THROUGH THE ROOF House prices skyrocket to 6 times average salary with largest increases in London
HOUSE prices last year soared to 6.3 times average earnings, a report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed yesterday.
This was a huge rise from 4.1 times average earnings in 2002.
A statistical report shows house prices have dramatically increased to 6 times the average salary
In 2015 the average (median) house price in England and Wales was £207,500, up a whopping 6.4 per cent (£12,500) since 2014.
This rise was largely driven by the seven per cent annual increase in England – while in Wales the annual increase was two per cent.
The ONS figures also revealed a huge North/South divide in the private rental market, with 30 of the most affordable areas mainly in the north of England.
There’s also a huge north-south divide in the housing market with the most affordable areas mainly in the north of England
While 14 of the 15 least affordable local authorities were located in London.
Between 2014 and 2015, London had an average median house price increase of 9.6 per cent, whereas there was an average increase of 5.5 per cent in the North East of England.
14 of the 15 most unaffordable areas in the country are in London, while house prices there are also increasing at a higher rate
Nigel Henretty, Head of Housing Analysis at ONS, said: “Whilst social housing became more affordable in 2015, the cost of buying a house has continued to rise, increasing by 6.4 per cent over the last year.
“However, mortgage repossessions are at their lowest levels in over a decade, helped by historically low interest rates.”