The gap between house prices in Britain's major cities and average salaries is the widest since the financial crisis, new research has revealed.

Lloyds Bank found that the ratio of average house prices across 62 cities to average city earnings has reached 7.2, the highest level since 2007.

But while there are some cities in the UK where a home will cost more than 12 times the average salary in the location, in others it would only cost just under 4.5 times wages there.

It highlights the extent of how challenging it has become to afford a home in some parts of the country, with the average value of a city property in Britain reaching £248,233, up from £180,548 five years ago.

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Credit: Daily Mail, February 2019