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NEO72

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  1. Or based on Rightmove's propietary measure: Since the beginning of the year, selling prices* have fallen (despite four months of 'rises') * Which excludes prices paid by numpties paying over the odds so they can choose their own tiles (aka newbuild purchases)
  2. Ah, that well known standard half year-on-half year measure...particularly appropriate when using non-seasonally adjusted data. In fact I remember only too well all the media reports in December about how asking prices had fallen 7% since June..
  3. 'Green shoots' according to the BBC Partly? So what do the attribute the rest to.. those strong fundamentals like real wage increases, drops in unemployment/underemployment, benefits increasing etc.? Or perhaps magic fairy dust? Love also how propping up the market has become 'stimulating'. But hey as long as we have several government 'stimuli' schemes perpetually running, then there's no reason for prices to fall..
  4. Add to that: "If the market is fundamentally sound, why does it need so many props?" Which of course begs the question: "What do you think will happen when those props are removed?"
  5. Who knows but quite a few, including myself predicted that FLS would lead to HPI, however according to the Land Reg prices are lower now than when the scheme was introduced (even though they have risen every month - see LR thread ). So quite happy to have called than one wrongly. If Gidiot backtracks and decides to charge a lot for the mortgage guarantee, we could potentially have the comical situation of a flood of pent up supply coupled with static/lower demand forcing prices down. Oh and of course potential buyers will on average be a bit poorer by then too.
  6. Such are the wonders of LR's downwards revisions - most of the reported figures over the past 12 months (including last month's) have since been revised down, hence LR - the index that rises when its flat.
  7. Loving their-ahem-evidence of all this 'pent up demand' being released..everything except trifling details like transaction numbers, mortgage approvals or sold prices..
  8. To give it a bit of perspective, number of house purchase loans: March 2009 (when the market had pretty much ground to a halt) - 31,000 March 2010 - 45,000 March 2011 - 40,900 March 2012 (end of stamp duty holiday) - 51,200 March 2013 (FLS) - 42,000* *Assuming no cheeky downwards revisions FLS a resounding success it seems
  9. The problem with that report is that the data was collected 2008/10. So interest rates had only just plummeted and wage inflation was running above CPI until early in that period i.e. real disposable incomes had just had a massive boost via the base rate falls and hadn't yet started to fall due to cost inflation. I'd be very surprised if that 13.6% hadn't risen considerably since then as real wage falls, tax credit cuts etc. have made servicing mortgages more difficult, particularly for those with high LTVs stuck on SVRs (which have also been rising since then).
  10. Thing is though, its not even a doomsday scenario (e.g. a currency collapse and sudden jump in the base rate) - its pretty much a continuation of current trends i.e. cost inflation running above wage inflation. And unless you work in the OBR, there's nothing to suggest this is likely to change in the short/medium term.
  11. Wow, you call it gibberish and post this..irony knows no bounds.
  12. Well perhaps you'd do me the honour of enlightening me, oh wise one.
  13. I'm guessing the Express aren't leading with this.. Link So basically, borrowers get burnt via cost inflation in the absence of wage inflation, or through interest rate rises to stem the inflation. Of course TPTB will choose the former route as then it can all be blamed on 'external factors'. But hey it'll all be ok providing we all get real wage increases of 2.5% p.a.
  14. Of course this is the crux of it and given the hammering he's taken from the media, economists, the treasury select committee etc., what began as an incredibly risky economic gamble has also become an incredibly risky political gamble. Fortunately for the Gidiot, he has an out by simply pricing the guarantees too high and so would take credit for attempting to 'help' the housing market without actually doing anything and avoiding a blatant u-turn in the process.
  15. Can someone explain how eroding disposable income and thus making it more difficult to save (via lower wage inflation than CPI) and ensuring whatever can be saved will fall in value in real terms (via lower savings rates than CPI) will somehow make things easier for IO borrowers?
  16. He does seem to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder doesn't he. He also makes two incorrect assumptions: 1. Prices in London are representative of the rest of the country. Using the LR data he quotes, prices have fallen nominally between 8 and 24% from peak, depending roughly how far north you go. And this with unprecendented Government/BofE interventions - things aren't quite as rosy as he likes to make out. 2. Those who live outside London (the majority of the population) actually give a sh1t about what happens to prices there
  17. Indeed. Both mortgage approvals and LR sold prices are the same or lower than when FLS was introduced. Won't prevent the HPC histrionics though
  18. According to the Land Reg, selling prices in Swansea are now hovering around the '09 lows - so if your area is indeed going parabolic then presumably the rest of Swansea is going down the sh1tter..
  19. I think rather than completely dump it, they'll opt for charging not particularly competitive rates for the guarantee. That way they avoid (another) massive u-turn, partially cover themselves against it going t1ts up, and can claim to have tried to help hard-pressed ftbs.
  20. Well, looking at the chart, the low point for sentiment was Oct 2010 - since then sentiment has been gradually rising. In Oct 2010, Halifax, Nationwide and the Land Reg all had the average price as £164K Now Halifax has it at £163K, NW at £164K and LR at £161K - so prices have either not changed, or fallen depending on which index you take. So, in short, their claim that sentiment leads prices is b0ll0x. Does that help? This bit made me chuckle though: "Yay, the thing we aspire to buy is getting ever more expensive, yay!" Must we really allow everyone a vote?
  21. Do you have the link to the evidence backing this up?
  22. Its getting beyond a joke now. I don't have a problem with revising the figures but I can't remember the last time the LR figures were revised upwards - I'm pretty certain that most if not all of the last 6 figures have been revised down. For example, last month's figure must have been revised from +0.2% to somewhere in the region of -0.4% to arrive at this!!
  23. Good question. The drop in mortgages, together with the rise in ftbs would suggest many are being sucked into newbuy - and this does seem to be gathering momentum now. Alternatively it could suggest a sh1tload of STRs - although rents have been softening too so doubt that. Btw, don't think there's ever been a drop in overall mortgages for house purchase in Feb before, which there is now.
  24. This wasn't supposed to happen with Funding For Lending was it? EA today Thought this bit was quite interesting: Lenders starting to get nervous? Also, the CML have been busy ramping today, citing the increase in FTB's, although when you look past the spin, house purchase lending has been falling since November. Surely the pool of greater fools hasn't dried up already?
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