LOve the debate, you started a good topic Warren
By advice. Land first, then have a good look around. Maybe rent a year and see if that dire exchange rate changes (1.77 at the post office me mum tells me)
Get a good feel for the place. Bringin 130K UK is a good start mate, but your gonna use 30K on setting up depending on your life style and what you bring.
Living near the city, well its a little like asking for a 100K house in London fella..... not going to happen....... But it's a good deposit.
We where offered a mortgage with a letter of offer for a job, which shocked me. But we waited a year before buying.
Evrywheres terrible mate, if you listen to everyone. But then we all live in these areas so are they really that bad?