House Price Crash (HPC) (housepricecrash.co.uk) is, surprisingly, one of the more popular UK property forums.
I wanted to quickly share my thoughts on the place because I found the community members rather interesting.
Sadly, the buzzing community largely consists of anal douche-bags that participate in gang-mentality bullying, forcing opposing opinions into tears. While it’s quite jarring and sad, I must confess, there’s something rather morbidly fascinating about watching middle-aged busy-bodies and OAPs endlessly virtually-masturbate over the prospect of house prices tumbling, and fantasise about the demise of anyone that wants to prosper in BTL. Presumably, they have nothing better to do.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s some nice and helpful people there too (I’m sure of it!), but mostly, the place seems to be a box full of lunatics.
I guess when you name a website “House Price Crash” you’re only ever going to attract a very limited and bitter mindset. Needless to say, when you throw those minds into a barrel, it can become a very dangerous environment for an outsider i.e. a Landlord.
I spent a bit of time in the forums (possibly for my sins); making casual comments (under an untraceable alias), reading the thoughts of others, mainly staying under the radar while getting a taste for the place.
It quickly became apparent that the place is just one gigantic anti-property orgy; everyone seems to be hyping one another up into a frenzy, encouraging profound anger [at the rest of the world]. It kind of felt like an obscure religious cult or an extreme right-wing activist group; say the right words and send the right message, and prepare yourself for a round of incoming virtual bum-slaps. Go against the grain, and you better duck and cover, hoping they don’t hunt you down like a rabid dog.
The thing is, I can understand why people would want property prices to tumble. But what perplexed me the most is the level of genuine anger (and perhaps frustration) people seem to carry for other [good] people that are trying to prosper through property investments.
I’m a firm believer in tact and mutual respect, but sadly those virtues seem to be absent from the nutcases and lost souls loitering in there…
This is a normal 1-on-1 conversation:
Person 1: Hey, mate, I’m a Christian.
Person 2: That’s cool. I don’t believe in Religion myself, but I’m open to all teachings…
Person 1: Good stuff. So, what you up to?
This is a normal 1-on-1 conversation in the HPC world:
Person 1: Hey, what do you think of the current property market? I think there’s going to be a crash…
Person 2: Yeah, I’ve heard a lot of people say that. But I think the market will sustain, and perhaps ripple up and down… Oh well. What you up to?
Person 1: Fuck you, you dumb piece of shit. Fuck you hard. Fucker. YOU MAKE ME SICK! DON’T TALK TO ME. EVER AGAIN!
One track mind, no room for reason.
The fact that a crash might not occur is simply beyond their realms of possibility, and the fact someone decent could be prospering through property is even more far-fetched. I don’t think there will be a crash per’se, but I wouldn’t bully anyone for thinking otherwise.
Anyways, interesting place, and this pretty much sums up my thoughts on their general mentality during my brief visits…
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