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  1. I think the fire being referred to is referenced on Wikipedia here... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarl's_Wood_Immigration_Removal_Centre In early February 2002, the building was burnt down following a protest by the detainees. This was triggered by someone being physically restrained by staff. According to custody officer Darren Attwood, officers complied with orders to "lock the detainees in the burning building".[9] Five people were injured in the fire.[10]
  2. Long term renter here - approaching ten years. Evicted by landlord Nov 16 as he wanted to sell. Seeing a few more properties coming on the market that look like landlords selling up. I'm not sure what effect this will have on prices (I'm in the northwest) but the increased supply and the expected lower level of competition from BTL landlords leave me hopeful of buying in next few years.
  3. I'll re-post here my very post on HPC which was on a thread about extreme saving, it kind of relates to the topic of this thread. Posted on: Feb 2 2006, 07:09 PM I have been a lurker here for c.12 months. Over this time I have come to realise that there are many people on here in a similar to very situation to myself. This topic has prompted me to write my first post as I can identify so clearly with what other posters have said on this thread. Like a few others who seem to have been "extreme" saving, I am also living at home (hence the username). I have found that when you are doing this what may seem like extreme saving to others is in fact not that extreme at all. After several profligate years at University I returned home to live with my parents partly through convenience, partly due to my less than healthy monetary situation. Originally I envisaged staying at home with my parents for c.2-3 years while I paid off my debts and set myself on a sound footing to buy my own house and take on a mortgage. During this time I cleared off all my debts and saved a little towards a deposit for a house. I then looked around and decided that house prices seemed to be unsustainably high and decided to delay buying a house until valuations seemed to me to be more sensible. Earning something like the median national c.£25k and paying my parents a nominal sum to live at home means that I can save around £1k without having to sacrifice a social life. I run a car, I go on holiday abroad twice a year, I drink, I buy tech gadgets and in no way do I feel deprived. When you are exempted from the costs of a mortgage/rent and associated costs then saving really isn't that difficult with a little bit of self discipline. Given the choice I would prefer to own my own house but the risk/cost/benefit of doing this is (in my opinion) too high at this time. I am quite happy saving rather than spending and when the time comes I will be able to use the money I have saved to spend however I want. In the meantime I will probably move out and rent a place either this year or next year with the comfort of knowing that I have saved for a rainy day and will hopefully be able to ride out what seems to be the ever more likely forthcoming storm.
  4. Does anybody have any recent news regarding Chester houses?
  5. http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article...dit-crunch.html OOPS, a large quantity of BTL apartments in Chester now belong to HBOS. Any chance of seeing them flogged off at auction>
  6. The Humphries auction site is of great interest to me as they seem to be auctioning Chester-area properties only. I will be keeping an eye on the Humphreys site hoping to pick up a suitably priced bargain in the coming years.
  7. Does anybody have any recent insight into the Chester property market? I moved away last year, but am always looking to return, perhaps in the period 2010-2013.
  8. Does anyone have any further insights regarding the Chester market? I moved away from Chester last year but am always looking to return, perhaps in the period 2010-2013.
  9. This story has already been predicted (by moi) right here on hpc...please see the link in the Chester hpc thread http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/ind...p;#entry1194848 I thank you...
  10. Latest news Please see the article in today's telegraph.. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtm.../cngrant104.xml Grant Bovey talks with HBOS on Imagine Homes restructure
  11. Thanks Quinch, My position is/was I was born in Chester lived there all my life, started (professional) work in 1999, by 2001/02 I was ready to buy a (small) place. One of those apartments would have suited me fine, unfortunately they were overpriced and marketed towards btl's. I even got on the affordable housing/shared equity list but I was suprised how expensive even they were. My housing needs have now outgrown the apartment stage (married with a kid on a way), so when I'm looking to buy in 2 years time or so these places will not be suitable. I am very disappointed and a bit sad that my (and no doubt lots of other) lives have been affected by the distortions caused by the housing bubble, it could have all been so much smoother if things were different, but c'est la vie. I'm not one to advocate further regulation of the housing market but my sympathy for those burned in the bubble-pop (especially btl's will be limited). Like you I have noticed a huge gap in quality between the various developments. Its interesting that some developments are falling harder than faster than others. Please keep me updated if you do any further research.
  12. Any more news about Chester apartment prices? I see the new development adjacent to the railway line is now being marketed, I wonder if they are having much luck selling!
  13. Quinch, I thought the same thing when I got directed to the same article over the weekend. As others have said, it seems journo's may now be researching stories on these forums! Here's the article we're both referring to below. --------------------------------- http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/chester-...59067-20781165/ Feeling the pinch Apr 18 2008 by Rebecca Edwards, Chester Chronicle Feeling the pinch Five years ago, it was hailed as the height of sophistication for city centre dwellers. Now, Hush House is just another victim of the credit crunch, with its luxury, two-bedroom apartments being auctioned off for little more than half their original worth. REBECCA EDWARDS reports
  14. Quinch Heres a bit of info from today's daily mail on Grant Bovey http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/arti...in_page_id=1773 If things in Chester flat world turn bad, I expect he will be the big story. You heard it here first.
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