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I'm complaining that the entire UK housing market is hopelessly distorted and massively over-priced.

As for Leyton being "cheap", it has always been true that you can always tell Londoners as they (mostly) live outside the M25. London is full of people who weren't born there and are on their way somewhere else (better probably).

Anybody who wants to won a house with garden cannot possibly afford london anymore, so they leave.

As this letter in the Independent explained today (I didn't write it);-

Once upon a time, not too long ago, a single bread-winner could go out and earn sufficient money to both feed a typical family and pay a reasonable mortgage. Nowadays two bread-winners are struggling to earn sufficient to be able to save for a deposit ("Britain to become a nation of renters", 31 May).

Obviously something has gone badly wrong; either rates of pay are far too low or house prices are far too high. The only two solutions seem to be to raise wages or to build a lot more council houses to reduce house prices.

Incidentally, if the principle of "right to buy" is such a good principle, why isn't it extended to the private rented sector?



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 10:01:32 AM EST
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Anybody who wants to own a house with garden
That's why the diary is called "Strange Housing Priorities". My parallel with suburbia does not seem out of place. If "Londoners" live "outside the M25" (i.e., outside the Greater London Authority let alone London proper) and everyone wants "a house with a garden" it's not so different from America's sprawl where people will mortgage themselves to the hilt to own a huge house out in the desert and commute 2h each way in traffic jams.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 10:28:49 AM EST
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where people will mortgage themselves to the hilt to own a huge house out in the desert and commute 2h each way in traffic jams.

Dude, we don't all live in Southern California. ;)

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 10:48:15 AM EST
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I know... But it appears "Ground Zeros" of the real estate bust are a dime a dozen in the US. Denver, Florida...

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 10:51:47 AM EST
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Once upon a time, not too long ago, a single bread-winner could go out and earn sufficient money to both feed a typical family and pay a reasonable mortgage. Nowadays two bread-winners are struggling to earn sufficient to be able to save for a deposit ("Britain to become a nation of renters", 31 May).

Obviously something has gone badly wrong; either rates of pay are far too low or house prices are far too high. The only two solutions seem to be to raise wages or to build a lot more council houses to reduce house prices.


Same here and I suppose almost everywhere...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 09:04:19 PM EST
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