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  1. I'm one of those extremely rare people these days - a first time buyer that bought this year. I would have bought a year beforehand, but it took a year for the chain to sort out, which, on the plus side, means I bought at last year's price, and last year's interest rates - which I've got fixed for five years. I've actually managed to get a three bedroom house by the sea in Sussex (Shoreham-by-Sea), and the monthly cost (25-year captial, not interest only) is only £50 a month more than the rent was on my previous two-bedroom mouse-hole in Brighton. As such, I know I can afford my mortgage payments, even if interest rates go up a fair bit, so I'm not too bothered. Is the housing market going to crash? Probably. Why did I buy then? Because then I'll still be able to retire rent-free if it doesn't crash, and because the cost of buying was only marginally more than the cost of renting. Stupidly, the value of the house has apprently gone up by 10% since we put our offer in, so I wouldn't be able to afford it if I was buying now. I wouldn't buy-to-let, though. Not after seeing the damage that the scale of buy-to-let has had on first time buyers now.
  2. Unfortunately, the original story isn't there any more, but it's still up on Guido Fawkes' blog. See Downing Street's response to the alleged faking of Yvette Cooper's webchat here: http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/601366/upda...rs-webchat.html
  3. Comment from Downing Street on this here: http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/601366/hous...ml#readcomments
  4. Believe it or not, in central Brighton, but right between two hills and between two transmitters, neither of which can deliver TV to my house. I also have a dodgy landlord who's trying to run the whole street (which he owns) off a single TV aerial. I can't even cut the cable in the loft and install my own aerial as it would cut off the rest of the street! No cable in my road either. However, we've found that we can pick up Channel 4 (just about) if we watch it through the video, as the video seems to act like an antenna of some sort. To be honest, I've found that my life's actually much more fun without it anyway
  5. Column on Orange's website from an ITV 'property expert' (I have no TV reception where I live, so I'm really out of the loop on these things and have no idea if she's famous or not!) about a potentital crash. It's mostly anecdotal, chatty fluff as opposed to an economic study. However, it was the front page story on www.orange.co.uk when I last looked, and it's three pages devoted to the potential for a crash. Interesting to see the C word in a headline anyway. Read the piece here. (Apologies if this has been posted already)
  6. Just thought I'd add a correction, which is that the protest is scheduled for 2.30pm, rather than 3pm (in the original post and threat title). I can't edit the post now, but it would be great if any of the mods could edit it appropriately! We've now posted a full action-planand itinerary on Priced Out here, and we're also going to put up some downloadable flyers, posters and placard-designs that you can print out.
  7. That's a good point, thanks Timm. The protest is indeed a Priced Out demo, and it needs to be treated as such, especially as we're going to have the press there. The campaign needs to be seen as accessible to the public as possible, and we very seriously need to avoid any banners that say things like 'house price crash now!' or 'immigrants out!' We're going to provide plenty of placards with our own slogans on anyway, so anyone coming along can pick up one of those if they want.
  8. Now on Channel 4 too, via PA: http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/busi...+protest/506982
  9. We've made it to The Guardian now too: http://money.guardian.co.uk/houseprices/st...2074647,00.html
  10. Sorry, I've only just spotted this suggestion. That's an absolutely great idea if you can do it!
  11. This one Please come along if you can make it!
  12. It's quite astounding how out of touch politicians are with this issue. They just don't seem to have any understanding of quite how expensive houses are in comparison to wages now. It's not like they haven't been told. We've certainly written enough letters to MPs. The letter I got back from our (Brighton NuLabour) MP said that it was an issue he was concerned about because his son was in the same boat, yet he still didn't want to change the situation. Don't these MPs have kids that are telling them how bad the situation is? Also, he made the same **** up as last time by saying that he didn't think price controls were the answer, despite no one suggesting that they were.
  13. No he wouldn't, or at least he'd certainly give a wishy washy answer that implied that he still didn't get it.
  14. Brighton becomes even more ridiculous. According to The Argus (local rag), prices are increasing by £500 a week, meaning that a house actually earns more than its owner these days. Full story here. It also says in the first paragraph that there are fears that 'the booming housing market is heading for a crash'
  15. Honest mistake from my source, rather than a sneaky misquote. I've edited the quote on the page now.
  16. If you live in or near Brighton and are concerned about high house prices, then it would be great if you could come along to our protest (backed by Priced Out) next Sunday to coincide with the chancellor's Brighton Festival apperarance. Seriously, the more people we have, the bigger the impact will be. There's a thread on it here: And full details here. I agree that the HPI in Brighton is absolutely insane at the moment, but I think it's mainly fuelled by buy-to-let (who else could the New England Quarter and The Glass Pavillion be aimed at?) and an influx of trendy Londoners buying weekend bachelor pads and suchlike by the seaside. A lot of Londoners have also moved down to Brighton as it has a realistic commuter link (55 minutes, which is quicker than getting in on the tube from most places outside Zone 4), the housing is much better value for money, the people are friendlier and you don't have to live in scum central. It's also nice being able to walk down to the seaside in the evening.
  17. That's the same time and date as the Brighton protest I'm trying to organise. I know I'm far off being an HPC veteran, but I was kind of hoping that a few London HPCers might be coming down.
  18. Erm, 234SALE is the Free Party person. Just me if you want my email address, though.
  19. The protest will be about house prices. You're right that a general protest encompassing the pensions fiasco may well attract more people, but I want the message of the protest to be succinct and clear. If we get any press coverage of the event, then I want it to be about house prices and first time buyers - adding anything else to the mix could dillute the message. Of course, there may well be people protesting about allsorts fo other things at the venue too, but the Priced Out protest will be simply about house prices.
  20. That's excellent news, thanks! Yep, all good ideas - we need as much of that stuff as possible. I'm hoping to get some t-shirts printed up with the Priced Out logo on that we can wear, as well as plenty of leaflets that we can give out to people. If you need any help with making placards and things then just give us a shout.
  21. There was a cartoon on the second page of The Metro too, with a couple looking in an Estate Agent window at the first time buyers' section, which was full of tents.
  22. I've already posted a thread on this at Priced Out (see: here), but I thought I'd try here as well. Basically, Gordon Brown is doing a 'show' (see here) in Brighton in May, and I think this would be an ideal time to protest outside the venue, or at least have a campaign presence outside the venue. I'll let the press know about it too, and we'll hopefully get a bit of media coverage. The date: Sunday 13th May The time: 2.30pm - setting up an hour or so beforehand The place: Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Brighton The planned schedule is as follows: 2.30pm (sharp) - Congregate outside the Old Court Room on Church Street 2.40pm - Photo opportunity 2.50pm - Protesting, & presentations from Audacity 3.10pm - Disperse Please allow plenty of time to be there for the start at 2.30pm For more information, follow this link: http://www.pricedout.org.uk/Campaign/Prote...75/Default.aspx Edit: Thanks to the mods for letting me post a new topic!
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