“I’m looking forward to selling the flat for you!” The estate agent wrote to us on November 21, 2016. He did. On Monday, June 18th, 2018. That's 1 year, 6 months and 29 days later. For more than £100,000 less than he initially valued it at. The estate agent received a five figure fee. Over that time the price was dropped twice, we'd spent more than £4,000 buying the freehold to the property and had well in excess of 20 viewings. We had also re-painted the flat, fitted new carpets and taken out a storage unit to fully de-clutter before going to the estate agent for a valuation in the first place. A combination of bad luck, a bad market, buyers changing their minds, hold ups, legal issues and more left us in a year-and-a-half of uncertainty. Not knowing if we would sell, when we would sell, what we would get, if we could relax, and afraid to go on holiday in case we were needed. What went so wrong? Well, where to start? The basics of selling a home There are … [Read more...] about 575 days to sell a home – the brutal reality of today’s housing market
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Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Friday morning. DRIVING THE DAY CORBYN SURGE STALLS: Labour’s hopes of scoring dramatic wins in last night’s local elections appear to have been largely dashed this morning, albeit with around a third of the results still to come in. Labour has to date hit only two of its big targets, taking control of Plymouth and becoming the largest party in Trafford. But it has missed out on a raft of other hoped-for town halls such as Wandsworth, Westminster, Dudley and Hillingdon, and is on course to miss their No. 1 target of Barnet too. And in smaller towns such as Derby and Nuneaton, Labour actually lost control of councils where it previously had majorities — definitely not great for a party that claims it is headed for power. Relief for May: The Tories scored similarly mixed results, which frankly is much better than had been expected — and means … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Corbyn surge stalls — 5 more years of Brexit — How to go on strike
The failure of President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers to strike a deal on young undocumented immigrants puts the divisive issue into the middle of some hotly contested campaigns for November’s midterm elections -- ones which could tip control of Congress.A relatively small number of people are affected personally by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump wants to end -- about 1.8 million immigrants, known as Dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, according to administration estimates. And they can’t vote.But the group has emerged as a symbolic stand-in for the debate over illegal immigration that’s been at a stalemate in Washington for more than a decade.A sizable majority of Americans, especially Democrats and independents, support giving legal status to Dreamers, opinion polls have shown. The topic resonates especially in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Nevada -- states with large Hispanic populations … [Read more...] about How Failure of a ‘Dreamer’ Deal May Tip Control of Congress
by Press Association February 27, 2018, 10:33 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A well-known political commentator and a prominent businesswoman have penned open letters urging the National People’s Congress to reject a plan that would allow President Xi Jinping to rule China indefinitely, in a rare public expression of dissent. Their impassioned statements on a popular messaging app were circulated widely after the ruling Communist Party announced a proposal to scrap term limits on the president and vice president. In a statement on WeChat to Beijing’s members of China’s parliament, Li Datong, a former editor for the state-run China Youth Daily, wrote that lifting term limits would “sow the seeds of chaos”. Mr Li said: “If there are no term limits on a country’s highest leader, then we are returning to an imperial regime. “My generation has lived through Mao. That era is over. How … [Read more...] about Rare public dissent over proposal to scrap Chinese presidency term limits
From the hazy vantage point of the Indus, scarcely populated Canada is the land of dreams and opportunities. 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Scarcely populated Canada is the land of dreams and opportunities. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE “It is not like they are welcoming you at the airport with a job letter,” says Hina Jawad*, who migrated to Canada from Pakistan in 2005 along with her family with high expectations but little in the way of preparation. “I didn’t know anyone in Toronto and I had no social or professional base here.” There were hurdles on the way as she set out on a rigorous job search, sending out two dozen job applications per day and making cold calls at various offices to drop off her resume. As someone who had served as an Assistant Vice President (AVP) in corporate banking back home, she would constantly find herself being offered entry-level positions in Canada. “I was told that I will have to complete … [Read more...] about So you want to move to Canada, eh?