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  1. I also know the areas who have quoted quite well and most if not all would be outside of a £150k budget, you have just highlighted the most sought after areas (Except broadmoor broadlands). I have to disagree about Porthcawl though, not sure the last time you were there but it has gone downhill in recent years, many areas now looking quite rough, loads of BTL and the town centre itself a right dive, loads of empty shops, your looking at £200k minimum for decent place in a decent area of Porthcawl. Its also a bold statement regarding North of the railway, not sure what parts your referring t
  2. I have a member of the family who was made bankrupt 10 years ago so is now clear, however he still cannot get himself a credit card, bank loan and 100% no chance of getting a mortgage. At the time he was only 22 years old starting up his own business which went t*ts up, he keeps telling me its the worst thing he could of done and only wishes he had tried to sort something out with the bank back then. He says he has paid the debt back through having to rent a property for the past 10 years when if he could of bought would be in a far better position today, even down to car and home insurance
  3. Thanks for that very informative reply - With regards to persons saying they would pay no more than £300k then its ok saying that but in today's market how could that house possibly go for less than £450k, I say that because of the other houses that are being posted on here are total junk at over £300k, when for £180k you will be lucky to grab yourself a decent a semi detached property in Killay or Sketty. The whole market needs to re adjust for that to happen and when I see apartments down the marina up for £200k plus this property does offer far more and in my opinion one of the best locatio
  4. That's the one, I quite like the look of it but for that kind of money I would expect a bit of land and it seems in short supply looking at it briefly over the weekend. With regards to new houses, yes they will be here in 50 years but I have seen some horrors mainly down to poor build, at least with this kind of property it has stood the test of time, don't know what it was but something attracted me to this place. May book a viewing - So what you reckon on price, you know the Swansea market alot better than me these days, without even viewing I would not likely go over £500k in the current
  5. TMT - What are your thoughts on this property / Price? http://www.johnfrancis.co.uk/propertysale.htm Past it over the weekend when coming back from a golf tournament down the Gower, quite a unique house, but again facing a busy main road to the one side. Personally I was thinking though, maximum £500k, although compared to many modern houses this property will still be standing in 50 years time and at least it has a lot of character.
  6. Ok then fair enough, half hour stroll? 25 mins with a bit of pace.
  7. I would say with your price guide of £150k the best value for your buck will be Litchard, 2 mins from the M4, 15 mins walk into Town and the main train station or 5 mins to the valley line at Wildmill station. You have a supermarket either side of you (Tesco, Sainsburys) again within walking distance and the shopping outlet, cinema and food halls at Mcarthur Glen. £150k should buy you a 1960s 3 bed semi of reasonable size, off road parking etc or a newer smaller 3 bed detached. Other than that have you considered Pencoed, plenty of different housing there and differing prices, again train
  8. Personally I don't see this, even when a property goes to auction or sold via an EA on behalf of the bank it 9 times out of 10 is alot different to a property that you are buying directly from an individual, when viewing the property it is usually a shell i.e No light fittings , curtains , blinds anything basically not bolted down is removed. In some cases the fires and boilers are removed along with the radiators. It may not seem like much but many potential buyers like to have everything in pace before buying, especially if you have a family you want to move right in without any hassle, so
  9. The honest answer is that nobody knows what is going to happen next, you only have to look back on this forum over the past 5 years to see so many false dawns and even old heads on here shocked by some of the interventions that have taken place by governments no just in Britain. There is a very mixed message at the moment, some parts of the economy are doing well whilst others are struggling really badly, so we are not all in it together and this has certainly prevented a full on crash in the housing market, what I mean is there is still lots of money about and lots of people are still earnin
  10. I don't think you can totally compare renting and buying purely on financials as its more of a lifestyle choice. People often rent because they need to be flexible with work or need to get a feel for an area before committing to a purchase, these are often young people in the 22 - 30 age range trying to establish themselves in the jobs markets having left university etc etc. I think the problem of renting is when you start a family your in your mid 40s and still renting with no prospect of ever owning your own home, then it becomes a case of the kids (if you have them) will never be totally
  11. The reason they are so high is because Wales is not a large country (especially south west wales), if you have a bit of money and want to live in this part of Wales and have a number must haves on your shopping list i.e. by the Sea with green fields only a stone throw away, lowish crime, good infrastructure, fairly well paid jobs (for wales) and many businesses then your choices are quite limited, your probably looking at 5% if not less. Like I say I was down there recently and prices aside must say that from the Woodman pub onwards the whole areas is v. attractive for those looking for prope
  12. TMT Having not been back to Swansea for quite sometime until recently and spending the vast majority of the long weekend in Western Swansea I do now as an outsider see why people are prepared to pay and sellers confident enough to ask for these kind of prices. Simply because there are very few "nice" parts of Swansea (Sea on one side and countryside the other) and people with money in Swansea need somewhere to live, the Gower et al is a bit far out but Mumbles, Derwen Fawr, Mayals, Langland, Caswell are all within reach of the city, pubs, restaurants etc. Driving through the streets of Newt
  13. Maybe the local EAs now all know you and having been calling into their offices and looking for the past 2-3 years are convinced your never going to buy a property and gave the heads up to the seller who decided that he also did not have time to waste. This is something that has happened to my brother who having been out of property for 4 years and looking to get back in at 2004 prices keeps offering up silly 2002/3 prices after looking at previous sales in the same street, however he has admitted this tactic has back fired on him a little as the local EAs (only 4 of them) are all now very sl
  14. 2 friends have just returned from a trip to Hong Kong, China and India and what your saying is exactly what they were telling me the weekend. These countries that have been flooding us with cheap electrical goods and clothing for the last decade are now seeing higher levels of inflation and within a few years more and more of the citizens are going to be asking / expecting a higher standard of living. They could not believe some of the facts regarding vehicle ownership over the past 5 years and projections going forward, land rovers, BMWs, Jags all becoming common sights and there big plans
  15. TMT Have you been up to see those houses in Clyne Gardens? They are up for sale with John Francis http://www.johnfrancis.co.uk/propertysale.htm If I recall correctly were these properties £600k plus when they first went on the market a few years ago, only by chance come across them and shocked to see them under £450k, spoke to someone from the area today and by all accounts they are now in the hands of the bank as the developer went through twice, this may of been discussed before but been out of the Swansea market for so long have not been in touch with what has been going on down there..
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