Large numbers of British couples stay together just to find home: Study

| Updated: Aug 06, 2017 11:32 IST

London [U.K.], August 6 (ANI): According to a new survey, close to 1.8 million U.K. adults are staying in relationships simply so that they can buy a house faster. As per the research, conducted by L&C Mortgages, 11 per cent of non-homeowners would stay in an unhappy relationship if it allowed them to buy their own property. The survey also revealed that 44 per cent of aspiring homeowners wouldn't have stayed with their partner had property purchasing not been part of the equation. David Hollingworth at L&C Mortgages, said, "The fact that so many people view staying in a relationship they perhaps don't want to be in as one of their only options for getting onto the housing ladder is indicative of the struggle people face when buying their first home." He also explained that due to the large sums needed for deposits, combining salaries with a partner is often the only option. The average price of a first home in the U.K. hit a record high this year, at 207,693 GBP, 50 percent higher than in 2012. Unfortunately, the forecast for housing prices is no less bleak, increasing by roughly 2 per cent this year, according to nationwide building society. (ANI)