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This is a normal post Mortgages

Are only a tiny aspect of the debt which is crippling many people - and luckily in the UK at least, they are pretty hard to collect on should the mortgage start to default; overdrafts, credit cards & store cards - more easily obtained *unsecured debts* are really what I was talking about.

Though an interesting fact about UK mortgages, unlike the majority of the rest of the world, is that your property, although acting as the security for your loan; does not free you from the debt of the mortgage should the value of your home not cover your mortgage debt. So if you owe 500K on your mortgage and the bank gets arsy because you are disabled following a car crash - the bank could auction your home for 300k and you would still be personally liable for the 200k + costs shortfall.

I am very pleased that you are happy with your mortgage, and I am sure you got very good rates, but in these times I am extremely surprised that it costs less to buy than to rent + save - especially as an individual. Unless you have interest only of course, in which case I hope you are saving anyway. House pricing are stagnant and there is currently not a great sign of them increasing in value too soon, so equity isn't your big thing there. Even with a full mortgage, you only pay the house value off in the latter 6 years or so, thanks to compound interest. maths removed.

I think mortgages after a hefty deposit, in a stable neighbourhood with a stable job and savings + plus a low maintenance house = win. I think renting with zero risk + saving / investing = win.

I think pushing credit cards, overdrafts, 100% mortgages, ancillary insurance + other costs on Joe Public to enable him to keep up with the jones' is a bad thing.

Renting does not have to be open ended and is certainly not 'nothing to show for it' - you have obviously never done it right, or looked at the maths. Mortgages are not an easy or safe way to get a house. Or are you just too stuck in the 'I must buy a house because that's what the banks told me to do' mindset to think about it ?

It's nice to have the choice and to be able to make an informed decision dependent on your own circumstances. It is not nice to live your life in fear of having everything you own taken away because you can't pay a 5k store card you got last year at Christmas because it came with free shampoo.

(, Fri 9 Nov 2012, 22:16, Reply)
This is a normal post I think your Maths is a little wrong there
A 250k mortgage at 6% interest over 25 years will cost about 450k not 4.5 million!
(, Fri 9 Nov 2012, 22:22, Reply)
This is a normal post Fair point :)
I was guestimating compound interest only for some reason.
(, Fri 9 Nov 2012, 22:31, Reply)
This is a normal post Ok
What?
(, Fri 9 Nov 2012, 22:26, Reply)
This is a normal post i am confused.
(nothing new there) but i think you are lumping too much together there.
the mortgage lending crisis that fucked over the global economy has nothing to do with the nature of mortgages themselves. the root of the entire thing was banks suddenly being willing to write unsafe bets, that inflated home prices due to all this money floating around and people who never should have been extended the amount in the first place default. it was a collapsing house of cards. (not sure about UK regs about disability and whatnot) but it works the same for me here... if i default on my mortgage, and the bank is forced to sell my place, if it goes at a loss, i am still responsible for that difference. as that is the money i borrowed. it only makes sense.
same thing, if i max out my credit cards buying flatscreen tvs and sounds systems... and ooops. cant afford it. that is still my fault. in the long run, owning a house is still a better bet (as long as it was within your budget in the first place) the market will come back, it will be slow, as it was so over inflated.
footnote here.. i am drinking, and you lost me, then i lost why i was writing this reply. i am just rambling, as work brain still may be on. off to look for something pointless to watch. :) all apolo9gies
(, Fri 9 Nov 2012, 23:58, Reply)
This is a normal post Lack of financial "education" played a big part in this too.
It's frightening how naive and "entitled" so many people are when it comes to this subject. Not enough decent education about "money matters" in schools. The prize pillocks in this video are a case in point.
(, Sun 11 Nov 2012, 13:46, Reply)
This is a normal post most definitely.

(, Sun 11 Nov 2012, 17:10, Reply)