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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
MOVERS, By household type - October 2004
Households that lived in a separate house were least likely to have moved, with 20% (369,300) having moved in the last three years. In contrast, 38% (183,300) of households that lived in a flat or apartment had moved.
In the last three years, 9% (81,600) of households that owned their dwelling without a mortgage had moved, compared to 44% (341,700) of renters and 23% (201,100) of home owners with a mortgage.
Reasons for moving
Households that moved in the last three years stated the main reasons for moving were 'To live in a better area' (21%) and that the previous 'Dwelling was not suitable' (19%).
Approximately 20% of movers indicated they were likely to move again in the next twelve months. In contrast, 8% of non-movers intended to move within the next twelve months.
Households that did not move in the last three years were more likely to have modified their home for older people or people with a disability (8%), compared with 2% of movers.
LIKELY TO MOVE IN NEXT TWELVE MONTHS
In October 2004, 11% (275,200) of households indicated they were likely to move from their current dwelling within the next 12 months. One parent families were more likely to move (14%) than couple families with children (9%).
Reasons likely to move
Of those households likely to move in the next twelve months, 24% indicated the main reason for moving would be 'To build or buy a new dwelling' and 17% intended to move 'To live in a better area'.
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