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Property ladder remains tough

Home owners trying to take their second step on the property ladder face some of the toughest market conditions seen in a generation

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Second step home purchasers facing 'tough' market conditions

Home owners wanting to take their second step on the property ladder face some of the toughest market conditions ever seen, a study has said.

The cost for a "second stepper" to trade up to their next home is 4.7 times annual average earnings - the second highest ratio since records began 25 years ago. The situation has improved on a year ago, when the ratio stood at 5.2, according to Lloyds TSB's home movers review.

The study raised concerns that the high hurdles still faced by this sector are creating a "bottleneck" in the housing market, by limiting the choice available to first-time buyers and creating a greater scarcity of potential home buyers higher up the chain.

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