Yes VBM I suspect buying a property is a real pain everywhere! I think solicitors and realestate agents get together and make up half the stuff just to confuse us, oh yeah and the banks! Guess they've gotta make money out of it somehow :roll:
We only started looking about a month ago and I was researching several towns but we came across one we wanted fairly quickly so it all seems to be moving fairly fast. I'll just be glad when its all over and done with, I've got paperwork spread all over the house at the moment.
Taifun -re the lower body strength, I should have mentioned that I am doing my one legged squats with the other toe on the ground for balance and only going to about horizontal or a bit below, so not all that impressive. I think most of us start off with more lower body strength than upper anyway, especially the fairer sex.