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rantnrave

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  1. Ah, sorry, thought you meant MEW'd development...
  2. Like giftwrapping the fudge? Their figures usually are out of date, so they might be from the run up to Christmas! EDIT *just noticed I've been upgraded to a 'regular' contributor! At what number of posts does 'need to get a life' kick in?*
  3. Sweet shops report a run on fudge supplies...
  4. Means the building work has been funded through mortgage equity withdrawls...
  5. The UK economy is becoming something akin to a junkie, needing a hit of 0.5 IRs each month just to keep going on its pathetic state.
  6. You should have faked being hit, and then sued him for the extortionate medical bills involved in your treatment. Gotta play the system over there...
  7. I generally give London a very wide berth, even when I used to live half an hour away by train. I'm mostly likely to pass through by using Heathrow. That is usually an experience that endears me even less to the capital...
  8. Well something's gone wrong there. House prices double every seven years, don't they...
  9. I don't mind giving gifts to people I know who have helped me out (like a mate who helped sort out our car's dodgy headlamps recently). What I hate is the expectation from the outset that a tip will be given, irrespective of the quality of service. I also don't see why people should be tipped regularly for doing what is in essence a paid job at the same time???
  10. Can't abide tipping in any circumstances. If a waiter opens a 20 quid bottle of wine for you, then that's supposed to be a 2 quid tip. If the same opening skill is performed on a 200 quid bottle of wine, then the tip becomes 20 quid??? I'm in a line of work where I will never be tipped, so why should I tip those in certain other professions? Sure, their wages are less, but we have a minimum in this country and my income isn't exactly fantastic either. Having lived in Japan, I can say they have the right idea - it's culturally offensive to tip. The whole concept came from the bloomin French and can stay over there as far as I'm concerned. (side point - if you think tipping is getting out of hand here, it's gone to the extreme in Egypt. Take a pee in a public loo over there and someone will dart across the floor and turn the tap on so you can tip them...)
  11. There is the issue of what prices these properties are coming to the market... My guess is that the Rightmove price index will show a jump in the January figures, as with last year's Autumn bounce (which in reality was anything but).
  12. This is very much a buyers' market at the moment. Just this week there was news that house prices are falling at their fastest rate for two years. Spring is also a time when people bring houses to the market - thus supply is going to increase further while banks are further restricting buyers' access to mortgage funds. The downward pressure on prices is considerable, with houses taking an average of over three months to sell. In my opinion, taking on a second agent is not going to increase your likelihood of selling your house in this environment. Have a look at RIghtmove for other similar properties in your area. Unless you are 10% under those prices, you can have ten agents acting on your behalf and it wont make any difference.
  13. This is very much a buyers' market at the moment. Just this week there was news that house prices are falling at their fastest rate for two years. Spring is also a time when people bring houses to the market - thus supply is going to increase further while banks are further restricting buyers' access to mortgage funds. The downward pressure on prices is considerable, with houses taking an average of over three months to sell. In my opinion, taking on a second agent is not going to increase your likelihood of selling your house in this environment. Have a look at RIghtmove for other similar properties in your area. Unless you are 10% under those prices, you can have ten agents acting on your behalf and it wont make any difference.
  14. I have sympathy for people who are pricing their houses reasonably and still struggling to find buyers. While there are precious few of those types of sellers around, we don't know that the OP isn't one.
  15. You do realise you are asking for advice on a site called housepricecrash? I'll separate that into it's component units - house price crash. I'm afraid that the most likely response (if any) you get to your post from commenters here will be 'If no-one has come to view your house, are you pricing it reasonably?' In other words, are you trying to acheive A - more than peak 2007 prices B - peak 2007 price level C - 25% less than 2007 peak. Can I boldly suggest that unless your answer is C, you're not going to receive a huge amount of positive support here. However, if you're keen to discuss why houses aren't selling, what a credit bubble is etc then there might be an opportunity to exchange some interesting points of view.
  16. I'm waiting for Rightmove to allow comments underneath each property they feature, like You Tube does. This could be great fun! "You need some more twigs in vases before I'll buy that"; "You call 3x3 a bedroom!"; "Looking on streetview, I see you've not declared that the property is next to a nuclear reactor"; "Don't you think 350K for a 2 bed terrace is a bit steep?" etc etc...
  17. Courtesy of PhDinbubbles over on the News Blog.
  18. Don't pensioners make up a significant number of those with mortgages? I know someone in the mid to late 40s who was given a 25 year mortgage last year.
  19. Put one of them alien things in charge and I reckon California's budget deficit would quickly sort itself out.
  20. From experience, I don't advise pushing the limits of that bio clock. I'll say no more than that.
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