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  1. Hey good luck SK - keep us updated on how things go. While this site attracts its fair number of 'I'm alright jack' posters there are also are large number of what appear to be caring, thoughtful individuals who put a value on integrity rather than ownership of so-called assets. That's probably what attracts people here in the first place....horrified that the mad scramble to 'own' a property has brought the country to its knees - while we all look on in horror at the unfolding mess. You have done the brave thing - not the easy thing - and walked away from it. Good for you! Wish I was as brave....
  2. Grim indeed. "Bailing the banks out" has become a very emotive phrase - but everyone with savings in HBOS for example, would stampede now if they thought the bank wouldn't be bailed out - and I daresay that includes a lot of people on here. "Bailing the banks out" has become associated with the "bonus" culture and fatcats - ie we (the taxpayers) do the bailing, and they (the bank bosses) get away with it.
  3. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.....
  4. "The car that's reflects Stig - it's for gitS"
  5. Good for you! Been in similar work situations and felt much happier knowing I could walk away without a mortgage shackling me to the desk. This website has been frighteningly ahead of the wave...
  6. Looking to rent and seen 3 properties in the past week. Fiirst was in v select area, architect designed bungalow, has been up for sale, empty for 9 months, now up for rent originally at £1200 pcm now £895pcm. With 3 different agencies. Bloke who showed me the house said they would waive fees if I used their agency. House still had all old furniture, bedding etc in place from when elderly owner lived there - landlord didn't want to move furniture out "as it would cost him" to do so....er...isn't it costing him with no tenant anyway? 2nd property again in expensive area, nice detached 3 bed house outside but inside was awful -agent clearly embarrassed at state of the place - wallpaper falling off mouldy walls, very old and dated inside - again, elderly relative died and daughter couldn't sell....wouldn't spend any money improving house....and saw no reason to reduce rent of £800pcm. 3rd property was nice and clean, fairly tidy detached - but interestingly was now empty after '4 Polish blokes' had moved out after 4 years there. Sign of the times?
  7. Looking to rent and seen 3 properties in the past week. Fiirst was in v select area, architect designed bungalow, has been up for sale, empty for 9 months, now up for rent originally at £1200 pcm now £895pcm. With 3 different agencies. Bloke who showed me the house said they would waive fees if I used their agency. House still had all old furniture, bedding etc in place from when elderly owner lived there - landlord didn't want to move furniture out "as it would cost him" to do so....er...isn't it costing him standing empty anyway? 2nd property again in expensive area, nice detached 3 bed house outside but inside was awful -agent clearly embarrassed at state of the place - wallpaper falling off mouldy walls, very old and dated inside - again, elderly relative died and daughter couldn't sell....wouldn't spend any money improving house.... 3rd property was nice and clean and tidy detached - but interestingly was now empty after '4 Polish blokes' had moved out after 4 years there. Sign of the times?
  8. Well if it's on a TV property programme it seems mandatory to say 'it's a good size' when viewing the property. Translates as..."it's a good size for something, but can't think exactly what just now..."
  9. Yep, I've been using this site for about 3 years but only joined recently as I felt I had nowhere else to say 'look, there WERE people around who could see this coming...). I seldom referred to the title of the site as that was akin to brandishing garlic and crucifixes in a room full of (property) vampires.... My own sister refused to speak to me for quite some time as I referred to prices coming down - she bought a buy to let flat in a northern town - as an investment.... Even now it's a crime to say hey - some people did warn this would happen. The guys (and gals) on here educated me far more than any politician about the economy and finance. Trouble is...feeling like my savings may end up toast if all this carries on. Anyway, thanks folks - I feel like I'm among friends here!!
  10. I started my own run today... Drew £15k out of the Halifax and ran across the road to Barclays.... Thought I'd even things out among a few banks but now wondering if I should have evened things out under the mattress. Both banks were empty (of people). Halifax did the usual ID in triplicate thingy, but interestingly wanted to know how long I'd banked there (nearly 20 yrs), haven't been asked that before. Barclays cashier was very excited - "Oh so you're emptying your Halifax account then? It's really bad isn't it?" (But smiling sweetly while she said it).
  11. Anyone else noticing an increase in the number of 'House For sale Open Day' signs? Spotted a few recently. Does this ever work or just attract nosey time-wasters?
  12. Hello - confession time. Been a devoted follower of the site for almost 3 years. Not one for joining websites but hey, this thread plus the opportunity to say thanks guys (and gals) for all the information; laughs; opportunities to share frustrations and fury. I've been referring folk to this site over the past couple of years and been ridiculed and criticised for doing so. Don't own a house - stayed out of the market with growing incredulity at the silliness of it all - just became a game didn't it? Watched too many hours of property porn - and wish I had a tenner for every time I heard 'It's a good size....' So what? Can you afford it!!? (Do you understand what AFFORD means, more to the point). Sigh - so here I am - trouble is now I've started there may be no stopping... (Feel a bit starstruck too - among those famous people - eric pebble - financial planner - kirsty allsop (well she is here isn't she?).
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