For now I've halted my search - there's clearly a bubble here in London and I can't afford anything without pushing myself into mortgage repayments in excess of £1000/month.
Also, I can't seem to get any agents to show me decent properties - just ones which are a bit shoddy, or poor location. The 'best' one was where they 'forgot' to mention the shopping centre being built at the bottom of the garden
A colleague who used to be an estate agent said there's a typical tactic where agents will only show people the crap places so they think that's all that's available and buy in desperation.
What I noticed was that when I changed my Rightmove search to include Properties Sold, there were loads which had sold during the period of my search, at the right price, and what I would consider decent quality - but I'd never seen them for sale.
So I'm wondering how you're supposed to get to see these nice places. Some people say you have to charm the estate agents... which can be difficult, they're not always that bright IME...
I've no intention of paying them a bung to show me somewhere decent but does anyone else have a suspicion or evidence of this going on?
Or any tips how you can get them to show you decent places?