I hated buying our house and the situation couldn't have been easier, we were first time buyers and the seller was the tenants parents, so no chain. Think it took 3 months longer then it should as both parties solicitors just stopped caring in the end I went to the sellers house (they lived about 5 doors down from my parents weirdly). The moment our money left my account I was convinced we had been scammed .
Our house is only a 2 bed semi, with a good drive, garage and back garden, next door is a single mum who's making noises of moving. We're hoping to get in before it gets to market and convert 2 houses into 1, if we manage it it'll be a real good sized 3 bed detached, great garden and 2 garages/driveways if we wanted to keep them. Its a modern build too (1995ish) so adjusting the rooms would be super simple, think you could blow the walls down, other then wiring theres nothing in the walls between us, so the conversion other then messy would be pretty straight forward.
Luckily we're in a position to be cash buyers if the money shes talking about is what it goes to market for, so really once its bought we can take our time and convert it as we can afford it.
Our mortgage is with platform, been really good in all fairness, cant remember the rate but when we swapped around 3 years ago from santander we managed to get around 10 years shaved off the mortgage and pay less each year, we'll have it paid off in 6 years time.
The appeal of living in this small 2 bed but mortgage free is unbelievably tempting