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  1. My (N & E Yorks) figures are a little below what they were in March 11. Will be interested to see April, a lot seems to be coming on and I don't imagine much is shifting.
  2. ROFL, that is exactly what they say where I am - our northern city is different from the rest of the north.
  3. Husband. It's short for darling husband. Not originated by Mumsnet, there were some acronyms that were common in chatrooms when Mumsnet was set up 12 years or so ago. Generally people don't like the 'd' ones very much because they are so twee but it's useful because it indicates it's a member of your family. They are still used out of habit, and because that's what everyone else uses so everyone knows what you mean. Mumsnet acronyms.
  4. The rich tend to live quite international lives, and London is an international city with Chinese and other expat communities. Increasing numbers of them are doing degrees in British universities. If you're going to invest in property you might as well do it somewhere you could go and live if things went wrong at home.
  5. Now I'm even more in awe of YellowWellies. Not only does she get Mumsnet to listen to her about house prices, she's got you lot talking about babies. Where shall we send her next? Top Gear forum to see if she can get them all to buy bicycles?
  6. But why not just stick to talking about the rubbishness of the advice? Why do you have to build this whole fantasy construct about what these people's lives are like based on a bunch of inaccurate stereotypes that immediately show anyone who has more familiarity with Mumsnet than you do that you don't have a clue what's going on? It doesn't help you understand what's going on any better, in fact it takes you further away from reality. If it was ONLY rich stay-at-home mums that thought houses were worth paying a fortune for (and could be sold by putting the perfect shrub in the front garden) we wouldn't be in this mess; the problem is these attitudes are much more widespread.
  7. Ah, the ones who don't actually exist, you mean. You can't tell whether someone has a job or not by what their advice on how to sell a house is, you know.
  8. Her next one is even better We're big YellowWellies fans in my house, in fact I think we should all start wearing yellow wellies, as a tribute.
  9. I wasn't out in the streets sniffing, you are probably right.
  10. That's nonsense, women with that lifestyle make up a tiny fraction of Mumsnetters. Most work full or part time. Those that aren't working at the moment (usually because cost of childcare exceeds the amount they were earning) are almost all going back to work as soon as the kids are old enough and when they stay at home they're not swanning around going out to lunch, they're looking after children - the clue is in the name....
  11. I think you need to make up your mind whether or not you really want kids. If you decide you don't, you need to make that clear from the start of the relationship. Date women in a similar financial position to you and maybe even only women of your own age or older who are too old to have kids so there's no risk. That way no-one will be wasting their time. If you decide you do want a family you need to face the fact that having kids does tend to ****** you up financially. It's very common for women's careers to be screwed by having children and you can't predict whether you will have a child with additional needs who needs extra care, have trouble finding affordable childcare, have career progression stalled by no longer being able to drop everything and go off on a business trip at short notice, etc. When you find yourself looking at a childcare bill that is bigger than either of your salaries and you've both got your bosses on your back because you've been taking it in turns to stay at home with sick kids, you may find that one of your careers has to go. If you want kids but you're scared of being the only wage earner you need to accept that you will have to let your own career take a hit so your wife can continue hers, maybe even give up work altogether and do the childcare while she supports the family. That way you would also be more likely to get custody of the kids in the event of a divorce as the aim is to preserve stability for the children by maintaining the status quo.
  12. It seems to me that one thing that has definitely changed in the last year is sentiment. In the last year discussion in the media and other sites has moved from a dominant attitude of 'house prices are going to go up forever, isn't that great?' to 'House prices are too high, which is bad; they will probably fall though they will return to their ever-rising norm in a few years of course.' (We're not yet at the 'property is a terrible investment, don't touch it with a bargepole' point that people say happens in a crash in full swing.) I'd be interested to know if other people perceive it this way as well. However having only been lurking on here for a couple of years, my question to you veterans is - have there been false dawns on here regarding sentiment, when it seemed like wider attitudes were changing only for them to bounce back to the same old 'house prices always go up' stuff?
  13. Yeah.... 'DowagersHump Wed 18-Apr-12 20:57:05 Ignore | Favourite Actually I wonder if you've priced it too low. I've had a look and there is nothing 4 bed on the market within three miles of you that's under 550. I'm always a bit suspicious of places that are way too cheap'
  14. The worst thing is, at least three people think the problem is she's priced it too low.
  15. I love that idea, just had a go on Home.co.uk thinking I would get a full house no problem, but unfortunately the habit of taking houses off the market for a bit and relisting them, or putting them on with another agent at the new price, makes it hard to win. I can probably find 10 in a row that I know have been reduced but they don't show up as that. Will keep trying.
  16. my point is that there is public spending to subsidise things that are ultimately lifestyle choices in both rural and urban areas. Why should free school buses attract the ire of HPCers any more than urban parks?
  17. What about ancient Rome? Massive sucking-in of wealth from the country to the city. Corn dole needed to feed the urban population who couldn't grow their own food any more (unlike the smaller Italian towns where people did in fact commute from towns to farms in the countryside), hugely expensive building works, baths and gladiatorial shows needed to keep them happy and stave off civil unrest. Thing is, it's not purely about economics now and it never was. The Roman elites, just like the modern ones, needed a power base who they could buy through public spending.
  18. But you could equally say 'why should they provide parks for people who choose to have children and dogs in towns?' Why subsidise public transport for people who work in cities and are paid well for the privilege?
  19. No, you're confusing how much it costs to provide a given service (most likely cheaper in towns than country) with what services are actually available and used (less in the country than in the town). Towns give you economies of scale in what you provide but they also engender a way of life which is more dependent on central planning and therefore in effect (though it does not have to follow) public spending. eg parks, Sure Start centres, policing for the high crime, social work provision for the elderly people who don't know any of their neighbours, etc. This offsets things like transport costs and schools costing more per head due to smaller class sizes.
  20. But I'm sure I remember hearing around the time of the last election that people who live in the country generally use public services far less than people who live in towns (it's one reason why people in the countryside are more likely to vote Tory while city dwellers are predominantly Labour). If you force them all to move to towns it may end up costing more overall.
  21. yes he is very good, thanks for taking the trouble to quote all that.
  22. Yes it will, it will affect the ones who buy their way into the catchments of good schools rather than paying school fees. People who do this are often richer than those who go private - it depends on where you live and how many kids you've got.
  23. If you look at listings for previous sales on Rightmove, it does show you the most recent set of photos, not the old ones. It doesn't mean a property was actually on years ago with those same pics.
  24. Please? I'd be very interested to know. Just a potted version if you don't have time for the full one. Thanks
  25. Oh well done Rantnnnnnnnrave! (apart from anything else it means I called it correctly, I said it would be -0.4%! )
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