197 8461 - or fill out the form below and they'll call you.


Which? Mortgage Advisers listen carefully to what you need, then search thousands of mortgages to choose the No.1 for you, even if you can only go direct.

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