I really feel for first time house buyers. Despite house prices staying static for some time before the present rise, getting onto the property ladder is beyond the means of many young people. Even a couple with a dual income struggle to get a mortgage.
Unscrupulous Estate Agents take a large slice of meagre savings. Likewise, solicitors and surveyors are quick to follow suit. Consequently, little is left to lay down a deposit.
Perhaps the solution to this quandary lies in the initial search for a suitable premises. Instead of scanning the windows of Estate Agents, checking websites and thumbing through the property pages of newspapers, try checking the news. The homes of serial killers and the scenes of murders and suicides are always difficult to shift, even for the most cutthroat estate agent. For the sake of a bit of scrubbing and some disinfectant, you can grab yourself a bargain.