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AndyB in Consett

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  1. Aye, I picked the wrong winter to move here alright
  2. It was a genuine question. Since we first told our friends and neighbours in Bedlington that we were moving to Consett, we have been greeted by nothing but the same kind of derisive comment that you made, yet we love the place. Ok, 30 years ago it would've been pretty horrid, but it's changed massively since and my question was intended to try and illicit some sort of rational behind, or explanation for, your prejudice against Consett. I'm not being judgmental here, just intrigued as to why others cannot see what we see.
  3. Chicken - I owe you an apology. I'm sorry if you thought I was accusing you of being a troll, I really wasn't. It's just that one of my beliefs is that you only truly learn when you engage with people that have a different point of view (and accept that yours isn't necessarily correct). At the risk of offending you even more, I was particularly enjoying the Mars/Venus aspect of the debate and seeking to prolong it in the hope that I might actually learn something. Causing offence was never my intention. As it happens I have found something pertinent to my original question. This article from
  4. That's kind of what I'm trying to work out, hence my original question At the moment I wouldn't be pi$$ed off if someone else bought it regardless of the price because I've no idea how to rationally price it, but that was an excellent attempt to get me emoting (is that a word?) rather than thinking. It's a good point you make about future value rather than current value but the area isn't going to improve (any more) over the five to ten years (maybe more) that I intend to live there so the future value will be the current value after the application of any inflation/deflation.
  5. Chicken - I disagree that all pricing is an emotional decision, although there is clearly an emotional element involved in buying a house. I meant that I can't do emotional pricing on high value items not that I can't price them at all. The main factors to my mind are what is the true market value of the house and does it have all the features that I'm looking for. It's the first of these that I'm struggling with (and will not know with any certainty unless I wait until it sells then look it up at houseprices.co.uk). After I know these I'll know the kind of level that I can start putting offer
  6. I agree to an extent, but how do I determine what the house is worth to me if it isn't by calculations such as those that I suggest? You seem to be inviting me to make an emotional decision, which is something I'm incapable of doing with high cost items
  7. There is some statutory reference to it. This in the Protection From Eviction Act as amended by the housing act 1988 (my emphasis)
  8. As someone who has been in a similar position to your colleague I would question whether he did actually have an AST, regardless of what the written agreement says. By default all rental agreements are ASTs provided that the rent is less than £25k pa, the tenant uses the place as his only or principle home and the landlord does not use it as his only or principle home. It sounds to me that, although the landlord stays there infrequently it isn't his only or principle home and that therefore your colleague is a tenant rather than a lodger Edited to say: The advice above is good BTW. Without a
  9. I'm looking to buy a house and have been using sale price websites and Nationwide to work out what the notional market value is with a view to putting an offer in between 10 and 20% below this. One of the houses I've looked at, a four bedroom detached, has been owned since new by the same owners and has had the integral garage (tastefully) converted into a utility room and a study. Going by the price they paid originally, its on the market at a reasonable price but it occurs to me that I haven't factored in two things: 1) When they bought it, it was a new build and new build property is more
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