Work starts on the eagerly awaited new Foxtons office on Brixton Road

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    As Engels might say, "halt den maul, du fotze".
     
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  2. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    Foxtons, who we are renting through have been on to say they will be around to inspect the place. Fair enough, this is in the contract and I welcome it so there will be no hassle when we fuck off.

    However despite eleventy ten requests we don't yet have an inventory. So what's the point in the inspection when they have nothing to compare the state of the flat against. We could knock down the gable end and tell them this is what it was like when we moved in.
     
  3. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    you should try it and see what happens.
     
  4. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    This is in your favour.
     
  5. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    Bit cold though. I'll wait until the clocks go forward.
     
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  6. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    I agree. I'd rather things were done as they are supposed to though. Probably just been living in the Netherlands too long.

    It irritates me that Foxtons are probably charging the owners a fuck load to rent the place out for them but not giving the owners what they promised them. As I say we could have thrashed the place and there would be no come back. Or we could make it very difficult at least.
     
  7. Cowley

    Cowley Well-Known Member

    Nowhere. Seriously...long gone are the days where you could escape to Zone 3/4 and buy a nice House for a reasonable price.

    Saying that, the current generation have no problems splashing Half A Million on a 2 bed Victorian flat. It's bonkers IMO.
     
  8. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    On which planet does the current generation have no problem with that? Most can't do it and those that do are often doing it with help and reluctance because they feel they have no choice
     
  9. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

  10. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

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  11. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

  12. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    A quick glance at Zoopla suggests that might be reasonable. Very definitely Camberwell not Brixton though.
     
  13. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I am more interested in what's stuffed under the bed
     
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  14. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

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  15. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

  16. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    All the stuff they couldn't fit under the oven.
     
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  17. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Didn't notice that!
     
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  18. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    I think it's the pot plant that must be aggressive, as it has its own cage (plus interrogation lamp) in addition.
     
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  19. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

  20. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I tagged those who normally comment on the price/value/quality of properties in the area. A minority taste I know, but I was wanting to know how maisonettes in Bavent Road compared in your humble opinions.
     
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  21. Cowley

    Cowley Well-Known Member

    Nobody likes spending vast amounts of money on Property and nobody is forced to either.

    The fact that "some" people are "willing" to part with 500K to live in a Quarter of a House in most parts of Zone 2 London is beyond comprehension IMO. Regardless of whether they are bank rolled by the "bank of mummy and daddy" or not, the sums of money for a first time buy are simply ludicrous given the type of property that you are purchasing.

    I accept the situation is dire...but nobody is forced to buy a house and not at these sums. We all have choices.
     
  22. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    If we hadn't bought when we did, in 2011, we'd never have been able to buy in this area now. Our rent would have increased to several hundred more than we are now paying on rent.

    The choice I could see was pay high rent with no guaranteed tenure, buy an expensive flat or else move out to the sticks, live in a boring ukip town and pay several times my monthly mortgage payment for an annual train ticket.

    If I had the choice of a reasonably priced council property with a guarantee that I could stay there as long as I needed it, I'd have taken that. But that seemed like a lottery win.

    What is your housing situation Cowley?
     
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  23. Cowley

    Cowley Well-Known Member

    I understand where you are coming from Smick and in some ways are in the same situation.

    I've been a house owner since 2000, I initially bought a 1 bed in Stockwell, sold, then bought a 2 bed on a road off Brixton Hill, then sold and bought a 3 bed house in Streatham where I have been since 2006.

    I admit it was a lot easier/affordable back when I bought, it wasn't cheap...but the prices were a lot more in line with your average wage/cost of living, I.E the cost of property being 4 times greater than the salary me and my Fiancee earnt. I have managed to move up the ladder each time due to HPI but have moved further out each time. Rents were pretty crazy back when I bought too, but buying definitely made more sense at the time from a financial point of view.

    My mini rant was due to me seeing the young having this obsession with having to live in Zone 2/near to Central London, especially given the crazy house prices and rents....

    These days Brixton is a "prime" area for the young and trendy, to buy in Brixton or many areas in Zone 2 is a luxury. It's out of reach of many people so you move somewhere further out, not necessarily out into the sticks, but to an area slightly further out that is less glamourous.

    When I was buying my first property in 2000 I would have quite liked to live in Central London, I accepted that I couldn't afford it and bought a place where I grew up in Stockwell.

    When I hear people say, people have no choice it's clearly not true...what people need to do is be realistic about where they can afford to live be it buying or renting.
     
  24. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    Because we're not from London, we wanted to be in as interesting and diverse community as possible. I'm in danger of sounding like Foxtons myself here, but to me, there was no point in moving to England at all to live in the Home Counties. I've got friends in Hertfordshire, Billericay, Tunbridge Wells. Admittedly,I haven't been to visit most of them, but the thought makes my skin crawl.

    Most friends living outside the M25 know fewer of their neighbours than I do. And you go to their one good pub and it costs a fortune for a burger and a pint. And the reason? It's close to London. Doesn't make sense to me that close to London is more expensive than actual London.

    So when I came here, I did what I could to live as close to town, and as close to a neighbourhood which had a bit of life as possible.
     
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  25. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    I don't think any of the young people you talk about would disagree with you.

    They know the facts, that they can get more for less further out.

    But if they want to live close in, they have no choice but to pay crazy money.
     
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  26. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    If I were a youngster, I'd rather live in a bedsit in Brixton, Stockwell, Camberwell than have a two bed out in Croydon.

    You're only young once.
     
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  27. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    God yes, this.
     
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  28. Cowley

    Cowley Well-Known Member

    Which is exactly the point I made, youngsters don't have a problem paying through the earth to live centrally.
     
  29. Cowley

    Cowley Well-Known Member

    I would and I'm not a youngster. I don't think the choice needs to be living in Zone 2 or living in Zone 6 but using comparisons like that makes the debate pretty much redundant.
     
  30. Mapped

    Mapped London town

    We've now got them at the other end of the Victoria line. I think they opened on estate agents row in Walthamstow last week and they've already got 2 houses on for over £900k. Absolutely mental.

    This is the bathroom for one they've got on for £995k. Gorgeous isn't it?

    http://www.foxtons.co.uk/search?location_ids=856&property_id=932114

    [​IMG]

    My retired neighbour is being forced out of her home by her deceased partner's daughter and probably won't be able to get anywhere locally now with this property market madness :(
     

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