I have been reading (lurking upon?) this site for about two weeks now and decided to join since I found laughing my head off at the descriptions of EAs, DamianLSmith, people arguing about whether there is a God or not (as if??), and the general mix of real insight into house prices to come and random nonsense about almost anything.
I am in my mid-30s, have always rented, never really planned on buying a house ever until recently when I thought I might as well. Currently rent a flat. I probably arrived at this site already wanting to belive that house prices will fall so I can buy one more cheaply but have been pleasantly surprised by the backing provided for opinions that I wanted to read. I knew the site might house more than a normal curve's worth of nutters but these nutters know their stuff. Also it may provide an arms-length way of debating with Daily Mail readers since there seem to be no limit on the political views you can hold here. They can hate everyone and I can despise them for it. And we can talk about why.
I live in Poole (lovely place but really expensive) so I could really do with them falling as far as they want. I fully intend this site to be my guide as to when the market is bottoming out. Can you believe that I went in to discuss with an EA what the best thing to do would be about 3 months ago?!!!!! Only my perseverance with my weekend policy of "doing sod all" prevented me looking at flats ready to make an offer. I won't bore you with the details but they had a slightly different take on the bhole house price thing!!
I have always known that despite a degree in Economics - I really did not understand it that thoroughly. I comforted myself witht the thought that this macro economy crap is much too pissing complicated and involved to really understood by anyone. How wrong I was!! Having read the articles and (usually) logical responses I now know that a) I know **** all Some people do, at the very least, give the impression of having a grasp of how the whole thing works.
I am going to force myself to contribute/challenge despite the fear that I may on accasion simply be about to show how ignorant I am.