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  1. "The young are their own worst enemy, they have chosen to be more concerned about trump, refugees and EU fruit pickers than about their own prospects of jobs and homes." No, they are not doing enough. But, what they need to do should never be something that they should have to do. The government only exists to provide the infrastructure and rules needed for a society to exist. The young's worst enemy is the Government.
  2. Until house prices and rent are considered to be part of the inflationary measure we will not see interest rates rising to protect the economy from this inflation. The debt incurred to pay more for houses shows directly as profit to the banks and it created Gordon Browns miracle economy as the great unwashed pumped their debt back into the economy. So, why was it the governments policy to have its citizens more in debt without actually owning anything more than they would have 10, 20, 30 years before? It was not for the good of the people. It has been a long time since I have p
  3. Essentially a whole bunch of teetering foreign currencies have a whole bunch of people desperately looking for a safer place to put their money, Are house prices safe? no. clearly.. no, But are they safer than the Chinese Economy? The worlds economy is due for a second shock very soon. and wherever you like it or not there was a crash in 2009-2010.. I certainly saw it in the price I paid... Did it fall as far as I wanted? No. But it was the point I had agreed to myself I would be happy to take the plunge. I know I did the right thing for me. I have no regrets. Work out what is right for
  4. I had not been on here for ages.... I did leap on the downturn in 2009-2011.. took a deep breath and jumped on. I did my best to prevent the downturn and the collapse of the economy. But with the knowledge of it's inevitability I did also manage to prepare and make a little bit of money.. Which allowed me to buy. New posters would be interested to know that HPC was discussing the 'Credit Crunch' (we did not have that moniker at the time) many years before it hit.. many years!
  5. It has been quite a while since I have contributed... The London market is key to me. I live and work in the town and this maelstrom, this chaotic place is going to be my home for a while. I bought over three years ago. I did what many do and for years I followed the expanding prices with concern and frustration. Then I did what few do. I found a place that no one was talking about yet. A place still affordable. Look to the edges, but track the transport links. Look to the South East. The Overland is fast and travels to Cannon Street, Waterloo, London Bridge, Charring Cross. I found a vi
  6. I bought on the edge of Kent/London back in 2012. Typical three bed Victorian terrace in a quaint village... I paid (Then) £210,000. Zone 6 and half an hour to work. I was lucky with my timing and the price I managed: But I was still a 39 year old man on a good salary buying what should be a starter home for a 20-something. They peaked from that price to almost £100k more over the next year, but have been coming back down since.
  7. With 'Brownfield' sites opened up surely this would have a knock on effect: Will we lose the almost criminal local councillors control. Would we see all land opened up.... Would this make the speculation on development land a loss leader. Would groups of people be able to purchase land far cheaper and build their own damned houses!
  8. I must admit, if you split the salary in £25,000 each that is an individual take-home of: £1,651.55, or a joint of: £3,303.10. It has to be possible to put £200 away a month, in a year £2,400.00.... and that is saving just £100 each... Not a great example of people on the breadline...
  9. Devastation Dave: remember kids, don't do drugs... I just liked the cover...
  10. Shh! These villages in the South East are a well kept secret..... If too many people hear of them and how affordable they are there could be a rush, prices would be driven up and as I have bought a place that would make me money... Wait, What? what have I become....
  11. Okay, I did not save that much, I saved 30% on peak. Congratulations... I have a colleague who bought in Ireland, a new development that was marketed at £300,000 plus and he got for less than £100,000.. only a small development to.. there are huge wins out there.
  12. South East, look at where Kent borders London, you can still get cheep(ish) oyster into London and you will get more stations to hit. Most of the South East can hit Canon Street (Heart of the City) London Bridge, Chancery Lane or Waterloo East. Commuting is easier, faster and you will get a seat. Better schools than all but the most highly prices South West areas (South West London) and house prices are a fraction. I now live in a lovely village which gives me a faster commute then when I lived in Kensingnton renting
  13. Thank you it has been quite a few years... I stopped posting when the banks collapsed, like most on here we may have called the crash and protected ourselves from it as much as possible, but it was interesting times there for a few years...
  14. I don't think I will be remembered here.... This site kept me sane for a few years..
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