HOMES in Bournemouth are reportedly becoming marginally more affordable – although buyers are likely to have to fork out almost 10 times the average annual salary to secure a property.

Research conducted by Zoopla found the average price of a house in the borough last month was £293,100, with the average annual salary for a single earner sitting at £30,000.

Bournemouth sits behind just Oxford, Cambridge and London, with the fourth highest house price to earnings ratio.

This figure has decreased slightly compared to 2016, suggesting houses have become slightly more affordable to acquire.

However, the annual house price did grow by 1.2 per cent over the past 12 months, according to Zoopla’s UK Cities House Price Index.