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  1. Just wanted to up-date anyone who originally commented on this thread.......... in the end we went through with the sale and bought the house (for £181,500) - This was just before x-mas. We've just had a new conservatory fitted - and couldn't be any happier. I accept that the value will probably fall over the next few years - but we don't plan on moving and needed somewhere to live! Thanks for all the comments and advice.........
  2. Came across a very interesting site the other day,…… www.danberry.com. A US online estate agency. I was shocked by what you buy in the US for the kind of money that might buy you a 1 bed flat in London! Here’s a couple picked at Random: http://www.danberry.com/danberry/dansite/s...Yes&Print=1 http://www.danberry.com/danberry/dansite/s...=No&Print=1 Not saying these places are tasteful, but I had no idea that the difference was as great.
  3. Just in case anyone had any doubt that uk house prices were overvalued!!!! I came across www.danberry.com – a US property website. I was expecting a difference but I was completely shocked by what I found!!! No need to do any more talking……just have a look a few examples I picked at random….remember we’re talking US dollars here not pounds!!!!!!!!!! http://www.danberry.com/danberry/dansite/s...Yes&Print=1 http://www.danberry.com/danberry/dansite/s...Yes&Print=1 http://www.danberry.com/danberry/dansite/s...=No&Print=1
  4. I'm more concerned about the size than the wife. The plan is to address the problem with a consevatory as soon as possible. It's a carefully designed house that makes good use of the space! We've looked at much larger houses in the area but would rather sacrifice size for the location, outlook and feel of this one.
  5. Thanks for the links….it’s interesting to compare with other houses. Trying to be as unbiased as possible, I think that the house we’re looking at is significantly nicer than both these. It’s in a great situation that really does have a nice outlook over town and to the hills and countryside beyond. It also has a very private garden that’s not overlooked! Unfortunately, I can’t post the web brochure here – but you would immediately see the difference. I wouldn’t be considering this if I hadn’t negotiated the discount we’ve already secured. However, reading the comments on this web site has
  6. Take your point to some extent but I think your figures are a little conservative… House was is very poor condition and has had following work done: 1) New Kitchen/Dinner, this is top quality and includes all appliances (dishwasher, oven, built in fridge and freezer). New wooden floor in this area. 2) New bathroom, again, top quality with all tiling fixtures etc…. 3) New carpets in entire house 4) New fireplace and surround in living room 5) Every single window (including 4 velux) brand new 6) All new doors, front, back and French to garden. 7) Garden Landscaped (and new perimeter fenc
  7. Good advice, me and the misses went back yesterday for another look around. It was a sunny evening (which might have influenced our perspective!) but we both loved it more than ever. It has great views across the town and hills beyond…….not a huge house but we’re now sure about going ahead.
  8. This afternoon, I took an earlier comment on board and re-visited the house - we both still love it. The nice aspects are that it’s in a very quiet area that backs onto empty countryside yet it’s just a short walk into town for the wife. Because it’s so high, you get a great view overlooking the town and to the hills beyond. However, I am still concerned about the size. I‘ve the brochure in front of me and dimensions are: Downstairs: Kitchen/Dinner: 16.1ft* 9ft (useful cupboard under stairs & door to garden) Living Room: 16ft * 10.5ft Integral Garage: 18ft * 9ft Small entrance porch
  9. Many thanks to all for the comments and advice posted here. It’s interesting that the same arguments that have been going through my mind have been born out on these pages. I find myself agreeing with those on both sides! It’s nice to get balanced advice from people that understand the family issues as well as financial logic! It’s a very difficult decision - my current persuasion is to go through with the purchase. As many of you have stated…. much depends on gut feelings regarding the housing market. The scenarios (as I see it) are as follows (best to worst!) 1) House prices stagnate or ri
  10. I am currently panicking about the a recent decision to buy a house and I’d really appreciate some advice/opinions of anyone reading this… I’m married with a 2 ½ year old daughter. We bought our first house in 2003 and moved again in 2005. Both houses were nice (but only 2 bed) terraces. In July this year, we decided we needed to move to somewhere with a garden and extra bedroom. We had an excellent offer on our house from a first time buyer and to speed up the sale decided to put the furniture into storage and move in with my parents. We’ve been looking ever since but have struggled to fi
  11. I’m a 29 year old engineer, with wife and 1 child and live and work in Cumbria. A few months ago (April 07), we sold our house (modest but very nice terrace). We were lucky enough to get our asking price and the sale went though quickly. We had a 3 bed, detached bungalow lined up, our offer was accepted so we moved the furniture into storage and moved in with my parents whilst Bungalow man found his next property. This is where the happy tale breaks down……Bungalow man still hasn’t found his next property and so we’re left back at square 1, looking for the next house. We have a budget of abo
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