A brand new survey of 1,500 conducted by 3GEM Research on behalf of easyProperty has found that the British nation thinks a lot of things won't be with us by the year 2025, with cheque books unsurprisingly coming out on top with 69% of those polled claiming they'll disappear within the next decade.

We could also be seeing the last of high street staples, with 34% positive fishmongers will soon become a thing of the past, 31% thinking the same of greengrocers and 26% claiming the estate agencies will become extinct.

Almost three quarters of those questioned think the High Street landscape is due for a dramatic shake-up in the next 10 years as more consumers turn to shopping online for their goods and service, mainly due to convenience (37%), better deals (23%) and the ability to shop 24 hours a day.

Food campaigners will be happy to hear that 26% of those surveyed also think sugary drinks have seen their better days, and we could be moving from the DVD to something else if 19% are to be believed.

William Higham, trends expert and consumer futurist commented: "Britain today is being rocked by change. Technologies are driving a revolution in the way we live, shop, eat and work that could be as big as that created by the printing press in the 16th Century or the steam engine in the 19th Century.

"This poll shows the impact it's having: accelerating some industries and side-lining others, changing consumer attitudes and behaviours, making us into 'Smart Consumers'.

"Why push your way through crowds on a Saturday to buy things you can order more cheaply online from the comfort of your sofa? As a result, the High Street of the 1980s - with its box retailers and estate agencies - is crumbling.

"The poll also shows how important tradition is to the average Briton, but also how accepting Britons of all ages are of change.

"Consumers still want their local High Street, but they now want it to centre on local experiences such as yoga studios, juice bars and farmers markets. We expect - and want - British staples like pubs to continue. But we have embraced innovations like mobile phones, contactless payments and coffee chains as new 'traditions' we expect to continue in future."

In contrast, things we expect to stand the test of time include homeownership (65%), fast food (48%), coffee shops (47%) and cinemas (28%).

However what's worrying about the results is 60% of those polled saying they wouldn't be surprised by the demise of 'wheeler dealer' style agents, because of their failures to adapt to changing consumer demand.

CEO of online estate agent easyProperty Rob Ellice adds: "This research shows that Brits think High Street estate agencies have not responded to consumers' changing needs and are soon to be wiped out.

"Nearly 95 per cent now start their property search online, while just one in 25 does so by visiting an estate agency. The property sector has been the last to adopt and adapt to new technologies, just look at the changes brought to the travel and hospitality sectors by Airbnb, Expedia, Uber and JustEat.

"The property sector is ready to take off and we have got an internationally recognised brand. We can offer choice, giant savings of thousands of pounds and scale - we have a national presence. It will be a new style of estate agent of the future."

by for www.femalefirst.co.uk
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