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  1. 16 hours ago, HowMuch! said:

    I would say you are vastly underestimating the hourly rate for delivering takeaways.

    These are not employed job generally, only a few peak hours per day.

    Paid in cash plus tips only needing a couple of orders an hour that say "keep the change" and that will beat the NMW rate.

     

     

    I worked delivering pizzas by car a few years ago and the tips could be quite variable, normally the new-build luxury developments with shiny late-model German cars outside were the worst for demanding the last penny of their change back, whereas the leafy old-money streets with 10 year old Volvos parked outside were amongst the best for adding on an extra few quid to the total. 

    You could do quite well on a good night but certainly not enough to build much of a house deposit.

  2. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-house-price-index-scotland-february-2019/uk-house-price-index-scotland-february-2019

    The Registers of Scotland House Price Report came out recently too.

    Local authorities February 2019 February 2018 Difference
    Aberdeenshire £180,862 £191,909 -5.8%
           
    City of Aberdeen £149,435 £160,631 -7.0%
    City of Dundee £118,337 £117,459 0.7%
    City of Edinburgh £260,205 £250,962 3.7%
    City of Glasgow £129,126 £126,515 2.1%
         
    Scotland £145,762 £145,982 -0.2%
  3. Would they not be better of putting all these £300 monies together into some sort of "common good" fund like they do with lottery money?

    £300 isn't really going to buy an individual person very much, a night out and a few bits and pieces maybe; but funding for recreational facilities, community projects etc. could really benefit from the combined cash.

  4. On 06/03/2019 at 13:31, Diver Dan said:

    Doing my best to keep this dead thread alive!

    January's Rightmove sold prices for Aberdeen are online now:

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detail.html?country=scotland&locationIdentifier=REGION^4&searchLocation=Aberdeen

    286 sales in January

    ASPC currently at 5553 for sale and 657 for rent.

    Citylets has 1247 for rent, of which 1029 are classed as flats.

    February's Rightmove shows 222 sales in Aberdeen.

    ASPC currently at 5710 for sale and 715 for rent.

    Citylets has 1197 for rent, of which 1001 are classed as flats.

  5. 6 hours ago, bushblairandbrown said:

    Jack is doing his takeaway job, she goes along with him and helps deliver customers' orders

     

    Pmsl. Say what he's got to be earning about min wage doing deliveries. She goes with him so together they are earning about £3.50/hr each. Really smart use of time. So shrewd and ambitious. 

    Minimum wage at 19 is £6.15 an hour and that's after a hard shift doing (apprentice probably) tree surgery. Maybe having a beauty queen in tow is good for tips.

  6. On 29/03/2019 at 17:53, dragging boot straps said:

    Downright theft. I'm hoping the treasury and parliament stand firm. If I know our mps however then I wonder how many of them had their snout in the trough. Vested interests galore no doubt. 

    Every other post on my local Tory MP's Twitter feed seems to be in support of this aggressive tax avoidance. There are a lot of highly paid oil & gas contractors living in the area who are probably up to their necks in dodgy offshore accounts "being relentlessly hounded for retrospective and regressive taxation by the uncaring and unaccountable HMRC" though, so it probably is a popular vote winner for him.

  7. 2 hours ago, onlooker said:

    It is a long time since I have been to Skye. It is the furthest you can drive on the west coast without getting on an expensive ferry. The scenery is stunning around the Cuillins and The Old Man of Storr, but the tourist season lasts 3 months a year? Most tourists experience terrible weather, and vow never to return. The small population means that there is a shortage of places to stay.

    In recent years, the tourist season in Skye has expanded well into Spring and Autumn. I was working in Portree for a few months and there seemed to be coaches full of tourists and foreign registered vehicles long after I would have expected them to have finished for the season. The time I was working there had wonderful clear skies quite a lot of the time, as well as one or two quite spectacular storms, which I expect most tourists would be aware of when they decided to visit.

    My colleagues there, if they had a family croft also had one or two other jobs (fish farming, hospitality, public sector, offshore oil and gas, engineering etc.) or they'd left to make money elsewhere for a few years before returning to settle down. This effectively made keeping a few hens, sheep or cattle and a poly-tunnel or whatever more of a lifestyle choice than a necessity.

  8. 10 hours ago, onlooker said:

    At least grouse shooting brings in money, doesn't it?

    The UK doesn't need more poor crofters, leading a hand to mouth existence, surviving on welfare and tax credits, using absurdly uneconomic schools and transport, trying to grow tatties, and a few green tomatoes in polytunnels (I watch Beechgrove Garden - lots of crofters appear in that programme).

    That might not be the UK's problem in a few years' time. 

  9. 2 hours ago, shortbread said:

    The ASPC count rise begins...... breaches 5600!

    Any guesses how long before we see 6k again?

    The numbers always rise to try to catch the Spring Bounce™

    Cross referencing some of the asking prices for flats bought new in the last ten years with their previous sold prices is bringing up some pretty eye-watering drops:

    Purchase Date Purchase Price
    23-05-2014 £228,000.00
    19-06-2009 £200,000.00

     

    This one is currently on for a fixed price of £165,000

  10. On 24/02/2019 at 17:30, Diver Dan said:

    December's Rightmove sales showed 305 sales. Obviously a bit lower than it could have been because of Christmas, no sales after the 24th.

    Rightmove Sold Prices for Aberdeen

    Currently 5542 for sale on ASPC and 681 for rent.

    Citylets has 1249 for rent, which seems like a bit of a jump, so my previous search on that site might have had a filter on it. 1038 if I only search for flats.

    Doing my best to keep this dead thread alive!

    January's Rightmove sold prices for Aberdeen are online now:

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detail.html?country=scotland&locationIdentifier=REGION^4&searchLocation=Aberdeen

    286 sales in January

    ASPC currently at 5553 for sale and 657 for rent.

    Citylets has 1247 for rent, of which 1029 are classed as flats.

  11. 4 hours ago, regprentice said:

    Easier if you buy them under or above each other. Friend of mine did this with a pair of flats in a tenement in Fonthill road years ago. Made a very nice spacious 2 bed house.

    Side by side or upstairs/downstairs could both work. Probably easy enough to cut a hole in the floor and fit a modular spiral staircase.

  12. 7 hours ago, stingray192 said:

    I think what needs to happen in Aberdeen is for a substantial fall in price for one bed flats in older tenement houses and some of the shabbier new builds, at the moment there is  very little difference in price between some of the better two bed apartments for example and the older one bed flats, I think the next phase of the price correction will see the properties in the better areas maintaining the current pricing, as well as the larger properties through out Aberdeen, the less desirable areas will continue to fall as will some of the shabbier new builds, as well as perhaps some of the new builds that were sold as the top of the market 

    See the thread of BTL landlords rushing for the exits. A lot of these tenement flats are BTL with the attendant lack of adequate and timely maintenance. I know several owner occupiers in mostly BTL blocks who have an absolute nightmare every time they want to have some communal maintenance done.

    Prospective FTBs would probably be well advised to keep saving their deposit until the cost of a larger flat comes within their grasp. I could actually see a point where it becomes economically viable to buy adjacent tenement flats in the same block and knock two together, still not cheap enough for that yet though.

  13. On 17/01/2019 at 12:10, Diver Dan said:

    That was August above. I haven't done one of these in a while so here are some numbers I have compiled from Rightmove:

    September 2018: 331
    October 2018: 348
    November 2018: 316

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detail.html?locationIdentifier=REGION^4&searchLocation=Aberdeen

    5556 properties currently for sale on ASPC and 689 for rent.

    985 places to rent on Citylets

    Will we see these numbers increase in 2019? Plenty of new build housing being constructed and the AWPR will be starting to allow commuters to stay further out which would affect the cost of city housing.

    Various reports from Registers of Scotland, ASPC, Citylets etc. should be appearing shortly too.

    December's Rightmove sales showed 305 sales. Obviously a bit lower than it could have been because of Christmas, no sales after the 24th.

    Rightmove Sold Prices for Aberdeen

    Currently 5542 for sale on ASPC and 681 for rent.

    Citylets has 1249 for rent, which seems like a bit of a jump, so my previous search on that site might have had a filter on it. 1038 if I only search for flats.

  14. How about some ASPC stats then? The Q4 2018 report came out today.

    https://www.aspc.co.uk/media/1677/fourth-quarter-2018.pdf

    Screenshot_20190130-222532__01.thumb.jpg.eaa810699a032136b726d2cf439a3835.jpg

    The quarterly house price change in Aberdeen City and suburbs is -1.8%.

    The annual house price change in Aberdeen City and suburbs is -1.4%.

    The annualised house price change over five years in Aberdeen City and 
    suburbs is -2.2%.

     

    The Citylets rental report is also out for Q4 2018:

    https://www.citylets.co.uk/research/reports/property-rental-report-scotland-2018-q4/

    Screenshot_20190130-223217__01.thumb.jpg.ff793378b47c81091efd6a76afe63e21.jpg

    Currently, there are 5547 houses for sale on ASPC and 682 for rent. Citylets has 993 places for rent.

     

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