Buyers fleeing southern states snap up Queensland properties sight unseen

first_imgNarelle and John Cartwright with their children, Thomas, 14, and Lucy, 16 at their home in Kalinga. The family moved from Sydney to Brisbane in seach of a better lifestyle. Photographer: Liam KidstonQUEENSLAND is in hot demand with COVID refugees from southern states flocking to the sunshine state – some without even inspecting their future home. Victorian and New South Wales buyer interest in Queensland has risen 18 per cent in the past six months.Fresh data from realestate.com.au reveals 4 per cent are ready to buy now, 14 per cent are considering a move, and 22 per cent are simply browsing, possibly considering a longer-term lifestyle change.It comes as the nation’s top social experts say COVID-19 has accelerated interstate migration into Queensland and predict even more Sydney-siders and Melbournites will make the move to the Sunshine State, once border restrictions are eased.Leading demographer Bernard Salt said the pandemic has shifted people’s priorities about where they wanted to live. Surfers Paradise is the No 1. destination for people looking to relocate form Sydney and Melbourne since COVID-19 began.“I do think there will be a new driver in the 2020s … you’ll have people who feel uncomfortable with the congestion of living in the city whereas previously the congestion of the big city was seen as a positive, a drawcard,” he said. “The bright lights have dimmed a bit and they don’t have the same allure now that we’ve had full exposure to a pandemic. “A lot of people have decided to reassess their lifestyle and their location, and Queensland looks pretty good on both of those fronts, in terms of affordability, climate, security and non-congested lifestyle.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenDream homes that’ve sold during COVID-1901:19 They say lightning doesn’t strike twice but for one Sunshine Coast real estate agent that’s exactly what happened. During the pandemic Scott Louis of McGrath estate agency sold a property in Little Mountain to keen Victorian family, but left behind a swath of disappointed potential buyers. To keep them happy and his sales record on a roll Mr Louis took matters into his own hands, doorknocking the street, looking for another potential vendor. “I tried the house next door, because it looked like the type of property my clients were after,” Mr Louis said. He couldn’t believe his luck when Matt and Kim Ely, the owners of a nearby Casuarina Drive home, opened the door and invited him in. Mr Ely said the request wasn’t a complete surprise to him.“For years I had joked that this house would sell to someone who knocked on our front door and low and behold …”Mr Ely, who owns a building company, Ely Projects, had not long ago finished a renovation of the house that he, his wife Kim, and their four children have lived in for 12 years. “We were thinking of maybe selling later in the year, but when Scott knocked on the door, with the promise of a long list of genuine buyers, we decided to just go ahead,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThe house was put in front of six interested groups and sold to a Victorian family, sight unseen, for a suburb record of $1.25 million. Mr Louis said Queensland properties offer interstate buyers excellent value for money. “To get a house like this in Melbourne, on almost 2896sq m and 10 minutes from the coast, you would be paying $3 million to $4 million,” he said. 1 Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast2 Hope Island, Gold Coast3 Buderim, Sunshine Coast4 Palm Beach, Gold Coast5 Coolangatta, Gold Coast6 Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast7 Robina, Gold Coast8 Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast9 Southport, Gold Coast10 Broadbeach, Gold Coast11 Peregian Beach, Sunshine Coast12 Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast13 Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast14 Coomera, Gold Coast15 Burleigh Waters, Gold Coast16 Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast17 Labrador, Gold Coast18 Noosaville, Sunshine Coast19 Tugun, Gold Coast20 Runaway Bay, Gold Coast Source: realestate.com.au Southerners seeking a sea change or a holiday home can pick up this five-bedroom waterfront home at 17 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise through Kollosche estate agency TOP 20 LOCATIONS FOR SOUTHERNERS “Lifestyle properties are especially popular, with hinterland acreages or houses on larger blocks sought after. Making a lifestyle change has always been a thing, but COVID has accelerated that, especially for those coming from Sydney and Melbourne.”Sarah Hackett, lead agent at Place Bulimba in Brisbane, said that the pandemic effect was benefiting Queensland’s property market, and would likely continue for some months.“We have had a huge increase in inquiries from interstate. The most recent lockdown has slowed things slightly, because people can’t come to view properties, but once it passes and people can travel again, that is when we’ll see a flurry of sales,” Mrs Hackett said.However, closed borders have done little to hamper some southerners’ desire to secure a place in the sun, with many happy to purchase online or sight unseen.“Recently I have had five sales between $1 million and $4 million where the buyers from Sydney and Melbourne bought without inspecting the properties, and three were all cash, no finance,” Mr Stevens said. “Forget about the prices, it’s all about the volume.” Narelle and John Cartwright bought their house in Kalinga sight unseen before relocating from Sydney in the height of COVID.Narelle and John Cartwright from Sydney bought their home at 62 Henry Street in the Brisbane suburb of Kalinga sight unseen in the middle of the pandemic.“We recognised that if we sold our place in Sydney we could get a brand new home in Brisbane, with access to so many different things and with a reduced mortgage, which has allowed me to cut back on my work hours. Now I can fit in with the children, clean the house, go to the gym, go for a walk and just have the lifestyle that I could never have had in Sydney,” Mrs Cartwright said.While buying a property in the middle of COVID-19 was a daunting prospect she said it wasn’t enough to derail the family’s plans. “I had great confidence in our buyer’s agent Jordan Navybox of Cohen Handler and he put me on Facetime and so we felt quite confident. Now we’re here, we couldn’t be happier.“If I can give advice to anyone thinking of moving for a better lifestyle, it would be just do it. It’s not worth wasting time waiting.”With international travel off the cards, wealthy southern buyers not interested in making a permanent move north, are grabbing beachfront properties to use as a holiday destination.Mr Stevens said these high-net worth buyers don’t care where they buy as long as it is beachfront, although areas such as Noosa, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay are hot spots. “Anywhere from Main Beach to Palm Beach is sizzling,” he said. “Buyers are trending towards the blue-chip areas and they’re not interested in returns, they just want a lockup and leave holiday home.“They see these destinations as not only a good place to come on holiday, but a safe haven for their money.” Matt and Kim Ely recently sold their Little Mountain home to a Victorian buyer sight unseen for a record price. Photograph: Lachie Millard Estate agent goes doorknocking to find sellers Coastal locations are at the top of shopper’s wishlists, with eight of the top 10 most searched suburbs on the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise the most popular. Tolemy Stevens of Harcourts Coastal on the Gold Coast said that while interstate inquiries had always been strong, volumes had gone “through the roof” in the past three months.“I have never seen this level of demand, specifically from Melbourne and Sydney buyers, with such genuine voracity to secure properties yesterday,” he said.“These aren’t people who are toying with the idea of buying. These are people coming to me and saying, ‘I have $1-2 million or $4-5 million, find me a property and I’ll buy it’.”In Brisbane Judi O’Dea of Ray White Paddington said her level of inquiries from southern states had doubled during COVID-19 and properties were changing hands in all suburbs at all price points. This house in Koppa Place in Pelican Waters on the Sunshine Coast this week sold to a Victorian buyer for $829,000. Selling agency McGrath received as many inquiries from interstate buyers as local interest.“I’ve got clients from Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles and Hong Kong,” Ms O’Dea said. “They’re all trying to get to Brisbane and are all chasing as large a land size as possible because they have been holed up in apartments, and they are fed up,” she said.“Brisbane offers them something that is affordable. What has become apparent is that anything on a sizeable block that is family friendly is selling like hot cakes.”The phenomenon is happening across the state, according to Scott Louis of McGrath estate agency on the Sunshine Coast, who recently sold two homes in Caloundra for record prices to separate Victorian buyers.“People are realising they should live the life they want to live now, and so are speeding up their life plans, he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenWhat the ‘September Slope’ means for property01:55last_img read more

Chris Paul’s comments on rookie woman referee crossed a couple lines

first_imgAs many times as the Clippers have whined about the referees over the last few years, continually using them as an excuse for their failures and a crutch for their on-court immaturity, it was only a matter of time before one of them finally crossed the line and said something stupid.Step up, Chris Paul. And good luck extracting your foot from your mouth.But can we pump the brakes on calling him a sexist?More on that in a bit. Paul was upset with the officiating during the Clippers loss Thursday to the Cleveland Cavaliers, specifically rookie referee Lauren Holtkamp, who assessed Paul one of the Clippers five technical fouls in the game.During the sequence, Paul felt Holtkamp impeded his ability to inbound the ball. When he complained, she T’d him up.Afterward, Paul didn’t hold back his criticism.“The tech that I get right there was ridiculous. I don’t care what nobody says, I don’t care what she says; that’s terrible,” Paul said after the game. “There’s no way that can be a tech. We try to get the ball out fast every time down the court, and when we did that, she said, ‘Uh-uh.’ I said, ‘Why, uh-uh?’ And she gave me a tech. That’s ridiculous. If that’s the case, this might not be for her.”Paul’s last line – “If that’s the case, this might not be for her,” blew up social media late Thursday as it seemed to suggest he questioned Holtkamp’s ability relative to her gender. Within minutes after his comments aired, folks were taking to Twitter and Facebook and various other platforms to call Paul out as a sexist.Look, I’m not in Paul’s head. None of us are. But it’s hard for me to believe that was the direction he was going, and it would be assumptive to try and convince anyone his comments somehow reflect a specific bias toward female referees.Frankly, I just think Paul was salty after getting embarrassed on national TV in a signature match-up against LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the middle of a long road trip on which the Clippers haven’t played particularly well.That doesn’t mean he gets off Scott free.Far from it.It’s one thing for Paul to criticize a referee’s call or argue a foul. That happens all the time – especially with the Clippers, who are as loose with the lips and dirty glares as any team in the NBA.It’s quite another for Paul to question whether someone deserves the right to make a living in the same arena as he does.Paul is no more qualified to say Holtkamp isn’t capable of officiating in the NBA as he is questioning the network’s play-by-play person, the guy or gal in charge of selling the tickets, the opposing team’s new point guard or who turns off the lights at Staples Center at the end of the night.He does his job, they do theirs.They have their bosses, Paul has his.And just as Paul did, Holtkamp went through an extensive hiring process in which she earned the trust and confidence of supervisors and managers to reach the highest level of her profession. She answers to them, not Paul. They determine her qualifications, not him.And for lashing out as he did, Paul absolutely deserves to be fined and criticized. Not only did he cross a professional line, his critique completely ignored statistical facts.According to the Washington Post – via data compiled by nbastuffer.com – Holtkamp hasn’t displayed a itchy trigger finger handing out technical fouls. Quite the opposite actually. Meanwhile, the Clippers are among the most blatant teams in the league getting technicals.In the 29 games Holtkamp has officiated, she’s averaged just 0.2 technicals on the road team and 0.3 on the home team. And those fouls account for just 1.2 percent of all the fouls called when she is part of the crew working the game. That ranks 21st out of the 39 officials with at least 20 games under their belt this season.Meanwhile, the Clippers went into Thursday’s game averaging the second-most technical fouls in the NBA (0.7) behind the Phoenix Suns (0.8). As of Friday, they lead the league.Seems like Paul should have a bigger beef with his teammates then with Holtkamp, don’t you think?That said, in no way do I believe Paul’s remarks were intended in a sexist manner, as if he was insinuation Holtkamp isn’t qualified to work in the NBA because of her gender.Paul can be a lot of things: Ornery, forthright, brutally honest and even a little bit moody.But a sexist?No way.From my vantage point, it seems he was simply questioning the ability of a rookie referee, not saying her gender rendered her incapable.One criticism is presumptuous and unprofessional.The other is indicative of a sexist mentality, be it subtle or deep seeded.Paul crossed a line Thursday and he should be fined and penalized accordingly.But to read anything deep seeded into his comments?That would be a mistake.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lonzo Ball makes fun of LaVar in new Foot Locker commercial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSee the video Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lonzo Ball and Foot Locker took the upcoming occasion of Father’s Day to poke fun of outspoken father LaVar Ball.In the commercial, college stars recount traditional moments with their fathers growing up. Lonzo, however, remembers some cringe-worthy points where LaVar hasn’t been the easiest dad in the world.According to Foot Locker and its press release, father and son both approve of the message.“It’s been a big year for my family, and I know we’re just getting started. My dad and I both love the humor of the spot and I’m glad I got to have a little fun around the topic before going to the league,” said Lonzo.last_img read more

Rose donates £10k to two domestic abuse charities after giving £19k to hospital

first_imgMost Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’Rose then delighted hospital staff by paying out for mountains of Dominos pizzas and potato wedges just days later.A video clip showed boxes of food stacked up in the hospital for hard-working staff battling coronavirus.The hospital tweeted: “Thank you Danny Rose for the hundreds of Dominos pizzas.”England defender Danny Rose delivers hundreds of Domino’s pizzas to NHS staff days after £19k donation to aid coronavirus fight 2DANNY ROSE has donated £10,000 to two domestic abuse charities days after giving £19k and hundreds of pizzas to a London hospital.The generous Newcastle star, on loan from Tottenham, split the donation between SafeLives and Chayn after Refuge, the country’s largest domestic abuse charity, reported an increase of 120 per cent in helpline calls.2 Danny Rose was the mystery donor of £19,000 to North Middlesex University Hospital – and sent them hundreds of pizzas from Domino’sCredit: Getty⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesRose said: “If you’re worried about a neighbour or a friend being abused, if you’re a child worried about your parents,  I hope you know that response services will still come out.“There are still people out there want to help.”Rose’s gift comes after he anonymously donated £19k to North Middlesex University Hospital in London.The hospital tweeted: “Our super sleuths have scoured the evidence and identified that Danny Rose is our incredibly generous mystery donor.”Rose replied: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you’re doing – for the hours you’re putting in and, more importantly, for putting yourself at risk to treat everybody“I wanted to say, on behalf of all my colleagues, that you are the heroes.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.“You’re probably not getting as much recognition as you deserve so I just wanted to say ‘thank you very much’.“I’ve chosen your hospital because I’ve been there a couple of times through Spurs, so it makes sense to go to you first.“You are the heroes and the work and the hours you are putting in are not going unnoticed.”Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappeallast_img read more