Capital growth is more important to first-home buyers than proximity to family, friends, shops, work or attractions, says research by St George Bank. After affordability, the highest priority for first-home buyers when purchasing a home is the potential for house price growth. The survey of 1,000 first-home buyers shows that evaluating which properties presented good value was the most difficult task during the house-hunting process. This suggests first-home buyers are keen to understand the market and potential for capital growth. While buying in a growth area was extremely important for firs- home buyers, 26.4% of respondents said they had to make compromises to buy their home, with 50% of those compromising on location, and 45% compromising on price.