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  1. I think the buyers and sellers are still in "stand-off" mode I've seen a whole lot of "TOiLET" boards recently, one of which is a rental property I personally have vacated in the town centre. the laughable thing is they've even got the cheek to advertise it for MORE mony PCM than i was paying for it !!!!!! and to top that theres LOADS of properties for rental on the same road which have been vacant now for some time. I got lucky with a perfect rental just outside of Hastings and for an additional 95pcm I've got the sound of birds in the trees, and a lot more space for my family to grow. I even got a stone from the beach with a hole through it Shop around, a GOOD rental property doesn't hang around long so you got to be quick, but if your seriously thinking about buying, well I personally know of at least 1 SERIOUSLY desprate seller who can't find a buyer, and a few others who would love to sell their houses to you so they can rent. hope that helps
  2. That sounds like wanganumb to me - Now lets rotate those boards
  3. Can I make one request please, If you can hand "old chubby" a towel before he starts his questioning, I think this would be beneficial in two ways, either he'll be able to wipe the sweat from his pudgy round face, or it'll give him something to throw in hopefully when he realises what sort of answers he'll be getting. Good luck for tomorrow !!!!!
  4. I know people don't really smile much these days in general, but as i walked through Euston yesterday i'll admit to sporting a "wide one" right accross my chevy chase !!!! and when i was sitting at the table on the train, I was indeed guilty of leaving the headline in full view for all to glance at. And I take no shame in admitting that I enjoied every second of it !!!!
  5. You could see it was on the tip of her tongue !!!!! It most certainly was "Honey for breakfast" and I’m not referring to the woman presenter !!!!
  6. I can't understand why you would want to put a time limit on a decision of this magnitude, for me I’m not even going to entertain the possibility of buying my own home until the costs of buy and renting are "at least" comparable. And THEN in my opinion if the market looks healthy it is then worth considering. I'm already thinking that 2012 will be the magic year; with the fanfare of the Olympics in the background and a possibility of a "rebirth" within the UK (chances are that it could well be an election year) I can remember it well “things can only get better” tony’s tune as he waves upon the steps of 10 downing street in 1997 strangely enough in hindsight “the BEST time to buy” and now as Gordon takes over it seems to be the absolute WORST time to buy, hopefully hindsight will prove that as well. I'm currently 34, and currently taking my "next step" in my career The 1 thing that I’ve learnt from this forum is that something’s do not happen as quickly as you first imagine, I once thought that house prices would have come tumbling down by 2005, this obviously was not the case, so I do think that the prospect of buying/building my own home is still some way off in the future. Not only that, but the grim reaper still hasn't made much of an appearance yet, when all the boomers start either checking out or down grading to FTB type of properties is when I think I’ll be looking at making my move. So until then, I’ll be looking at other types of investments.
  7. Agreed !! Good luck to you MarkG, I to always enjoied reading your posts.
  8. It'll be intresting to see if they end up battling hackers http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6899322.stm
  9. Malarkey, I'm in Hastings and i have parents in St Leonard’s. Did you by any chance see Location, Location etc tonight? It just goes to show in my opinion, how out of prospective the market around here has become, 2 bed ground floor flat 150k and a 5 bed HOUSE for 208k I was also pi55ing my self laughing when krusty and Phil were taking about the re-generation of the sea front with the rebuilding of the pavilion and the and renovation of the shops under the marina. If you've been down here for at least 2 years you'll know that there is NO re-generation in St Leonard’s. And i have to admit, the only changes I have seen (and i'll admit, I really try not to spend much time in St Leonard’s) has been the immigrants setting up very cheep looking shops and cafes. . I have to agree, the a55hole of East Sussex aka Hastings and the surrounding areas are going to be in for a serious shock, all these folks that have moved from affluent towns of Brighton, London etc are going to find themselves debt trapped in the next couple of years in my honest opinion. I currently renting a 2 bed terraced house for less than a 2 bed flat, and I’ll probably be leaving by the early part of next year, why anybody would want to buy around here (apart from cheaper prices compared to Brighton. London etc) is totally beyond me. Maybe house prices around here will rocket, somehow, I doubt it will !!!!!
  10. Sorry, you're quite correct. on THURSDAY but after some of the decisions they have been making recently, i dont think a 2 day meeting would be a bad idea.
  11. Our eldest employee of 72yrs of age (and still going VERY strong) reckons 1/2% raise tomorrow, everyone else thinks 1/4% up Needless to say I was the only other person who agreed with him about 1/2% being a realistic possibility. it's strange how sentiment towards houseprices has changed so quickly within "the masses" and where I was getting ridiculed a couple of years back, now the dawning of the end of low fixed rate mortgages has a few of them looking concerned.
  12. In Hastings recently an old Court's store that closed down a while ago has now been converted into ........ that's right you guessed it, LUXARY APPARTMENT'S !!!! Another store that's also recently closed was a "fair sized" well established homeweres/hardware/camping shop. I was talking with the owner who was trying to sell absolutely everything, and he said that due to him being offered a "large amount" for his premises, how could he not. I suppose what i'm getting at is there are still people out there who think there’s money to be made by converting "disused retail property's" into "luxury apartment’s" Either way, with booming internet sales, and the ever increasing number of empty shops, I think the High Street in my Town at least, is going to visually look VERY different in a few years time.
  13. I got this on the email a few days back Subject: not rearing pigs Rt Hon David Miliband MP Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Nobel House 17 Smith Square London SW1P 3JR 12 June 2007 Dear Secretary of State, My friend, who is in farming at the moment, recently received a cheque for £3,000 from the Rural Payments Agency for not rearing pigs. I would now like to join the “not rearing pigs” business. In your opinion, what is the best kind of farm not to rear pigs on, and which is the best breed of pigs not to rear? I want to be sure I approach this endeavour in keeping with all government policies, as dictated by the EU under the Common Agricultural Policy. I would prefer not to rear bacon pigs, but if this is not the type you want not rearing, I will just as gladly not rear porkers. Are there any advantages in not rearing rare breeds such as Saddlebacks or Gloucester Old Spots, or are there too many people already not rearing these? As I see it, the hardest part of this programme will be keeping an accurate record of how many pigs I haven’t reared. Are there any Government or Local Authority courses on this? My friend is very satisfied with this business. He has been rearing pigs for forty years or so, and the best he ever made on them was £1,422 in 1968. That is - until this year, when he received a cheque for not rearing any. If I get £3,000 for not rearing 50 pigs, will I get £6,000 for not rearing 100? I plan to operate on a small scale at first, holding myself down to about 4,000 pigs not raised, which will mean about £240,000 for the first year. As I become more expert in not rearing pigs, I plan to be more ambitious, perhaps increasing to, say, 40,000 pigs not reared in my second year, for which I should expect about £2.4 million from your department. Incidentally, I wonder if I would be eligible to receive tradable carbon credits for all these pigs not producing harmful and polluting methane gases? Another point: These pigs that I plan not to rear will not eat 2,000 tonnes of cereals. I understand that you also pay farmers for not growing crops. Will I qualify for payments for not growing cereals to not feed the pigs I don’t rear? I am also considering the “not milking cows” business, so please send any information you have on that too. Please could you also include the current Defra advice on set aside fields? Can this be done on an e-commerce basis with virtual fields (of which I seem to have several thousand hectares)? In view of the above you will realise that I will be totally unemployed, and will therefore qualify for unemployment benefits. I shall of course be voting for your party at the next general election. Yours faithfully,
  14. No you're not, an uncle of my Mrs who is a chartered building surveyor asked why we hadn't bought, and proceeded to gave the classic "you'll never be able to buy if you don't buy now" comment. Still, he'll be retired in a couple of years. Lets just hope his pension fund isn't invested in "something risky"
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