property ladder

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property ladder (uncountable)

  1. (UK) A family's lifetime progress from cheaper to more expensive housing.
    • 1989 Kenneth Boulding - Three Faces of Power
      The slave, who is at the bottom of the human property ladder, had a hut and slave quarters, a little clothing, food, and perhaps some health care . . .
    • 2004 David A. Wise - Perspectives on the Economics of Aging
      The higher house price volatility in the United Kingdom makes it optimal for those young households who expect to move up the property ladder to hold housing equity.