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Lazybones

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  1. Friends wife used to work for BMI and had lots of friends at BA. It is a real gravy train compared to almost all other airlines, the senior (read long standing) crew on longhaul flights and old contracts could make some serious money consisting of basic salary plus a daily allowance for each day that they were away many got over £1.5K per month in expenses. Lots of her friends still pull in over £30K+ working part time longhaul flights thats between 6 and 10 days away per month if they get the right schedule. They also get the friends and family discount packages which ensure all family holidays are covered. Most other airlines have already cut out these outdated levels of compensation and the empolyees envy the old BA crew. also lots paid out for standby crew who get paid to cover sickness etc and can also claim various allowances. BA must change or go bust. As a business pasanger I have to say that BA is one of the worst high end airlines.
  2. Maybe a similar policy over here for MP's, bankers etc would stop some of the madness
  3. Why are there so many empty or null records in the system? I am asking about the addition of the house price data
  4. Overall this is very bad, we need an educated population for the benefit of society in general, the higher the education level the better, we don't spend any where near enough on basic R&D. Interesting to see if this and the recession/depression in general will lead to a collapse of the MBA marketplace, I wonder if the likes of London Business School and others can find other ways to make up the shortfall in cash by selling real value added services to business, I am sure that with all of the clever people willing to pay £30K plus for an MBA they could easily find ways to make up the shortfall in funding. In the US. I expected all the likes of Harvard where worlds top business and political leaders go to have seen a lot of this coming and protected their own investments better http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20100318/tuk-uk-britain-universities-fa6b408.html
  5. Lazybones

    The Games Begin

    I am seeing very similar things in Southport Two very similar houses next door to each other, one at at £530k http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-22252621.html & one at £815k http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-23881456.html , I accept that one is slightly bigger but the plot sizes are very similar. I can't accept that an outdoor pool adds £300k to a place. These two are next door to each other and virtually the same house built in the same year http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-17581942.html & http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-12829539.html same size plots and both very similar inside £205k between the two agents valuations. Also houses that went SSTC and under offer between Sept and Nov 09 now becoming available again http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-13543182.html
  6. Difficult to understand why they need so many people to administer a database of house sales? More difficult to understand why the service is so slow/poor given the numer of people working there, why does it take so long for data to become available, why is there so much missing data? Any data on how the LR workforce has expanded over the past X number of years? There are many companies that search the LR database on behalf of other people/companies and charge much more than the LR for their service, they have managed to develop a service that the LR should be providing direct and make money on it, why could the LR not capitalise on this and run as a normal business.
  7. It looks like they just updated rightmove with the £425K price http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-26487731.html £70k drop over 2 days? Go figure
  8. 2.8% here in the peoples republic of Sefton where the entire council is about as useul as a glass hammer/chocolate teapot etc
  9. This is an odd one when you look at the agents brochure http://www.homesonview.co.uk/Scripts/fulldetails.aspx?cid=ELLILORD&aid=ELLILORD&pid=ELP06726&src=rightmove its actually listed at £425K. I think that this may have been on the market a lot longer than the 14 July 2009 listing shown on rightmove. The agent may have listed it again at £495K either based on last years rising market or in the knowledge that they would be reducing prices in 2010 Either way its either lazy, careless or corrupt EA marketing
  10. 32 new listings in Southport on Wednesday up from the usual 3-5.
  11. Good size house on a good road, Cambridge Road is busy but it is still a good place to be and the house is well set back. Would make a great family home. Also found this on Grosvoner/Lancaster Road, one of the best roads in Southport http://venmoreauctions.co.uk/auction/22/lot/283 It needs a lot of work, will see how much it goes for at the auction.
  12. I like this one http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-6870285.html but it is not worth more than £499k so i will wait until it reaches this level before making an offer. Its been on the market over 2 years and started at £665k. Its currently on at £599k so in two years it should be at £499 and I can buy. My general feeling is that very few houses in Southport are really worth over £600K. On Gainsborough road there are two very similar houses next door to each other, one at at £530k http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-22252621.html and one at £815k http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-23881456.html , I accept that one is slightly bigger but the plot sizes are very similar. I can't accept that an outdoor pool adds £300k to a place. At the high end these two are next door to each other and virtually the same house built in the same year http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-17581942.html & http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-12829539.html same size plots and both very similar inside £205k between the two agents valuations. Good luck with your search.
  13. Very few of the big houses are selling, I posted about a place in Oxford Road that last sold in 2007 for £597K, it sold this month for around £360K. This is the best deal I have seen for a long time but I think it is a sign of things to come. The EA's are sticking to the silly valuations but the sales figures from the Land Registery tell a different story. I agree that 250 and 500k are the big sticking points due to Stamp Duty.
  14. A fantastic example of how a business should be run. If more businesses were run in a similar way the economy would be in much better shape.
  15. Sounds like someone trying to make the market for electronic security services. Like the anti virus/firewall market. Additional cost for the end user with very little benefit.
  16. I posted about Southport here http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=128146 I can highly recommend Birkdale. I agree that there are some great houses at reasonable prices compared to similar sized places in other areas. I still think that a lot of the places by the golf course are still 20-30% over valued, there were massive rises just before the golf open in 2008, as you note there are many still on the market. Use nethouseprices.co.uk and the other sites to see the actual selling prices over the past ten years and you will get an idea of how Birkdale caught up over the past few years. Good Luck
  17. http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=138111&st=0&p=2413948entry2413948 I asked a similar queston last week as I am seeing the same thing. Houses selling and the details not appearing on the usual sites.
  18. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/money/property_and_mortgages/article7051599.ece They were expanding last week due to market picking up
  19. How long does it take for new house sale data to be registered with the land registry? Is all land registry data available to sites like mouseprice.com and zoopla.com ? If so how long does it typically take for the data to filter though once the sale is completed?
  20. Woolworth's were famous for doing similar things with suppliers - I am sure that there are plenty of business school case studies showing how they would entice a supplier with a large order, wait for the supplier to expand production, pull future orders and acquire the assets dirt cheap as the supplier struggled to meet the debt repayments on the capital loan they took to fulfil the Woolworth's order. It looks like Tesco may be following a similar model. Look what happened to Woolworth's as they tried to be everything to everyone.
  21. currently 1x would be happy going as far as 4x but no further and assuming a cash reserve/offset for at least 6 to 12 months in case job/health/country fails...
  22. Shame, not a nice position to be in. How does anyone end up with a €6m mortgage?
  23. Here in sunny southport the asking prices are at least stable and in many cases increasing, very few sales and the ones that are moving are selling for a lot less than the asking prices. You will never here this from the estate agents, business is booming, prices rising etc etc.
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