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Help me find an affordable place to buy a house

edited 4 October 2018 at 9:34PM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
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  • Have you considered Maidstone?

    You can buy a 2 bed house in and around Maidstone for under £300k. The city also offers decent amenities, links to London, access to Canterbury, southern coast and there are enough businesses established in the area should you wish to become employed.
  • homeless9homeless9 Forumite
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    Towser wrote: »
    DE22 postcode is the least deprived in the area of Derby.

    https://strata.co.uk/our-developments/definition-mackworth/barcelona-4-bedroom-homes/

    nice, you can get this beauty for just £225,000. How much do you think I could get from having 3 lodgers in my spare rooms?
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    I will keep everyone's suggestions in mind. I have been looking at new build developments in the towns/cities suggested. I have also had a gander on Google street view.

    For now I am waiting on some news on some recent Shared Ownership applications I made for new build properties available down here near Guildford. No doubt I will be rejected as the homes I have applied for are not in my borough. Seems pot luck whether you get one of these S.O homes. They don't build many in my borough, and if they do they are ridiculously overpriced flats in the town centre with ridiculously high service charges.

    One of the housing associations I have applied for have significantly reduced the rents on their S.O properties as I guess they couldn't sell them with the initial rental charges they had in place. If I can get one then I'd be laughing - as they are affordable. Unfortunately it looks unlikely, only a few left and no contact from them, but fingers crossed.
  • corellcorell Forumite
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    I'm surprised at the amount of responses saying Middlesbrough. The place is chav central. It's the worst place I ever lived. Rife with anti-social behaviour. I realise you may choose a completely different area to the one I lived in, but the chavs still go to the town centre.
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    corell wrote: »
    I'm surprised at the amount of responses saying Middlesbrough. The place is chav central. It's the worst place I ever lived. Rife with anti-social behaviour. I realise you may choose a completely different area to the one I lived in, but the chavs still go to the town centre.

    Yes....

    Please no Chav Towns.....
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    homeless9 wrote: »
    Yes....

    Please no Chav Towns.....

    What does this even mean? You don't want to have to see poor people?
  • Im from the south east. I purchased a huge 3 bedroom house in the Scottish seaside town of Girvan for £45k.
    The air is clean and the views are stunning.
    Here is an example of what you can get for your money.
    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-75546326.html
    I also work from home. I will never buy a house down south, its not worth it!
  • Look outside the thing of wanting new builds too. I know a few that have bought them and they have had no end of problems. Shop around a bit. You can get good value for money if your out the towns too
    :T:T :beer: :beer::beer::beer: to the lil one :) :beer::beer::beer:
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    MeepleH wrote: »
    Im from the south east. I purchased a huge 3 bedroom house in the Scottish seaside town of Girvan for £45k.
    The air is clean and the views are stunning.
    Here is an example of what you can get for your money.
    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-75546326.html
    I also work from home. I will never buy a house down south, its not worth it!

    Very nice. If you can find something so cheap in a place you like - that's amazing.

    One thing I don't understand about people is - they pay all this money for a house and they don't give a !!!! about how it looks....

    Even just a nice lick of paint to the outside of the house doesn't cost much and can make a big difference, yet people in the UK just let their house look a mess.
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    corell wrote: »
    I'm surprised at the amount of responses saying Middlesbrough. The place is chav central. It's the worst place I ever lived. Rife with anti-social behaviour. I realise you may choose a completely different area to the one I lived in, but the chavs still go to the town centre.

    Actually there are some nice areas and some bad areas in Middlesbrough- parts of Linthorpe, Nunthorpe, Acklam, Hemlington, Marton are private houses and nice.
    homeless9 wrote: »
    Yes....

    Please no Chav Towns.....
    Chavs in all towns.......
    Sealed Pot Challenge no 37, Attempting Frugal Living. Became debt free at the end ot 2016. Used savings from becoming debt free to put a deposit on a bungalow last year now working on becoming Mortgage free by overpaying. (without overpayment MFW date is 2036)
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