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He has made a career out of helping people spend huge sums of money on building their dream houses.

But Kevin McCloud has now said renting is the way forward and urged more Britons to consider being tenants rather than home-owners.

And the Grand Designs presenter, 55, has also admitted he ‘can’t stand’ some of the people who appear on the show and that many of the projects featured in the programme seem like the ‘dreams of psychopaths’.

Buy / rent it's all an individual choice, however if you are constantly moving and changing jobs renting seems the best way to keep costs down and have flexibility.

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As a TV presenter he is probably self-employed and pays no where near 20% corporation tax on his "salary" profit. His accountant has probably got him down to 13% with expenses. And remember he can expense his mortgage interest against tax if he works from home too.

All these jobs that have become tacit agreements between employer and employee not to pay national insurance and pensions....the world has basically begun to trust long term employees less, seeing them as a burden rather than a useful source of corporate identity and history. The only thing that matters in raw capitalism is getting the sheep through the gate and using their brains minimally before you move them on based on your expected profit/losses. Then you hire more people when you need them because "resources" are all fungible and all people can "fulfill" the same "roles".

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Kev's doing a Ratner.

I like Grand Designs but I really can't stand 'Double your house...', I had to switch it off after 5 minutes last week. Beeny used to be sensible but she's gone to the dark side now with her talk of £100ks of equity on hideous extensions and HPI forever. Why do the participants always have to have a sob story too and they always try to get them to cry on TV?!

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Good for him, he's talking the truth as he sees it even though it runs contrary to his own interests. That's called integrity.

And he's right. In today's world it does make sense, for many people, to rent rather than to buy.

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Kev's doing a Ratner.

I like Grand Designs but I really can't stand 'Double your house...', I had to switch it off after 5 minutes last week. Beeny used to be sensible but she's gone to the dark side now with her talk of £100ks of equity on hideous extensions and HPI forever. Why do the participants always have to have a sob story too and they always try to get them to cry on TV?!

Crying seems to be the new black.

Every time I walk into the living room when my wife is watching TV, there's Davina bloody McCall, Nick Knowles, Alan Titchmarsh, and any number of other tear-dancers on the screen, sitting on a park bench drawing tears from the subject of the show, and hence the viewers. You turn over, you've got the sodding X-Factor or some other sort of talent show, where everybody has to cry at least once every 3 seconds by law. You give up, go on Facebook, and everybody is busy discussing how sad the program is and how much it's making them cry.

I mean, personally, I think it reveals quite a lot about the mental and emotional state of the viewer that they feel the need to get all emotional watching some sob story, only to feel all warm and cosy at the end by the appearance of the lovely new extension, garden, long lost relative or whatever ******** rabbit they pull out of the hat at the end.

The politicians and media must piss themselves when they see how easily the average person is manipulated.

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Good for him, he's talking the truth as he sees it even though it runs contrary to his own interests. That's called integrity.

And he's right. In today's world it does make sense, for many people, to rent rather than to buy.

He's wrong here; 'Property in UK will always be of a premium because there’s not enough of it'

Such complacency will be broken by the market, eventually.

Edited by Venger

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I bet ol' Kevin doesn't rent. I bet Kevin has the security of tenure that comes with owning a house, and the luxury of knowing that he and his wife and kids won't have to move at the whim of a landlord.

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I bet ol' Kevin doesn't rent. I bet Kevin has the security of tenure that comes with owning a house, and the luxury of knowing that he and his wife and kids won't have to move at the whim of a landlord.

That cuts both ways. There are owner occupiers who bitterly regret their decision to buy when they get stuck with the neighbours from hell or a fourth runway springs up at the bottom of their garden.

The smart way to live your life is to rent in London/South East/ Employment Hotspots while not burdening yourself with exercise bikes and tanning machines and all the cheap, bulky Argos sh1t that makes moving difficult, buy if you have a secure job in a cheap housing area, or (if you've enough cash) buy the smallest property that fits your needs rather than the biggest property you can afford.

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Crying seems to be the new black.

Every time I walk into the living room when my wife is watching TV, there's Davina bloody McCall, Nick Knowles, Alan Titchmarsh, and any number of other tear-dancers on the screen, sitting on a park bench drawing tears from the subject of the show, and hence the viewers. You turn over, you've got the sodding X-Factor or some other sort of talent show, where everybody has to cry at least once every 3 seconds by law. You give up, go on Facebook, and everybody is busy discussing how sad the program is and how much it's making them cry.

I mean, personally, I think it reveals quite a lot about the mental and emotional state of the viewer that they feel the need to get all emotional watching some sob story, only to feel all warm and cosy at the end by the appearance of the lovely new extension, garden, long lost relative or whatever ******** rabbit they pull out of the hat at the end.

The politicians and media must piss themselves when they see how easily the average person is manipulated.

Quite. It used to be the norm that if anybody on TV was about to cry, they, or the director, asked for the cameras to be switched off.

I admire McCloud though - he is about the best of the property presenters on TV and comes across as an intelligent and cultured man.

BTW I once heard from someone in TV that in disaster news coverage, a clip of a fireman crying is considered equivalent to the 'money shot' in a porn film.

Edited by Austin Allegro

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In all the years of Grand Designs, the presenter has championed high-quality, well-designed, functional yet beautiful houses that people want to live for the long term. He's about as far removed from the speculative flipping of rabbit hutches as it's possible to be. It's the one and only programme that challenges the mainstream media propaganda that property is just an investment and that only Big Business can be trusted to build homes.

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Good for him, he's talking the truth as he sees it even though it runs contrary to his own interests. That's called integrity.

And he's right. In today's world it does make sense, for many people, to rent rather than to buy.

Very true it does make more sense for some people to rent rather than buy for part of the time.......but what you are finding is more and more ie a growing number of people do not have a choice as to whether they rent or buy, they can only rent collectively, live with others without paying rent or rent socially or privately for the foreseeable future....the rent collectors are banking on it that the state and the employers will pay sufficient to make their investment viable...or else more people will be having to squeeze into less space living together or give up to live on the streets. ;)

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