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260K for a house in London? Xrail maybe?

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lamii Sun 11-Sep-16 23:22:46

Is that impossible? Zone 3 or so.
We realise that it will be hard for us to get a mortgage but we have 260K cash...

Queenbean Sun 11-Sep-16 23:30:31

Ummm not totally impossible. Zone 4 you could get something.

Woolwich way you could get something, or Croydon if you're prepared to go to zone 5

What sort of thing do you want? 1 bed or 2?

Can't you get a mortgage on top of your deposit? Even borrowing £100k would make a real difference to you and you'd get favourable rates by having such a large deposit

lamii Sun 11-Sep-16 23:37:55

thanks @Queenbean
A 2bed would be the goal. We can't get a mortgage because we are both currently artists with no regular income. I am willing to get a regular job but it might take too long to get a loan...

Dontyouopenthattrapdoor Sun 11-Sep-16 23:41:26

Well yeah, stuff is out there. It's not pretty but it's out there:

Queenbean Sun 11-Sep-16 23:41:31

Sutton 2 bed

Grove Park bit over budget

Right out in Barking but quick to get to London

lamii Tue 13-Sep-16 14:07:22

I meant a house, not a flat...Thanks tho

sparechange Tue 13-Sep-16 14:10:56

You might just about find somewhere in Woolwich, which is on CrossRail

Does your £260k include money set aside for stamp duty and legal bills etc? Or will it have to come out of that?

LuchiMangsho Tue 13-Sep-16 14:11:41

We have bought two flats in Zone 3/4 in the last six years and they cost us 300K and 450K. So a house is probably pushing it. You could get houses for that in Croydon maybe 7-8 years ago, but I am not sure you would now.

Macarena1990 Tue 13-Sep-16 14:11:53

I think a house is way beyond the realms of possibility on that budget.

SerenDippitee Tue 13-Sep-16 17:54:25

You might get an ex-LA house in Abbey Wood for that, but check the area first - it is pretty ungentrified right now.

LBOCS2 Tue 13-Sep-16 17:58:34

You won't get a house in Croydon for that any more, they're £300k+ even in the scuzzy bits. There's a lot of regeneration going on and I think it's pushing prices up - that and it was the only place in London Zone 1-6 you could buy a house for that sort of money for a long time.

What about a maisonette?

MrsPJones Wed 14-Sep-16 09:45:42

With cash you are in a good position to buy at auction. A lot of properties at auction are there because they are not mortgageable. It could be a short lease, a developer gone bust and there is no kitchen inside, recent subsidence etc. Most of these issues can be overcome with a bit of money being spent, so they can be mortgageable at some point in the future.

If you bought a flat with a short lease, you would need to extend it at some point in the future which could easily cost £20-30K. You could live there for a few years, save a bit, and if you still can't get a mortgage, getting a secured loan is easier.

lamii Thu 15-Sep-16 13:56:08

Thanks all for replies.
@MrsPJones This is interesting. I don't know how auctions work. I am scared of leasehold for sure! Is it possible to get freehold and auction house?

LuchiMangsho Thu 15-Sep-16 14:42:32

Yes. But again your budget is v v tight for London. Over and above the 260K you will need renovation costs and also stamp duty/solicitors fees etc. I am not sure what the problem with leasehold is. I lived in leasehold properties for 15 years. It is pretty much the norm in London with increasing house prices.

Squeegle Thu 15-Sep-16 14:50:05

I think you should look in lewisham, se13, etc, have a look on zoopla, there is quite a lot,

ADishBestEatenCold Thu 15-Sep-16 15:01:19

"Is it possible to get freehold and auction house?"

Freehold and auction, guide price £220k

ADishBestEatenCold Thu 15-Sep-16 15:14:02

Freehold and auction, guide price £250k

Freehold and auction, guide price £260k

ADishBestEatenCold Thu 15-Sep-16 15:18:34

Or not an auction, but my favourite, a Dutch Barge moored at E14, £239K

This one, the three in the above two posts, and lots more, came up in a tiny search. I put in maximum price, minimum bedrooms and no flats.

YelloDraw Thu 15-Sep-16 15:29:05

plus morning fees plus it's a depreciating asset!

ImperialBlether Thu 15-Sep-16 15:53:57

Plus the boat would only be theirs for ten years!

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