Housing Costs a Key Part of the Financial Lifestyle

Buying a house is an expensive business. If you needed further proof of that, there was plenty to be found in a batch of data recently released by the Office for National Statistics.

The body found that a quarter of neighbourhoods in England and Wales were ‘off-limits’ to many would-be buyers due to the fact that the average income is well below what is needed to purchase an ‘entry level property’.

In London, where the challenge is starkest, the ONS said that new buyers needed a household income of almost £60,000 and savings of £55,000.

Yet while that poses a savings challenge – with a need to hunt out decent accounts that can deliver returns on your money to build up the funds – getting on the first rung of the housing ladder is not the end of the challenge.

As the following infographic shows, housing costs are a key part of the financial lifecycle – with renters and ‘second steppers’ also needing to weigh up the costs on getting on and up the housing ladder throughout their lives.

Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break magazine. She studied English Literature at Fairfield University in Connecticut whilst taking evening classes in journalism at MediaBistro in NYC. She then pursued a BA degree in Public Relations at Bournemouth University in the UK. With a background working in the PR industry in Los Angeles, Barcelona and London, Charlotte then moved on to launching Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden and has been running the online magazine for the past 10 years. She is a mother, an avid reader, runner and puts a bit too much effort into perfecting her morning brew.