Brighton and Hove is the least affordable area in the south east for young people wanting to buy their first home

The views expressed here are those of Andy Winter and not necessarily those of SRRA.

 

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Shelter has produced a report showing that, outside London, Brighton and Hove is the most unaffordable town or city in the south east when it comes to young people trying to get onto the housing ladder.

Shelter calculates that a childless couple would have to save for 10.2 years, a couple with children for 18.6 years, and a single person for 21 years, before being able to afford a deposit. The figures are based on average wages, house prices, rents and spending on essentials.

In my opinion, the chances of first time buyers being able to afford a home in Brighton and Hove has been well beyond the reach of ordinary people for some time. They have been priced out by escalating property prices caused by an acute shortage of affordable housing, people selling up in London and moving to the coast, and private investors, some of whom have no…

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