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BillyShears

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  1. Greetings to all who are still here. Given recent events I do not think this forum is the best place for me to spend my time discussing property, and potential price corrections or crashes. So to the general HPC community I say ... so long, and thanks for all the fish. Billy Shears
  2. They could have at least given us an explanation or warning that this was going to happen. Billy Shears
  3. I received an email saying that I had a new personal message. But when I try and read it I get "you are not allowed to use the messenger feature on this board". Billy Shears
  4. It's clear that the sentiment against Google Ads is very strong. The ads themselves and the reaction against them have made HPC into a laughing stock on other websites, and deservedly so. Everyone and every organisation makes mistakes. It's failing to admit to them and do something to fix them that's the problem. Billy Shears
  5. I'm not sure I agree. If the correction is slow, then there will be time for "house prices are falling" to get into people's minds before prices get low enough to buy. Then people, both buyers and investors will start waiting for further falls, and the market will remain a buyer's market for a long time. Well, it would if the sentiment of houses being a good investment can survive an environment when house prices are falling across the country year on year. I think that a lot of the theories of what happen seem to assume current levels of bullish sentiment in a long-lasting bear market. Bi
  6. But when house prices are falling the rental yield needs to be higher to make up for price depreciation. That is what will keep BTL'ers out of the market for a while. And how long will that faith last when prices start going negative YOY and this finally gets publicised in the media. Billy Shears
  7. I've blocked all ads. I've blocked other things as well, such as the HPC logo, certain members' avatars, and the little bits of text saying that posts have been edited. Much cleaner site now. The Google Ads may have backfired on FUBRA if others have done similar. Previously I saw the banner and skyscraper ads, even if I took little noitice. Now I don't see any of the advertising at all. I'll make a deal with FUBRA if they read this. Take away the "post-like" Google ads, and I'll unblock the standard banners. Billy Shears
  8. Disagreed. Investors don't tend to dive into a falling market, they tend to wait until the market has bottomed out and started rising again. Why did it take so long for the market to get going again after the 1990 crash? Why did gold get all the way down to £250, and why was nobody talking about buying it Precisely the same psychology that gets people to dive into a bubble (recent gains creating an expectation of future gains) then sustained (and publicised) falls will lead to an expectation of further falls, as happened last time. A few BTLs may dive in during the downward slide causing a
  9. Install Firefox! Problem solved. I've removed all the ads I can see, even the tiny text ones. I've also removed the HPC logo at the top of the page. www.mozilla.org Billy Shears
  10. House prices will fall so far that pound shops will end up selling them in two or three house packs for £1. Billy Shears
  11. The plot thickens even further. I know this house had a sold sign outside it this morning, because I looked at it. But just now when I drop back to have a look at the house that sold for £106K, the "sold" sign has been replaced by a "for sale" one. The house that sold for £106K was on the same side, about 3-4 houses up the road. Looks to be a very similar house. I dunno if there's a reason for it, but that's a lot cheaper than similar houses have been selling for before. Billy Shears
  12. This XPath gets rid of the vertical ads to the right of the thread postings. It doesn't expand the size of the table. //div[@class=skyscraper] Billy Shears
  13. Tried it, couldn't make it work. Said it couldn't find a user called Google Ads. I don't know if the actual name of the user is different due to all the coloured fonts being part of the user name. I'll have a poke around... Billy Shears
  14. Can you post your XPaths? Billy Shears
  15. This XPath for Remove It Permanently seems to get rid of the body of the google ads. //table[@width=466' and @height='58' and @cellspacing='0' and @cellpadding='1' and @border='0' and @bgcolor='#eef2f7] Edit: It didn't remove all of them. I added a few more. Where can we find documentation on how to write RIP XPaths? Billy Shears
  16. Can someone from FUBRA, a moderator, or anyone official please comment on their policy about these advertisements that appear as a posting in a thread. Are they going to be permanent, or is the fact that everyone hates about a thousand times more than Gordon Brown would hate Tony Blair if Blair was still PM in about ten years time mean that you might listen to us and remove them? Billy Shears
  17. I tried to add it to my ignore user list, and it wouldn't let me. I've installed RemoveItPermanently. I still get some ads. Could someone familiar with RIP post a few pointers on how to use it? Billy Shears
  18. Strongly agreed. I understand that since it's a commercial site they need ads to make it pay, but putting ads into threads as replies is just going too far. Fubar, please stop this. Billy Shears
  19. I think GoogleAds are a bit like Nostradamus. Their ads are so cryptic that you can read in whatever meaning you wish. So it's possible to show that GoogleAds predict whatever you want by coming up with more and more contrived analyses of them. Billy Shears
  20. I can't imagine that the Duke would have been making much of a profit. The locals have a reasonably good deal, and should probably shoulder the 90K cost between them in return for an agreement for cheaper water for N years. If they don't want to do that, then I can't see why others should subsidise the connection to the mains. Billy Shears
  21. That never stopped anyone on this forum before. Billy Shears
  22. Phil and Kirsty will tie him to a stake while Sarah Beeny starts pulling his toenails out with pliers. Billy Shears
  23. I was thinking the same thing. I can only assume that they think that £700 is too much, and they want it for free. Billy Shears
  24. I remember all the discussion about newbuild flats in Leeds city centre. But I didn't get around to buying any. Have they all sold yet? Billy Shears
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