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Property In The North Is Cheaper

Property In The North Is Cheaper

North of England Leading The Way
For Renting Property

Renting property is more affordable in Northern regions of the UK as property prices in some areas stretch beyond of the reach of the average earnings of first-time and next-time buyers.

Chichester is the least affordable place to buy or rent property in the UK, whereas Hull and Belfast are the most affordable.

Middlesbrough, Dudley and Wolverhampton have the most affordable rental markets in the UK with 99% of properties within an average working couple’s budget.

The North-South divide is still prevalent in the UK property market with the most affordable properties located in the North of the country, where first-time and next-time buyers in full-time employment have the largest pool of properties within budget to choose from

Rental prices in East Anglia and the South East of England are among the highest in the UK according to analysts as these areas outperform the rest of the country, due to high tenant demand.

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North - South Divide Widens Again

North – South Divide Widens Again

A new study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that 20% of middle aged workers are property millionaires – on paper!

In the South East of England almost 30% of people in their 40s and 50s living in private residential properties can calculate their wealth to seven figures, when including savings, investments, the value of their homes and pension pots.

However, the study also revealed a sharp divide between North and South of England as well as between generations.

It claims that five times more children are growing up in households in the bottom top wealth bracket, North East, South East, wealth category as there are in the top wealth bracket.

While almost 60% of middle aged people in the South East have built up an impressive half a million pounds in savings, pension and property wealth, in the North East, 20% of the same age group have little or no assets that they can rely on.

The ONS study shows how wealth builds up through people’s working lives but begins to fall once they retire and begin using up their accumulated assets, in many cases on elderly care.

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The much debated north-south divide could hardly be more apparent than when it comes to housing. It’s widely accepted that England has an almost two-speed housing market: in the south east, real estate is as much an investment as a home, creating a frenzy of competition between investors, foreign buyers, locals and commuters that keep house prices high. Houses further north can be a fraction of the cost, with prices dropping, more homes standing empty and high levels of housing debt.

The natural conclusion might be that the lower prices mean that housing in the north is more affordable. In reality, affordability is about the money you take home each month versus the cost of your home. The money in your pocket is most often determined by the local jobs market and average wages, which can be totally out of step with the cost of housing in a particular region. On a more local scale again, the picture can become even more complicated – a recent IPPR report into housing in Bradford, for example, found that those in the poorest and cheapest areas of the city spent proportionately more of their income on rent.

Shelter has just released new research showing where the nation’s repossession ‘hotspots’ are – those areas where the highest proportions of homeowners are at serious risk of losing their homes. We find huge variation across the country, with the greatest number of hotspots clustering around the North West and the North East, and a couple of stand out areas in the south, including Barking and Dagenham, Lewisham and Thurrock.

Click here to explore the interactive map of hotspots from Shelter.

Of the top ten hotspots nationally, five are in the north west. What does this tell us? Firstly, the cluster of repossession risk hotspots in the north reflects economic conditions, to some extent. Home repossessions are often triggered by job loss or other loss of income, and our analysis shows that unemployment is higher, and has risen faster, in the areas where risk of repossession is highest.

More recently this has been exacerbated by the ongoing squeeze on household finances. Housing costs take up a large chunk of most people’s take-home home pay. We know that many families have made huge sacrifices – including cutting back on food and fuel – to keep up their mortgage payments. But ultimately if your pay isn’t rising and the cost of everything else is, it’s difficult to keep budgets on track.

The high cost of housing affects all of us. While prices might be most out of control in London, Shelter’s research clearly shows that the northern market is dysfunctional too, with worryingly high numbers of households falling behind on their mortgages and facing the threat of repossession.

Source: Guardian.co.uk

The North-South divide in UK residential property prices look set to widen further by the end of 2013, according to a new study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

London property prices are expected to grow by up to 2.4% in 2012, while properties in the North-East will see values fall 2.7%, as the capital remains relatively unharmed by the wider impact of the double-dip recession.

Wales, the North-West, Scotland and the North-East will see the values of their properties fall in each of the next two years. By contrast, London and the South East will grow by at least 2% in both 2012 and 2013.

London remains a safe haven for wealthy overseas investors. But this does little to protect other areas of the UK where demand from overseas investors is slight.

Even low interest rates and a lack of suitable housing supply have failed to prevent property slumps in other regions.

The UK average house price change is expected to be an increase of just 1%– an improvement on last year’s 1.5% fall, but way down on the 2007 pre-crash boom of 11%.

Douglas McWilliams, the chief executive at CEBR explains: “Demand in the London market remains resilient with the ongoing Eurozone drama piquing international interest in the capital. Furthermore, we can expect an abundance of affluent French citizens shopping for London homes if President [Francois] Hollande’s proposed 75% top rate of income tax is enacted.”

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