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Rural housing 'less affordable'
east lothian is the least affordable rural local authority in scotland with an average house price (Â202, 24) that is 6. -times local average annual earnings .
but thers average house price in rural scotland is 21% lower than across rural great britain as a whole .
first-time buyers account for just 20% of all rural buyers compared with 31% in urban areas .
suren thiru, an economist at bank of scotland, said: housing in rural areas is less affordable than in urban areas due to a combination of higher average prices and lower average earnings .