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sean
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 13 11:26 am    Post subject: Buy a house for a pound...  Reply with quote    

BBC Linky. Seems like a good idea to me.

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 13 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I saw that. Couldn't spot the downside, but there's bound to be one. Seems daft that the council have this redundant stock that they can't find a better way of releasing. Wonder if they're banned from spending the pounds on new houses...

Rob R



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 13 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
I saw that. Couldn't spot the downside, but there's bound to be one.


You have to live in Stoke on Trent for a further five years?

zigs



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 13 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had to price for major works on a house that the Daily Mail gave away for a £.

It was just on the point of collapse.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 13 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I reckon you could double your investment in a year.

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 13 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

But, you'd get land, with planning permission implicit, regardless.

I take the point about Stoke, tho.

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 13 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

didn't they once do something similar in Newcastle Upon Tyne many years back? Saved an area from dereliction IIRC.

The thing about towns like Stoke is, that if you have a half decent job you can enjoy a reasonable standard of living (as long as you don't get the sack that is). A young couple, in work and having a bit of spine could do well with one of these houses.

I think I came across a similar idea being proposed for one or two boarded up streets in Liverpool.

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Keys handed over in Liverpool

earthyvirgo



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
Nick wrote:
I saw that. Couldn't spot the downside, but there's bound to be one.


You have to live in Stoke on Trent for a further five years?


OK, Stoke itself might not be idyllic but it's a spit from some lovely countryside.

EV

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stoke overall is not as bad as people think, Cobridge however (which is the bit where these houses are) has only a Machine Mart and a particularly rough red light district.

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fair enough. But is there a downside as well?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

why only people earning over £18k? Lots of decent people working full time and earning far less The are essentially saying 'no self employed'

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's a joint income of £18,000. They must have picked it for a reason. Would it be a level of benefit, or something, that would preclude ownership, or whatever? Or maybe they have assumed that would mean the people couldn't afford to do the renovations?

Write, and ask. It's a council so they'd have to tell you if you made a FOI request.

Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
why only people earning over £18k? Lots of decent people working full time and earning far less The are essentially saying 'no self employed'

its probsbly down to the fact that the referb on each house is expected to cost over £35,000 and if they didnt take steps to ensure the people given the house had a fair chance of repaying or even qualifyimg t borrow that much on the first place they would be slated for giving someone a hpise and forcimg them into a debt they couldnt afford.
There is a limit to the number of properties they can give away so they can afford to set some fairly strict conditions i would of thoight.

DorsetScott



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 13 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pilsbury wrote:
sally_in_wales wrote:
why only people earning over £18k? Lots of decent people working full time and earning far less The are essentially saying 'no self employed'

its probsbly down to the fact that the referb on each house is expected to cost over £35,000


That was my thoughts. Whilst it excluded a lot of people from being able to apply, the entire point of the exercise was regeneration of the area. If a person couldn't afford to repay the loan to renovate the property then the regeneration would surely fail?

Also, how does it exclude self employed people any more than full time employees? If a self employed person earnt the wage range that was specified then surely they could apply?

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