From holiday to holiday home

first_imgThe couple flew up from Sydney to the Gold Coast several times to view properties. They said they knew they wanted something brand new and modern with at least three bedrooms in the Broadbeach area and were quickly sold on Elysian. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We had a two week holiday in Broadbeach over Christmas and fell in love with the area,” Mrs McLachlan said. “Having Pacific Fair right on our doorstep, as well as cafes, restaurants and of course the gorgeous beach was a real selling point location-wise.” Toni and Lyall McLachlan had not visited the Gold Coast in more than a decade, but they will soon be able to visit whenever they want.Toni and Lyall McLachlan had not visited the Gold Coast in more than a decade, but they will soon be able to visit whenever they want.They recently bought – and amalgamated – two apartments at the $79 million Elysian Broadbeach, giving them a perfect four-bedroom, three-bathroom holiday residence. center_img Mrs McLachlan said the developer – Spyre Group – had welcomed and encouraged their ideas to change and personalise their super-sized apartment.“We were impressed that no contract was prepared and presented for our signature until we were completely satisfied with every aspect of the design and inclusions,” she said. Elysian will have 61 apartments (from $645,000) including two half-floor sub-penthouses starting at $3.4 million and two full-floor penthouses priced at $4.7 million. There is a maximum of four residences per floor, and all apartments will enjoy ocean views and sea breezes.High-quality finishes such as timber flooring, stone benchtops, LED and feature lighting are included in the standard finishes. Elysian will be home to the Gold Coast’s first residential hi-tech automated vehicle storage system which enhances the parking capacity of the building and allows most apartments to have two car spaces. Hutchinson Builders will start work on the tower after demolition work is completed on the 875sq m site, which overlooks Pratten Park.last_img read more

It’s pretty simple and it’s the best way to earn big property profits

first_imgHaesley Cush said the best way to achieve property profits was to play the long term game.Bidding started low at $420,000, but then things really started to pump. Back and forth the bids went: $450,000, $475,000, $500,000, $525,000 all the way to $715,000, when things paused.The bid was then raised to $750,000 and “once, twice, third time and sold!”If this home was worth approximately $150,000 in 1998, then that’s a five times return over the last 20 years and that includes a GFC! Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to negotiate a better price00:51 This house at 29 Truscott St, Moorooka sold at auction for $750,000. Picture: have always had a clear memory of the day a buyer walked in to Ray White Moorooka wanting to spend $200,000.It was 1998, it was my third year as an agent and I was 20. I was sitting at my desk at the front of our office in the Moorvale Village, on Moorooka’s high street and the sun was beaming in past the window cards in the front window filling the room with light.The man walked up to my desk and said “G’day, I’d like to buy a low-set house. I’d like it on either the high side of Moorooka or in Tarragindi and I have up to $200,000 to spend”.I looked up from my desk in amazement. THIS PROJECT WILL CHANGE BRISBANE’S PROPERTY MARKET Two hundred thousand dollars, who on earth has two hundred thousand dollars to buy a house. To give you some context, the average price property we were selling was $120,000 and the really good homes, on the high side of Moorooka or in Tarragindi, would sell in the high $100,000s.Which brings us to today. On Wednesday night I called an auction at 29 Truscott St, Moorooka for Michael Nolan. The house is a two-storey brick home, on the high side of Moorooka, but it is in need of a face lift.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agocenter_img I’m regularly questioned about the best way to make money in real estate and the answer I give is always the same. Buy what you can afford and plan to hold it forever. If I had of told the buyer in 1998 that his house would be worth $750,000 in 20 years, he would react the same way this buyer will if I tell them it would be worth $3.75 million in 2038. Who knows what will play out, but the mind boggles when you think about it.last_img read more

Rwanda’s MPs consulting people on third term bid

first_imgRelated Rwanda President Free to Run for a Third Term Last week, Rwanda’s parliament passed a petition seeking a consitutional amendment that would effectively scrap existing presidential term limits. And now, members of Parliament have been consulting ordinary people across the country – to get their views. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports. Rwanda MPs to debate Kagame bid for third term Rwanda’s Supreme Court approves Kagame’s third term bidlast_img

Quick study Slott scores Razor Chassis South Central Region rookie prize

first_imgRyan Slott earned rookie of the year honors in IMCA’s Razor Chassis South Central Region for Modifieds. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photog­raphy)NEW WAVERLY, Texas – Before the start of his first IMCA Modified season, Ryan Slott would have been happy with a single feature win in 2017.When the final checkers flew, he had four wins and Razor Chassis South Central Region rookie of the year honors to show for his efforts.“The class is just taking off around here. It looked like fun and I decided I wanted to do it,” said Slott, from New Waverly, Texas, and now a junior at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville majoring in agricultural engineering. “It was challenging at first. The hardest thing was definitely setup but I slowly got better.”Slott had raced a factory stock class, which he said was comparable to an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, for five years before moving into the Modified.He got his first win in the sanctioned division in just his fourth start, at Gator Motorplex, and ended his night in victory lane three starts later at Cotton Bowl Speedway.“After the early season play dates, I didn’t think I’d win at all this year but I had a lot of help from a lot of people who steered me in the right direction,” he said. “I was surprised to get my first win so soon but the highlight had to be the win at Cotton Bowl. There were some really fast cars there that night.”He also had a couple wins at Bronco Motor Speedway, where Slott ended fifth in points.Starts-28Wins-4Additional Top Fives-3 HIS CREW: Father Ignatius and brother Rob.HIS SPONSORS: Slott’s Machine and B & R Productions, both of New Waverly.last_img read more

Van Dijk withdraws from Holland squad

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Virgil Van Dijk has withdrawn from the Holland squad for their final Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia on Tuesday.The Dutch captain played 90 minutes on Saturday as Ronald Koeman’s side qualified for next year’s tournament following a 0-0 draw against Northern Ireland.However, Van Dijk will not take part in the final qualifying match in Amsterdam, with the Dutch FA announcing that their skipper has left the squad due to “personal circumstances.”No added information has been given by the Dutch FA for his withdrawal, other than to simply say he won’t be available for Tuesday’s clash at the Johan Cruyff Arena.Van Dijk is the fifth Liverpool player who has withdrawn from international duty in the past week.England duo Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez both withdrew from the England squad after their win against Montenegro on Thursday.Egyptian star Mo Salah also missed national team fixtures against Kenya and Comoros in order to recover from an ankle injury.Scotland captain Andy Robertson also withdrew after picking up a knock in Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Manchester City last week. Tags: Johan Cruyff Arenalast_img read more

GSA boys win seventh straight regional tennis title

first_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio ORONO — Like the approaching rain clouds, the George Stevens Academy boys’ tennis team’s recent loss to the Orono Red Riots loomed during Tuesday morning’s Class C Northern Maine championship at the University of Maine.After falling to second-ranked Orono 3-1 in their last match of the regular season, the No. 1 GSA Eagles beat the Red Riots — as well as the forecasted storm — 4-1 for their seventh straight regional title.GSA’s first-year coach Mark Ensworth said his team’s strategy going into the championship was to play with consistency.“They’re a real tough team,” Ensworth said of Orono. “We knew it was going to be a fight from start to finish.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textUnlike in the teams’ May 25 matchup — which was cut short because of inclement weather — the Eagles (13-2) didn’t give their new coach much to sweat. Ben Politte and Beowulf Urban both rectified their losses to Orono (11-4) to give GSA an early 2-0 lead.Politte, GSA’s No. 3 singles player, faced Orono’s Ben Blood twice throughout the regular season and lost both times. But on Tuesday, Politte had no trouble beating Blood 6-0, 6-2 in straight sets to put the Eagles on the board.“I think what went differently is that I was more confident in my game,” said Politte, a junior. “Having lost to him was definitely a drive.”Urban — GSA’s No. 2 singles’ player — cushioned the Eagles’ lead, defeating Sam Sheppard 6-1, 6-0.Christian Jones and Kent Fang clinched the title for GSA at second doubles after pulling away in the third set to beat Thor Van Walsum and Joe Sheppard 6-0, 5-7, 6-2.GSA already led 3-0 when Aidan Byrne and Leif Lyon-Miller edged Alex Fergusson and Brandon Hines 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 at first doubles for the Eagles’ fourth straight victory.At first singles, Orono senior Takumi Hoshima handed GSA its only loss, defeating Matt Stephens 6-2, 6-1. The rain held off until the end of their match.GSA has won 13 of the last 15 regional championships. Ensworth attributes the program’s strength to good coaching and year-round practice, which many of the players access through using the indoor courts in Sedgwick.“You kind of develop a culture for it,” Ensworth said. “The kids come in with a positive outlook. It has just grown in the area.”When asked how it felt to win a regional championship his first year coaching, Ensworth didn’t hesitate.“Relieved,” the 29-year-old said. “Following up Larry Gray — it’s big shoes to fill.”Ensworth, a GSA grad, played tennis for Gray in high school. Gray helped start GSA’s tennis program in 1996. He coached the team to 12 regional titles and one state championship before relinquishing the throne after last season to fill his new role as GSA’s athletics director.Though the Eagles remained on top of their class throughout the season, they didn’t get to the Northern Maine championship untested. Fifth-ranked Fort Kent (10-5) — an unfamiliar opponent — threatened to end GSA’s season on Saturday in the semifinals. The Eagles managed to pull out a 3-2 win.“It was stressful to the finish,” Ensworth said. “At least with Orono, we knew how we matched up. With Fort Kent, we didn’t know what they looked like until they stepped off the bus.”The Eagles initially appeared in good shape, with Jones and Fang opening the day with a win over Fort Kent’s Charles Parham and Johnny Labbe 6-4, 6-2.Politte also cruised to a 6-0 victory in his first set over Fort Kent’s David Roy before nearly dropping the second one. Politte put the match away 6-0, 7-6 (7-5), scoring the winning point after a long rally on a crosscourt shot. “That’s too good,” one of the Fort Kent coaches murmured while watching Roy dive for the ball, which Politte placed just beyond his reach.“That was a little scary,” Politte said of the match. “It’s all about finding out what shots work for you and using that to improve your game.”Fort Kent’s Micah Charette and Niko Nevanja defeated Byrne and Lyon-Miller 6-1, 6-2 to cut GSA’s lead to 2-1 before Ryan Chasse beat Stephens 6-0, 6-1 to tie the score.“I was stressed,” Ensworth said, smiling. “Tennis is such a stressful sport.”It got a little more stressful for Ensworth when Urban and Fort Kent’s Rowan Stamp entered a third set for a spot in the regional championship. Urban won 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to keep the Eagles’ season alive.“I think coming off a positive experience like that helped us prepare for today,” Ensworth said Tuesday. “We came ready to play.”GSA will play the winner of Thursday’s Southern Maine championship between Hall-Dale and Waynflete for the Class C state title on Saturday at Lewiston High School. The Eagles haven’t won a state title since 2004.GSA has lost to Waynflete in the state championship for the past six years, and Waynflete has won 10 of the last 11 state titles.But for the first time all season, the pressure won’t be on the Eagles.“We just can’t beat ourselves,” Ensworth said. “We’ll make them have to win the points.”The George Stevens Academy boys’ tennis team poses with its Class C regional championship plaque after defeating Orono for the title on Tuesday at the University of Maine-Orono. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Postscenter_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

Heineken UCL Tour: Puyol Hails Okocha, Drogba

first_imgThe three times UEFA Champions League winner however, said former Chelsea great, Drogba remains his toughest opponent during his playing career.“I came against him severally in the Champions League against Chelsea and he was one of the most unpredictable strikers I ever faced. He does unpredictable things and thereby very difficult to mark,” Puyol said.The Catalan however counted himself lucky for not having to come up against Argentine Lionel Messi in a match proper aside from training.“Messi is no doubt the best player in the world and you just can’t mark him. He does things that are out of this world and I’ll always be grateful that it was only in training that I do come against him,” he admitted.As part of his tour to Uyo, Puyol played an exhibition match against a side that had Okocha and other Super Eagles 1994 sets, which includes Mutiu Adepoju, Austin Eguaveon, Uche Okechuku and Daniel Amokachi.The match attracted huge turnout at the Godwill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, as the crowd cheered every of their moves.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Spain international, Carles Puyol has hailed the African duo of Austin Okocha and Cote D’Ivoire Didier Drogba as two of the finest players to have come out of Africa.Puyol made this known during the Heineken UEFA Champions League Tour to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.Though the former Barcelona defender admitted that he never played against Okocha at competitive level but he said he had great respect for his skills and could not stop admiring him anytime he gets to watch him.last_img read more

Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman as president, name Ned Colletti senior advisor

first_imgDodgers president Stan Kasten said he didn’t begin negotiations to hire Andrew Friedman, the longtime Tampa Bay Rays general manager, until recently. Friedman was only appointed to the newly created position of president of baseball operations on Tuesday.Yet this change at the highest level of the Dodgers organization — the position being created, the man being hired — had been part of Kasten’s vision for years.“We’ve talked about this scenario almost since I got here … and if this opportunity hadn’t presented itself just right, I might not be doing this today,” Kasten said. “This is about our ability to add Andrew Friedman specifically and we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to do that.”Former general manager Ned Colletti will remain in the organization as a senior advisor. He’ll assist Kasten and Friedman, who faces some immediate and important decisions. Regardless of who succeeds Colletti — if a new GM is chosen — the front-office shakeup already signals a major change in how the Dodgers will operate. Colletti’s background is rooted in scouting. Friedman’s is not.In small-market Tampa, it was a point of pride that Friedman used advanced baseball analytics to build a low-payroll team capable of reaching the World Series. As the Rays’ media guide explains, “Through the use of carefully reasoned, and sometimes unconventional strategies, and a heavy emphasis on scouting and player development, Friedman has built what many in baseball consider a model for sustained success.”Count Kasten among Friedman’s biggest fans. Colletti, too.“I’ve known Andrew since the day he walked into a general manager’s meeting for the first time,” Colletti said. “For a while, he would probably call every week just to check in and see how I was doing, what was new. He and I have a good friendship, a good business relationship. Some of his first trades and some of my first trades were with each other. We stayed in touch through the years.“I think he’s a tremendous addition for this group. He brings another view, a successful view and I think his personality here will play well.”Mattingly, who’s under contract through 2016, said Thursday that he expects to return to work when the new season begins. Rays manager Joe Maddon is under contract through 2015.These facts couldn’t quell speculation that Friedman would prefer a Los Angeles reunion with Maddon, the only manager he’s ever worked with. Kasten said he expects Mattingly to return next season but emphasized that the decision is Friedman’s.There are already unfilled vacancies for a new director of player development and a national scouting cross-checker. De Jon Watson and Roy Clark recently took front-office jobs with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves, respectively. Veteran minor-league pitching coordinator Rafael Chaves, who served as a special advisor last season, also recently left the Dodgers for the Philadelphia Phillies.Colletti struck a bittersweet tone when reflecting on his change in title. At 60 years old, with 33 years in Major League Baseball on his resume, he said he doesn’t view the new job as a demotion.“They believe I have a chance to continue to impact the organization in a positive way,” he said. “That’s good enough.”Colletti was hired as general manager by former owner Frank McCourt on Nov. 16, 2005. He survived a rocky transition in 2012 when Guggenheim Baseball Management purchased the team out of bankruptcy, and was given a multi-year contract extension later that year.Colletti did some of his best work with limited resources. As the penurious McCourt steered a large-market payroll into baseball’s middle class, the Dodgers continued to win. Under three different managers — Grady Little, Joe Torre and Don Mattingly — the club had one losing record in Colletti’s nine seasons. The Dodgers reached the NLCS in 2008 and 2009, only to lose both series in five games.“Nine years is a long time,” Colletti said. “Especially these nine years.”The change comes after a season in which the Dodgers won 94 games, only to be eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. That sets the bar fairly high for Friedman’s new regime, whatever it may look like.“We didn’t get to the Fall Classic,” Colletti said. “That’s the one thing that lingers.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Will Don Mattingly keep his job as manager? Who will replace Colletti as general manager, if Friedman chooses to fill the position at all? How will he manage baseball’s largest payroll, which seems certain to regress from its current largesse?A press conference for Friedman is expected at a future date at Dodger Stadium.The 37-year-old had been the Rays’ general manager since 2005. He built playoff teams in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 with a payroll that ranked no higher than 27th in baseball.Since he worked on a year-to-year contract in Tampa Bay, Friedman was free to negotiate a new deal with the Rays or leave for another team. Kasten said the Dodgers won’t compensate the Rays for Friedman.“The tricky part for me,” Kasten said, “was would I be able to add, bring on some good new creative energy, while still keeping Ned? It had to work just so to be right for everybody.”last_img read more

Kobe Bryant kept out of film academy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHad Bryant been granted membership, it may have stirred controversy, in part because of a sexual assault case brought against him in 2003, which was ultimately dropped and later the subject of a civil settlement. Kobe Bryant, who won an Oscar for best animated short for “Dear Basketball,” will not be asked to join the motion picture academy. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)HOLLYWOOD — Lakers legend Kobe Bryant will not be asked to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences even though he won an Oscar earlier this year along with director Glen Keane for the animated short film “Dear Basketball, it was reported Thursday.Under the academy’s procedures, Oscar winners and nominees are automatically considered for, though not guaranteed, membership, with the ultimate decision of who gets admitted to the group residing with the 54-member board of governors.While Bryant was recommended for membership by the short films and feature animation branch, he did not make the final cut owing to his lack of a larger body of work in the film industry, the Los Angeles Times reported.The news that Bryant was denied academy membership was first reported by the website Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Eagles bringing back Darren Sproles on 1-year deal

first_img Former NFL, Arkansas lineman Mitch Petrus dies at 32 Sproles is entering his sixth season with the Eagles and has established himself as one of the NFL’s best all-purpose backs ever. Sproles is sixth on the league’s career all-purpose yardage list thanks to his ability to rush, receive and return kickoffs and punts. He probably won’t get a staggering amount of touches in 2019-20, but he gives Philadelphia’s explosive offense another option. Darren Sproles still has gas left in the tank.The Eagles announced Friday they are signing the running back to a one-year deal. Packers lost Khalil Mack bid because Raiders didn’t like draft pick, says Green Bay CEOcenter_img Roster Move: #Eagles have agreed to terms with RB Darren Sproles on a one-year contract.#FlyEaglesFly— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 19, 2019Sproles, 36, considered retiring after an injury-riddled 2018-19 in which he played in only six games. But he said he’d give it another go if the “right team” called in June. It appears like Philadelphia is that team.”My heart is in Philly. That’s where I want to end my career,” Sproles said, via the Eagles’ website. “That team, the city is like a family.” Related News The Eagles gave Carson Wentz a four-year, $128 million extension in June. He’ll have talented targets in Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Zach Ertz to work with, as well as up-and-coming running back Jordan Howard in the backfield. Philadelphia has a better arsenal than it had on last season’s 9-7 team that finished second in the NFC East. At least on paper.The Eagles lost Nick Foles to the Jaguars this offseason, so they’ll have to bank on Wentz having a healthy year. He’ll need all the help he can get if he hopes to lead Philadelphia further than last season’s loss to the Saints in the divisional round.last_img read more