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The influence of environmental factors on property buyers' choice of residential location in Poland

Vol. 8, No 3, 2015

Sabina Źróbek

 

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

 Poland

 

zrobek@uwm.edu.pl

The inFLuence of environmental factors on property buyers’ choice of residential location in Poland

Maria Trojanek

 

Poznan University of Economics

 

 Poland

 

  m.trojanek@ue.poznan.pl

 

Anna Źróbek-Sokolnik

 

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

 

 Poland

 

a.zrobeksokolnik@uwm.edu.pl

 

Radosław Trojanek

 

Poznan University of Economics

 

 Poland

 

 r.trojanek@ue.poznan.pl

ABSTRACT. The main aim of this study was to identify the factors responsible for Polish property buyers’ choice of residential location, including single-family houses and apartments. The following thesis was formulated: analysis of consumers’ residential preferences based on their personal experience supports a more reliable evaluation of individual attributes of a residential location. This paper overviews the existing literature on the subject and analyzes primary data. collected by the computer-assisted web-interviewing (CAWI) method. The questionnaire developed by the authors was completed by 269 residents of three Polish regions. The respondents evaluated the quality of their residential environment and identified environmental factors that could influence their health. The data were processed statistically to reveal that price is the most important factor behind the residential location choice. Other factors identified by the respondents included the sense of security and a quiet neighborhood. High scenic value was regarded as a moderately important factor, although its significance was recognized by the majority of the respondents.

 

Received: June, 2015

1st Revision: September, 2015

Accepted: November, 2015

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-8330.2015/8-3/13

JEL Classification: L85, P28, R3

Keywords: : environment, quality of life, property market, Poland, residential property