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Wanted: 3 bed house to buy in Lewes

On 6 Feb 2013 at 10:47pm Emily wrote:
Hi everyone,
My husband and I have been looking to move to Lewes for quite some time. If you know of anybody selling or thinking of selling a 3 bed house in Wallands Park or the Neville area please reply to this thread we're first time buyers, ready to go with a mortgage and currently renting so can be very quick to move.
Many thanks in advance,
On 6 Feb 2013 at 10:53pm Local wrote:
How much?
On 6 Feb 2013 at 10:56pm Emily wrote:
Currently looking up to 270,000 (though if possible limiting to 250k due to stamp duty rising to 3% thereafter).
On 6 Feb 2013 at 11:01pm Local wrote:
OK. That might explain why you've been trying for so long. Probably worth you researching previous sale prices online, so that you know whether you've realistic expectations of what you can buy where. Sounds like you're limited to Landport or New Malling, to be honest.
On 6 Feb 2013 at 11:11pm Emily wrote:
Yeah, we were thinking that. However, one did come up that was perfect in Neville within budget just before Christmas but we didn't see it until it was too late. Still got fingers crossed... If you hear anything on the grapevine please do let me know.
On 7 Feb 2013 at 12:35am Local wrote:
Good luck. But just a tip - learn how to spell where you want to live...
On 7 Feb 2013 at 2:43am Peasant wrote:
With £250-£270K you might do better looking further afield than Lewes or Ringmer.
On 7 Feb 2013 at 11:07am numberjack wrote:
if New Malling will be OK, Wycherley have just taken on one in De Grey Close - its within your budget, NO chain, newly decorated throughout, new carpets.
On 7 Feb 2013 at 2:39pm Ed Can Do wrote:
The only thing you'll get in Wallands in that price range is one of the flats on Prince Henry's Road and I'm pretty sure they're all council properties and never up for sale. Also, distinctly less than three bedrooms. Good luck though.
On 7 Feb 2013 at 9:37pm Emily wrote:
Thank you numberjack, I'll check it out, haven't seen that yet. Ed can do, thanks also. It does look like we'll struggle to get what we want in that area, if it wasn't for stamp duty we would up our budget easily.
Thanks for all your help folks, much appreciated.
On 7 Feb 2013 at 11:45pm Local wrote:
Don't get your drift re stamp duty, and easily raising your budget.
if you spend £270k you pay £8,100; if you spend say £350k it only increases to £10,500. So why deprive yourself of a suitable house if you can easily go to the higher budget as you say you could - for the sake of £2,400??
Doesn't make any sense.
On 8 Feb 2013 at 8:18am Local Len wrote:
Where is Prince Henry's Road Ed?? Is it next to King Edwards Road???
On 8 Feb 2013 at 8:35am Passing by wrote:
Emily, there is indeed a house going up for sale in De Grey Close. 3 bedrooms etc. Just do your homework into house insurance etc. De Grey Close was flooded during th floods. Although i do not believe this will happen to Lewes again anytime soon (it was down to Barcombe flood gates and heavy rainfall etc) The house insurance should be the same as anywhere else now but make sure you are covered (or can get cover) in the even of another flood (like i sadi i dont believe this will happen again but you should check it out)
On 8 Feb 2013 at 11:54am Ed Can Do wrote:
Haha, you'd never guess I lived in that part of town for 24 years. Local Len is of course correct that it's KING Henry's Road, not Prince.

I would suggest looking at Malling as £250,000 will get you a three bed house in both parts and it's no more than a ten minute walk across the field and through the pells to get to Wallands anyway. I suspect from your choices though that you're aiming to get into the catchment area for Wallands school, in which case Blois Road should do the trick and you can definitely get a house there for under the stamp duty threshold. To get a three bed house in Prince Edwards, the Avenue, Bradford Road or Leicester Road will require you to more or less double your budget I'm afraid.
On 8 Feb 2013 at 4:11pm Horseman7 wrote:

Blimey Ed, gallopy gallopy. I live in a low numbered house in Old Malling Way, close to Beckett Way, and fear it would take me 30 minutes to walk to Wallands School. You must be younger and fitter than me!

Emily - have a look at Malling. It's a very nice place to live. I've been in this house for 18 years and love it. You'd get a good 3 bedroomed house for your bucks.

On 8 Feb 2013 at 6:55pm Ed Can Do wrote:
We're a bit closer, off Spences Lane so 10 minutes to the Elly isn't really pushing it.
On 8 Feb 2013 at 8:13pm Bussel sprout wrote:
Have a look at De Montfort Road and Valence Road. Some 3 bed cottages if you slightly stretch your budget.....
On 11 Feb 2013 at 9:52pm Emily wrote:
Hi everyone,
Thanks so much for all the tips! Will definitely have a look around. Local - we were looking up to 270k with the hope of negotiating to 250k. That's the advice we've had so its stamp duty that's stopping us from going above 250k.
I shall certainly look into all of the above. Thanks so much again everyone, really appreciate it!
On 12 Feb 2013 at 12:11am Local wrote:
OK. So you've a budget of £250k. Might've been easier to say that.
On 14 Feb 2013 at 2:09pm Passing By wrote:
@ Local. Emily did mention in her second post on here that she had a budget of £270k. Reading posts properly might have been easier!

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