Wednesday, 2 June 2021

The Ups And Downs Of Houses

 Youngest daughter came with us yesterday to visit my Dad as it  is half term and she is off work. It was nice for my sister and I to have an extra pair of hands as there is always a lot to sort out and also nice for my Dad, as youngest daughter is so interested in traveling, she loves to hear the tales of all his travels around the world. He has a story of something that happened in nearly every single country in the world! My Dad also had an appointment with a young man who had come from the company that supplies his Medicare alarm, so that is all sorted out for a year, although there will be a repeat service in six months. I did feel sorry for the young man having to do the servicing, and all the paperwork in yesterday's heat wearing a mask. 

When youngest daughter and I got off the train and were walking the few minute walk back to our house, we stopped to look at the new house that is being built behind us. When we moved to this house seventeen years ago we were so thrilled with how quiet it was in the back garden. Although on quite a busy road the back garden was not overlooked at all. There are lots of large Edwardian houses at the back of us that have really enormous gardens. Many of them were quite overgrown and I think that is one of the reasons we had so much wildlife visiting the garden which we were so pleased about. Sadly over the last few years three houses have been built on land at the back and the builder tells us he is trying to buy the land adjacent to our garden to put two houses on. There is not a road down to the houses, just a narrow driveway so I am amazed he keeps getting planning permission. It has really changed the feel of the area and hedges and trees have been ripped out which is affecting the wildlife. It is hardly surprising the foxes have moved into our garden, it is almost the only little area left for them. I know we need houses but it feels as if every little empty space is being built on in this corner of the country.

Talking of houses, what on earth is happening with house buying at the moment! Eldest daughter and her partner are trying to move from their flat to a house and it is a total free for all! Every house they look at has about another 15 people viewing it on the same day, and they are all sold within a week. They have offered the full asking price on a couple of houses only to lose out to people who have offered way above them. She says house buying etiquette and good manners, if there ever was any, has gone completely out of the window. People are gazumping all over the place! They are on the verge of giving up and leaving it a few months to see if it settles down a bit as it all seems so stressful, but are worried if they do that and house prices continue to rise, they will regret it. I can't help but wonder if there may be a big crash on the way once the Stamp Duty holiday ends. There was an estate agent on the TV saying that wouldn't happen, but I thought he would say that! Only time will tell. 

Poor Tom was back at work after two days off yesterday and has been feeling quite unwell after his second coronavirus vaccination. He has a sore throat and feels very achy. Only one more day though and then he is off for 17 days! He can't wait and he is definitely going a little demob-crazy I think! One other wonderful piece of news is there were no coronavirus deaths in this country in the last 24 hours, which is the first time since the pandemic started. Maybe one day we will get to no new cases reported in the day too, I hope so.

It is another lovely day today, I'm going to get walking the dogs out of the way early before it gets too hot and then am going to enjoy this lovely weather as much as I can. Our first roses have finally come out. It feels like it as been a long time coming this year but it feels all the nicer because of that. Have a lovely day everyone what ever you are doing. xx


  1. I hope your daughter and partner can find a house AND secure it soon. We are so relieved that we sold and moved when we did - we could see the way things were going - the Pandemic has made people re-evaluate their lives and move out into the countryside more - or at least places with a good garden so they can have somewhere to enjoy should there be more tight Lockdowns. Plus working from home of course - I think lots of people are going to continue to do this.

    Apparently puppy prices are ridiculous too, and in the horsey world, childrens' ponies are being sold sight unseen for about 10 times what they would have been priced at pre-Pandemic. Madness!

    1. I think that is one of the reasons as it definitely is with my daughter, they dread another lockdown with a young child in a flat. I have seen that with puppies but I had no idea it was the same problem with children's ponies! That is incredible, as you say madness!

  2. When l returned to this country in 73..
    I was then married, we rented a west wing
    of an old rectory..huge place..loved it..!
    My daughter was born in 76..In 78 we were
    offered, by the then council a brand new
    3 bedroom property just up the road..!
    Reluctantly for me, we took it..! My then
    wife was over the moon..I hated it, by
    1980, we separated, l got custody of my
    daughter, and the rest is history, as they
    say..14yrs later my daughter went off to Uni,
    and l've remained here ever since..43yrs..Jeeese!
    The point l want to make, is the property is
    now and has been for the last 30yrs owned by
    a Housing Associciation..on one occasion l had
    the opportunity to purchase the property...
    Valued at the time for £95,000..l was expecting
    to buy it for £25,000..due to the time of me
    living here..But! The Labour government of the
    day put a cap on this, but l could buy it for
    £40,000..It all got on my nerves in the end..
    So, l've been very happy here, my home is
    famous, as is my downstairs loo..! HeHe! :).
    Over the years, l've had a new kitchen and
    bathroom..ALL the services done when legally
    required..and so on..! So, for me, l'm far
    better off renting than buying..!
    Though my daughter and hubby live up in the
    midlands, bought there own home, with my help,
    they have a lovely home, in lovely surroundings!
    Though...The UK property market is enjoying a boom
    right now, with house prices rising by more than
    10% year-on-year...!

    Still..I'm happy as l am, my next move in life/death
    will be from here, hopefully, to a 6x3 wooden box..
    Actually it'll be a biodegradable box..! :O).

    Lovely rose there Jane..Have'nt you got one in pink..! :O).
    ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ

    1. Buying houses is really stressful isn't it and as you say the property market is definitely booming but I always think the only people to benefit are estate agents and people who have the money just to invest in it. For everyone else it is a nightmare! We would like to move out of London when Tom retires, but I dread the thought of a move. We have lot's of pink roses but none have flowered yet. I'll photograph one specially for you when the do Willie!

  3. It's not just in London where house are being built everywhere. My daughter lives in the Midlands where they are about to build hundreds of homes on a beautiful greenfield site despite objections from residents who complained about the impact on wildlife, the strain on schools and healthcare facilities.
    I hope your daughter can find a property soon at an affordable price. What terrible times we are living in, I doubt my son who lives in London will ever get on the property ladder. Your rose is beautiful mine are starting to bloom now.

    1. I think you are right Eileen, that the rest of the country is having the same problems as we have in London now. I know we need houses but there seems to be little thought to the services all these people need. It is a real problem.

  4. It's the entire world and real estate right now! All over the U.S. prices are twice what they were just a couple of years ago. We were so blessed with our new home. It never even hit the real estate market. We asked what they wanted for it, (way under priced from even before the huge spike), and we paid all of the fees and taxes. We got a HUGE bargain and we know it. I feel so bad for people who are moving right now.
    I hope the fox continue to feel at home in your garden. It's a haven for them.
    I also hope Tom is feeling much better before your holiday. Most people recover from the vaccine fairly quickly and I'll pray that he does too. I know how excited you are to go camping.
    Wishing you a wonderful day!

    1. That is interesting that this is a problem worldwide. I think the pandemic definitely seems to have made this problem worse. I'm really glad you managed to get such a good deal with your beautiful house. I can't imagine how much it would cost here. Tom is quite a lot better today thank you Betsy. Hope you have a wonderful day too.

  5. I live in a village several miles from the nearest market town. It was a small town, but now it has been surrounded by huge new housing estates of 'executive housing', traffic is frequently gridlocked and local services are stretched to breaking point. In our village owners of large houses sell off parts of their gardens for new housing and, as in your neighbourhood, hedges are ripped out and wildlife habitats destroyed. It is just so sad.

    1. I agree with you Tracy. We find that the roads just can't cope with all the extra people. There was a beautiful children's hospital near us that had an enormous amount of land which was sold off and built on. The traffic has increased so much since then, and even though they left a small park, there has been so much loss to wildlife.

  6. Deliberate government policies for the last 40 years. I consider house prices as being at the root of most of our troubles. And building new houses in the back gardens of other houses, or knocking down perfectly habitable houses and replacing them with something enormous that fills the whole plot leaving hardly any garden at all, is in my view money-grabbing vandalism.

    1. Definitely! I see it all the time round here, a lovely 1930s house with so much character and it's just flattened and a great big grey monstrosity is built on the site and any pretty front garden that there used to be just paved over. It makes me feel so sad.


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