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Possibly. But not everyone sees it that way.

In any case hyper-inflation in the property market means that inevitably you get a lot more speculative buying.

I have a friend in Kensington with a neighbour who bought a two bed garden flat for around £370k and is trying to sell it for £500k six months later.

You also get a lot of builder types who get in at the start of the bubble by buying cheap old properties, spending a minimum on doing them up, and then selling for a comparatively huge cash profit, which can be used as a deposit to repeat the scheme in a different cheaper area.

A few rounds of climbing up the ladder like that and you can do very nicely for yourself.

So as soon as you get a bubble, you get significant market distortions because the proportion of people buying to live, as opposed to buying for profit, starts to decrease significantly.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 06:02:18 AM EST
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