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  1. Stonehaven. We did think he'd paid a bit much for it to begin with but that was 'the norm' 2013/2014. Same is true for the William Mackie area where prices were up over 300k for a 4 bed detached and were going on the market at the start of this year for 245k and still not selling.
  2. Neighbour just taken down his for sale sign today. 3 bed semi bought about 5 years ago for 245k. Was on market for offers over 200k and just accepted 185k after being on market for 18 months and no real interest. Said he couldnt afford to take the risk of it going down any more so would rather take a 60k hit than a 80,90,100k drop. Has wiped out all his savings paying back what he owes.
  3. Just catching up with posts after the holidays. Interested to read the one about car sales being good. I know of two sales folk who were paid off in the last 6 weeks of the year due to lack of business, . One from the Vorspung Durch Technik chain and another from just down the Road near Halfords. So not all rosie on the vehicle front it would seem. Work wise its situation normal in the N.E. The only jobs I've heard about in the last month or so are to do with the Nigg harbour extension and these were for Environmental posts. Also heard not to expect too many construction type posts to appear as Dragados are going to use its existing workforce from down south and Europe, not sure how true this is but if folk were hoping it might bring jobs to the area for a few years then they might be disappointed. As for 2017 predictions I would think that Jelly piece and CiM pretty much called it. From my various friends out there in O&G land there is nothing happening or likely to happen in the North East the next 2-3 years minimum. Most folk I know have resigned themselves to looking further afield or relocating completely. I can only see more houses coming onto the market in 2017 as reality hits home and this scenario goes on longer than most people think. ( I'm sure there is a de ja vu somewhere in that statement). The completion of the AWPR will also put more local folk onto the unemployment line as they start to scale down staffing towards the end of the build. I know a lot of Engineers who work on it and whilst some are inabootcomers, there is also a fair number who are local to Aberdeen and the Shire. We were at a friends over Xmas and they have had there house on the market most of last year. When we arrived I noticed the sign was down and asked if they had sold. No they replied, they just couldn't be arsed keeping the house tidy and having folk looking to view over the holidays so took the house off the market at the start of December and are going to put it back on in the New Year. It did make me wonder how many other folk would do that and would it affect the numbers on ASPC but then I thought no, Its a brave soul who takes their house off the market a might miss out on a sale in this climate !! And last but by no means least Its not BREXIT that worries me, Its Trump. God only knows what the consequences of that mans actions will do to the world in the next few months......Watch this Space
  4. Interesting price for this house that came on this morning https://www.aspc.co.uk/search/property/350502/40-Michael-Tunstall-Place/Stonehaven/ has come on at £270,000. Very similar to the property along the road https://www.aspc.co.uk/search/property/343571/1-Michael-Tunstall-Place/Stonehaven/ Currently priced at £322,500 having already been reduced from around £330,000 Is this a seller either desperate to get rid because they are moving away or is it an E A being realistic if you want to get a sale Either way its a whopping £52 K difference for what is ultimately the same house in the same street, 22sqm less granted, but has a south facing garden and unrestricted views to the sea.
  5. This is exactly what i said in my post many months ago regarding Dundee. 40 years ago Timex pulled the plug overnight and its taken them 40 years to get back on track (ish). I see Aberdeen exactly the same way, one industry employing the majority of the city and surrounding areas has come to an abrupt halt and there is absolutely nothing to fall back onto.
  6. http://www.jobsinscotland.com/article/norwegian-firm-gets-2-300-applications-for-just-46-jobs/ Scary figures
  7. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/09/11/former-north-sea-oil-workers-are-finding-a-second-wind-in-renewa/ Interesting piece
  8. I found this very interesting seeing as how China was mentioned by shortbread a few posts ago http://uk.businessinsider.com/chinas-cnooc-largest-oil-operator-in-scotlands-north-sea-2016-8?r=US&IR=T
  9. Should that not read Aberdeen 'had' the fastest rising house prices. I was just reading the full article in the Dundee Courier and it's amazing how the Aberdeen Journals have picked out certain words or missed out words just to make it look like Aberdeen is still booming. Why let the truth get in the way of a good story eh !!
  10. I worked on a certain new gas plant recently on a small remote island. Out of the 40 or so guys in our office i was the only person paying the proper tax to the HMRC. Every other bloke there was on some kind of isle of man/Jersey umbrella scheme with some paying as little as 3% tax. No matter how many times you told them it was illegal and one day they would regret it they just laughed and used to show me the companybwebpage that stated it was 100% legal, HMRC approved etc etc etc. And this was just in our office, there were hundreds of guys on the same schemes and tax dodges. Fortunately i had a very wise financial advisor who told me not to touch it with a bargepole and to pay the 40% tax like a good citizen.
  11. And the reverse of the above. http://m.heraldscotland.com/news/14383552.Aberdeen_becomes_only_city_of_20_in_UK_to_see_an_annual_house_price_drop/
  12. "A more grounded population". I couldn't agree more. Dundonians couldn't care less what happens in Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen, they look after themselves and have their own voice (thinking back to the referendum) along with their own sense of humour. None of my family or extended family work in O&G, none of my friends work in O&G, despite being only 45 miles away i find this quite refreshing that many Dundonians haven't upped sticks and moved north to jump on the bandwagon so to speak. Maybe they all still think, as my dad used to tell me many years ago, "its too bloody cold up there son" :-)
  13. I am originally from Dundee having being born there in the late 60's. Everyone in my family worked for Timex, my dad, mum, brother, sister and most of my auntie and uncles. Most families had a link to the latge Timex factories that were scattered around Dundee. For those who dont know it is/was probably the largest mass producer of wristwatches in the world. Then Sir Clive Sinclair got involved and Dundee started producing the worlds first 3D camera, the ZX 81, the ZX Spectrum and even parts for the Sinclair C5. Then one day in the mid to late seventies Timex pulled the plug (from a hazy memory it was something to do with unions and hours worked against lengths of breaks), they had had enough of Arthur Scargill types dictating how they would work and shut down all production. I remember as a small lad my entire family literally sitting round and crying together one night as every single one of them lost their jobs instantly. My dad was unemployed for many years (even as a highly skilled machinist) before finding work. It wasn't a gradual decline either, this was an overnight shutdown of all the factories and all work being sent to the far east for much lower production costs. House prices plummeted, unemployment soared and a large chunk of Dundonians moved away to seek work elsewhere and you could buy a house in Dundee for literally pennies at that time. My point in all of this is that Dundee has taken literally 40 years to get back to an even keel. It has re-invented itself as a city several times over, from technology parks to pedestrianising the main shopping area to revamping the waterfront and docks. How many people have you heard say "oh we love nipping to Dundee to shop, its so nice" This is the way i'm looking at Aberdeen at the moment as it has most of its eggs in one basket. Oil crashes, companies start pulling out, mass lay offs, house prices decrease significantly and folk move away to seek employment. Will it take 40 years before Aberdeen re-invents itself ? Or is it, as others have pointed out, slightly to far north for alternative investment and production to take place ?
  14. I can confirn CCC you are correct. I worked for a large subsea company for a couple of years via an agency in Aberdeen. My agreed day rate was paid in full and the agency billed the company seperately for my services
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