New online tool helps house buyers research prices around the UK

Property Wars is the new, Monopoly-style comparison tool you can use to check house prices around the country

(Image credit: Thomas Sanderson)

Getting a quick idea of how much property costs in any town around the country has just got much easier – and much more fun. A new online tool created by Thomas Sanderson, called Property Wars (opens in new tab), lets you compare house prices in different streets in a colourful, board game-style format, taking you through a range of price bands, from cheapest to more expensive.  

Simply enter the location you're looking at and the house prices in descending order will be presented on a virtual board (see below). You can then simply click on the location to have a street view of the road. You can also click to see the streets highlighted on a map.

So, for example, at a quick glance, we've discovered that the cheapest average property prices are in Durham, where average house prices on Etherly Close were £11,165. The most expensive were on The Boltons in London, where average property prices were at £37,720,000. 

All good fun so far – but other than diverting us, how can the tool be made really useful? Richard Petrie, marketing director for Thomas Sanderson comments, 'It can often be a hard and convoluted process to find out the cost of properties and how they compare to other areas and other cities, particularly for first-time buyers. We created this tool so that potential buyers can easily find out the average cost of properties in a given city and have a quick browse at what they look like.'

So, moving to a new city has suddenly become easier: you can compare then view different streets in an area you've highlighted as of interest. But we think it's an opportunity not only for first-time buyers: would-be private landlords and second home buyers looking to snap up a property in a part of the country they're not overly familiar with will find this tool handy, too. 

It's not fail-safe and, of course, you can't buy properties from the website, but it's a good place to start your research.

Thomas Sanderson 'Property Wars' online tool

(Image credit: Thomas Sanderson)

Anna is Content Editor at Real Homes. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening. At Real Homes, she covers a range of topics, from practical advice to interior and garden design.