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Diver Dan

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  1. I don't understand why the people on LLL need Krusty and Shill's help and advice to find a house. 

    Surely if you want to buy a house, you can just look at the available houses within your parameters of budget, size, location etc. and find the one that best suits you? Having a couple of TV personalities putting in cheeky offers of £50 under asking just seems like needless complication.

  2. On 25/04/2017 at 4:15 PM, Diver Dan said:

    Finally back over the 5000 Mark on ASPC this afternoon.

     

     

    Screenshot_2017-04-25-16-13-51-1.png

    What a difference a year makes. ASPC above 5500.

    Screenshot_20180417-143510~2.jpg

    Edit to add:

    What has changed in a year? Houses keep appearing on ASPC and most of them just stay there. The buyers aren't in any hurry to sell, there are even some places with home reports dated in 2013/14. I'm getting pressure to buy something, anything, but there's nothing that seems to represent good value on the market, anything even resembling it gets bought fairly quickly while the overpriced ordure keeps piling up week after week.

  3. 1 hour ago, TonyJ said:

    Being immigrants, sounds like they may be ignorant about s24 and its increasing implications, and nobody is enlightening them (that wouldn't be good for business). Final greater fools?

    I see handwritten signs up in the local delis in  non-English languages that look clearly like they are describing a house/flat/room to let. If the landlord gets paid cash in hand, no need for the taxman to be informed. I'm sure there are plenty of British born and bred landlords doing the same.

    Friend of a friend from Hungary who works in London got a £15k inheritance and ploughed it straight into a deposit for a BTL in Greater Manchester, against all advice. He has had no end of trouble with both the house and it's occupants ever since.

  4. 19 minutes ago, ABZ_RVK said:

    Some properties are still going quickly and in closing date

    https://www.aspc.co.uk/search/property/363852/65-Mile-End-Avenue/Aberdeen/ 

    price still looks quote high compared to the work involved to upgrade this house. 

     

     

    The home report is from January and the contact number is in Edinburgh, indicating a possibly motivated seller. It would be interesting to see the final sale price. My guess is that it could be someone who's moved on (either spiritually or geographically) and a lucky low-balling bidder could get it for under asking.

    There are loads of unsold places on ASPC with home reports dated 2015 and earlier, so not all sellers are particularly motivated.

    I think the mix of family sized properties such as this one has definitely increased in the past few months on ASPC.

    In other news, the Q1 Citylets report should be out by early next week.

  5. 14 hours ago, shackleford said:

    Quick ASPC update:

    For sale - 5421 

    For rent - 762

    Big numbers!

    I also keep an eye on the HPI https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-house-price-index-scotland-january-2018

    For the city, January 2018 saw the first (tiny!) increase in average selling price compared to 12 months previous - a whopping 0.2%.   For the each 21 previous monthly reports there was a decrease (range -2.2% to -10.4%, average -7.3%).  Aberdeenshire seems slightly less turbulent.  

     

     

    February's Rightmove sales prices are out.

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

    195 sales that month and plenty of reductions on previous sales prices after about 2007.

  6. 1 hour ago, regprentice said:

    There are thousands of flats in Aberdeen that should be torn down

    One bed tenements on Holburn street, Hardgate, the side streets off King Street, Crown street etc are all appalling 2 room hovels. I can't see them holding their value or appeal with so many new build flats going up. 

    I agree.

    I think that I said on here a while back that one of the signs of a properly valued housing market would be that it would make sense to buy two or more adjacent tenement flats and knock through to create one large place. At the moment, I think the opposite is still probably a better financial bet.

  7. 3 hours ago, TonyJ said:

    Cue another mis-selling scandal (this time by the government) and yet another government bail out.

    Where's the generous compo for everyone who smelled the jiggery-pokery a mile off whenever HTB was first announced and who might have liked to have bought a place but the prices were too high so they stayed renting instead?

  8. An acquaintance (tax accountant by trade) of mine just put her flat on the market about 3 years after she got married and moved in with her husband. In fairness, it does look very well decorated and is in a nice part of town. It's a bit cramped and certainly overpriced. 

    How did she describe it in the Facebook post?

    Property for sale...

    has been a great buy to let flat or would be an ideal first time purchase. Feel free to share!

    My emphasis.

  9. 5 minutes ago, reddog said:

    I actually like malt drinks like:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermalt

    I have tried a few non alcoholic beers, they are getting better, but there is still something a bit off about them.

    The vacuum distillation method of removing the alcohol creates far better flavour especially when it is dry-hopped,  but the equipment to do it is expensive. 

    The cheaper, nastier low-alcohol beers are made by just stopping the fermentation process early, so they tend to taste like beer that's been left open on a warm windowsill for a few hours.

    I'm a big fan of Brewdog Nanny State.

  10. In Germany, there is a drink called Bionade which is brewed from Barley malt using a bacteria which creates gluconic acid instead of ethanol. It's really tasty without the sickly, cloying taste of sugar-syrup based soft drinks like Coke. Unfortunately, I have never seen it for sale anywhere in the UK. If someone were to get a licence to produce it here, they'd probably do very well.

    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bionade

  11. 6 hours ago, mat109 said:

    If the queen is a wartime princess, and Harry and William the millennial pair, Charles is the boomer Prince, totally unaware of must what fortune has given him. 

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5511397/amp/Prince-Charless-remarkable-travel-demands-revealed.html

     

    The product of over a thousand years of incest and hereidary priveledge and he can't even squeeze his own toothpaste.

  12. 2 hours ago, shortbread said:

    Evening Express report on house prices, not a single line about what's really happening in Aberdeen.....LOL!

    https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/report-reveals-increases-in-house-prices-and-sales-volumes-in-2017/

    I wouldn't expect anything less from them, they've too many Milne Mansions and Cala Castles to shift. 

    The Belfast Telegraph used to have stories like this back in the day, about UK house prices rising while failing to mention how the local prices were very much not.

  13. 1 hour ago, Option5 said:

    I've had 2 Vauxhalls Chevette HS and Firenza HP, I think I hit the pinnacle of Vauxhall car desirability (pre-1984)

    My maternal grandfather had a PA Crests which was designed to look like an American Buick. Fantastic car for its time and I wish they had reused the name for their convertible instead of Cascada, which is the name of a carp pop group.

    As for the modern stuff; they're dreary, forgettable cars for which nobody actually pays the sticker price because there are always loads of deals and pre-reg, nearly new, ex demos etc. available.

  14. On 12/01/2018 at 7:53 PM, Diver Dan said:

    That time of the month again!

    November's Rightmove showed 299 sales.

    5067 currently for sale on ASPC and 733 for rent.

    1306 for rent on Citylets.

    Edit to add, Registers of Scotland's monthly report should be out next week, possibly Monday.

    Rightmove just updated their sale price listings for December and January all at once:

    552 for both months of which 342 occurred in December and 210 in January.

    5261 for sale on ASPC and 743 to let.

    1019 to let on Citylets.

    Obviously these are lagging indicators and the market slows down over Xmas, waiting for the spring bounce etc. etc. It still makes interesting reading.

    I'll add an anecdote about a number of junior accountant acquaintances who were let go from their jobs very shortly after the self-assessment deadline having only been hired a few months previously. Their jobs have not been re-advertised yet.

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