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  1. There's a big new development by Hove Station that's corporate BTL, owned by L&G I think. As Spyguy says, I suspect it'll be new build development rather than random terraces. As someone painfully familiar with B&H's rental sector I welcome it as long as it replaces private landlords rather than adds to them. Standards should be better and they'll be way less likely to serve you notice 6 months after you move in, as B&H landlords seem so keen on doing. Where are you moving to HIH? Still in Hove, Brighton area or somewhere else entirely? Good luck with the move.
  2. We've been buying/ selling - Hove to a greener part of Sussex. Listings have generally been coming on at peak of the market+ prices, due both to estate agents competing for business and sellers expecting what their neighbour got in 2017 plus a bit more. The house then generally sticks around until either the price is cut significantly or its withdrawn from the market. From a buying perspective it's just frustrating, as you have to wait for 3-6 months after a house is first listed before the seller is willing to consider a realistic offer. Chains are also difficult to create as a seller will say that they need £x to afford to buy their next house, which has been unrealistically listed at £y. Some places have been priced realistically from the off and sold quite quickly. The one that sticks in my mind was like a London re-locators little fantasy, really nicely done up and reasonably priced. That sold for asking within a few days. For our own sale we fell into the stupid trap of accepting the estate agent's bull, and our house failed to shift for ages. Eventually we accepted an offer for about 10% under the market peak of the street (similar houses). Overall impression is that the market is drifting downwards, but houses are shifting if the seller has realistic price ambitions.
  3. Risk is the word here. If you don't know the area(s) very well renting for a year or so is a really good idea, as you'll reduce the risk of finding you hate the area and having to stump up a second fortune in stamp duty and fees. Investing all of your equity is a big risk though. If house prices fall and your portfolio does well you'll look like a hero, but if the opposite happens you're in trouble. You'll also commit to years of obsessively checking stock and house prices. Ultimately if it's your wife's money I guess she has final say. Personally I'd suggest renting for a year to get to know the area and stick the equity in the highest paying cash accounts I could find.
  4. The obvious financial risk of renting is costs incurred when your landlord kicks you out, so fees, removals, new furniture and deposit deductions. However, if you can afford to buy (and intend to) your main financial risk is the market moving against you and needing to find more money when you buy. The main financial risks of buying is being forced to crystallise a loss of you're forced to sell in a falling market, and the enormous cost of an unforseen move (stamp duty, estate agents fees, legal fees, etc). From a security perspective though you're way more likely to get kicked out of a rental than a owned /mortgaged home - in the latter you'd really need to stop paying your mortgage for a year, whilst in the former you can get thrown out just because your landlord doesn't like you. This is why prospective parents will crawl over glass to buy a place, as forced moves with kids and a houseful of furniture is not a happy prospect. That may not be something that people in the happy 'everything I own fits in the boot of a car' stage of life appreciate, or those who've only had positive experiences of renting.
  5. Analysing the impact of working women on house prices is a bit like analysing the impact of the Earth going round the sun. Aside from the Incels and their ilk (who seem to think women as shrew like creatures to be used for sex and child rearing) the vast majority of people would agree that denying women the rights to work and have an independent financial existance was a huge historic wrong. This isn't going to change. What can change is how 2 salaries are judged in a mortgage application. But this involves banks making judgements. Should two mates or a homosexual couple buying together be given a mortgage based on both salaries but a young heterosexual couple only on the man's? What about if they say they don't want to have kids? What would be interesting is an analysis of the impact of couples getting together later in life and keeping their old (mortgaged) flats as rentals. This would seem to have had a huge impact on the availability of smaller flats to buy - effectively people climbing up the ladder and kicking away the bottom rung for other people. People arguing that women are being 'subsidised' by men in the workforce need to see the big picture. I'm sure I don't need to spell out where babies come from, but unless the father does a complete disappearing act his children will be financially reliant on him to a degree. If Mum has no money Dad will have to make up the difference. Maternity pay and employment rights protect both parent's finances. Younger men in the workforce can surely understand that the rights being afforded to their female parent colleagues will most likely one day be afforded to their own partner.
  6. Except it's not is it? We live in a welfare state, which is what this thread is about. Currently there's some support from the state should we lose our jobs or get ill, which helps mitigate some of the financial and personal risks we take in life. People have different views on who should get what. Sorry you don't like me telling stories. Personally I think our stories provide context for our views and concerns, and in a policy context sobby stories well told have a lot of power. But I'll hold back on them when I reply to you again.
  7. Thanks all. So views are that any support should either be a loan secured against the house, or on the proviso that the state comes in as a partner to share in any future HPI. Yes it would, it would also encourage the banks to step in before things got too out of hand for fear their security would be eroded to nothing. Like I said, giving our background this year for context - our position is lucky and I've always been quite debt adverse/ savings focused. My mind likes to jump to worst case scenarios and project the current situation into the far flung future, hence I started thinking about how bad our finances would need to get before we pulled the little one of nursery, flogged the car, flogged the house, etc, etc. Anyway happy Christmas all, particularly if you're also hiding from the dreaded duo of the Strictly and Call the Midwife Xmas specials.
  8. I went to the local Toys R Us a few months ago to get a grow bag for the youngest. Dreary, deserted warehouse is how I'd describe it. Ours is quite central and has free parking - I can't understand why they don't put in a soft play and a cafe to make it more of a destination for kids and parents. As it is they're just waiting for Amazon and co to put them out of business.
  9. Venger, politely can I ask how you'd structure the benefit system for housing support - for tenants and homeowners - and also your line on mortgage or rent forbearance? One reason why this thread has struck a chord with me is my wife lost her job earlier in the year. We can just about get by on my wage without drastic cutbacks, but there was a bit of 'drip drip' into our savings - unexpected car repairs and that kind of thing. Made me think about when we'd pull the rip chord so to speak and flog the house. Would I keep holding hope that things would turn around, even when the bank was threatening to repossess? In the event she recently found another job and the net result was we spent rather than saved for a few months. Point of saying this is not to seek sympathy - our position is fortunate and owes as much to luck as it does to our judgement - but to give context to why I've been thinking about this.
  10. Just out of interest does your partner own/ mortgage the house or is she renting? I know several people who have kept their flat/ house when they've moved in with their partner - starts off as an insurance policy against the relationship going bad then stays on because they like the rent coming in. Mainly seems to be Londoners. Aside from the obvious 'one more rented house' thing it's not a great idea in my mind, as if there's an easy escape route there's a temptation to use it prematurely if the relationship goes through a rocky patch. Good luck to you - hope living with your partner goes really well.
  11. Yeah, this. Plus properties haven't been revalued since the early 90s, so the huge in increace in wealth in some areas hasn't been reflected in the tax levied - round here expensive town center flats frequently pay less than council houses because they were grotty in the early 90s. Also the percentage increace cap encourages Councils to go for the maximum increace. If they don't they can't catch up with the 'lost' income if they need more cash in thr future. A badly designed tax that's been poorly implemented.
  12. I think the analogy is that, if someone could opt out of the NHS, they probably wouldn't be left to die in the street because their alternative medical provision (if any) didn't work out. The cost of saving that person's life would fall back on the taxpayer. Relating that to pension choices if a person made some poor investment decisions and hit retirement without any cash the tax payer would probably end up supporting that person through the benefits system rather than let them live in poverty. That said, your suggestion of broadening pension investment options out makes a lot of sense as long as there's encouragement to diversify investments (although it's perfectly possible to 'put it all on black' in a SIPP).
  13. I've shamelessly stolen this link from a poster on the FT, who thought it's a good analogy for trading Bitcoin:
  14. I manage a geographically distributed team and things have been dead as a dodo for the last week or so - once a few key people knock off it's hard to get anything done and everything goes flat. So I'm left with not a great deal to do (hence posting here at 9.30) with the nagging fear that a client will ask for something important NOW and they'll be no way of getting it done.
  15. Venger, I have been reflecting on Beary's comments whilst on a long drive. As I've said, I've been lurking here for a long time and feel I know posters, but obviously I haven't been posting for long and forum regulars don't know me from Adam. Looking at what Beary said I thought "what would people think of me from my posting history?" - the answer is a angry person who wants to pick a fight, mainly with you. So, I apologise - sorry. I still think the best laid plans can come unstuck despite our attempts to build a safety net, and life frequently kicks people in the guts for no good reason. I had no inkling of the two most defining moments of my life (one very good, one very bad) when I woke up on the day they occurred, and that's affected my thinking about life a great deal. But I'll be more community minded in the future.
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