I don't want to get into the rights or wrongs of buying - hopefully this thread will be as useful in a few years time as it might be to people thinking of buying now.
I know there are a heap of things that you can go out and find information about - even buy a book about housebuying. However, there are loads of new internet tools and techniques that are out there, that books / other resources cannot hope to keep up to date with.
Do a postcode search on houseprices.co.uk
and have a look at what else has sold recently.
Plus do a crime map search on maps.police.gov
Get property bee and look at price reductions within 1/4 mile.
How many houses have sold in area.
Are you in a good position and ready to go? Have they got probate sorted out and ready to sell?
Get solicitor quotes NOW so when you make your offer you can say "this is my offer and my solicitor will be..." so you look like you're ready to buy.
What other resources would people recommend using - either freebies or paid for?