For one of the world’s more mobile populations, Britain has collectively hit something of a brick wall during this recession. Shortly before the economic balloon went pop, in July 2007, you may remember that Gordon Brown announced a plan to ensure that three million new houses would be built by 2020, thereby preventing another unsustainable rise in prices based on lack of supply. Now people who want to move can’t, and those who don’t want to move are finding that they must.

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