Ready-to-buy home hunters hit record high amid FOMO

first_imgHome buying intentions have reached a record high, according to CBA. Picture: iStock.THE number of people wanting to buy a home has hit a record high, with hundreds of potential buyers flooding through the doors of the first Brisbane open homes of 2020.Data from the nation’s biggest bank reveals early signs of a positive ‘wealth effect’ in the housing market and suggests the residential construction downturn should reach a bottom mid-year. RELATED: Brisbane auction market fires up Real estate agents are reporting huge numbers through open homes so far in 2020.Commonwealth Bank chief economist Michael Blythe said the lift in home buying intentions suggested the pick-up in dwelling prices in the second half of 2019 would continue into the first half of this year.“Past cycles show that leading indicators like building approvals turn about three months after home buying intentions start to lift,” Mr Blythe said. “A bottoming in the construction cycle would remove a major growth drag on the economy, and also helps retailing.” Commonwealth Bank Australia chief economist Michael Blythe. Photo: Hollie Adams.Home values in Brisbane have been slowly increasing since May, following the re-election of the Coalition government, interest rate cuts and the loosening of lending criteria by APRA.They rose 0.7 per cent in December, on the back of a 0.8 per cent increase in November, according to CoreLogic.Home building in the Queensland capital is also turning a corner, up 3 per cent in the September quarter — the highest growth in the country, according to the Bureau of Statistics. Large crowds have been attending auctions and the numbers of registered bidders are increasing. Picture: Andrew Henshaw.Selling agent Joanna Giannotis of Place Bulimba said she was seeing a significant change in buyer mentality.The current sales campaign of a five-bedroom house at 10 Weal Ave, Tarragindi, attracted more than 80 viewings in the first week.“They are definitely more in ‘buy mode’,” Ms Giannotis said.“I think it’s confidence. Confidence that the market is going in the right direction and they need to get into the market now.” MORE: Home sold in days as buyers return to market More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago This house at 50 Park St, Kelvin Grove, had huge numbers of people through its doors at its first open home.Another four-bedroom house at 50 Park St, Kelvin Grove, saw 90 viewings in the first two days and 10 offers at the first open home. At the weekend, a two-bedroom apartment in the Elystan Court building in New Farm sold at auction for $925,000 after 25 bids from six bidders and a campaign that attracted 80 viewings. The ground floor unit in this complex at 38 Elystan Rd, New Farm, attracted huge interest.Marketing agent Tom Lyne of Ray White New Farm said two of his recent auctions also attracted six registered bidders, which was well above the Brisbane average.Mr Lyne said he had also noticed buyers were more willing to engage at auctions.“Buyers are putting their hand up a lot earlier (at auctions) and we’re seeing massive numbers at inspections,” Mr Lyne said. “Given interest rates are staying at the level they’re at … and what’s happening in Brisbane as a whole, people are more confident and don’t want to miss out.”last_img read more

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Man City’s De Bruyne recovering from illness

first_img De Bruyne and his family felt ill for around two weeks, but the Belgian international did not find out whether or not it was the virus. “I am doing well, to be honest,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports on Friday.“The first two weeks my family was sick so it was a little bit like up and down, but now they are all healthy.“We don’t know if we had it (coronavirus) or not but I think we’re doing well now.”With De Bruyne recovered, the midfielder is trying to keep as fit as he can while adhering to social distancing rules.The Premier League is suspended indefinitely because of the pandemic, but there remains a chance play will resume this season.“Well, the first two weeks was a little bit weird because I don’t know what’s going on,” De Bruyne said.“Then I managed to get a treadmill. I was swimming a little bit because I’m lucky to have a pool downstairs.“I was doing a couple of lengths but now mostly I’m doing a run and I would say every other day I would choose between swimming and doing some exercise, so I’m keeping fairly good for what we can on our own, I guess.”Asked if City are sending through information and drills, he said: “They send us like a fairly big programme.“I think at the beginning of lockdown some of the gym physios went to the club and made videos of what we can do, different types of exercises.Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is recovering from illnessRead Also: Valencia drag Spanish FA to UEFA over European spots proposal“But there’s a few things that I like to do, obviously it’s more the running and the swimming exercise.“I do a little bit in-between but I’m not one for sitting like an hour or two hours in a gym.“I get bored of doing stuff on my own anyway so I prefer to do running, where I keep busy for myself and listen to some podcasts and all that stuff.” Kevin De Bruyne is recovering from an illness, but the Manchester City star says he is not sure if he had coronavirus.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Madecenter_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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COVID-19 cases in PH surge to 140

first_imgBased on the latest data from theDepartment of Health, there are 140 positive cases of COVID-19 infection in thecountry with 12 deaths as of Sunday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque says the number of persons suspected of carrying coronavirus disease 2019 is expected to climb daily due to government’s tracing of those who interacted with patients infected with the illness. AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA Of the140 confirmed, six have already been discharged and will undergo homequarantine instead, said Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. Among those who recovered were the twoChinese tourists tagged as Case Nos. 1 and 3. Both have returned to China. TheDepartment of Health is still awaiting test results of 72 other individuals,while 638 have tested negative for the virus. MANILA– Two of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in the country haverecovered, Health Secretary Francisco Duque announced Sunday. Vergeire clarified that this does notmean that the patients have recovered, but merely that their symptoms are mildenough to permit a home quarantine. “Sila po ay positibo ngunit sila po ay walangsintomas o ‘di kaya ‘yung iba ay mild symptoms. Base po sa bagong desisyon namin ngayon para hindi mas mahawa ang mga tao…sa bahay na lang po muna sila at mag-i-isolate sila do’n,” said in a radio interview. “Matagaltalaga ang recovery period. Samild to moderate cases of COVID-19 infection, (recovery) is anywhere from twoto three weeks. ‘Yung critical aabutin lampas ng isang buwan, or three to six weeks. So hindi madali,” Duque said in an interview with DZMM. “Pagkagumawa tayo ng marami pangtesting, baka may positive na marami dyan, so liliit ‘yung case mortality rate…‘yan ‘yung number of deaths over number of infection,” Duque said./PN Duque said in a radio interview that ittook a while for the patients to be cleared as the recovery period of thedisease is normally around two to three weeks. Duque explained that the number ofpersons suspected of carrying the virus is expected to climb daily due togovernment’s tracing of those who interacted with patients infected withCOVID-19.last_img read more

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Theft suspect nabbed

first_imgThe 47-year-old Panfilo Agudez, a resident of the village, was caught on Tuesday. ILOILO City – Charged with theft, a man was arrested in Barangay Tahing, Calinog, Iloilo. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Calinog municipal police station. Agudez’s apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Maria Yvete Go of the Regional Trial Court Branch 37. A P40,000 bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img

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IU Student Among Victims In Malaysian Flight 17

first_imgPhoto: Karlijn Keijzer (Facebook)An Indiana University student was a passenger on the plane that was shot down Thursday in Ukraine.Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 that crashed killing all 298 passengers on board.She was a former member of the IU rowing team and was pursuing a doctorate in chemistry at the Bloomington campus.She was a native of Amsterdam, Netherlands.last_img

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Local bands performing in opening day parade

first_imgCINCINNATI, Ohio — Local bands will be performing in the 98th Annual Findlay Market Opening Day Parade on Monday (4/3).East Central High School Marching Band and Guard, Jac-Cen-Del Marching Band, Franklin County High School Marching Band, and South Dearborn Marching Band will all be performing in the parade on Monday.The parade is scheduled to begin at noon.last_img

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IMCA Modified, Stock Car, Late Model drivers pursue Penske Racing Shocks prizes

first_imgREADING, Pa. – Penske Racing Shocks builds on a strong first season of sponsorship with renewed contingency awards for three IMCA divisions in 2014. Product certificates good for $350, $250 and $150, respectively, go to top three eligi­ble finishers in each of the five regions for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and in both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions. Certificates in the same increments will be awarded to eighth, ninth and 10th place finishers in national standings for IMCA Late Models.Modified and Stock Car competitors must compete with four Penske shocks, display two Penske decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1.Awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week. “We are excited to renew the relationship with Penske Shocks for the 2014 racing season and I have already had new drivers return contingency sign-up sheets and register for the program,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Anyone using Penske shocks should definitely let me know and I am sure there will be some rewards in it for them at the end of the year.”More information about Penske-manufactured shocks is available through the www.penskeshocks.com website.last_img read more

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Centurion Stokes & Roland-Jones put England in control

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Ben Stokes underlined his prowess as the rarest of all-round talents with his glorious century propelling England to a challenging total of 353 on the second day of the third Test against South Africa at The Oval yesterday.To cap a fine afternoon session for England, debutant Toby Roland-Jones, who had earlier hit a robust run-a-ball 25, struck with his 10th ball, having Dean Elgar caught behind and leaving South Africa 18-1 in reply at tea.Not for the first time, Stokes proved the scourge of the Proteas, smashing two consecutive sixes to take him to his fifth Test century. He also struck his next delivery over the ropes before being the last man out for 112 from 153 balls.Alastair Cook had earlier missed out on a 31st Test hundred, falling for 88, but with a magnificent counter-attack combining watchfulness and remarkable power, Stokes delivered the performance The Oval merited in its 100th Test.There was a moment when, with Stokes on 91 and down to his last partner James Anderson, it appeared as if he was about to miss out on his richly-deserved ton.Attempting to smash spinner Keshav Maharaj, he miscued, allowing Faf du Plessis to catch him on the long-on boundary. However, with momentum sending him tumbling backwards, the South African captain fell into the boundary markers and six was awarded much to the delight of a packed crowd.Stokes celebrated by hoisting the next ball in the same direction, connecting perfectly as the ball sailed into the crowd to take him to three figures off 144 balls.THREE SIXESStokes made it three sixes in a row over deep mid-wicket, the first time an England batsman had achieved the feat in a Test since Wally Hammond against New Zealand 84 years ago.Stokes’ assault had echoes of his incredible double hundred against the South Africans in Cape Town last year but, going for one blow too many off Morne Morkel, he was caught by Kagiso Rabada.Earlier, Cook, who had batted throughout the rain-interrupted opening day to anchor his side’s struggle to an overnight 171 for four, added six runs before being trapped by Morkel.He looked dismayed by the lbw decision and called for a review but it showed the ball would have clipped the bails, thus ending his 200-ball vigil.The dismissal brought together Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, no strangers to putting the Proteas to the sword after their epic stand of 399 in Cape Town, and the pair again combined sweetly in a partnership of 75.After South Africa had taken the second new ball, Bairstow was quickly snaffled for 36 but Stokes, who went past 2,000 runs in Tests, found another willing partner in Roland-Jones, who enjoyed his six and four fours immensely.The touring side were again hampered by the absence of key paceman Vernon Philander, who, just as on Thursday, bowled well early on before having to leave the field feeling unwell.The team later reported that Philander had gone to hospital for further tests because his stomach bug symptoms had worsened. ENGLAND 1st innings (o/n: 171-4)A. Cook lbw b M. Morkel 88K. Jennings c Elgar b Philander 0T. Westley c du Plessis b Morris 25J. Root c de Kock b Philander 29D. Malan b Rabada 1B. Stokes c Rabada b M. Morkel 112J. Bairstow c du Plessis b Rabada 36M. Ali c de Kock b M. Morkel 16T. Roland-Jones lbw b Maharaj 25S. Broad c Amla b Rabada 3J. Anderson not out 1Extras: (b-7, lb-7, w-3) 17Total: (all out, 103.2 overs) 353Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-64, 3-113, 4-120, 5-183, 6-258, 7-279, 8-316, 9-331.Bowling: M. Morkel 28.2-7-70-3, V. Philander 17-6-32-2 (w-1). K. Rabada 26-4-85-3, K. Maharaj 15-1-61-1, C. Morris 17-1-91-1 (w-2).SOUTH AFRICA 1st inningsD. Elgar c Bairstow b Roland-Jones 8H. Kuhn lbw b Roland-Jones 15H. Amla c Bairstow b Roland-Jones 6Q. de Kock c Stokes b Roland-Jones 17F. du Plessis lbw b Anderson 1T. Bavuma not out 34C. Morris c & b Anderson 2K. Maharaj c Cook b Stokes 5K. Rabada b Broad 30M. Morkel not out 2Extras: (lb-4, nb-2) 6Total: (for 8 wickets, 43 overs) 126Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-23, 3-30, 4-47, 5-47, 6-51, 7-61, 8-114.Bowling: J. Anderson 10-5-16-2, S. Broad 10-4-28-1, T. Roland-Jones 11-3-39-4, B. Stokes 7-1-26-1 (nb-2), J. Root 2-0-5-0, M. Ali 3-0-8-0.last_img read more

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Five Nigeria Players Who Could Move During the Winter Transfer Window

first_img With the January transfer window less than 72 hours away from now, some Nigerian players are expected to join in the transfer train. AOIFootball.com looks at five Nigeria players who could change clubs in the coming days. Oghenekharo Etebo: He is one Nigerian who will definitely be on the move this January. The Super Eagles’ midfielder is expected to join Portuguese giants FC Porto from CD Feirense in the coming days.The Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist has been Feirense’s best player by a distance this season, scoring four times and his impressive display has been sported by the league leaders who are keen to add the Nigerian to boost their chances of winning the league. Ahmed Musa: If there is any Nigerian currently waiting for the start of the transfer window, it has to be Super Eagles’ winger, Ahmed Musa who has been frozen out by Leicester this season.The former CSKA Moscow man is expected to finalise a contract agreement with Stoke City in the next few days, as he looks to reignite his career and boost his chances of playing in the World Cup next year.  Shehu Abdullahi: The Super Eagles’ right-back is attracting offers the likes of Birmingham City, Trabzonspor and Freiburg who are looking to add the defender to their squad in January.Abdullahi, who currently has six months left on his contract with Anorthosis Famagusta, could be sold in January by the club, so as not to lose one of their most priced assets for free in the summer. Kelechi Iheanacho: The January window could be a now or never opportunity for the Super Eagles’ star to quit former Premier League champions, Leicester City, having failed to break into the first team.Iheanacho, who arrived during last summer transfer window for a club record fee of around 25 million pounds from Manchester City, has failed to adapt with the Foxes’ style of play, playing second fiddle to Shinji Okazaki. The Nigerian has not featured for Leicester in any of their last eight EPL outings and should now be looking for a way out in January to boost his chances of making the Super Eagles’ World Cup squad. Imoh Ezekiel: After been told his services are no longer needed by Turkish club, Konyaspor, the former U-23 striker is one man on the hunt for a new club during the transfer window.Ezekiel left Konyaspor due to a breach of contract and is thought to be keen on a return to former club Standard Liege in Belgium, with some clubs in the Middle East also showing interest in the Nigerian.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Kawhi Leonard struggling with his shot, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers isn’t worried

first_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “Landry told me – listen, guys tell me things that aren’t true, I think you already know that – but Landry told me the other day that he’s traveling with us,” Rivers said. “I asked him, ‘Does that mean playing?’ And he says, ‘I wouldn’t be traveling if not.’”George said he’ll welcome Shamet onto the court. The two haven’t played together yet; George returned from rehabbing offseason shoulder surgeries on Nov. 14, three days after Shamet was hurt in the Clippers’ win over the Raptors.“Another guy who spaces the floor, another guy who plays defense, a weapon on both ends,” George said. “That’s what we’re adding back to our group.”Rivers added that Rodney McGruder, out with a right hamstring strain, also could return soon – at least according to McGruder: “Rodney told me he’s playing Friday. I don’t believe that, I can tell you that. But that may be true. I don’t know. We’ll find out.” The 6-foot-7 forward has been brilliant in other respects, including averaging a career-high 7.9 rebounds per game, to go with nearly two steals per contest and contributing a career-best 5.3 assists per game, almost three more than his professional average.“What I loved, honestly, I thought he set the tone with this passing,” Rivers said Tuesday, when Leonard finished with five assists. “He kind of let the game come to him. He got everybody else going first, then he tried to get himself going, and he couldn’t do that tonight. But I love that he was getting everybody else going.”SEE YOU SOON?Rivers said he couldn’t verify the veracity of the information, but he’s heard from a relatively reliable source (Landry Shamet) that Landry Shamet could return to the court during the team’s upcoming six-games-in-nine-days trip. The second-year guard has missed the past 12 games with a high left ankle sprain.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “First thing he said when he sat on the bench is, ‘My goodness, am I getting great shots.’ Right now, they’re not going in, but they will. You know they will. I love the shots he’s getting.”Leonard, who left Staples Center without addressing the media Tuesday, has mentioned he wasn’t able to work on his game as usual this offseason and has subsequently remained unavailable to play back-to-back games with what the NBA reported was an ongoing injury to the patella tendon. It’s possible that it’s just a matter of finding a consistent rhythm.Also, he and the rest of the still-jelling Clippers concede that their chemistry remains a work in progress.“I think right now everybody is, in a good way, like, ‘Hey I just got a good look, I got me a shot.’ Or, ‘Hey, you got a mismatch, you take him.’ It’s been that kind of feel,” said Paul George, Leonard’s All-Star sidekick. “I think once we get to a point where we’re just playing, the ball moves around, the ball hops around, and we show that throughout a game … once we continue to keep playing, we’ll build that chemistry.”Although Leonard is shooting a subpar-for-him 43.9 percent from the field through 16 games for the Clippers (16-6), he has scored 25 or more points in 10 of those contests. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime No, Kawhi Leonard’s shot wasn’t hitting the mark in the Clippers’ 117-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, when he finished 3 for 15 from the floor.And yes, he was similarly, woefully off-target Nov. 11, when the Clippers faced his former team, defeating the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors 98-88 despite a 2-for-11 line from Leonard.But it’s going to take more than a couple of dud shooting nights from the career 49.2 percent shooter to concern Coach Doc Rivers.“I tell you, he had great shots, so I don’t attribute it to much of anything,” Rivers said after Tuesday’s game, which was one of only five in Leonard’s career in which he took 10 or more shots and made 20 percent or fewer of them.last_img read more

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