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May 31st, 2005
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From:beckyc
Date:June 1st, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
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As regards housing: I can't imagine being able to buy a house any time soon. And I'm never going to qualify for any existing housing scheme (except for maybe this new part-buy one). It makes me sad, but not sad enough that I want to compromise my current lifestyle by sharing a house for a few years (which would drive me up the wall)

I think I was probably about as well off as you when I was growing up (give or take), but, and I've recently talked about it to my parents, I think we all felt quite well off.

I think that when I was very little, I was far too easily manipulated by the media and my peers as regards materialistic wealth and other frivolous expenditure. But, hey, I was a child ;-) I was mostly exposed to two groups of people when I was growing up: rich kids and council estate kids. The parents of both of these groups spent rather a lot of money on, well, overpriced materialistic tat, albeit for rather different reasons. So my perception of our relative wealth was rather a little bit confused.

One of the things that came as a complete shock to me in the last couple of years was that, for my current salary, I couldn't begin to hope to buy my parents house. It's in the "rough" bit of town in pretty much the same way* that I live in the "rough" bit of town now, but to a child, that sort of thing can seem quite important.

*i.e. not in any real sense, but in a perceived sense if you knew the name of the area.
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From:robert_jones
Date:June 1st, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
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I can't imagine being able to buy a house any time soon ... It makes me sad

Why does it make you sad? Why is everyone so keen to invest in property? If a fund manager wanted to invest all his funds in a single asset with 90% gearing, he would be sacked on the spot.
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From:atreic
Date:June 2nd, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
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Do you really want the "arrgh, I can't buy a house" rant? It's not because it's an "investment", or because renting is just "tipping money down the drain" (although I would much rather be 60 with no mortgage than 60 and still having to pay rent every month). It's having somewhere that belongs to you, where you can do the things you want to do, without having to creep to the landlady first, who will probably say no. Chop down the trees. Paint the walls. Screw safety gates into the walls for the children. Stick a nail in the wall! It's the whole not-being-dependent-on-someone reason again. Especially when you're on 12 month contracts, and you spend every year uncertain about whether your landlady will want her house back.
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From:beckyc
Date:June 2nd, 2005 08:58 am (UTC)
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I'll second what atreic said. I don't like the feeling that I'm trapped shelling out so much wasted money, and won't have anything to show for it. It's not like the situation in much of Europe where most people rent from the state/housing associations, and rents are low, people are secure where they live and so on. In this country, a few people grow rich at the expense of the rest of us, and *shrug*, I don't care for that sort of system.
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