North/south housing markets in widening divide after crash of ten years ago

In the ten years since the financial crash, the north-south gap between the least and more affordable parts of Britain – as far as housing has concerned – has almost doubled.

Homes in 54% of local authority areas, including Burnley, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, are more affordable than they were a decade ago, because wages have risen faster than local property prices. Homes in Scotland and Wales are also more affordable.

But in London and the south, affordability has worsened.

The area where affordability has fallen most is Three Rivers in Hertfordshire, where affordability has declined 61% since 2007.

The average house price to earnings ratio is almost 16, with house prices having risen from £332,891 in 2007 to £519,922.

In parts of London the average price of a home is now 20 times the average local wage. In every part of London, affordability has worsened.

The number crunching has been done by Yorkshire Building Society.

Regional changes in affordability

Region Change in affordability since 2007
North East +25.9%
Scotland +19.6%
Wales +17.9%
North West +16.4%
Yorkshire +13.7%
West Midlands +5.8%
East Midlands +5.1%
South West +3.3%
East of England -15.4%
South East -15.4%
London -38.8%


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