Really, really sucks.
Of course, I'm moving from inside central London (no car) to outside of central London where a car is quite important. I must have walked miles yesterday.
We saw a house first thing in the morning which was fantastic - filled all our requirements, all newly redone, nice garden (small enough not to be a huge amount of work, big enough that it wouldn't feel cramped) -- we went back to the estate agents office, put down an offer, and that was that. Five minutes later, we got a phone call - another offer had been made just before us, and it had been accepted.
I get the feeling that to find a house in the London area you have to be just about willing to hand over cash there and then.
We saw two other houses yesterday afternoon, and they, well, they needed a lot of work - probably about 10 years of weekend work. To be fair they were bigger but I'm not sure I have the commitment to put in the effore required for that.
Ho hum. More houses today.