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Monday, 11 November, 2002, 16:30 GMT
A leg up the property ladder
First time buyers
House Price Boom: 4x4 Reports follows the struggles of first-time buyers across the country.

Here, we present five case studies to property expert Rob Clifford from independent brokers, Mortgage Force.

Click below to find out more about our buyers and to read advice on how they should proceed.


Katherine and Nathan Beddoe


Accountant Nathan and supply teacher Katherine seem unable to afford a three-bedroomed house in Chichester. They have just got back from Australia where "property is cheap and bus drivers live in massive houses."


Vicki Holmes and Marco Equi


This Scottish couple are looking for a house in need of renovation about five miles from Glasgow. They can spend up to 50,000 and will borrow extra cash to modernise the property using Marco's building skills.


Paul Camp and Karen Ross


Paul is a mental health care worker and Karen is a primary school teacher. They found the house of their dreams in Ipswich for 117,000 but when the vendor pulled out at the last minute they found themselves window shopping again.


Steve Gales


On a salary of around 18,000 a year, Steve thinks he can afford a mortgage of around 65,000. But can he find a one-bed flat for that price in the commuter town of Swindon?


Emma Wilson and Matt Barrow


In the seaside town of Perranporth, Emma and Matt rent one of Cornwall's many holiday homes. They spend hours each week hunting for a place they can call their own but the average house price here is 113,000.

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