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  1. i think all sides of the political spectrum are beginning to realise the growing demographics who are rent, as shown by the recent changes, re btl etc and they are the future. as an aside this weekend i saw the first reduced price, signs in our local estate agent for many many years, did raise a very big smile on my face.
  2. apology accepted. definatly him. just took an opertunity to just step up in some small way. mentioned our site. might not post regularly but hpc is a big issue to me.so took a chance to speak up.
  3. ha ha no genuine post. but interesting link.
  4. i am at the airport this morning.in the quietest corner minding my own business. and nigel farage sits next to me. he is busy on phone etc but when he finish. i take the chance and say hello and ask if he can spare a few minutes. so i get the chance to discuss housing. he seemed very aware oh the issues and was happy to listen and engage in a brief discussion about it. he came across as fery friendly and knowlegable. pleased i did my very small bit to raise this issue with him. and fly the hpc flag. i said to him that its a very important issue to a whole generation of young people and it would win the hearts and minds and votes of a whole generation of voters. and that he should raise the profile of housing during the elections.
  5. I Went past this site last week, and indeed they have already built quite a lot of homes and lots of new roads around and through the site, and it appears to have some already lived in. so good news, although I can see it getting rather too busy around Bicester village, once the number of houses increases. I am not sure where people will commute to for work.
  6. As we are getting closer to an election it would be good to look back on some political promises. Has any one seen any smoldering remains of any quangos thrown onto any bonfires.
  7. Posted Yesterday, 09:40 PM Home The Expo MIPIM Innovation Forum MIPIM Innovation Forum Located in the Gare Maritime, next to the Palais des Festivals, the MIPIM Innovation Forum is a 1,300 m² pavilion gathering all innovation stakeholders - 470 coporate occupiers, 4,300 investors, 1,400 architects & planners, 300 cities, 2,100 local and public authorities - to showcase the most innovative solutions and practices to increase the value of property assets. An extract from the mipim site. They don't even try to pretend about pushing up prices.
  8. Home The Expo MIPIM Innovation Forum MIPIM Innovation Forum Located in the Gare Maritime, next to the Palais des Festivals, the MIPIM Innovation Forum is a 1,300 m² pavilion gathering all innovation stakeholders - 470 coporate occupiers, 4,300 investors, 1,400 architects & planners, 300 cities, 2,100 local and public authorities - to showcase the most innovative solutions and practices to increase the value of property assets. an extract from the mipim site. grrrrr and it starts tomorrow london.
  9. Those who can, buy – from Robert Holtom houseofthecommons September 30, 2014 Having read the inspiring article about Focus E15 Mothers I wondered how London had become a place where shaving foam companies were invited to display their advertising on the side of vacant properties but people in need of housing were denied entry to these places – how can advertising take priority over alleviating homelessness? There are many answers to this question and my curiosity took me in search of a few. Firstly I wanted to know who owns London. And a quick internet search revealed that London is largely owned by royals and aristocrats who have inherited property and the land it sits on. Meanwhile, the property mogul Paul Raymond owns a big chunk of Soho and increasingly overseas investors are buying up large chunks of real estate. The Church and historic universities such as Cambridge and Oxford own large tranches of land. The Qatar Investment Authority, the Vatican and the City of London Corporation are also players in the game. And that’s just it – it is a game, Monopoly to be precise. Except the players do not start with a mere £1500 of colourful notes, they start with millions of pounds of inherited wealth and the family estate, or they start with millions of pounds of interest from investments around the world that mean they really can afford to buy Mayfair. And given that privatisation of resources (inc. land), commodification, and wealth accumulation are some of the hallmarks of neoliberal capitalism it is not surprising that the 21st century capitalists are doing what capitalists have done so well for centuries – buying. Once or twice I’ve heard a Conservative, disaffected with the state of democracy in the UK, wonder out loud if a benign dictatorship would be a better form of rule. Well, capitalism as we know it makes monarchs of the wealthy and tyrants of the freeholders, who often treat their lease holding tenants very badly. It is not that capitalism is reflecting an inherent truth about human nature that, for example, we are inherently selfish, it is just that the structure of the board we are playing on prioritises accumulation over sharing and self-interest over community-interest. Free market capitalism is described as being amoral – as the market is considered the fairest mechanism for distributing wealth. But the market is not some amorphous entity it is the sum total of millions of acts of accumulation, and humans are all sorts of things but certainly not amoral. Furthermore, when the inbuilt mechanisms of the economy we live in encourage us to hoard wealth and materials then we do end up in the sort of society where Gillette’s advertising campaigns take priority over re-housing people. And it’s worth bearing in mind that we do not all get £200 when we pass go, some get millions, others get in debt, and many don’t even get there at all. It’s hardly a fair game, even if well-meaning meritocrats wish it were. But it is groups like Focus E15 Mothers that call for sanity and humanity in the face of a compassionless, politico-economic machine. This society is waiting for a giant redistribution of wealth/property and it is our task to make property ownership far less desirable. So perhaps we could campaign for a Land Value Tax or befriend the next in line to Lord So-and-So’s estate, encouraging them to put their money not where their mouth is but where their heart is, or could be. Robert Holtom is a freelance writer and storyteller who has written for The Guardian and Transition Free Press. Robert will be performing at House of the Commons on the evening of Friday 30th October 2014. @Robert_Holtom and a blog written by Robert holtom a freelance writer, with his permission to post to hpc, enjoy.
  10. hi all i have been in contact with some of the speakers, here is some text that professor Danny Dorling from oxford university has offered, for me to post to hpc, enjoy. Hi Quad - here is some text… you can put it up if you like "Housing in Oxford has never been as expensive as it is today. For those trying to buy prices have risen from over nine times average income last year to approach twelve times this year with, as yet, no signs of the rises slowing down. Some 40,000 people commute into the city every day, mostly by car, clogging the counties roads. Rent rises for students and families in private renting as landlords try to recoup the huge sums of monies they have spent purchasing properties to make money out of. Older people who came to Oxford many decades ago will remember that it was hard then to find housing, to get a mortgage, or pay the rent. But it was not as hard as it is today. That is way so many more people now commute in; and it is why fewer and fewer have a mortgage. In most of the country many housing problems can be solved given the housing stock that currently exists, by using it more efficiently, as we used to use it. However in Oxford, and especially nearby in London, there simply is not enough housing for the population any more. Lack of housing markets it hard to run Universities, hospitals and local businesses. It makes it hard to hire and retain staff. When those employees in Oxford who did manage to buy a house many decades ago retire and often leave the city it is now usual to find someone who commutes to London buying their property, or a landlord. Thus people are living in Oxford and commuting across the London greenbelt to work, while a much larger group are commuting over the Oxford Green belt to work. The green belts are not preventing the spawl of cars or people. It may be time to look at them again. To strengthen and extend green belt protection to the floodplain and to remove it from the hills that do not flood. Why is almost no land three to five miles of Carfax built on - when you could so easily cycle from there into the city? And if it more if it were to be built on what would be the size way to do that. Would you just leave it to the private market and profit and speculate?” All the best, danny
  11. below is a copy of the flyer i made and used at the house of the commons event, quite a few were taked. housepricecrash.co.uk House price crash is a website devoted to housing and the economy. we welcome you to join our lively forum , devoted to discussing all aspects of housing and the economy and how they affect us all. we provide links to articles relating to housing and the economy. And discuss housing issues in all areas of the uk and have a section devoted to oxford. we discuss in depth the following topics and more:- House Prices The economy Politics the social aspect of housing Planning Demographics Several members from House Price Crash will be at the House of the Commons event, and I am sure they will make them selves known, during discussions. sorry is does not copy across too well it was A4 in large type across the hole page.will try to post a picture.
  12. They are aware of hpc now. It was in a different venue today, some very interesting talks again. it was good to see people taking hpc flyers.
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