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Sounds like desperation. Reminds me a little of the extreme measures used to keep the £ in the ERM in 1990 or whenever.

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3 minutes ago, reddog said:

What does "freeze" mean?


I don't like the sound of it, I want to see the effects of Corona virus on the housing market bubble.

HPI stays at 0% until problems in the mortgage market are 'resolved' banks are blaming being unable to value properties in removing LTV products over 60%.  Specialist BTL lenders can't access the funds supplied to high-street banks.

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"Laura Conduit, a property lawyer at Farrers, said....'We haven’t got a clue what the value of anything is'"...?

Google the article title and viola, click the top link ?

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HAHA what a big pile of doo doo contradicting statements   How-Will-Coronavirus-Impact-House-Prices

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Reading in-between the bluff, I think they're saying that if the actual mark to market losses crystallise, the whole banking system collapses really really badly. Like credit crunch but probably worse. I think this is probably very serious indeed.


The govt will want to suspend this until the worst of CV19 is out of the way, understandably. But they're going to have to impose communism for a while in the interim.

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This can only be because they are worried about being insolvent if prices drop.

Banks are meant to have no interest in the 'market' and are lending against the asset. This is just them saying "oh crap the assets might go down in value, we need the government to intervene"


Remember - house prices only ever [are allowed to] go up!

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