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Just exchanged contracts today on a 3 bed semi, at about 10.5% less than its 2006 sale price. Seems a pretty good deal for us, with an offset mortgage, and will save us £450 a month compared with our current rent/council tax, while rates remain low (so, for the next ten minutes or so).

Borrowing 1.9 times our combined salaries (or 3.8 times mine), which doesn't seem too horrendous. It's been a bit depressing looking at the market for the last couple of years in our chosen area - CV32 - because almost everything is vastly overpriced (no, I'm not paying a quarter of a million quid for a 3 bed semi with a crap garden). The good stuff has gone very quickly for, apparently, at or above asking price in some cases, while the dross has stagnated.

We're still going to want prices to drop to be honest - this isn't exactly the forever house, just a stepping stone on the way there, but I've gone from hoping they drop quickly to hoping they drift down to a more sensible level over the next few years.

Thought I'd share that with you all!

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Just exchanged contracts today on a 3 bed semi, at about 10.5% less than its 2006 sale price. Seems a pretty good deal for us, with an offset mortgage, and will save us £450 a month compared with our current rent/council tax, while rates remain low (so, for the next ten minutes or so).

Borrowing 1.9 times our combined salaries (or 3.8 times mine), which doesn't seem too horrendous. It's been a bit depressing looking at the market for the last couple of years in our chosen area - CV32 - because almost everything is vastly overpriced (no, I'm not paying a quarter of a million quid for a 3 bed semi with a crap garden). The good stuff has gone very quickly for, apparently, at or above asking price in some cases, while the dross has stagnated.

We're still going to want prices to drop to be honest - this isn't exactly the forever house, just a stepping stone on the way there, but I've gone from hoping they drop quickly to hoping they drift down to a more sensible level over the next few years.

Thought I'd share that with you all!

Was at a party last weekend from a chap who's lived in and around that part of the West Midlands for the last 15 years. His comments chime with yours - no family homes on the market in the last 18-24 months. Quality snapped up at sometimes above asking.

He STR'd 18 months ago and is renting in outer Leamington waiting for an opportunity.

Congrats on your new home and all the best! :)

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Just exchanged contracts today on a 3 bed semi, at about 10.5% less than its 2006 sale price. Seems a pretty good deal for us, with an offset mortgage, and will save us £450 a month compared with our current rent/council tax, while rates remain low (so, for the next ten minutes or so).

Borrowing 1.9 times our combined salaries (or 3.8 times mine), which doesn't seem too horrendous. It's been a bit depressing looking at the market for the last couple of years in our chosen area - CV32 - because almost everything is vastly overpriced (no, I'm not paying a quarter of a million quid for a 3 bed semi with a crap garden). The good stuff has gone very quickly for, apparently, at or above asking price in some cases, while the dross has stagnated.

We're still going to want prices to drop to be honest - this isn't exactly the forever house, just a stepping stone on the way there, but I've gone from hoping they drop quickly to hoping they drift down to a more sensible level over the next few years.

Thought I'd share that with you all!

Well done. Leamington is a great town, I used to live there many moons ago and am very jealous of your luck!

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