May 2016 Archive

Monday, May 30, 2016

Martin Armstrong exposes rampant BREXIT propaganda

Armstrong Economics: Open Letter to the Guardian

Despite the propaganda, Britain's economic growth peaked prior to joining the Common Market and has fallen ever since. Is it a co-oincident that our major heavy industries collapsed after that date, leading to the winter of discontent, 3 day weeks? Our heavy industry, fishing, mining, etc. continues to be gutted, and our service industry takes in in-spite of rather due to the EU, who would strip mine it to resolve problems in Greece, France, Eastern Europe, etc. before they would give us a hand. Next to go is the NHS and our welfare system. That is the horrible truth.

Posted by libertas @ 11:00 AM 4 Comments

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Peak Peakyness

Guardian: House prices compared with earnings 'close to pre-financial crisis levels'

this cheap borrowing had been the biggest driver for demand for homes. “Since 2013, the demand for housing has been turbocharged by chancellor [George] Osborne’s help-to-buy policy and the search for yield – which has resulted in the accumulation of housing wealth as an investment alternative for low-yielding financial assets,” it said. “As a consequence, house prices are now close to an all-time high of more than six times disposable income.” The firm said couples buying together were increasingly taking on large loans relative to their income. Before the crisis fewer than 30% of joint mortgages were taken at more than 2.75 times income , but now that proportion has risen to more than a third.

Posted by debtserf @ 01:23 AM 3 Comments

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The peace and quiet of contemlation during Purdah

Independent: What is Purdah, and how will it change the EU referendum debate?

Starting on Friday, Purdah will prevented civil servants from helping the Government's referendum campaign. The incessant slew of panicked briefing papers telling us the sky would fall and why toddler Britain couldn't survive on its two feet should come to an end. In light of all that propaganda barely lifting BREMAIN above 50%, we could see BREXIT soar and take over during the next month, as Cameron looses his paid thugs in Whitehall. Final question is whether postal vote fraud will see ballot boxes stuffed like in Austria.

Posted by libertas @ 09:00 AM 3 Comments

Friday, May 27, 2016

Bank of mum and dad not enough

BBC News: A million more youngsters to live with parents, says Aviva

More young couples are choosing to live with their parents these days because they can't afford to buy or rent. But apparently there are some positives - such as being able to eat and go on holiday, as well having a bit of company around the house.

Posted by cyril @ 08:05 AM 5 Comments

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Why we need property taxes

Torygraph: Take a look inside the 'forgotten' £3m mansion in London's East End

"This is the incredible staircase of a £3m '"forgotten" Georgian mansion which has gone on the market in the heart of London's East End. Built between July 1741 and October 1742, the spooky four-storey Malplaquet House has not been lived in since 1895 but has been restored by its current owners." On top of it, squatting has been criminalised now. This could have provided housing for lots of people for 120 years and the owner would still have made out like a bandit even if they burnt it to the ground.

Posted by mombers @ 02:28 PM 0 Comments

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Game Over

Guardian: Property market is going to implode as housing nears peak affordability

Property prices in Britain may be surging due to a horrendous imbalance of supply and demand — but the market is poised to implode. Why? Because Britons are not earning enough money to either get on the housing ladder or are spending such a large portion of their wages on mortgages that may not be sustainable.

Posted by debtserf @ 09:03 PM 8 Comments

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Desperate times call for desperate measures

The Guardian: House prices face 18% hit if Britain quits EU, says George Osborne

Ok I can believe that World War 3 will break out if we leave the EU but this latest prediction really takes the biscuit

Posted by cyril @ 08:37 AM 9 Comments

Friday, May 20, 2016

Underlying weakness in British economy may necessitate ‘additional monetary stimulus’,

Guardian: Bank of England may need to cut interest rates even if UK stays in EU

Its not BREXIT, its a global deflationary slump, stupid. Of course, BREXIT would help encourage wage inflation and help lift the UK economy from its present malaise, but the globalists in charge will not tell you that, because it does not support their corporatist objectives..

Posted by libertas @ 04:38 AM 4 Comments

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Peter Schiff - Buying a house as an investment

Youtube: Peter Schiff - Buying a house as an investment

Peter learns from a real estate "expert" how to pay more for less !

Posted by jack c @ 02:02 PM 2 Comments

Funniest Brexit article I've seen yet

Guardian: Rents and property values would drop after Brexit, say landlords

But David Cox, the head of Arla, said tenants should not get too excited about rent falls, as buy-to-let landlords may quit the market en masse following a vote in favour of Brexit. "The fact that rent costs would face downward pressure is both a blessing and a curse. While renters should face fair and reasonable prices, landlords need to be able to at least break even on any outgoings they have, such as a mortgage. If demand eases to such an extent that landlords cannot recuperate costs, we'll likely see a mass exit from the market, which would then just have the opposite effect on demand as supply falls – and we'd be back to square one." -- How could we possibly get by without all those landlords to help?

Posted by quiet guy @ 12:47 AM 9 Comments

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pie + Sky

Mail: How much will your house be worth in 2030? Map reveals house price projections across Britain

The average value of a home in England is expected to reach £457,433 Typical prices to rise to £307,712 in Wales and £297,222 in Scotland The highest average expected to be in London, reaching £1m

Posted by hpwatcher @ 07:51 AM 13 Comments

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Future plans of Londoners

Independent: Two-thirds of Londoners want to quit the capital:the East and South-East regions top the list for city dwellers in search of a better quality of life

More and more Londoners are moving to the countryside, with 66,000 households leaving the city last year - the highest number since 2007. 1/3 of people actually want to stay in London.......

Posted by tom101 @ 05:17 PM 0 Comments

The BTL disease spreading quickly into Europe

Telegraph: Mapped: European countries with the best buy-to-let income

Investors might be looking to increase their buy-to-let yields by searching for property outside London, but new research suggests the hunt should go well beyond British borders.

Posted by tom101 @ 10:34 AM 1 Comments

Monday, May 16, 2016

'Dire' outcomes of a Brexit vote

Telegraph: Brexit risks '25pc house price crash' but Fitch warns remain vote will not resolve EU tensions

House prices could crash by 25pc and the pound drop by a third if the UK leaves the EU, according to Fitch, which warned that social tensions risked boiling over even if Britain stays in the bloc. and then right at the end "Economists at ING also calculated that a Brexit would deal an economic blow to the eurozone."

Posted by tom101 @ 03:13 PM 3 Comments

Saturday, May 14, 2016

ARLA pretend not to understand

Telegraph: Landlords should be "squealing" under George Osborne's crackdown, Treasury minister suggests

Buy-to-let landlords should to be made to "squeal" under George Osborne's crackdown to help people to buy homes, a Treasury minister has suggested. The Residential Landlords Association said it was "shocked" by the response of the minister, during a private meeting earlier this month as it tried to raise concerns about a crackdown.

Posted by quiet guy @ 01:29 PM 0 Comments

Friday, May 13, 2016

Could this be the best time to buy?

Express: PROPERTY WARNING: Huge signs of house price CRASH as buyer numbers plunge

Best mortgage rates around at the moment..... huge uncertainty with the referendum..... most people stretched financially........

Posted by tom101 @ 10:41 AM 12 Comments

IMF's turn to stoke the ashes of fear

Telegraph: House prices and stock market will tumble if UK votes for Brexit, IMF warns

So many prominent... respected... individuals warning us of impending house price crash.... yes crash.... if we vote OUT. It makes me think would i really risk my job and vote OUT? Or endure more of this stagnation?

Posted by tom101 @ 10:33 AM 7 Comments

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The calm before the storm....

BBC News: New buyers deserted housing market in April, says Rics

So the last time we had a buyers strike like this was in 2008, Mmmm....

Posted by pete green @ 03:40 PM 0 Comments

More reverse psychology from the Remain camp to vote Brexit

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Plan to crash the wealthy home owners in London

Daily Telegraph: Corrupt foreigners who launder money through luxury London homes face crackdown

"Foreigners suspected of using London's property market to launder ill-gotten gains will be forced to declare where they got their money from, Under new government proposals to fight global corruption. The measures, known as "unexplained wealth orders", will form part of the agenda on Thursday as David Cameron hosts an international anti-corruption summit in London." If this gains any traction at all it will destroy the London 'safe deposit housing market' The artice suggest that between 7.3% and 9.3% of the money is dirty. However, there are different shades of grey and it will send a massive warning signal tthat if you buy in London you could be exposed.

Posted by britishblue @ 07:39 AM 7 Comments

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

43% on income on rent/mortgage/bills....

Telegraph: The five British towns where renting a one-bedroom flat costs less than buying

"Renting is cheaper than buying for first-time buyers in only six towns in the UK, according to a cost of living study." "The number of people renting is also going up. The English Housing Survey estimated between 2013 and 2014 there were nine million tenants."

Posted by tom101 @ 11:16 AM 4 Comments

Monday, May 9, 2016

Treading water? until .......?

Evening Standard: Housing market fears grow as prices take a dip

"Sliding consumer confidence is casting a shadow over house prices, Halifax warned today. The lender’s latest house price index showed a much sharper-than-expected 0.8% fall in average UK prices in April"

Posted by techieman @ 08:45 PM 1 Comments

Who knows maybe Zoopla has finally called it?

The Indi: Housing bubble 'has burst' as sellers slash asking prices

The housing bubble has burst, analysts have said, after sellers started slashing money off their asking prices and accepting offers up to 10 per cent less than the property was listed. The average discount on the original price of a property across Britain is now more than £25,000, up £4,000 compared to the discount in January, according to Zoopla, an online property portal.

Posted by montesquieu @ 08:18 PM 0 Comments

Osborne getting the blame/credit for Halifax numbers

Grauniad: Stamp duty changes cool BTL market

House prices fell in April as buy-to-let purchasers disappeared amid rises in stamp duty on second homes, according to figures from the UK’s largest lender.

Posted by montesquieu @ 08:14 PM 0 Comments

Haggle hard!

Telegraph: Mapped: Where are the property bargains? The 10 areas where asking prices are being slashed the most

Nearly a third of houses have had their asking prices reduced since being put up for sale, in a sign that the feverish property market is finally starting to cool down. (Those cheeky residents of Barnet trying it on!)

Posted by tom101 @ 02:07 PM 0 Comments

Middle class renting nightmare might be getting a little better?

Torygraph: Middle-class 'buy-to-let dream' is over - as mortgage lenders to demand 40pc deposits

"Investing in buy-to-let property is on the verge of becoming unaffordable for middle-class savers" Saving is spending less than you earn, BTL is an investment, not saving. In addition, it's a pretty socially useless investment where it's speculation on house price rises in large parts of the country where yields are too low to make a decent income. Result is very poor quality as even the nicest landlords often can't afford to do proper maintenance. No new wealth being created here, if there was, housing would have improved vastly over the years like technology has. "limit it to an elite club of wealthy investors only." Who would ever want a landlord who isn't wealthy? Would anyone want to enter into a long term contract with a counterparty in a precarious position?

Posted by mombers @ 10:54 AM 2 Comments

Sunday, May 8, 2016

A recent run of bad news on the economy may have chipped away at Mark Carney and other policymakers’

The Guardian: Bank of England meeting could discuss cutting interest rates

You heard it first here whilst everybody took the preverbal, but now it looks increasingly possible. Discussions will focus on this because in the case of BREXIT, despite Osbourne's lies, rates will be CUT. In the case of staying in the EU, there may be bad news being hidden until that date to keep the proles quiet.

Posted by libertas @ 09:33 PM 8 Comments

Osborne says vote Brexit for House correction...;o)

Telegraph: Sunday shows: George Osborne claims Brexit will lead to 'significant' hit to house prices

If you are under 55 and would like to improve your chances of ever affording a home then you should seriously consider voting Brexit This opportunity to vote for a Brexit really does take the issue, for a moment in time anyway, away from the politicians. It is a real shame that our politicians continue to value corporations above its own people. If the establishment is for a particular policy its usually because it will benefit influential businesses Its almost worth bringing down this whole shambolic system just to be able to say "Now we are in it together"

Posted by tom101 @ 01:07 PM 10 Comments

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Political Topology is changing....

The Spectator: The housing crisis was Sadiq Khan’s secret weapon

Excellent piece in the Spectator on why the Tories are loosing London and the shift in political topology that will usher in new politicians to curb the excesses of the Land Speculators and thier political backers. Lets hope he backs an LVT for London

Posted by pete green @ 11:45 AM 6 Comments

Friday, May 6, 2016

The scam goes on

Telegraph: Rents rise as extra stamp duty kicks in and buy-to-let investors prepare for higher taxes

Rents increased across most of the UK as a stamp duty hike for buy-to-let landlords came into force, an index has found

Posted by tom101 @ 11:03 PM 3 Comments

Here we go again? (part 2)

Express: Fancy getting a mortgage at 80? Top lender extends age limit for borrowers

LENDING giant Halifax has upped the top age limit on its mortgages to 80-YEARS-OLD, as Britons continue to live and work longer. Under the change, borrowers will be able to take out home loans where the term lasts up until their 80th birthday - up from the previous limit of 75.

Posted by jack c @ 12:35 PM 0 Comments

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Here we go again?

Daily Mail: Barclays brings back the 100% mortgage giving new hope to first time buyers

Cashless people earning £50,000 can get three-year fixed deal at 2.99% | 100% mortgages vanished in 2008 after financial crisis took hold | Barclays deal requires family to put 10% in account for three years

Posted by hpwatcher @ 11:19 AM 7 Comments

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bubble, bursting, tumble, fear, crash and thats just the title

Daily Express: Housing market bubble BURSTING: Top prices tumble AGAIN sparking fears of CRASH

HOUSE prices in Britain’s wealthiest areas sank at an even faster rate in April than the month before, with estate agents saying the plunge is reminiscent of the 2009 market crash.

Posted by tom101 @ 03:38 PM 4 Comments

I need help with my mortgage. Where's their nearest branch?

Independent: 'Bank of mum and dad' finances 25% of UK mortgage payments in 2016

Parents will lend over £5 billion this year, providing deposits for over 300,000 mortgages and purchasing homes worth £77 billion The research shows that three-quarters of family-funded house purchases are funding by parents, with family friends and grandparents also making up the difference. Get your begging bowls out.

Posted by tom101 @ 11:58 AM 3 Comments

Monday, May 2, 2016

What do you mean, 'next'?

Telegraph: Is a buy-to-let bubble the next scandal in housing?

15pc of all mortgages now go to BTL landlords, compared to 8.5pc in 2007, before the last crash. BTL loans account for almost all the current growth in the mortgage market, with lenders planning to expand their BTL lending by 20pc per annum over the next two years. Lending standards are slipping. British banks have over £215bn of BTL loans on their books, compared to £146bn in 2009.

Posted by little professor @ 09:30 AM 1 Comments

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The analysis HP referenced... Sauce for Bears?? Great Expectations The gap between asking and achieved prices 12 April 2016

This is the 10% which the Tgraph was referring to. Is not a 10% fall but actually the report refers to what percentage of properties have had their asking prices REDUCED by 10%+. "Analysis of quarterly sales in prime central London shows almost half (49%) of properties sold in Q1 2016 had their asking price reduced before a sale was agreed. This is higher than the 40% of properties sold in Q1 2015 and 27% two years ago in Q1 2014. The lettings market has also seen an increase in price reductions, from 32% a year ago to 45% in Q1 2016." But aren't ALL rents increasing?? "and a fall in the number of overseas buyers are all impacting the prime central London market." Eh? A But the number of overseas b uyers are increasing .... surely? Q: Where the smart money goes does the rest follow?

Posted by techieman @ 10:20 AM 10 Comments

"London has fallen"? - sorry Mr. Butler

Henry P: Housing market on the edge?

99% of what you read in the papers about the housing market, .... is put out by people with something to sell. Estate agents, [lenders] – all know about the market because they are selling houses,.... mortgages or financial services but they must be optimistic or they lose business. No one will instruct a depressed estate these commentators MUST have a glass that is half full. As you can see from the graphs below, what we can see is that half of all homes sold in the first quarter of 2016 sold in London went for more than 10% below the guide price. Not just in some parts but across central London and across price bands! 60% of the property that did sell in Knightsbridge and Belgravia had it’s guide price reduced prior to selling. The market is on the turn. Aha - the 10%!!

Posted by techieman @ 10:08 AM 4 Comments

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