Mov­ing out of town – to buy or to rent

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOCUS -

MORE needs to be done to help first-time buy­ers in Bucks, ac­cord­ing to a youth cam­paigner.

Tom Pirouet, 22, who lives with his fam­ily in Che­sham, be­lieves it is ex­tremely hard for young peo­ple to get on the hous­ing lad­der in Bucks.

“It’s dys­func­tional, in a word. There’s no op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to buy houses, peo­ple just can’t af­ford to do it.

“For first-time buy­ers you’re look­ing around the age of 32 to 35 when you can start think­ing about buy­ing a house in Bucks. We need more af­ford­able hous­ing and there also needs to be a sub­sidy for first-time buy­ers.

“Peo­ple buy­ing houses ben­e­fits ev­ery­one, not just the per­son buy­ing the house. It also gets the econ­omy mov­ing and brings more peo­ple to the area,” said Mr Pirouet.

“Lo­cal gov­ern­ment and na­tional gov­ern­ment need to do more in terms of sub­si­dies.”

Although Mr Pirouet has not thought about buy­ing a house, he has thought about rent­ing, which he says is just as dif­fi­cult.

He added: “I’ve thought about rent­ing but in places like Ayles­bury and High Wy­combe be­cause it’s cheaper. Peo­ple are hav­ing to move away from the Che­sham and Amer­sham ar­eas to buy and rent houses.

“It’s not good news for first-time buy­ers in Buck­ing­hamshire.”

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