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Period features and good schools are often cited as property characteristics that snag homebuyers but most have much simpler priorities, a new survey suggests.

GoCompare Mortgages asked 2,000 Britons what their top property must-haves would be: warmth and energy efficiency were surprising priorities, with central heating and double-glazing filling the top slots.

Buyers also rank reliable broadband and phone signals above highly-rated schools and properties with period features.