Estate agents are always publishing guides to local, regional and national property markets but online agent eMoov has produced one of the more unusual ones.
The company has launched a report on where to buy a home should you wish to avoid the major impact zones that would be created by an all-out nuclear attack on the UK.
The company believes the tensions between the US and North Korea stand a good chance of triggering World War Three and is concerned what this might mean for the UK property market.
Rather than build a nuclear bunker, as most Swiss did during the Cold War years of the 1970s and 1980s, eMoov suggests buying a home outside the areas most likely to be bombed by the intrepid North Korean air force, which eMoov concedes has a way to go before it is able to target the UK.
eMoov has launched what is calls a ‘nukemap’ as a handy guide to fall-out averse home hunters, although they will have to be rural enthusiasts; the agent believes most of the UK’s cities will be bombed including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Hull, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cambridge, Norwich, Oxford, London, Bristol, Swansea, Southampton, Brighton, Plymouth, Liverpool and Sheffield.
“The resulting strikes would also see York, Leicester, Peterborough, Exeter, Cardiff, Bath and [many] more [places] become uninhabitable due to the thermal radiation radius,” eMoov says.
The results of Armageddon would be good for the North West property market, eMoov says in which the most affordable nuclear-free option would be Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria followed by Carlisle and also Lancaster.
Those considering hoarding large amounts of tinned food and bottled water should head to the Scottish Highlands, eMoov suggests, in particular Dumfries, as well as Anglesey and Aberystwyth in Wales and Brixworth in Northamptonshire plus Skegness, Whitby, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Bideford in Devon.
“Luckily, we’re out of range from any North Korean missiles, but if the world was to descend into nuclear madness the fall out would mean house prices would probably become irrelevant,” says eMoov’s CEO Russell Quirk.
“That said, with buyer demand already at explosive levels compared to the ground zero stock levels available, a nuclear war could see these more affordable areas grow in value as demand for a house still standing outside of an impact zone increases.”