PEOPLE living in a picturesque seaside town fear it’s being ruined by second home-owners who are forcing up house prices while locals miss out.
And Robin Hood’s Bay-based estate agent James Smith warned it was becoming increasingly tricky for locals to afford cottages there.
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“Prices are usually at a premium, especially if you have a nice place to sit out or a good sea view.”
He also told of how potential workers such as cleaners and waitresses were being priced out of the area.
He added: “The village is as popular as ever, but it is getting hard for local businesses to get staff to service the needs of the visitors and cottage owners.”