Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Property Shows refuse to die – or – The VI/BBC property ramping continues in another form!

Open House, Homefront, To Buy Or Not To Buy: How property shows fight the crunch

As the housing crisis starts hitting home, Serena Davies reports on how TV's property programmes are getting their own makeovers. "We're hoping to get people such as BBC Breakfast's business correspondent Declan Curry involved from the financial side, as well as our usual tranche of property experts." Added to that, BBC daytime has three more property shows in development or production. Buy It, Sell It, Bank It, also slated for the autumn, will provide financial information on development opportunities for houses bought at auction.

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16 thoughts on “Property Shows refuse to die – or – The VI/BBC property ramping continues in another form!

  • “But for all those feeling mired in doom and gloom, there is one drop of comfort to be extracted from the current downturn in the housing market: it may well be making our TV property programmes better – particularly at the BBC. “

    Those mortgaged-to-the-hilt programme editors and property guroos in White City are not going down without a fight are they?!

    “In such shows, the house becomes a home again rather than merely the investment opportunity as which, say, Channel 4’s primetime stalwart Property Ladder views it.”

    Well, that’s it then. Bye then Kirstie Allsopp. Thanks for coming. You can go back to eating cakes now.

    “It’s a sentiment which has the virtue of being both morally appealing and a comfort for those shouldering huge mortgages for houses they have little hope of selling. “

    Aha. The real reason for this programming of dubious value; to help the chronically indebted fight the tidal waves of resentment at being sold down the river on property, and help them regain some pride after making some really silly investment decisions.

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  • Kind of implies that the previous shows were not moral.

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  • crash bandicoot says:

    I would have thought that Buy It, Sell It, F*ck It would have been a more appropriate title for a show.

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  • holding out says:

    Surely Buy it, Can’t sell it, Have it repossessed, Eat you hat

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  • letthemfall says:

    Fiddling while Rome burns? Standing to attention as the ship sinks? I wonder how long it will take for house shows to disappear from the air. Not so long as it will take for the BBC to start making worthwhile TV programmes again.

    I have a suggestion for a revival of an old programme – Going for a Song. A better title than Unsellable, and more informative.

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  • EXCLUSIVE LUXURY WATERSIDE 2 BEDROOM TIMBER-FRAMED FLATS FROM £350k – £1.25m.

    Wake up to a waterside view on this exclusive soon-to-be-completed exclusive development. Available August 2008*. Weekend viewings

    available (sweaty workmen and bulldozers don’t do weekends). Hurry, only a few left (we’ll shift them

    anyway though, probably to Income Support families after you’ve paid up and moved in). MUST HURRY – ENDS SOON! (We’re

    not sure why you should be in a hurry, but we know that the developer’s getting twitchy and he’s never around for some reason lately)

    . Great investment opportunity**, or first foot on the ladder (that’s one rung that’ll snap under weight in a few

    months).

    HURRY – ENDS SOON

    (* planned. Terms and conditions will apply. They will include a flood insurance waiver and your

    agreement not to sue if the developer goes into liquidation before the site is completed. We’ll let you know though – we’re still writing

    them. ** 50 year lease. It’s short, we know, but the pesky council told us it has to be because the timber frames rot. Just sell it

    quickly – it’ll be fine)

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  • Landedgentry says:

    Wake up to a waterside view – up to your neck LOL

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  • Repossession, repossession, repossession.
    Your home under the hammer
    Property wager
    To buy or not to eat
    A place in the bankruptcy court
    How to be a property fraudster
    A new life in social housing
    Grandiouse delusions

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  • I do find it petty and annoying how some commentators insist on trotting out the “vested interests” swipe every time they post. We all have vested interests in this matter, otherwise we wouldn’t be here at this site. Some have a vested interest in rises, while we – who are saving and planning to buy once prices reach a suitable (for us) level – have a vested interest in house price falls, mortgage defaults and evictions. Either waay there are winners and losers. Both ways there are vested interests.

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  • last_days_of_disco says:

    Yes, except if you listened to the sensible VIs on this site you wouldn’t have lost your shirt and stilled owed the bank 100000 more shirts.

    I must say here at work we laughed our heads off at nooneo’s show names. Good one.

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  • letthemfall says:

    Jayk:

    I suppose it depends on what you mean by vested interests. Most of us here certainly have an interest in being able to buy a house at a fair price. A VI as we refer to them (disparagingly) is someone who is talking up an inflated market to the detriment of buyers and to the benefit of themselves; they are interested in preserving a bubble market that is transferring wealth from those who do not own housing to those who do, while creaming off a slice themselves. No one here fits that description, except for perhaps the odd person heavily shorting the HPI.

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  • tyrellcorporation says:

    Jayk, nobody doubts we all have vested interest in a HPC, the site wouldn’t exist if we didn’t. The term ‘VI’ found repeatedly on this site is used, rightly or wrongly, to define an individual or organisation with vested interest in talking the market up. In my mind this lot are fair game as they have ruined many people’s lives.

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  • jayk @ 10.

    I’m a freelance web designer with estate agents (currently 3), removal firms (2), furniture manufacturers and numerous other clients who are getting into trouble because of the downturn. I’m a vested interest both ways because in HPC my clients lose or worse, fold, I lose money. I also have not been able to buy a property because of the ridiculous levels they have risen to. So I’m really in a lose-lose situation, I expect my busioness to halve in the next year or so, forcing me to change my business model and maybe even a change of career, who knows!

    “I do find it petty and annoying how some commentators insist on trotting out the “vested interests” swipe every time they post. ” – TOUGH mate. It’s the bull VIs (really the money lenders, estate agents and the guvmint) who are to blame for this shambles. Keep posting and mentioning the VIs chaps. we’ve all got to remember which @rsholes have created this monster in the first place.

    I agree with last_days_of_disco – If you listened to the VIs here you wouldn’t have wasted your money.

    Petty and annoying – er, like seeing a 2 up 2 down that needs modernising for 200k, now thats petty and annoying

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  • Kristian “my dads a property developer” Digby, Kurtsie “right hon – my dads in the royal family” Allsop, Phil “the fluff” Spencer, Gary “noiy, there wont be a property crash” McCausland, Martin “the brylcream kid” Roberts, Lucy “lets see how many grand you’ve made” Alexander, Sarah “pop them brats out” Beeny, Kevin “head in the” McCloud, George “i’m really a posh geordie” Clarke…..

    Now that’s really petty and annoying

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  • With regards to my post at 15. I do wonder what the combined value (and getting smaller – oh the shadenfraud!) of these leeches property portfolio’s are worth?

    And I thought “Vested Interest” was Angelina Jolie in a string vest.

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  • Tippingpoint says:

    @16 noone

    “…….Angelina Jolie in a string vest”

    The warm weather must be getting to you. Best if you get some cold beers out of the fridge and watch a couple of episodes of Property Ladder!

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