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  1. Thanks for this Brian. While I would not necessarily agree with all you have said, it is refreshing to see such a comprehensive articulate response on here rather than the usual knee jerk reaction that we see on here, as evidenced by the "contribution" directly below yours.
  2. As were those who bought in Q1 2009, at the nadir of the most recent crash. Particularly true in London and the South East.
  3. Here's hoping she gets close to her revised asking price. She seems like a very nice sort. I am sure we all wish her well
  4. Had to switch off after 5 minutes. Last time I heard that much wailing and whining was when I lived next to an ambulance factory. Awful self-pitying nonsense.
  5. Sadly, unless you want to take a dramatic step down in terms of living standards (leaving aside security of tenure), then buying is a substantially cheaper option than renting in London and most of the uk: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/02/15/renting-home-expensive_n_2695016.html "However, it is worth noting that once home buyers are on the first rung of the ladder, their monthly costs are notably lower. Buying was found to be more affordable than renting in every UK region." What will happen once interest rates eventually rise is another story
  6. Hmmm... not bad - a 6 or 7% income yield, and prices seem to have bottomed out there too so there is likely to be a bit of capital gain over the next few years. Worth considering... always nice to have someone else pay for a potential retirement home on the Atlantic coast
  7. Hmmm... very interesting read I also found the final few chapters in the Four Hour Work week interesting in terms of locations to live in for the "mini-retirement": http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/
  8. What sort of rent would a place like this get? http://www.odonnjoyce.com/residential/brochure/2462195 It'd surely be easy to rent out to a load of nurses or students? How easy it to get the dole or Housing benefit? I hear its VERY generous over there
  9. Upton Park? Likely to really pick up before Crossrail opens in 2018: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-40937381.html Unlikely to get much out West. Here is one near Putney Heath: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-38218852.html?backListLink=%2Fproperty-for-sale%2Fmap.html%3FlocationIdentifier%3DREGION%255E87490%26minPrice%3D110000%26maxPrice%3D150000%26minBedrooms%3D2%26maxBedrooms%3D2%23locationIdentifier%3DREGION%255E87490%26minPrice%3D110000%26maxPrice%3D150000%26minBedrooms%3D2%26maxBedrooms%3D2%26box%3D-1.02588%2C0.81433%2C51.18065%2C51.86930%26
  10. Well hopefully the government's new Help to Buy scheme should help FTBs with the deposit. What is really need though to calm house prices in London and the South East is a spate of house building, but the NIMBYs will stop that
  11. What was the name of the hotel? Can you PM me details, if you'd rather not share Thanks HB
  12. Not just a London phenomena. Sadly, the gap between achieved and asking is narrowing: "Rightmove research shows a narrowing of the average gap between last advertised asking price on Rightmove and sold price recorded with the Land Registry. In December the discount stood at 3.39%. It has since narrowed to 2.95%." http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/files/2013/04/april-2013.pdf
  13. What about Clapham Junction - only 8 mins to Wloo, and easy access to the south and west. Also, prices are likely to rise there with the spillover from the Nine Elms regeneration and tube extension to Battersea park This might be a bit small for you: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-40428110.html Otherwise, have a look at some of the new stations on the East London Line extension which opened earlier this year: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EastLondonLineRouteMap.png Areas like Forest Hill offer really good value, but will probably rise quickly due to the new tra
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