It has been said before that the UK is a nation of housing market obsessives but new figures show just how preoccupied with the housing market we really are.
It seems that more than one in three home buyers check in with estate agencies at least once a day when they are trying to secure their dream home.
The findings of new research for the Nottingham Building Society (The Nottingham) shows 35 percent of home buyers admit to contacting estate agencies either on the phone or online at least once a day. It also found that the average home buyer registers with three estate agent offices or online services and an extremely eager 12 percent have signed up with five or more.
And the ongoing British obsession with house prices and home buying is confined to those buying a house or flat at the current time, around 72 percent of homeowners admit to regularly looking at houses for sale and prices in their area even if they are not actively planning to sell or buy.
The Nottingham believes the research underlines how important expert support is during the home buying process to enable customers to achieve the best possible service whether they are buying or selling.
Su Snaith, head of estate agency at The Nottingham, said: "Home buying and selling has changed in recent years as more online services have become accessible but as this research shows the one thing that does not change is people's appetite to keep updated of changes to the market. "The number of available properties to buy is at an all-time low and it is understandable that some people are checking with agents every day. It underlines the importance of a strong relationship with your estate agent and is the best way to stay on top of what is a major purchase."