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Of those 390, 74 per cent are home owners, the rest rented.

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He said: "The BBC move has added a buzz to the market that increased activity levels which is good for everyone.

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"It really is a significant life and career choice for people. My brief has not been to persuade people that the move is right for them but to give them all the information they need to make the right decision.

Sixty nine per cent have indicated they will be buying up here straight away.

Of the eligible home owners 31 per cent chose the Remote Location package where the BBC covers rental costs for two years so they can see whether they settle or not and get the measure of the area.

would have a huge impact on the property market here.

Ken Lee is head of HR for BBC North and has been masterminding the operation.

He said: "A nice four bedroom family house in say Berkshire is between 500,000 to 600,000 and they were expecting to get the same here for 300,000.

He said: "I really did not know Manchester at all, so I rented a property at first to get to know the city better before opting to buy here."

"But the actual impact is not actually that significant. Yes it has brought a few Air Max Tavas Brown more serious buyers to the market place who want to proceed but not in so many numbers that it has affected house prices."

He said: "I have talked to every single staff member about the move and the amount of personal upheaval and investment for them should not be underestimated.

He took advantage of the Government's Homebuy Direct scheme to buy a share in a two bedroom apartment without the need for saving a large deposit. The development is also bidding to get included in FirstBuy, the Government's latest version of the initiative.

"Public Transport was a big factor for all of them. Parking at MediaCity is limited and people in London are used to commuting by bus or bike and they loved the tram.

a shock to some.

As well as sessions with agents where they were shown examples of what their budget could buy existing BBC staff in Manchester, like Ian Forester, acted as 'buddies' to give movers first hand real life advice.

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Ian, who is originally from Bristol, moved here three years ago for his job in research and development and recently bought an apartment in Islington Wharf at Ancoats.

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His firm has seen 20 direct BBC sales across its 17 offices in south Manchester and believes there will be more as staff get to know the areas.

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"They also found distances hard to get their head around. A half hour commute in London is not going to get you far but here you can be out in the county."

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How do you make the move from one end of the country to another? The first of the BBC staff have started work out of their colourful new offices at MediaCityUk and every weekend for the next 36 weeks more staff will be moved in to this northern outpost.

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But of the 2,300 BBC staff to be based in the north , 700 are moving from the existing Manchester office on Oxford Road, 500 more will be new recruits leaving only about 1,000 moving up from London.

centre but quite a few preferred to be further out in Didsbury and Chorlton where several BBC staff already live."

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And it is not happening all at once. Of the first 390 staff packing their bags, 89 have already moved with another 301 "in flight".

"It is a big decision to take by yourself and I think the buddy system is a good idea.

Ian said: "I love Manchester and have been helping colleagues migrate here through the buddy system, telling them about the different areas of the city and helping them find places to live.

"It is hard moving into the unknown, especially if you are single.

"It came as a bit of a shock to find that is not the case."

He said: "The education system offered in Trafford has been a big draw and there has been understandable interest in sale and Altrincham because they also have the Metrolink.

As well as moving desks they have also had to move house, choosing where to live after an afternoon coach trip of the region, some intense sessions with estate agents, education specialists and local area experts and independent weekend forays to look at the options.

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Phil Diggle is from Gascoigne Halman based in Hale and has been closely involved with the re location operation with the BBC.

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