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  1. How did you find this data and can you do the same for Rightmove? Cheers sceptic
  2. Just posted this on the 'This week is different' thread: Ok, I agree: no reason to celebrate as yet. It is certainly and undoubtedly a much better week for me, though: just checked out new instructions for my (very small) local area within the last 24 hours on Rightmove. There are 15 and 5 of them come with a 'Guide Price of...' of 'Offers in the region of...' straight away. Never seen anything like it since August 2004! sceptic
  3. Ok, I agree: no reason to celebrate as yet. It is certainly and undoubtedly a much better week for me, though: just checked out new instructions for my (very small) local area within the last 24 hours on Rightmove. There are 15 and 5 of them come with a 'Guide Price of...' of 'Offers in the region of...' straight away. Never seen anything like it since August 2004! sceptic
  4. Hi all Looks like landlords haven't done their homework (bought 2nd house, re-mortgaged the house we are renting and the sums don't add up) and are now rather desperate to sell. Cannot afford a single void month apparently so they turned to us. We would be happy to buy but not at their asking price. Neighbour in similar house bought in late 2003 and I would like to find out what prices have done since then. Many thanks for all advice in advance! sceptic
  5. Do you know if it matters whether we take out the mortgage in Germany or the UK? sceptic
  6. Having given up on the local market for the time being / until the insanity is over, we are now looking to invest in Germany, our home country. As many of you out there seem to look into overseas property as well, perhaps someone could help with the following: Can I get tax relief for interest payments for buying overseas property (in Germany)? I.e. if I rent out a German property, can I deduct capital expense for buying this property against rental income? And if so, where? In Germany or in the UK? Would this be under Double Taxation Treaties or direct (EU)? We're resident in the UK. Than
  7. Can I get tax relief for interest payments for buying overseas property (in Germany)? I.e. if I rent out a German property, can I deduct capital expense for buying this property against rental income? And if so, where? In Germany or in the UK? Would this be under Double Taxation Treaties or direct (EU)? We're resident in the UK. Thanks for your help!
  8. Spot on. I would add small talk (Germans don't do it). Can't confirm that. Most people have perpetual contracts when renting in Germany. Both, landlord and tenant are usually happy with long leases and often do not change the conditions for years. One of the problems when renting in the UK (apart from the fact that you are being considered a poor fool) is the fact that you constantly have to expect the termination of the lease. Hi, Plastic Elastic! (Nice user ID, are you from the East?) Nice to meet you here. Do you do small talk by now? (I do - it helps) You are right about the credit
  9. Haha... it's funny to read all these comments about German mentality and habits! I'm German and I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised about the friendly way in which most here comment on my home country. Pretty accurate, too We have spent five years in Malta and my husband has commuted the last two from there to the North West of England until we decided to regain our family life and eventually moved. I can confirm most of what was said above re rental laws, differences in mortgage deals and - the famous German frugality (thanks, frugalista!). We are now also sitting on a pile of mon
  10. Hi All, been mainly lurking lately due to loads of work but couldn't stop myself from posting this: Newbuilt (to be completed) prime property in Manchester stockbroker belt / edge of natural reserve down from £940,000 to £ 600,000: Rightmove link Full details Or maybe too good to be true? sceptic
  11. LL has a point regarding the troll issue. I also think it very unsensible of the moderators to brandish property bulls as trolls. If you want a discussion, you will have to accept both viewpoints. But to lure people into buying property at the peak of a property boom is utter nonsense, her stance is arrogant in the face of many bears on this site who can't afford or better do not afford to buy a property now. sceptic
  12. Millions of people in other Western countries are having spouses and babies in rented accomodation! Why is that so unthinkable for you Brits?? (I'm female too and have two kids and we are all perfectly fine in a large rented house with a huge garden-maintained by a landlord who tried in vain for six months to sell it for half a million quid, after having bought it just four years earlier for roughly half of that!) There is no reason NOT to start a family living in a rented flat/house/farm! It's even much more reasonable and financially safer at this time! It will be so much more rewarding i
  13. That's genius! I want to do the same. I'm not far from you in SK11 and on Rightmove every bloody single day to gauge movements of HP in my area. Please PM me with (detailed, please!) instructions how to do it. Many thanks! sceptic
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