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brockleybear

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  1. An open meeting hosted by the Green Party London faces a chronic housing shortage, with hundreds of thousands of families on council waiting lists - and more than 6,000 council properties standing empty. Also rents are climbing, and a recent survey showed those hoping to buy do not expect to do so until they are 38. Where do we go from here? What is to be done to help renters and first-time buyers, and stop buy-to-let landlords cashing in? The meeting will consist of a panel presentation followed by an open discussion. Speakers Rachel Orr – Shelter Dave Smith – London Citizens Katy John – Priced Out Robert Taylor – Camden Federation of Private Tenants Chair – Alastair Milne – West Central London Green Party Thursday 16th June, 7-9pm Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn All welcome £2.50 donation to cover costs suggested http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=210687635638172
  2. Dear all, I'm hoping someone who's had more sleep than me can sign post whereI might find evidence for a schools appea, of the decreased volume of house sales since 2008 in my area.......? a great big thank you in advance, Brockleybear
  3. My first nervous post & a personal one. I've lurked for 3 years since we started sellng our family home in SE4 in '07. While not everyones cup of tea it's our home, where our roots are & where we have grown our family & made wonderful friendships. We needed a larger place nearer good sec school. Our sale took 10 months, so when the place we were aiming for at auction didn't line up with dragging chain we proceeded with reduced valuation sale & moved to rented. Market stagnated (literally nothing worth viewing locally). So we moved to larger rented, back when we still made modestly on lump sum invested. fast fwd over 2 years, we're still in same place, life's busy with 3 kids. We saw significant reductions in prices *but only* on smaller terraces in less favourable locations (for us). My problem is that it's really feeling bubbletastic here, or more scarily, genuinely shooting up & maintaining. The last month or so has seen £100k jumps on average 3 bed terraces http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-15946740.html http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-29014226.html It must be the shiny new east london line (extended overground) is the local eas dream. in truth it's restricted other older services, but looks all exciting to tube addicts in north & west london looking for cheaper property. Sadly we're not canny with gold, or foreign currencies or whatever many folk on here tinker with....we're more regular, wary & unnerved by financial doings if that makes sense. we still have a spread of accounts post 08 fright. no interest to speak of of course. I'm feeling woobly, my guts have always said this can't last, it makes no sense, but here we are, kids growing up, eventually we'll no longer need the larger home, but we won't have planted trees, or had a kitten....... thanks for indulging my ramble this far (I never knew i was a bear before i discovered hpc) BB I know there's not much touchy feely going on here, but I'm a bit lost & could do with my HPC boost of encouragement right now......
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