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Snicks918

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  1. This one comes with a Mini Cooper... https://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/44016474?search_identifier=c94e370e545ffa3e1e54d4b9de291eae
  2. My in-laws are thinking of selling their 3-bed semi in the Southeast to retire to a cheaper area of the country. They had an EA out to value the property last week. According to him, sales of of 4 and 5 bed houses are on the floor ("no one wants them because they can't afford them") but 3 beds are selling very quickly. (Although I looked at the land registry data and in their town only three 3-bed semis had sold since August. I guess that's "quickly"?). This matches what I'm seeing on Zoopla. Very few 3 beds for sale at all, but the ones that have been on for months and months are all 4 and 5
  3. My husband is British. But I did do a Masters in the UK a few years ago and was able to work on the Post Study visa before they got rid of it.
  4. http://www.wsj.com/articles/luxury-apartment-boom-looks-set-to-fizzle-in-2017-1483358401 Foreshadowing of what will happen will all those "luxury" flats in London? I listened to their podcast on the topic this morning and they said that many young professionals who could afford to buy just don't want to because of the choice of rentals available. I'm about to join my husband in London next month but am currently living in the DC area. An apartment complex just opened up with a salt water pool and a pet spa, and it's one of many similar complexes. Not only are there so many developments w
  5. There is an obsession in my generation (millennials) with property. They've been told house prices will go up indefinitely, it's the only way to acquire any wealth or savings (because we all know wages aren't going up anytime soon), and they've rationalised taking on huge amounts of debts because if they don't "get on the ladder" now, they never will. A friend of mine recently told me that her partner doesn't want to get a huge mortgage and doesn't think the properties for sale are worth that amount of money, but feels like he's not successful if he doesn't own something. He feels like he's "f
  6. I don't know, I'm 30 and all the couples I know who bought a 2-bed house (Southeast) and are ready to start a family are cashing in their equity to add an extra bedroom since they can't afford to trade up to a bigger property. Most of the homes are small with tiny gardens. Maybe they will be happy with it for a few years, but as soon as they are ready for baby #2 they are going to be in a position of trying to fit a family into the living and garden space of (what was) a 2 bed FTB home and will probably want to move. (Plus they all seem to feel like having a spare bedroom is a status symbol) T
  7. A few years ago I was renting a room in a flatshare in London. It was a 2 bed flat and then the 3rd person lived in the lounge. He wasn't the landlord but I assumed he was either a friend or family member of the landlord since he collected all the payments from us. I found out later he had come to the UK years before to do a degree, any degree, in order to over stay and claim asylum. His visa applications kept being denied but he was able to stay in the country for years by constantly appealing (I have sympathy as he was Syrian and I wouldn't want to return there either, but as someone who wen
  8. I do wonder how well these extended houses will sell once prices start to go down. I have friends who are about to break ground on an extension in the new year. They purchased a 2-bed/1-bath semi with garage in the South East for about 225k in 2012. (This was including a 70k deposit from their parents since their salaries were too low to get a bigger mortgage). The house is quite small. Just one reception room which isn't very big and must hold the dining table as well as their sofa since the kitchen isn't large enough to fit a table. Their plan is to extend the kitchen to create a kitche
  9. Well we have President Trump now And the Democratic Party seems to be imploding with Bernie Sanders and other Progressives attempting to lead (with resistance of course). The upside of this is we get to elect someone else in 4 years. I was dreading 8 years of Hillary.
  10. There was a great segment on MSNBC this morning about the Trump victory and all the factors behind it, including the shenanigans of the Democratic Party that refused to accept any other candidate than Hillary, despite her being incredibly unpopular. (I mean, she spent $2 billion and still lost to literally the most unpopular candidate in US history) Michael Moore was the guest because he is from the blue collar midwest area that flipped from Democrat to Trump and he accurately predicted this months ago (http://michaelmoore.com/trumpwillwin/). The segment was supposed to be 7 minutes but they c
  11. I wouldn't say the left voted for her in droves. Many of us would have preferred Bernie Sanders, who had a similar trade message and momentum to Trump. He won 22 out of 50 states despite the media's effort to give him as little coverage as possible (cutting away to an empty stage at Trump rally in the middle of his speech, giving minimal coverage to rallies that attracted tens of thousands in a primary!), and the DNC's blatant collusion (CNN moderators being fired for feeding her questions before debates, DNC Chairmain resigning amidst accusations of a lack of neutrality only to be given a pos
  12. Well, as an immigrant, I can say that I never thought the restrictions would get lighter, nor do I know if I even want to be a British citizen. Quite proud of my American passport, thanks. I don't know anyone else who expected restrictions to change either (our experiences are equally anecdotal, before we even go down that road). If the goal is to increase migration it wouldn't make sense to lighten restrictions, unless it's for a specific skill category, such as engineering, that would benefit UK business to do so. It would just be preferable for everyone to be held to the same high standard.
  13. The requirements I listed are for visas, not passports. It takes years of residency in the UK (which requires a visa) before you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Then after that you are eligible for a passport, provided you pass the Life in the UK test. So I don't think anyone is talking about a 'passport club', just the ability to live/work/study.
  14. There actually used to be a points system - the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme. You received points for knowledge of the English language, savings, level of education, etc. If you reached a minimum number of points you were eligible for a visa. There is also a "shortage occupation list" that already exists. It is updated on an ongoing basis. If you can perform one of these in demand jobs (I suspect many NHS positions will be on this list so the idea that the NHS will not have any employees is questionable) you can work in the UK without going through the normal visa process. The HSMP was end
  15. I have a family member who lives in the UK as well although we are both from outside the EU. She is posting all these photos on Facebook0 that have the NHS workers holding up signs listing their nationalities. The captions always say something about how we will lose all this wonderful diversity. No one is going to be deported. And the absolute worst case scenario is that any new immigrants will have to go through the same visa process every other non-EU immigrant has been going through for years. Most of the NHS positions will probably end up on the shortage occupation list, so anyone working
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