Majority of Scots don't want house prices to rise
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Finance
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The majority of people in Scotland want house prices to remain at their current levels or to fall, a new survey has revealed.
A YouGov poll for housing charity Shelter Scotland found that 66% - equivalent to 2,806,852 adults – don't want to see prices rise, whilst 64% think house prices in Britain are too high.
And 77% think that there is an urgent need for the government to make housing more affordable for young couples and families.
The findings come on the back of recent figures from the Office for National Statistics which show that in the 12 months to August 2013, UK house prices increased by 3.8%, up from a 3.3% increase in the 12 months to July 2013.
In Scotland there was little change in house prices, with a fall of 0.7%. The average mix-adjusted house prices in August 2013 stood at £185,000.
Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “These days high house prices don’t have the feel-good factor they once did, and for good reason. With an entire generation frozen out of home-ownership and being squeezed by high rents, there are lessons to be learned from the boom era - and the majority of people in Scotland agree.
“It's hard to understand then why Westminster is rushing out the help to buy scheme when all the evidence shows that it won't actually help the families who need it most.
"In fact, help to buy risks making the problem far worse by going back to the bad old days of big mortgages and easy lending. There is a real danger it will push up house prices, making it even harder for people to find a home they can afford.”
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