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North London Rent Girl

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  1. Yup, he of all people should know how much spending-power the pound has been losing!
  2. That is one of my favourite ever songs, now hopefully only momentarily associated with this dreadful goldman sachs puppet/muppet. Christ. We've drunk a case of him and we're in intensive care, send the boy home. He's finance's answer to nick-o-teen.
  3. I agree with what he's saying. Historically, when you had low levels of unemployment, you got inflation from rising wages because workers were in an enhanced bargaining position. That clearly isn't the case at the moment, for the sorts of reasons he's talking about - now, wages are stagnating - I say 'now', I mean for the past 40 years. Not proper jobs. And so many people now are nominally self-employed but actually have no control over their work-lives. They can't charge good rates, are not in charge of what jobs they accept, a young amazon delivery bloke I was quizzing recently said that he'd knackered his leg, doctor said take 2 weeks off but he could only take 4 days off. Suckola. But the PTB have achieved another grim coup - they can now avoid the PR problems of their historical liking for a nice competitive market in jobs, aka high levels of unemployment, whilst not having to trouble themselves about the lower orders, aka the people who actually do things, getting uppity and demanding better conditions. Nice one you vilers, again.
  4. I agree with this and that it's a good idea to hold on as long as you can before saying anything IF you do decide to stay on, on whatever terms. That said, I really think it might be worth biting the bullet and finding somewhere to rent that you and your family are comfortable in and at a rent you find manageable, settling in and envisaging yourselves being there for a year. As Kosmin says, the process of buying can take ages even once you've found somewhere to buy. But apart from that, while you're looking for somewhere, it would be great to be doing so in a relaxed, unpressured frame of mind. You probably won't be making your best decisions if you're going home to a freezing, expensive flat at the end of cold February evenings of house-hunting. If you're looking from a cosy, reasonably priced place where the kids are happy, you'll really be thinking about what's best for you all, you'll be more picky. I'm sure it is a huge hassle to move when you've got kids, it's a pain anyway, but perhaps you could see it as an opportunity to have a good clear-out and get all your things in order so it's less of a hassle when you make the next move into your permanent home. I think I wouldn't be comfortable with a landlord who has demanded so much additional rent because I'd know that they were taking advantage of my vulnerability in terms of my family - he knows you've got kids in a local school and what that means, he's behaving very cynically. Whatever you decide, all the best with it.
  5. That's lovely - I saw Stacey doing a fond impression of that guy saying 'too damn high' a while back on the Keiser report, now I know why she was so taken with him, brilliant.
  6. This is great news, nice to have it from the horse's mouth. I was so fascinated by that woman's hair arrangement and shirt that I had to watch the video. Am I right in thinking that what we're talking about is basically an amnesty? 'Come forward now tax-dodgers and we'll go easy on you'? This has hitherto completely escaped me. Oh she just said, "almost like an amnesty, really". Hmm. Have they not had time to get it together? So the PTB still being soft on their own, my god, if any of us self-employed people who actually do something for a living were caught dodging they'd come down on us like a tonne of bricks.
  7. That's interesting - a friend of mine who used to work with the homeless says the same thing, there is a bed for everyone - or was 10 years ago when she was doing it, but that the hostels themselves are often scary places and people would rather take their chances in a doorway. Someone once tried to slam her - my friend's - head in a door in a hostel. It's like a friend of mine who lives in a converted lorry, he has a horrible time finding places to keep it - he pays to park it in various places, keeps getting moved on but that's apparently still better than using one of the official sites, they're so nasty in all kinds of ways. Praps similar?
  8. Like King Lear, careful what you wish for. OK I just skipped from p. 1 of this thread to the last page, what happened? Why are we suddenly comparing our personal hygeine routines?! Sort of on topic, there's going to be something on radio 4 about the deplorable life-expectancy of people living on the street - from what I recall of the ad this morning it's 44 for men and 43 for women. It's going to be grim but will report back once I've heard it. I can't believe how normal it is now to walk past 4 rough sleepers on my way to the shop half way down the high street. What a grim f cking place this country has become.
  9. Bless you Savers, but am going to visit the board more often to keep up with things. I seem to have largely given up just as the v welcome crap is hitting the fan, I must be here for the celebrations when it happens...
  10. Hmm. I see what you mean but wasn't his point that in mega-cities - or cities that are mega in relation to a country's size - you get this huge gravitational effect of everyone from oligarchs to low-paid workers being sucked into the place en masse. I don't know about Spain and Denmark but I do recall from a french history course decades ago that the French had a long-standing policy of decentralisation, so have regional centres of commerce and industry that are relatively much bigger than we have here. I think that's similar in Germany. But I take your point that DD isn't preaching the gospel. He's trying to make the best sense he can of an utterly bewildering set of circumstances. Bewildering unless you see it all as the outcome of nearly 40 years of neo-liberalism, which makes sense of just about everything to me - from wealth inequality to sexual and racial politics. Or maybe I'm just turning into a real old Trot. Some people I know would probably say that was only a matter of time!
  11. "Almost two-thirds of London properties for sale that departed the market in 2017 were withdrawn, not sold." This is glorious news, nice find.
  12. Quite. From what I can see of the article, it's the torygraph saying the gov should make it a goal, not that they have made it a goal ("It's time for the cons to announce...". Unless something else happens in this article, which I really should read the rest of the thread to see. But in the meantime, "The silence from homeowners is partlyof course entirely because the Bank of England rate is still, at 0.75 per cent ..." and home-'owners' know that the government will never stop loving them. I don't mean to be ungrateful, nice find, it's good to see a turn of sentiment like this in a right-wing rag, perhaps it's a bit of kite-flying. edit - BTW your "bowing to the inevitable and given the illusion of being in control of it" - beautifully put!
  13. I don't know about that - his books seem to sell well. He might be one of not very many eminent people speaking in public about how things actually are but there's such a thirst for it. That's why we're all going elsewhere for our news, isn't it?
  14. The wonderful Danny Dorling talking about inequality generally, with (of course) a sizeable chunk about housing plus several mentions. Really worth a listen. And cheering for a bear - he's clear that prices are falling but nobody's really talking about it. Also makes an interesting point about housing as a safe haven for super-wealth and how that might be changing - and not just because of brexit, which he does talk about but doesn't fixate on it. Peak Inequality
  15. That's brave. Didn't Canada just raise theirs? Yes they did, to the dizzy heights of 1.5%. I've very nearly given up hope of that vile pillock ever putting the rate up but surely he can't hold out forever when we're seeing these consistent rises across the pond? It inches up the odds for me to a 20% yes he will have to against 80% no never he doesn't even blinking know how.
  16. The author of the only - can that be right - comment agrees with you, was surprised by this: "Sellers are not putting their houses on the market mostly because they have already tried to sell and found that unless they reduce their price by around 35% from the present market value houses will not sell. Those who are not in any desperate need to sell have thus taken their properties off the market. This trend is now even htting developers, who are finding that they cannot yield a selling price which gives them an adequate overall profit. The result of this will be a cut back in building new properties, because developers are not going to continue to build and sell at a loss. The root of all of these problems is Financial Repression now for approaching 11 years holding back incomes artificially, whereas real inflation has lept way above faux CPI. An article in the Daily Telegraph a few days ago claimed that real inflation is now 10% or even above that per annum. House prices have tended to follow real inflation and have no relationship to faux CPI." Hang on, was that you? Off topic but are you all getting that pop-up interview with Mark Carney against a soylent green backdrop? Clickbait from hell for an hpcer. Thank goodness I disabled autoplay. I will not click on it. I will not.
  17. Hi ExpatBrit, welcome. If you have your heart set on buying a place, this might not be the board for you, we're all very bearish around here! You have been warned. So here is my contribution - a link to a house sales and rentals site called zoopla showing the trend in the market in the Bromley area https://www.zoopla.co.uk/house-prices/london/bromley/. All the best, whatever you decide to do.
  18. Thanks, this looks good, will def take a look - nice to have updated viewing recommendations once in a while.
  19. Best summary I've seen so far of obnoxious causes and hellacious consequences!
  20. This is right down the road from where my mum and dad live - am trying to picture it but, from the map, it looks as thought it must be almost in the next field to the relatively new crematorium. I wonder whether the current owners live in the bus in the background. I feel a bit sorry for whoever it is. But you'd be surprised at what insane prices things go for in that neck of the woods - ok 'insane' doesn't surprise anyone any more, let's say gallumphingly astronomical beyond all reason and words even in this obscene market.
  21. I shouldn't think anyone is talking about building in the wild spaces, good grief, there would be blood in the lanes! Isn't it more that there's plenty of space in the green belt that isn't green at all. Wildlife IS being wiped out and the vast fields of monoculture covered in all kinds of pesticides and herbicides are playing a big roll in that - we need a good balance of the small things that are at the bottom of the food chain and a good variety of plantlife for them to live in. Properly designed housing and gardens are a haven for wildlife by comparison. That's a thing in itself - as things are, the big builders would be given the land and they'd throw up the usual crap but that's another question... There's also the impact of people having to drive through the green belt to get home. That might seem like a rather obscure reason but if you've taken a walk in the green belt recently you'll know that the volume and speed of traffic is now extreme. Also carnage for wildlife, btw, but there's also the air quality to consider. It would be far better if a good proportion of people were only driving to and from the green belt every day, rather than right the way through it. Nobody wants to build housing estates along e.g. the ridgeway but there should be more development in the green belt. Local authorities can develop within the greenbelt but my understanding is that they face massive objections if they try to get the status removed. It's nimbyism - of course plenty of normal people live in the green belt but there are also plenty of people who've paid squillions for their hises and they don't want the view that they believe they've purchased to be ruined by oiks like us moving in. BTW much as I like the JC I'm a big ole green party supporter, I really do care about the environment very much.
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