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20/10/2015
Research by an online estate agent shows it would take 104 years for someone living in Brighton on an average salary to save a deposit for an average property.
Buyers “priced out of their own towns”

HouseSimple.com claims local people are being priced out of their towns, as average wage earners could be looking at saving for more than 100 years to afford an average priced property where they live.

According to figures compiled by the agent, an average wage earner in Brighton (£23,488 according to the ONS Annual Salaries Survey 2014) would need to save for 104.2 years to have a large enough deposit for an average priced property in the area (£350,222).

Property prices have rocketed in Brighton in the past 10 years, largely due to the influx of London commuters who have moved out of the capital for a better quality of life. But this has had a dramatic impact on local property prices.

The figures have been calculated on the basis that savers could put aside 10% of their salary every year for a house deposit, and that the maximum mortgage loan they could secure would be four-and-a-half times their gross annual salary.

The situation is slightly better in Bristol, but still makes depressing reading. An average wage earner on £27,394, would have to save for 55.1 years to afford an average priced property in Bristol (£274,280).

While Brighton is at one end of the scale, prospects are a little brighter for people living in Hull, where average salaries are £24,248, and average house prices close to a third of the price of average property prices in Brighton, at £123,864. This means that an average wage earner in Hull would only need to save for 6.1 years to have enough for a deposit.

Similarly, in Bradford, with average house prices of just £124,051, and average salaries of £24,743, an average wage earner could have a large enough deposit after seven years, to afford an average priced property in the city.

An average earner in London would have to save for 97 years to afford an average priced property in the capital.

Alex Gosling, CEO of HouseSimple.com, said: “Affordability remains a major problem across the UK. Everyone knows that London is unaffordable for all but the rich or fortunate, but these figures highlight the plight of the average person looking to buy an average priced property in their local town or city.

“The average wage earner is being priced out of their local property market, and without a serious influx of new properties coming onto the market, that’s likely to continue to remain the case.”

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