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  1. I think the skids are under one of the newsagent chains which has been closing shops and kiosks in order to stay profitable. (not W.H. Smith)
  2. I was a property bear for a long time. But I've come to the conclusion that if there was going to be a real crash in house prices, it would have happened by now. As I've just said in another post, we might see a downward drift, or maybe an upward one over the next few months. What we won't see is a change in the 'order of magnitude' in house prices, like the general 60% drops some ultrabears were forecasting at the start of the recession. One flat in Leeds losing 70% of it's value doesn't make a full-blown property crash. What there has been, for a lot of people, is a mortgage interest price crash, which has been a sort of hidden house price crash that has prevented headline asking prices from crashing. What the effect of interest rates going up again will be is an interesting thought. The things that would lead to a crash include a wave of forced sellers or overbuilding such that there's a big surplus of property for both sale and rent.
  3. My feeling is that if the housing market in the UK was going to plummet, it would have done so by now. There has been a slide in prices since 2007, but apart from a few cases, not a crash in asking / selling prices. Where the crash has occurred is in overall cost of buying, including mortgage repayments, because mortgage interest has come down a lot for most people. That reduction has probably absorbed some of the 'deflation' that would otherwise have reduced up-front selling prices. The only way interest rates are likely to go from now on is upwards again. Although house prices are unlikely to plummet they might drift downwards - or upwards - or see-saw over the coming months - it's anybody's guess. It seems that even if we're facing a poor economic outlook, with looming increases in unemployment, there are plenty of people with enough money to pay for 'overpriced' property - overseas investors, for a start. If you've got a few spare millions, you could do worse than snap up a portfolio of reasonable flats to rent out, taking a gamble that prices won't fall much more. If you have to borrow money to get into BTL, though, probably still best to forget it!
  4. Anyone got any idea what caused the surge in the housebuilder shares over the last few days? People in the property sector seem to be pretty upbeat about the future all of a sudden.
  5. Property bulls are back from holiday. The big housebuilders and other property vested interests will always be able to pull another rabbit out of the hat. They're a bit like farmers - even if the harvest is obliterated by a storm, the combine gets burnt out, there's been an epidemic of bubonic spontaneous combustion sheep-plague and they're getting paid 0.0000000001p per litre of milk by the big supermarkets, there's still somehow cash for a new Mercedes in the drive.
  6. They only bought it because it had a French sounding name Is there any obligation on De La Rue to print UK banknotes? If not, perhaps the new owners might choose not to print sterling. Then where would we be?
  7. Until Asda or Tesco gets in on the act ...and "why not?", I say!
  8. Most high street shops don't specialise in local produce (perhaps they should) and a bar of Galaxy from a town centre newsagent's is the same quality as a similar product sold for less in a supermarket. All the supermarkets started off as high street shop chains - Sainsbury's used to just sell dairy products and cold meats, if I remember right, from quaint old-fashioned shops with two long counters and tiled walls. Tescos were small high street self-service shops.
  9. I'm one person who dares to say that supermarkets are much better than high street shops. Better parking, better choice, lower prices, all under one roof. I can't think of one single advantage for shoppers if we went back to small high street shops. High street shops often sell the same products you can get cheaper in supermarkets. And many of the 'traditional' high street names were large chains anyway - like Boots, Woolworths, Stead & Simpson, W.H Smith etc. Why have high street shops died? Because the public have deserted them in favour of supermarkets, which are better. The only way that the high street can fight back is by moving into niches that the supermarkets don't occupy, which probably means steering clear of groceries and toiletries.
  10. He might just be right. Just because so much of what Brown did was wrong, we can't discount the possibility that he could be right occasionally. China and India are rising industrial powers, with growing internal prosperity. There will come a time when the rest of the world will no longer need to trade with the West. This could mean less oil, and gas being available to the west, as the producers choose to sell elsewhere. The decline of Britain as a world power and as a manufacturing nation over the last 50 years is a model for what could happen to the West as a whole.
  11. It seems now that a couple of good statistics or headlines get people shouting about a recovery, the next week a couple of bad statistics and we're back heading into the second dip. Anyone else notice this - two weeks ago the media were all gloom and doom again, now they've gone all bullish again?
  12. There's still a lot of people people doing well and they probably don't pay any attention to the housing market trends, only to what sort of house they can afford now.
  13. Gordon Brown was the worst prime minister we've had in modern times. He took over that trophy from Margaret Thatcher about half-way through his term as PM, with the mishandling of the banking crisis, turning socialism on its head by robbing the taxpayer to bail out the rich capitalists.
  14. A lot of old people who have ended up living in big houses have very little money and no income apart from state pension. If they'be worked hard all their lives to pay for a big house, why should they be expected to move?
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