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  1. Meanwhile, Mr Gove is supposedly considering removing the requirement to build affordable housing in the first place which are a chief source of housing association properties... - https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/michael-gove-plans-scrap-rules-26841507#l2mzb99xenyp0rcc4x If its a Tory council, I doubt councillors will want to use that money for social housing - more blue votes to be had spending it on the likes of roads as the article says. Reddit comments again worth a look.. - https://www.reddit.com/r/unitedkingdom/comments/ufuqtg/exclusive_michael_gove_plans_to_scrap_rules_that/
  2. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/05/01/boris-johnson-planning-bring-back-right-buy/ Reddit already posting up some interesting comments - https://www.reddit.com/r/unitedkingdom/comments/ug94f3/boris_johnson_planning_to_bring_back_right_to_buy/ What is curious is the fact that, as the article comments, "housing associations...are often independent of the Government". So how do you get their co-operation? Need to read about the management structure of these associations and see who actually owns them in the background.
  3. Bury charity says demand for pet food bank increasing because of cost of living A unsurprising side effect of the cost of living crisis. Getting back to the topic title, round here (NE Scotland) the dog price bubble continues to slowly deflate but prices are still noticeably higher than before the pandemic. Definite uptick in the number of dogs appearing on the local rescue sites with a big influx of breeds that are not that user friendly for beginners (eg high energy collies, antisocial lurchers/bullies/terriers). Out of curiosity going to periodically record over the coming year the number of dog listings on pets4homes and see if the pet market reacts gently or severely to the changing economic situation - this evening the site is listing 21878 Dogs and Puppies for sale in the UK
  4. Well, learnt something useful this evening whilst catching up on today's goings on.
  5. Healthy number of signatures already for this petition on change.org - https://www.change.org/p/borisjohnson-and-rishisunak-broke-the-law-they-have-to-resign-partygate Shameless lot, going to take some doing to drag them out of No 10 and 11. Opposition parties though have had a good day, sure there are a few parties in their HQ's tonight. Dreadful day for the reputation of the UK, so much for our leaders aspiring to have a positive legacy.
  6. Was up visiting friends in the NW Highlands and it was fascinating to hear of the double whammy hitting the local housing/economy, which in their view will lead long term to rural depopulation in the area unless the politicians intervene. The first is the insidious effect of 2nd homes & holiday homes and their impact on local housing/employment - covered well enough in other threads. The second gets less attention and that is the effect of carbon offsetting and "lifestyle" land ownership. Guardian covered it a bit today - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/apr/12/majority-of-sales-of-highland-estates-conducted-in-secret-scotland, the story based on this report from the Scotland Land Commission - https://www.landcommission.gov.scot/downloads/62543b9498bb1_Rural Land Market Insights Report April 2022.pdf In short, instead of the land being used for traditional purposes like farming or shooting, the estates are going to buyers who are mainly looking at foresting the land (which employs a lot fewer people directly & indirectly in the local economy). Moreover, a lot of the lifestyle owners are not in the bit inclined to have any development in the local economy/area, so resist attempts to release land for new housing etc. As for the existing locals, often it's only after the event that they discover that they have new owners of the land they may be renting.. Also interesting to see the report hinting that current trends are causing, in Scotland as a whole, a loss in land for food production... Land ownership in the Highlands has been a thorny issue for centuries. How the SNP government handle this in next years proposed land reform bill will say a lot about their priorities and influencers. If nothing changes, it does look a bit like the Highlands will become a theme park for the few.
  7. https://news.sky.com/story/new-morrisons-owner-gives-green-light-to-500m-property-sell-off-12582315 Let the asset stripping begin! Do wonder if Morrisons and/or Asda will still be around by the end of the decade.
  8. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/crime-courts/4003521/former-north-east-police-hq-sold-to-aberdeen-city-council/ Aberdeen City Council continues their city centre property spending spree. All part of their desire to "transform Queen Street into a civic quarter – celebrating the culture and heritage of the area, while creating new retail and residential opportunities."
  9. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/work-from-home-tax-loophole-to-be-closed-after-it-cost-treasury-500-million/ar-AATddEP?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531 Cannot have the plebs have any tax benefits can we....
  10. https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/scotlands-private-rents-hit-record-levels-report-finds Aberdeen rental market still slowly sinking in the 1-2 bed range but improving for 3+ bed houses. https://www.citylets.co.uk/research/reports/property-rental-report-aberdeen-2021-q4/ Average Rent (pcm) by Number of Bedrooms
  11. https://propertyindustryeye.com/opinion-first-time-buyers-theyve-never-had-it-so-good/ Buy now, no better time apparently...
  12. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-house-price-index-for-november-2021/uk-house-price-index-scotland-november-2021 November figures for the record... Meanwhile the old John Lewis building is up for sale... https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/business/local/3861300/aberdeen-former-john-lewis-for-sale/ More flats incoming going by local "experts". At least this application for flats has been rejected, goodness what the developers were thinking trying to stuff flats into there. Or maybe just a sign of desperation thanks to the lack of demand for office space, especially now with the run down of O&G. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen-aberdeenshire/3865620/quattro-house-flats-rejected/
  13. To be honest we are restricting our interest to Aberdeenshire as the public schools tend to be better plus the city council's economic situation long term is questionable with all the debt they are loading up (note, also looking only at the 3+ bed detached market). Thus, first hand experience of the situation in Aberdeen is restricted to what I can glean from ASPC (https://www.aspc.co.uk/information/house-prices/) and HM Land Registry (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-house-price-index-for-october-2021/uk-house-price-index-scotland-october-2021). They back up what I have been seeing in Aberdeenshire since the spring - prices have definitely stopped dropping overall, and good houses are selling very fast and above asking price. Here's the stats from the last HM report. Local authorities October 2021 October 2020 Difference Aberdeenshire £198,048 £181,525 9.1% Angus £163,013 £153,082 6.5% Argyll and Bute £164,607 £146,958 12.0% City of Aberdeen £148,708 £136,227 9.2% City of Dundee £145,016 £129,797 11.7% Other thing to note is that O&G has stabilised in recent months so the continual drip, drip, of layoffs has pretty much stopped for the moment. So the personnel exodus out of Aberdeen and environ from that sector has slowed a lot, and thus removed a big source of high quality housing supply. Plenty of crappy new housing stock coming online though, just naught worth buying. I would still chance your hand. As sandster mentioned it shows you are interested and you may get lucky and get a desperate probate sale. Keep an eye out for company accommodation being sold off by O&G companies that have downsized or moved out (check the seller details in the home report) - there were a couple of excellent detached houses in Bieldside last Autumn that were priced to sell quickly (which they did within a couple of weeks).
  14. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Didn't work for us on a property last autumn on a property we liked in the Laurencekirk area that had been on sale for over a year, offered 10% below asking and immediately fobbed off. Going by the land registry they sold it for £5k over asking price about a month later. Real lack of supply coming onto the market in the best areas (Deeside especially). Don't want to get into the situation like one of our friends - sold their house last month (over asking price but not sure how much) and have to move out end of Jan, buyer coming up from England. However, they cannot find anywhere worth buying and been forced to rent a house until they can find something suitable.
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