Coveting your neighbour’s big house can be a costly business

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Coveting your neighbour’s big house can be a costly business

Drawing comparisons with the home next door can lead to dissatisfaction with your own, research reveals

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Your neighbour’s sprawling home could be the cause of your deep-seated envy and dissatisfaction with your own humble abode.

New research from Iowa State University in the US has found that people are more likely to be dissatisfied with their house if it is not as grand as their neighbour’s.

The study found that homeowners don’t only care about the features of their houses, but also how they compare in size with those of their immediate neighbours...

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