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Would You Str At The Moment? Bubblicious Offer Received.

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As per title really.

My concern would be as much to do with the safety of the cash, than wathcing prices soar further.

Is the cash safe?

Subject to the £75k limit of course.

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Is it just about cash? What about the enormous hassle of moving house, renting somewhere, storage, all the changing of addresses for everything...?

All for maybe making a few thousand pounds (minus fees don't forget, you'll pay SDLT when you buy again) if the government don't do something else to prop up house prices at the expense of the general population (which they have shown consistenly they are minded to do).

I wouldn't. Life's too short.

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I've considered this as well but as I'm happy in my current abode I see it as too much hassle and fraught with possible risks.

If there is a further round of QE & another reduction in rates I plan to fix for an extended period.... Just in case there is a 'jubilee' (highly unlikely) or peoples QE (also highly unlikely) but you've gotta hedge your bets. :P

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Throughout 2014 I was seeing a steady rise in properties coming on to the market in my area but sales volumes were stagnant at best, I was convinced that all these vendors struggling to shift their overpriced properties would have to 'get real' and drop their prices if they wanted to sell... so I sold up in Sept 14 on the assumption that prices were going to drop a little (I did have other reasons for wanting to move as well)

Anyway, I called it wrong... instead of large numbers of vendors dropping their prices what actually happened was large numbers of vendors threw their toys out of the pram and withdrew their properties from the market, stock numbers are down around 40% from when I sold and all that's left on the market is the dregs, crap houses in crap areas for stupid money.

I suppose the mistake I made was assuming that all (or at least most) of the vendors were genuinely looking to sell when it turns out that the large majority of them were just deluded/kiteflyers.

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I str in 2012. Timing wrong, but would do it again . I didn't str just for the sake of it, wanted to move in any case and didn't want to buy. Renting has been great for me I have to say. Especially when I took a year off from work to travel - with no property hassle

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Depends on how bubblicious the offer is. If the offer is 80k on a house that you think is worth 50k, then it's a maybe considering the hassle.

If the offer is 400k on a 2 bed house near Cambridge that you can't believe is really 'worth' even 120k, then yessir!

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Friends of ours have done so, albeit they were going to be leaving the country regardless in 12 months time.

Their tiny, tiny terraced house in Cambridge went for £315k. I cannot stress how small this house is.

I can't see how this bubble is sustainabe - but then I've been saying that since about 2006.

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As per title really.

My concern would be as much to do with the safety of the cash, than wathcing prices soar further.

Is the cash safe?

Subject to the £75k limit of course.

NS&I will give you 1.1% on £2m. How bubblicious is this offer? :blink:

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Friends of ours have done so, albeit they were going to be leaving the country regardless in 12 months time.

Their tiny, tiny terraced house in Cambridge went for £315k. I cannot stress how small this house is.

I can't see how this bubble is sustainabe - but then I've been saying that since about 2006.

Yep, the reason why I gave the example of a 400k the 2 bed in cambs is because someone I know only today became embroiled in a 'bidding war' on one, saying they thought it was underpriced anyway. I took a shifty on rightmove at it (they gave evetything about it away) and couldn't believe my eyes. I genuinely wouldn't be paying over 100k for it, anything into six figures seems ludicrous for it, and here we are at 4 x that.

Pointed out that the extra five figures they'd just bid to 'stave off' the other interested party (who was 'stingily' outbidding up in 1k increments) was one extra year of work over a lifetime with interest. This is a couple of professionals earning good money pledging a huge swathe of lifetime earnings, and the seller must be laughing their head off.

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I have STR in the past, I will never do it again. The house I currently own isn't perfect but there's no way I'm going to sell unless I buy somewhere else at the same time. A combination of immigration and govenment support for ever-increasing house prices make any significant price reductions very unlikely.

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I have STR in the past, I will never do it again. The house I currently own isn't perfect but there's no way I'm going to sell unless I buy somewhere else at the same time. A combination of immigration and govenment support for ever-increasing house prices make any significant price reductions very unlikely.

I don't blame people for NOT str-ing, timing is a bitch, but this last comment is so stupid it makes me want to vomit. You think it's that simple?

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I STR'd in 2003 for high 300's, bought back in 2010, low 300's for a similar place.

Made >£50K on the difference, but paid £80K in rent and saved ~£40K in capital repayments => only up £10K which basically covered costs.

Unless there is a decent crash in a short period of time or you want to move anyway, it's difficult to justify.

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I STR'd in 2003 for high 300's, bought back in 2010, low 300's for a similar place.

Made >£50K on the difference, but paid £80K in rent and saved ~£40K in capital repayments => only up £10K which basically covered costs.

Unless there is a decent crash in a short period of time or you want to move anyway, it's difficult to justify.

Would you have been able to sell for high 300s in 2010?

Would you have been able to buy for low 300s earlier on?

Do your calcs include interest gained on your capital? Back when rates were good.

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Would you have been able to sell for high 300s in 2010?

Would you have been able to buy for low 300s earlier on?

Do your calcs include interest gained on your capital? Back when rates were good.

First - Yes

Second - Yes, but probably only up to 2005. (and did makes offers up to then but all refused as too low). Had to wait until 2010 for an acceptance from desperate seller.

Third - No. I was getting an average of 4% on around £300K of STR equity, mostly tax-free as wife is non-taxpayer. Basically, it covered the rent completely.

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No.....not if I didn't have to........would possibly sell to buy again, in that case a HPC will mean next property even cheaper, less debt to take on or no debt to take on depending........or travel and rent, but only rent value......there are lots of rental places that offer exceptional value at the moment.

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I have STR in the past, I will never do it again. The house I currently own isn't perfect but there's no way I'm going to sell unless I buy somewhere else at the same time. A combination of immigration and govenment support for ever-increasing house prices make any significant price reductions very unlikely.

Immigration only affect house prices if there is a mechanism for transferring numbers of people into demand for buying a house. It was straight forward before The poorest person got housing benefit and enabled a landlord to outbid someone buying their own home.

Gideons changes to rules on BTL interest, stamp duty etc will surely mean the link between immigration and upward pressure on house prices is hugely reduced.

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I'm not talking huge amounts here. c £280k.

However building not in tip top nick, boiler old, and due to new regs, kitchen needs remodelling etc etc. Would be wlaking away about £120k up over 13 years. Sod all really in the scheme of things.

The need for alterations due to ageing parent is also hoving in to view. I wouldn't plan to stay out of the market long, i did THAT in London, in 2002. A rather large mistake it has to be said.

I'd free up about £450 cash for another place if required.

Fancied a trip to the auctions. Hence the str. Have been looking at newer build places to save on maintenance etc.

Without exception they are dismal little prisons, with the cost cutting of balance sheet builders evident everywhere you look. A real eye opener that one.

This time i'm much less worried about prices soaring away again,but more about where to park the dosh with all this talk of bail ins.

There arent enough people in this country with sufficient cash, to be politically significant, so could be open season on cash.

Most people would probably enjoy, seeing people they consider well off, having some of it pinched.

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STRing is like BTLing; you need to do the sums properly (as you have).

Just to move in and out of the market, ie sell and buy the same house the next day will cost around 5% (3% SDLT and 2% fees and other costs). Assuming all cash, your interest will be around 2% (can get more but difficult if you want access to the cash to buy back in when YOU want to) and rent (where we are) is about 4% of property cost.

So in the first year you need a fall of around 7% to break even rising to 9% in year 2 and 11% in year 3. So I agree it is difficult to justify with the uncertainties of renting and the government and the BBC working against you as well.

Nicely put.

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