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  1. As we’ve been waiting a long time for prices to come down to earth, it seems only fitting to dust off an oldie and throw in some new captions:
  2. That said, I’m the one who feels like an idiot for trying to be sensible all these years, when that clearly wasn’t called for. Obligatory Idiocracy:
  3. Must… resist… must… resist… CAN’T RESIST. High five!
  4. It’s kicked off for the nth wearying time: https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/3970710-AIBU-to-want-house-prices-to-fall? I’m outing myself as somenerve. Have been on mumsnet for a long time, but HPC, even longer: a bear stuck in the savings trap. Fortunately I am indeed happily renting, though I’d rather be happily owning. PS. When I’m not busy despairing, I’m cycling. If you have some spare time, join me on my Wrongmove ride!
  5. https://www.macleans.ca/economy/mark-carney-heads-to-ottawa/ WARNING: THIS ARTICLE MAY CAUSE EXTREME NAUSEA
  6. We recently saw a place which started at £375,000 3-4 months ago, then quickly went down to £350,000. Still too much for us, but when they decided to have an ‘open house’ (which itself is kind of a joke), we thought we’d have a look. Decided the modernisation it needed was beyond us, and anyway it was too small for the money. Of course. Got a call last week that the owners were kind of desperate and considering a substantial reduction, so we went again, this time with a knowledgeable friend who could give us a better idea of just how much of a money pit it might be. While there I got the agent off in a corner and he suggested it might go down to £275,000. Still not enough for us, so we said no thanks. I honestly don’t think it’s even worth £200,000, but that would be a pre-crazy times valuation. This is in a nice area in the SE, where last year it would’ve sold right away, no problem, at the original asking. In general though, nobody around here has got the memo that prices are supposed to be going down. If anything they’re getting worse. Funny how hardly anything is selling.
  7. No luck yet. It must be tough when everybody but you is a delusional timewaster. What she doesn’t appear to understand is that nobody cares how much you originally valued your house; the starting point of a potential buyer is your latest price. Ergo, when somebody puts in an entirely reasonable offer on your supposedly perfectly priced house, they won’t have your perspective of great sacrifice.
  8. As long as you’re over on mumsdebt, check out OH with unrealistic expectations, in which (and I can’t believe I’m not making this up) the other half “is the one being greedy when you think about it, wanting to pay a lot less for a house that is worth a lot more.”
  9. Spotted on Rightmove. Would the dark satanic rituals which undoubtedly go on here put you off (in addition to the ridiculous price)?
  10. We live out in the country a few miles from the commuter line, and managed half a dozen years without a car before finally giving in. Buses of course weren’t timed to catch the train, which was a pity as it was so easy to catch one - just stand at the end of the drive with your hand out. Never commuted via thumb, but did tour Europe and the States way back when. One time I caught a ride to Berlin and when I wanted to leave, simply waited in a queue of other hitchhikers on the edge of town to catch a ride back through East Germany. Fun (and only occasionally scary) times.
  11. Actually there’s plenty of room for sexism here: the comment in question is simply a new low. That said, this site, when it’s on topic, can be brilliant. Kudos to Venger, Bland Unsight, and all the others that make it so.
  12. Some people are talking sense? Perhaps this is a new experience for you. *it's better than a bunch of asterisks
  13. It’s practically shouted from the rooftops in Are you suspicious of a house that’s not sold quickly?, but it’s easier when you’re not pointing to anyone in particular. Since there is indeed no justice in the world, the OP did manage to sell THE BUGGER, near asking. Without any changes, either, rendering the entire thread more pointless than usual. A few more flips and £205k for yet another rabbit hutch will seem like a bargain. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the popular parenting and ***** beaker loving website for helping perk me up in what I hope are the final days of my illness. Which makes it sound more terminal than it is. Word of advice to skittish mumsnetters: If you don’t care to be shot down, don’t hand out ammunition.
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