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Diver Dan

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  1. 1 hour ago, bear.getting.old said:

    Oh dear. Ryanair may be cheap but nobody is going to want to fly on one of those planes. They should cancel the orders and buy other reliable safe planes instead. Don't they run the small airbus plane normally?

    Part of the cost saving scheme that Ryanair use is to have the same 737-800 across their entire fleet. I don't think they've ever flown Airbus. This cuts down on staff training and repairs which would cost a lot more of they were running multiple different shapes and sizes of aircraft.

  2. 41 minutes ago, Smiley George said:

    From the comments:

    People who rent properties are dirty failures who will never afford to get on the property ladder. They don't even have any respect at all for the properties they live in. Tragic excuses for 'people'

    What a pleasant chap.

    And that person chose to stake their professional and financial future on the willingness and ability of a group of people they despise and mistrust to pay them a regular amount of money? What a curious way to make a living.

  3. 1 hour ago, Social Justice League said:

    The FIRE movement is getting more popular, as the young are figuring out that debt and liabilities don't mean success and wealth.


    I recently poked some mild fun at a sponsored Facebook advert for a car which was described as 'perfect for a small family'. I merely pointed out that a liability of £20k+ just for basic transportation was the last thing most families need. You should have seen the angry reactions from some people.

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    There are reasons to be cheerful about living in Aberdeen. It's ranking in the top 10 out of 42 UK cities for quality of life according to the Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index


    There are a few things I don't understand about the study, for example transport in London scores very poorly when there are buses, trains, trams and tubes left right and centre, quite unlike Aberdeen.

  5. 2 hours ago, scottbeard said:

    The problem with Clinton's is that their cards are just rubbish - the "funny" ones aren't funny, the soppy ones are too soppy and the sort I like to send they don't sell. 

    Yet another example of the Woolworths / Debenhams issue - everyone's heard of Clinton's but no-one actually shops there.

    Won't miss them if they go.

    They assume that everyone is an alcoholic and/or a golf fanatic. Finding a basic 'get well soon' card to an ill family member that you like and respect should not be difficult.

  6. 2 hours ago, stingray192 said:

    I honestly wouldn’t pay £400k for it, one of the worst looking houses I’ve seen


    Their best bet would probably be to divide it into 2-3 flats and try to flog them off individually. Either that or one of those dodgy raffles.

    It's been on the market for years and nobody who can afford it wants to buy it.

  7. I always say that landlords usually get the tenants they deserve. How many families looked at that property but turned it down because they knew they couldn't afford to pay the rent?

    The people who ended up moving in probably had little or no intention of paying reliably but short-termist landlords such as the one in the OP just want the maximum possible yield regardless of any other factors.

  8. That's why landlord insurance exists. I'm sure if there was egregious damage by the tenant it would be a valid claim.

    This bit makes no sense to me though

    I knew that her rent was in arrears, but I didn't realise how much money was outstanding.[/quote]

    Surely you'd be aware the first time the rent payment was late or short? Even if you were an easygoing sort of person who lets things slide occasionally so long as they make it up, you'd know roughly how much you're owed.

  9. 20 hours ago, Errol said:

    The key is to work just enough but no more. The days of people doing overtime or slaving away to get the next promotion are disappearing. People would rather have more free time in many cases than a raise.

    Companies shot themselves in the foot when they did away with time and a half and double bubble. Stay late for an extra two hours work for exactly what you got for the first 8? No thanks.

  10. 7 hours ago, Sausage said:

    Is TTL measured only for properties that are actually let? I.e. the grotty places that never get let, and are removed from listings to be sold/mothballed don't show up in TTL?

    That's the problem, a fair few flats/rooms are advertised on Gumtree etc. or with homemade signs put in windows (all completely above board with all the relevant taxes, and registrations fully paid up, I assume) andwon't ever show up on the Citylets website.

  11. Citylets 2019 Q2 report is now out:


    Aberdeen's average rent is down -0.8% year on year which is a slower rate of decline that Q1. These are mostly buoyed up, as I believe EME has said, by family homes with 3+ bedrooms being more popular than smaller 1/2 bed flats.

    Time on market is also falling slightly to an average of 45 days.


    I still wouldn't be as bullish as Eduardo Prato of Martin and Co. though:

    “The letting market in Aberdeen is showing a brighter face. Yes! The letting market is bouncing back, but with characteristics that we had not seen for a while. Quality properties, well presented and tastefully furnished are achieving good rents and shorter than average time to let (TTL). Any property below average will stay a long time on the market and achieve a poor rent level. It is still a tenant’s market, thus landlords and letting agents that are customer focused, willing and prepared to provide a high standard service to applicants and tenants, will prevail and be at the top of the recovery wave.

  12. 3 hours ago, shortbread said:

    It's a good exercise, pointless listing houses at ridiculous prices and being unsold for years! I think there are plenty more old unsold listings that need to be removed.

    Hopefully reality hits the sellers and they relist them at prices more akin to current market conditions.

    I just checked and the two oldest habitable houses (not plots or derelict etc.) in Aberdeen have survey dates in 2014.  Obviously not the most motivated sellers in town.

  13. 6 hours ago, EME said:

    It’s absolutely massive at 411 sqm 

    Maybe getting close to the right asking price now considering the floor space?

    LBTT at that price is a killer though!


    I think it's a case that anyone who needs that much space can't afford it and anybody who can afford it, doesn't need it.

    Basically, the probably quite small number of people looking to buy in Aberdeen with the wherewithal to spend that much on a house are staying well away from this particular falling knife.

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