Figures reveal difficult places to buy a house

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A SURVEY has revealed the hardest places for first-time buyers to get on the property ladder.

And Chichester has been revealed as the second toughest place in the south east, as low wages and high house prices combine to thwart wannabe homeowners.

In the lowest quartile – the bottom 25 per cent – the average house price was £215,000 and in the lowest quartile of wages the average salary was £10,989, according to the National Housing Federation.

East Hampshire’s figures were £207,500 for the average house price in the lowest quartile and £12,566 for the average wage in the bottom 25 per cent, placing it 12th in the south east.