It will be worth the wait for an older cyclocross frame/bike
I bought a new Spcialized Tricross Sport last year - cost me £750 plus £40 for a carbon seatpost. It is no better than OK with the exception of the brakes whick are truly dire. Stopping at a road junction is a hit and miss affair. It's been back at the LBS several times - I've even been in touch with Specialized - who told me that from their experience the brakes were very good. Oh well that's OK then
Looking at the ads here and on ebay I think I could have done a lot better spending £800 on a retro bike.
I have learned my lesson though - instead of buying a new road bike I picked up a 1981 Raleigh 'Competition' - 531 frame, forks and stays with Campag gears - for £100. It is a better bike in all respects than the Specialized.