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Jester

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  1. Hey Pilchard you may have a point there lol. That would be so funny. Hey redhat I think your house is over valued!
  2. i get your point. I work in Leicester and I'm actually looking more towards leicester. I'm not really looking in Broughton Astley. I just remember this property from the last time it was on the market lol. I was a bit shocked when I saw the price to be honest.
  3. Oh and no I'm not interested in buying at £350,000.....I don't have anywhere near that sort of money available for house purchase. This property caught my eye because I remember it being on the market last time.
  4. What I think is......House prices were potentially falling 15 months ago and so there is no way that this property is worth £350,000 now when it was sold for £250,000 15 months ago. It has had some work done which could improve the value a little. But prices are falling (I think) so perhaps that cancels out the increase in value. BUT I wonder about the value of a BIG house on a small plot. I've looked at one or two properties that seem to have a larger house on a small or even very small plot and question the valuations. Having said that I won't be making an offer.
  5. The garden's a bit small and the neighbours are close by for the size of house I thought.
  6. I looked at it when it was last on the market. I thought prices were falling then. The house did need some work doing to it and that work looks like it has now been done.
  7. I know how you feel. Here I am a single parent earning £22,000 pa. Brought my children up to be upstanding citizens (without claiming any benefits) all of whom are at uni now. My youngest still doesn't have the grant part of her university income yet because student finance are ripping my personal details to pieces because (I think) they doubt that I am single.
  8. LOL it sounds to me like you have similar problems that I have. My children think that I'm stupid but deeeeeeeeeep down they know that I'm not. I just say what they don't want to hear
  9. I'm sorry Bloo you're quite right. I actually meant that they're not going to sell their houses. I've told all of my children to put off buying for a while. My son is living with me at the moment and will buy sometime (not soon). My eldest is renting and is watching prices fall. She's not stable (workwise) yet and so doesn't really want to be burdened with a house that might not sell. My youngest is still at uni but does want to buy when the time is right. I rent too. I might buy a house (again) one day.
  10. The thread makes sad reading in some cases to be honest. these are real people with children looking to find a home. Having said that sometimes people need to be more realistic. I do feel a bit sorry for those who bought at the peak of the market alothough the drop was predicted. I have a problem with my own adult children who see house purchase as a way to make money. Anyway I wish all at mumsnet all the best for their futures. Having said that I can't see the housing market improving anytime soon.
  11. I am/was a single mother with three kids (their father left because the kids cost too much money). I worked for my living and so didn't qualify for other benefits. But I did get child tax credit and child benefit. I saved the child benefit in an account in each of my children's name for when they became 18. They have all used it to help fund university.
  12. There are ompanies paying more. Aldi make a big noise about paying £40,000 plus a Audi car - nice work if you can get it. My son is only looking at the well paid jobs - mainly in the city. There's no saying that he will get one of course. If not he's happy doing what he is doing and is also thinking about setting himself up in business .
  13. Yes he is. He has walked straight in to a reasonably paid temporary job. He's insisting on paying half of my rent and bills so that's good for me. The job market seems surprisingly bouyant. Having said that there are massive gaps ie no government jobs.
  14. I'm a science teacher. We recently had 2 vacancies in our school (due to retirement). We had quite a few very well qualified science teachers apply. Anyway, 2 were appointed and both are doing well. The school that I work in is difficult and so more power to their elbow I say. Going back to the OP - it's true unqualified classroom assistants cover when teachers are away. It's a pity as they can't do the work. Some can't read and spell properly. I'm glad that my kids have left school I can tell you. Having said that my son has recently graduated from uni with a first class honours degree in Mathematics. I gathered some information for him out the teaching profession. He said "I'm not going to be a teacher Mum; they're not paid enough". Every job (training) that he's applied for pays more that a top of the scale teacher. I didn't realise how poorly paid teaching had become. Having said that the short days and long holidays are excellent for those teachers who just teach and have no other responsibilities.
  15. I loved the chapel - as a home not an investment. I think the bungalow could be ok. The other property was a disaster - romantic notion on the part of the buyers.
  16. I think EA's have had it easy for far too long. I've been looking for a house for 2 years now. Over that time I have had my requests not followed up by EA's. Don't get me wrong if I was desperate I would have pushed harder - but I'm not desperate. There were a few houses that I was keen on and I still struggled to get viewings and follow ups. Some of these houses are still on the market. One of my local EA's was extremely rude to me - to the point that I avoid houses that he markets. Over the past month EA's have started to call me. To the extent that my daughter is primed (sometimes) to say I'm sorry but she's busy. I have noticed increased activity by EA's and falling prices. I think I'll sit back a while longer and watch the show.
  17. Yes I know what you mean. I'm renting at the moment. It's a nice place but small which is ok for me. The thing I don't like is how close all of the houses here are. Very small gardens: no access to the back excpt through the house etc. The landlord offered me the chance to buy it, I declined.
  18. Why oh why did that couple ever pay off their student loans? They could have used that money as a hefty deposit! And is it me or is that American woman very annoying?
  19. Sad story I'm sorry to have read that. Not all women are the same but it sounds like you're doing ok now.
  20. I'm wondering which is the right way to hang a sock on the line? I'm concerned that I might have been doing it wrong all these years. In fact I KNOW that I've been doing it wrong because I hang them up any old how. Now I know why the neighbours don't talk to me.
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