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Weekly Edition - Published  18 April 2016


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1st time buyers in the North West will need £44,000 salary to afford an average home by 2020

TYPICAL 1st time buyers will need to earn £44k a year by 2020, new research by housing and homelessness charity Shelter shows. This is more than 15% the £38k needed for a typical 1st time buyer's mortgage today.  Do you agree with this statement?  if you do please let us know by emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

On top of this they would need a typical deposit of £25,000 to keep up with rocketing house prices in the region, which are projected to rise to £165,000 over the next 4 years.

The research looked at the salary and deposit needed for the average 1st time buyer today, and calculated what they would be in 2020 if they grew in line with projected increases in house prices.

These figures come as no surprise given that, over the last 5 years, the region's severe housing shortage has seen house prices rise 3 times faster than wages.

As the Government's Housing Bill passes through the House of Lords, Shelter is warning that, unless the Government commits to building homes that people on ordinary incomes can actually afford, the situation is only likely to get worse.

Campbell Robb, Shelter's Chief Executive, said:- "When house prices are increasing 3 times faster than the average wage, it's no wonder people on ordinary incomes are being locked out of a home of their own. With the situation only set to get worse, Generation Rent will be forced to resign themselves to a life in expensive, unstable private renting, and wave goodbye to their dreams of a home to put down roots in. It doesn't have to be like this. The Government has the power to turn our housing crisis around, but only if they stop with schemes like Starter Homes which only help higher earners, and start investing in homes that people on ordinary incomes can actually afford to live in."

Case Study:-
Mike, a nurse, is currently renting and has had to move because of high housing costs.  "On a nurse's salary and with house prices so high, I can't see how I'll ever own my own home. At the moment, it feels like nothing more than a pipe dream. I'm stuck renting and looking at moving away from where I currently live because rents have gone up so much as well. It just seems so unfair; if you work hard, you should be able to afford a place to call home."


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