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Derrick Bird's house had a guide price of between £30,000 and £40,000.

The taxi driver killed 12 people and wounded 11 others in west Cumbria on 2 June before shooting himself.

His home in the village of Rowrah went under the hammer at Carlisle Racecourse earlier. Auctioneers dropped its guide price saying only a "handful" of people had shown an interest in buying the property.

Initially, the guide price was listed as between £35,000 and £45,000, but it was lowered by £5,000.

Colin West, from Auction House Cumbria, said that due to its "associated history" it was hard to put a price on the property and described the sale as "difficult". "It has to be handled professionally and sensitively," he said.

"We are part of the community as well as a business and the staff know some of the bereaved and injured as well as the Bird family.

"My advice was that the swiftest way to bring it to a conclusion was to put it [the property] in an auction.

"There has not been a great deal of interest, only a handful of viewings."

The mid-terraced property was described as being "in need of modernisation". Similar houses in the village are on sale at about £70,000.

Personally I think £35K would be a bit steep for such a tatty place even without the mass murdering. It looks grim.

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Personally I think £35K would be a bit steep for such a tatty place even without the mass murdering. It looks grim.

I forgot about this loon. I think 'Moaty' must have stolen his thunder.

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cant believe it got so much,

it is a 10k house

Should be 15k-18k. Problem is interest rates. It's boarded up to prevent vandalism, it was probably kept in decent shape before "the events", so you can get a nice easy 250-300 quid a month in rent for zero extra outlay. This gives you an annual return on your capital of 3k, when your ISA gives 3% then that looks good value. Of course, the moment interest rates rise then the house loses all investment potential and consequently drops to the lower levels I quote above. People forget this second effect of low interest rates at the bottom end when talking about mortgage rates for the 4 beds.

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Should be 15k-18k. Problem is interest rates. It's boarded up to prevent vandalism, it was probably kept in any kind of decent shape before "the events", so you can get a nice easy 250-300 quid a month in rent for zero extra outlay. This gives you an annual return on your capital of 3k, when your ISA gives 3% then that looks good value. Of course, the moment interest rates rise then the house loses all investment potential and consequently drops to the lower levels above. People forget this second effect of low interest rates at the bottom end when talking about mortgage rates for the 4 beds.

would be worth it for 15k,

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I clicked on assuming Derrick Bird was some property porn TV presenter.

He did get lots of airtime and was worshipped by tossers.

No,you're thinking of Moaty. Chicken,Big Jacket,Fishing rod....

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£35,000 seems an entirely reasonable amount for that house and I doubt that the Derrick Bird factor knocked more than a couple of thousand pounds off of the hammer price.

£35,000 is what that type of house is worth across most of the UK.

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£35,000 seems an entirely reasonable amount for that house and I doubt that the Derrick Bird factor knocked more than a couple of thousand pounds off of the hammer price.

£35,000 is what that type of house is worth across most of the UK.

It isn't in most of the UK, it's in Rowrah, which is a miserable, depressing hole (based soley on having driven through it a couple of times).

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£35,000 seems an entirely reasonable amount for that house and I doubt that the Derrick Bird factor knocked more than a couple of thousand pounds off of the hammer price.

£35,000 is what that type of house is worth across most of the UK.

Apart form London , for there put another zero on the end .

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