Archive for the Property Category

Gentrification

Making the rounds is audio of Spike Lee giving a passionate response to a question on gentrification and whether or not it is a good thing. This for me isn’t an easy question to answer as no doubt the additional services and increase in property value is great for those own, but those left renting are often displaced. Heck, in 2001 after I left LexisNexis in Chicago, I considered moving back to Boston so I could be closer to family. I went so far as to secure a new job with a major publisher. However, didn’t end up moving back […]

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Property Update

This morning on my way to work, bumped into my next door neighbour who put their house up for sale this past July. After your normal pleasantries, I inquired about the number of viewings and more importantly if any offers had been received. She indicated that an offer was recently made for £5K less than the asking price but they were now holding out for £10K more than the listed price. My chin almost hit the ground as either sale price under current market conditions would be brilliant and so immediately wondered if they are being greedy. Of course, I’m […]

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Changes and More Changes

With my 2 year anniversary in London fast approaching, about a month ago I decided to kick things up a bit. Specifically, I’ve been spending more time out after work and on the weekends being social. I also decided to try and exercise more and not drink alcohol. Now I’m not a big alcohol drinker to begin with (I’ve only been throw up drunk once in my life), but in that drinking in a big part of the English culture, I’ve finding it a bit hard. Mainly because people just don’t go out for 1 drink, they have several. And […]

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Property Sharks

I’m thinking about purchasing a house in London when my current rental lease expires in May 2007 and so praying to God that by the time this date roles around I will have saved up enough money to purchase in my desired area. More importantly, that I find an honest estate agent amongst all the property sharks out there. Estate agent ‘lies’ caught on film By Devika Bhat TV investigators have exposed potentially illegal sales practices Debate: should estate agents be regulated? ESTATE agents have been exposed engaging in unethical and potentially illegal practices, including putting forward false offers to […]

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