House about that then…

I’VE reached the age where every time I phone home, my mother wants to know if I’ve bought a house yet – but where I want to be and what I can afford are two different things. In Belfast and elsewhere in NI, first-time buyers are being squeezed by the stratospheric rise in house prices. The Government’s move to raise the stamp duty threshold was, let’s face it, no more than tokenistic. Here’s how Kevin McCauley of the BBC coped.