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  1. Well, you've just put in an offer for £215k for a 1 bed flat in Croydon. Are you looking for other reasons, or was the question rhetorical?
  2. https://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/lifestyle/shopping/eastbournes-town-centre-and-beacon-receive-awards-ceremony-1376810 Eastbourne council won the award for the public and private sector investment that has most transformed the town including the £85 million investment by Legal & General to bring new shops, restaurants and a multi-screen cinema to the town; the £8.85 million investment in the public realm delivered in partnership with East Sussex County Council and the £54 million Devonshire Quarter project “to put Eastbourne on the map as a top sporting and cultural destination”.
  3. Chin Up The more people that give up on the idea of "getting on the housing ladder", the quicker this crash can be over with. It will only be when the fools turn around and can't find a greater fool to sell to, that they'll get a chance to stare into their mortgage abyss for the first time. An overwhelming realisation will then sink in - this is the thing that wasn't supposed to happen, but it is - why isn't anyone coming in to my aid? Why did I have to be so stupid?
  4. Nice graphic. At this level of indebtedness, the UK is within a whisker of a 50% house price crash. Anyone who purchased a home after 2007 is ultimately going to look like a right t**t.
  5. Right up there with "Estate Agent". Why not "Property Salesman"?
  6. +1 Deflation is once again looming and a rise in real mortgage rates has again become a possibility. You can smell the panic now coming out of the BOE. They are looking at price data yet to be made public. The only sure thing is that whichever direction general prices or interest rates go, the housing market is toast. No government in history has ever managed to kick the can indefinitely - it has sometimes taken decades, but eventually house prices always revert to mean i.e. to near zero/low real returns over time.
  7. ...or anything other than credit expansion/low interest rates for that matter We (yourself included I'm sure) of course all know this on here - and we all seem to agree that the crash will come when real interest rates rise. The only divide on the board seems to be between those that think that the bulk of the crash will occur in an environment of high nominal interest rates, and those that think it will occur in an environment of low nominal interest rates. I liked this video - thank you. Should be essential viewing for the entire population. BTL, Help to Buy etc are often cited
  8. +1 Correct. We're far more likely to get "Covid Bonds" and tax cuts than any tax rises.
  9. "Overseas investors own about 25% of UK gilts" https://www.economicshelp.org/blog/334/uk-economy/uk-national-debt/
  10. Peter Schiff has been lucky with his gold prediction, as have a lot of other people who have also fallen for the same fundamental misunderstanding that he has. i.e. that continued bond issuance bought by domestic buyers is inflationary. In fact, once the proportion of bonds held domestically in countries printing money rises to levels such as we see now, there is very little chance of high inflation. i.e. the potential effects of dollars held overseas being repatriated over a short timescale becomes progressively to look less like that of a tsunami, and more like that of a gentle rippl
  11. Greed is an emotion that drives the efficient allocation of capital. Inflation is a concept to measure monetary expansion. The more competitive a market, the less the possibility to increase prices in that sector - preventing greedy people from raising their prices at will. Soon we will be in an environment of prolonged deflation, and the firms operating in the least competitive markets may be able to hold their prices up for longer. There's a real lack of competition in some areas of tech at the moment e.g. search, social media, operating systems etc etc. Companies in these areas
  12. 1. No, it isn't 2. No, it wasn't 3. No, it doesn't 4. No, they're not 5. No, it doesn't 6. Yes, they can 7. No, they don't 8. No, we're not
  13. This is the worst possible thing to do right now - buy a house for cash. Real house prices have already been falling for 13 years. If you want to join the mortgage-free boomers, then be prepared to bend over, and join them in losing half your capital in real terms. If you instead paid rent, and invested your cash elsewhere over the next 10 years, you would be way better off than committing financial suicide like this. As others have said, 6% below asking price is not a cheeky offer - it is basically paying full price. Still, money isn't everything...but why not run some ca
  14. "The stamp duty hiatus could save thousands for landlords." Is this the real reason for the hiatus? A nice little window to shift properties into companies before the 20% tax relief cap on mortgage interest? Plus maybe a little bit of cashflow for the Treasury thrown in? 'I have all my accounts ready for the bank,' she says, 'but it is not a check I would normally expect my lender to make.' So lenders consider establishing the future earnings potential of the borrower not to be worth the due diligence. The investment stands up on its own does it? What assumptions would
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