Problems of high house prices in the UK

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In the UK, house prices have shrugged off both the credit crunch and the longest recession on record. After a blip in 2007-08, house prices are at record levels. It means that UK house prices are relatively very expensive; UK house price to earning ratios are amongst the highest in the developed world. Unfortunately, there are many problems with expensive house prices – it creates a nation of winners and losers – between those who own a house and those who are renting. There has been a sharp rise in wealth/income inequality- with the unpropertied facing higher housing costs and a decline in living standards. High house prices also threaten geographical mobility and have led to labour shortages in housing hotspots like London.

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