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  1. I haven't bothered to read that, but I think you should consider getting a hobby. Bye
  2. The thread was never about my opinions. The OP submitted an exchange he had with an estate agent for comment by te forum. I commented on it. My only real 'on topic' opinion is that estate agents are a symptom of a broken system, not the cause, and that baiting them like that is a waste of time and energy. Any opinion from then on was intentionally bland/conciliatory and intended to defend myself against accusations of being an estate agent myself. I am actually a thinking person and very capable of unsight. It has served me well over my life, informing the judgements that have left me able
  3. Sorry, won't edit on a phone... Anyway, I think this has been done to death. Aggression, to me is not about writing assertively or challenging somebody's views. This is a forum. That's what it's for - debate, interesting reading. Aggression is more to do with the posturing, condescending name-calling, the questioning of another's intelligence, accusations of vacuousness, picking apart spelling/grammar/definitions (made by people you disagree with but not by those you agree with), etc. I haven't done any of that. Have a good day. It's sunny here.
  4. My first post was supposed to be humorous. Some people found it so. Some people didn't. Humour is subjective. Nothing wrong with the word semiotic. I'm using it to mean what it means (you might be able to detect some irony there?) The Capital c was intentional. See I did it again. My writing style is obviously not particularly compatible with your way of processing information. You do seem to have missed that my various definitions of commodity are my take on the various understandings of that word's meaning by various people. I am perfectly capable of grappling with the idea that different
  5. Whoa!! I was not the aggressor in that exchange and I didn't resort to calling people tw4ts. I am not an estate agent. I don't think most estate agents are well behaved. I wouldn't buy a house at the moment. I would welcome a substantial fall in house prices. However, that estate agent was no more wrong than the OP. I was far from the first person to point that out. It's not worth getting into a semiotic tiff about the difference between commoditization and commodification or Marxist commodity theory. To most people a commodity is something that is traded for profit. Houses have become th
  6. Righto. I'm condescending?! I didn't start a thread called 'educating... (Somebody else), the only purpose of which was to gather admiration for being condescending to an estate agent. That's pretty condescending - but not quite as condescending as bragging about being rich and calling people 'little tw4ts'. Have a nice time shopping at Fortnum and Mason with all the other people who've managed to preserve their wealth by not buying property - particularly those ruinous £200k terraces in Eastleigh. I'll be busy running my business, providing jobs, paying tax (about £300k this year if you
  7. 1. I said 'by most definitions'. I accept that a very literal and narrow economics based definition of commodity wouldn't include houses, but that is not what he means and not what I meant and you know it. Commodities also exist in other ways - services for example. When people talk of 'commodification' they are not talking about fungibility, they are talking about something aqcuiring the quality of and becoming treated as a tradable investment. It's sad that that has happened to housing but it most certainly has. You said to him something to the effect that a house can't be a commodity bec
  8. Many are dreadful people, but I would say they are a symptom rather than the cause.
  9. I can't see how I'm off on a tangent. Much of the discussion on this thread concerns who has won the 'argument'. That is exactly what I am addressing and I'm not sure what else you expected to be discussed when you posted your emails. Were you exclusively looking for pats on the back? Read his first response - perfectly reasoned and professional. Read your second email - the rantings of a loony. Since then, you've been claiming that he is simply wrong. Well, I hate to break it to you but by most definitions houses ARE a commodity. And so are many of life's necessities - fuel, food, water,
  10. It's a metaphor. Personally I think people who rant at shelf stackers about the price of beans are lacking in decency too. If you want to vent your spleen at somebody about the availability of credit, liar loans, HTB, our culture of ownership, etc I suggest you target King, Carney, Cameron, Osborne, Brown, Thatcher - even Fred the Shred or Bob Diamond et al. If you want to have a go at somebody about the 'system' of estate agency in this country, you need to write to your MP or the ombudsman or get on social media (other than this site), etc. I can't see how how having a pop at a bloke wh
  11. What's happened there is that in trying to be a hero to your mates, you've picked on the kid with the limp and the bifocals. Sadly you've discovered that not only is he a decent guy - he's also an expert in self defence. Now you're lying on the ground with a bloody nose. Some of your weaker mates are with you saying supportive things like 'you'll get him next time champ', but most of them are admiring him as he walks away unscathed, meets his fit girlfriend on the corner and carries on as if nothing has happened.
  12. Surely this can't mean that a 'normal' UK based, UK owned property investment/development limited company pays this? I could understand it for companies owned/controlled from offshore or non UK nationals/taxpayers. Can anyone offer any clarity on this?
  13. Crickey. Politically motivated (independence) AND nearly two years old.
  14. Have you had a good look at the (at least) 4 refused schemes for single dwellings since 2007, at least 2 of which have been tested on appeal? Have you any reason to believe that you might be a better judge of the prospects for this plot than the thousands of professional developers and investors who look at that sale? Could you get something built cheaper than those professional developers (ie. by doing it yourself)? Do you know about factoring in costs such as the Community Infrastructure Levy which would be payable upon the granting of any separate residential consent? Etc, etc, etc...
  15. 2013 will be much the same as 2012, but with less sport, much hysteria about name/sex/weight/arrival date of royal sprog. Nice places and most of London will continue to have a semi-functioning market which might rise a bit, but not by more than inflation. Nasty places will continue to have no real market except that based on distressed sellers, BTL sharks, etc. Banks will continue to make borrowing difficult. People will need to spend more and more of their income on basics and will have less and less money to save for a deposit. The county will get ever closer to being dividing permane
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