Get hitched or buy a house?

Terraced house

With Valentine’s Day upon us, many couples will be loved up and may even be thinking about a marriage proposal.

But with the average wedding costing around £20,500, it might be better to put any engagement plans on hold, as you can buy a house in some parts of the UK for less than the price of a wedding, according to research by

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The online estate agent has carried out research on property portal to find the cheapest homes in the UK, and found 24 properties currently on the market for £20,000 or less.

If you have just £15,000 to spare, you can buy a modern one-bedroom flat in Preston – it even has a communal garden and parking space.

Pay a little more, and you can buy a two-bedroom terraced house in Durham. The £20,000 house in Seven Street, which has been priced ‘to encourage a faster than average sale’, looks good enough to live in straightaway and includes a rear garden.

Alex Gosling, chief executive of, says: “They may not be much to look at, and they may need a little TLC, but it does seem crazy in this day and age, when the average UK house price is over £200,000, that you can still buy a property for a tenth of that price. Even if you decide these properties are not to your taste, £20,000 could be a very nice deposit towards your dream property.”

Read about how three couples kept the cost of their wedding day down.