The numbers game - house prices

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Abstract

30 years ago the average house price in Scotland was less than 3 times
the average salary. It is now close to 6 times the average salary (£26
304:£150 509 for 2006). So what factors have contributed to the real
cost of housing doubling over this period? Are for instance, these new
dwellings significantly larger or are they simply twice as good? Let me
deal firstly with the size thing. A study of dwellings constructed by the
largest volume builder during the 90's, demonstrated that a typical
three bedroom dwelling had a total floor space of 60m2, over 20% smaller than the recommended minimum floor area laid down by
Parker Morris in the 60's. Another study comparing useful floor-space
in dwellings constructed between 1980 and 1991 in 15 European
countries, ranked the UK in 15th position, with the older housing stock
actually exceeding the spatial standards of the new provision. We are
therefore not getting more space for our money, so what about the
quality argument?
LanguageEnglish
Pages13-13
Number of pages1
Volume37
No.sprin 2007
Specialist publicationScotregen, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Keywords

  • buldings
  • urban regeneration
  • floor space

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The numbers game - house prices. / Howieson, Stirling.

In: Scotregen, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum, Vol. 37, No. sprin 2007, 2007, p. 13-13.

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