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Q: I am desperate to buy a property but cannot afford anything decent in a decent area.

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What should I do as I really want to get onto the property ladder but do not want to buy in a dodgy area?

A: Buy a smaller property than you would like in a better area or perhaps one that requires some renovation that you could do over time. – Roger Hoaten, Seeff Berea

A: You may need to lower your standards and purchase a smaller home, or one needing work, in a better area. You can always enlarge, modernise or improve a property in years to come – which can be a great experience and fun putting your own stamp on it and enhancing the value without over-capitalising. – Debbie Bennett, Prime Estates

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A: I would suggest buying off plan in a good area to enter the market. Another option is to look at buying a micro-apartment. Microliving apartments are attractively priced for their location, allowing young people to get their foot on the property ladder. – Keith Anderson, Dogon Group Properties



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