How to stand out from the crowd this Spring Selling Season

first_imgSpring has arrived! Picture: ThinkstockTHEY don’t call it the Spring Selling Season for nothing. Spring is traditionally the peak time for property sales in the country, with the return of warmer weather bringing out both buyers and sellers keen to make a move before Christmas.Standing out in such a crowd is not such a difficult thing, according to AgentFinder.com.au, whose chief executive Matt McCann swears by seven key steps to maximise the chance of a successful sale.“It’s an ideal time of year to show off a home at its best and buyers are motivated to attend open for inspections with the warmer weather. It’s also the time when families start putting their properties on the market in preparation for the December-January school holidays so their kids aren’t disrupted with a move during the middle of the school term,” he said.Here are his top seven ways to boost the price you sell your home for this Spring.1. GardeningKerb appeal matters a lot when there is increased competition on the market, he said.“After winter, vendors should tidy the front yard by mowing the lawn, removing weeds and laying fresh grass down on any dead patches that didn’t see the winter sun. Plant flowers such as daffodils and tulips to add vibrant colour to the garden — yellow is associated with feelings of optimism and happiness and may have a subliminal effect on potential buyers.”Never underestimate kerb appeal and the allure of plants.2. Exterior areasNoone wants to go outside in Winter to wash away any dirt build-up or even cobwebs, but come Spring, this is a must do.“Vendors can make a good first impression by giving the outside of the house a good spray-down with a pressure hose. Homes should look inviting, and vendors should ensure fences and front porches look well cared for.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago3. Spring cleanA tried and true strategy, decluttering your home will not only make you breathe easier but help make your property feel more spacious. Mr McCann suggests asking your real estate agent to give an unbiased opinion on where to declutter, which can vary from benchtops in kitchens and bathrooms to removing all artwork from walls, tidying shelves and bookcases, or clearing out old furniture. Better still, hire someone else to do it for you if you’re timepoor.4. Take advantage of the spring sunlightLetting the light in by pulling back the curtains will bathe the home in a warm glow, according to Mr McCann. “Make the most out of the spring light by ensuring it bounces off clean and polished surfaces, windows, mirrors, chrome fittings, door knobs, and floors.” Your agent can also tailor inspections for when the light looks best in the home.Pull back the curtains and giving everything the once-over works wonders.5. Create flow between the outdoors and indoorsDo not underestimate Queenslanders love of indoor-outdoor flow. “Vendors will want to feel they can enjoy the space outdoors just as much as they can indoors.” Close your screen doors to keep the pollen out for Spring allergies but open doors and windows to allow fresh Spring air to circulate and chase away musty Winter air.6. Add a pop of colour“A fresh coat of light-coloured paint will make spaces seem larger and can be contrasted against colourful rugs and throws.” Mr McCann suggests bright, cheerful shades like yellow, orange, green, blue or red for Spring — but warns that the colours should not clash. Another quick pop of colour is a bunch of balloons tied to the mailbox or sale sign.7. Talk to expertsFinally he suggests talking to your real estate agent about adapting your home to suit the season.“A good agent with local knowledge and expertise will know what comparable properties are on the market and can help vendors focus on the unique aspects of their property that make it attractive to prospective buyers, helping to increase the likelihood of fetching the best price.”last_img read more

Revamped family home in the heart of Redcliffe

first_imgThe updated kitchen at 49 Longland St, Redcliffe. Picture: Supplied.Upstairs, there is an open-plan living and dining room and a galley-style kitchen, which flows out to the big entertaining deck. The four bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a family bathroom and separate toilet. Downstairs, there are two multipurpose rooms, a kitchenette, living room, bathroom and laundry. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The back deck is probably my favourite part of the home — it’s great for entertaining,” Ms Blakey said. “The home also has a great sized yard with plenty of room to put in a swimming pool or shed.” The living area at 49 Longland St, Redcliffe. Picture: Supplied.Ms Blakey said the property would be perfect for families or first homebuyers. “It really suited us as a young couple entertaining friends but it also has the big yard for families and the area downstairs, which would be ideal for grandparents or older children looking for some independence,” she said.The property also has a double carport, a private front veranda and established gardens. The home at 49 Longland St, Redcliffe. Picture: Supplied.THIS updated family home is on a good-sized block with plenty of space to entertain or for the children and pets to run around. Owner Amanda Blakey said she and her husband purchased the property at 49 Longland St, Redcliffe three years ago and revamped the two-storey home. “We completely updated the inside,” Ms Blakey said. “We ripped up the carpet and redid the timber floors, updated the bathrooms and kitchen, painted the interior, redid the back deck and added a roof over it.” center_img The backyard at 49 Longland St, Redcliffe. Picture: Supplied.Ms Blakey said the home was in a good neighbourhood. “We’ve lived in Redcliffe for the past 20 years and we love it,” she said. “Our neighbours here are really friendly, and it’s a really good area, nice and close to two schools.” The property is being marketed by Andrew Campbell and Ben Campbell of Ray White Redcliffe.last_img read more

OEEC 2018: Is Your Company Corporately Responsible?

first_imgThe final day of the OEEC 2018 in Amsterdam has seen another action-packed program.The Global Oil Event was followed by technical sessions on Late Life Ops and Corporate Responsibility.Christiaan Luca, Associate Partner, Community Wisdom Partners, started the session on Corporate Responsibility with the intro of the speakers and their topics.Across the globe and across industries, companies increasingly face public scrutiny of their business activities.This session engaged delegates in a discussion on corporate responsibility in the extractive and renewable energy industry and why it makes business sense to put corporate responsibility at the heart of your company strategy.Examples were shown how companies, such as Total and Van Oord take responsibility for their impact on the environment they operate in, on their stakeholders and on their own employees and the results of this strategy.Jean-Marc Fontaine – Vice-President Operations & Expertises at the Civil Society Engagement Direction of Total presented the company’s initiative – Total Foundation, which has a special focus on youth with its Youth Inclusion and Education priority.“We pledge to go beyond our business operations by developing solidarity initiatives through the Total Foundation worldwide program based on four priority areas and oriented towards young people.”The seventeen United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) represent in fact the drivers and impact of business.Sander Dekker, manager Sustainability at Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors, picked out 7 of the UN’s SDGs and presented how Van Oord implements them into the company’s strategy.With the fast-changing society and the role of the social media, the company’s social license to operate has become increasingly important for the bottom line.Further discussions were delivered  on how companies cannot get away anymore with just informing the people and paying compensation for damages made. Nowadays, companies are expected to become partners in development on a continuous and structural basis. The classic stakeholder model whereby companies identify which stakeholder has most influence and most impact on the company is not fit to deal with this increasingly complex society.The event continues with Marine Energy Event and Decommissioning Session, which will wrap up the Conference part.last_img read more

Ivory Coast: parts of Abidjan resemble war zone – UN

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 11 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet News Ivory Coast: parts of Abidjan resemble war zone – UN by: – March 4, 2011 Parts of Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan resemble a “war zone”, the UN refugee agency head in the West African nation, Jacques Franquin, told the BBC. The UNCHR has suspended plans to open a camp in the west for those fleeing the violence because of safety concerns. “The situation is deteriorating rapidly,” Mr Franquin said. Tensions have been rising since President Laurent Gbagbo refused to hand power to Alassane Ouattara, widely seen as the winner of November’s poll. Mr Franquin comments come as UN peacekeepers in country say they are overstretched and cannot provide security for all civilians.Violent clashesOn Thursday, security forces shot dead six women marching in support of Mr Ouattara in the northern Abobo neighbourhood of the city. “We are overstretched in terms of patrolling. We conducted over 865 patrols last week. You can’t be in every corner of the city,” UN spokesman Hamadoun Toure told the BBC. “Certain areas of Abidjan are truly in a situation of war with the population fleeing,” Mr Franquin said. “The situation is making it impossible to reach people who are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,” he said.In the west, UNCHR staff had been withdrawn to Abidjan for their safety and the agency was trying to set up networks using local non-governmental organisations to help those displaced, he said. A camp is being set up in neighbouring Liberia where tens of thousands have also fled. Meanwhile, Mr Toure said the UN had received two helicopter gunships this week and he hoped the security situation would improve with the arrival of more peacekeepers. The BBC’s international development correspondent Mark Doyle says the delivery of the helicopter gunships is a measure of the seriousness of the situation.The idea that these machines might be used, even in a defensive capacity, in a big overcrowded city like Abidjan takes the situation in Ivory Coast to a new level, he says. African Union heads of state who are attempting to resolve the crisis are due to meet in Mauritania later on Friday. The presidents of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and South Africa and Tanzania were initially given a month by the AU to do their work. But this week that time frame was extended until the end of March.Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

Moores Hill man acquitted in child molesting case

first_imgPHOTO: DLZLawrenceburg, In. — A Moores Hill man has been acquitted by a Dearborn County jury on allegations he molested a child multiple times over the course of six years. Adam Potraffke, 53, of Moores Hill, was charged back in 2017 and the acquittal came last Friday.Once facing at least 50-years in prison he is now free.Dearborn/Ohio County prosecutor Lynn Deddens released the following statement:“I respect the verdict the jurors returned in this case.  They listened attentively to an extremely difficult case…a case that involved a young teenager who stated that she was molested by her step father over a period of time when she was between the ages of five and ten years old.  This brave, young lady made the disclosure to law enforcement when she was fifteen years old and testified now at the age of seventeen.  As a Prosecutor, child molesting cases, rape cases and other sexual charges are very difficult to prove because the criminal act typically occurs in the presence of only two people, the perpetrator and the victim.  To further complicate a prosecution, physical evidence is rarely left behind.  In this very CSI world that we live in, a case such as this comes down to the word of the victim against the word of the defendant. Nonetheless, my office believed in what this young lady reported to law enforcement, but the jurors felt that the evidence was not there to convict him.  While this verdict is not what we were seeking, I sincerely hope that it does not discourage victims of sexual crimes from reporting their victimization to the police.”last_img read more

Cricket News Revealed – First visuals of MS Dhoni starting his Army duty in Jammu and Kashmir

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. MS Dhoni will not be part of the West Indies tour.India crashed out in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup.Dhoni was conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011. New Delhi: MS Dhoni, the Honorary Lieutenant General of the Indian Army, will begin his two-month training with the Territorial Army Unit of the Parachute Regiment and he will be taking the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty in Kashmir. First visuals have emerged of Dhoni going to Kashmir. In the photos, he is seen on a civilian flight and giving him company is Arun Pandey, the owner of Rhiti Sports. Since Dhoni is a territorial Army soldier, he need not necessarily travel on military planes unless they are moving as a company or a unit to another location. Dhoni was conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army in 2011 and he became a qualified paratrooper in 2015 after having completed five parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircraft in the Agra training camp.Dhoni’s request to train with the Indian Army was approved by General Bipin Rawat. In an interview to NDTV, General Rawat said, “When a citizen of India wants to don the military uniform then he has to also be prepared to fulfil the task for which the uniform has been assigned to him. MS Dhoni has carried out his basic training and we know that he will be able to accomplish the task. In fact, he will be protecting a lot of other people because he will now be performing with the 106 Territorial Army battalion (Para). It is a very good battalion and they have been performing a line of communication duties, static protection and he will be a part of it.”BCCI Chief Selector MSK Prasad had announced Indian squad for West Indies tour and Dhoni’s name was missing for the whole tour. Speaking about Dhoni’s absence from the squad, Prasad said that the wicket-keeper batsman was unavailable for the selection.However, the chief selector also dropped a major hint for Dhoni amid the intense speculations about his retirement. Prasad said that the team management has a plan for the 2020 World T20 and more opportunities will be given to Rishabh Pant, also a wicket-keeper batsman.Also Read | Life After Dhoni: Prasad backs young Pant for all three formats“He’s unavailable for this series but we had certain roadmaps and plans till WC. Subsequently, we’ve laid down a few more plans and thought of giving as many opportunities to Pant and to see he is groomed. This is our plan right now,” Prasad told reporters during a press conference.Also Read | Amrapali Group entered into ‘sham agreements’ with firm linked to MS Dhoni: Auditors to Supreme CourtFollowing India’s unsuccessful World Cup campaign, there was intense speculation of Dhoni’s impending retirement but Arun Pandey, the former skipper’s close friend has finally cleared the air on retirement. According to a report by PTI, Pandey said that Dhoni has no immediate plans to hang his boot and termed the speculations as “unfortunate”.“He has no immediate plans to retire. The constant speculation over the future of a great player like him is unfortunate,” Pandey said.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers return home to take on Temple

first_imgComing off a momentous road victory over No. 14 Syracuse, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will return to the Kohl Center Saturday to take on Temple.It was a rough start to the season, as the Badgers were at risk of losing consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 2014. But the win against the Orange shows the Badgers may have turned a corner, albeit a small one, and the team will look to build on their best performance of the season.Last time outAfter shooting 33 times from behind the arc (and only making seven) in their blowout loss to Oklahoma, many thought the Badgers would face a similar fate against Syracuse’s vaunted 2-3 zone — a scheme that typically forces their opponents into plenty of low-percentage jump shots.But that was far from the case, as while Wisconsin still shot just 27.8 percent from three, they only shot 18 of them and did most of their work on the inside. The game plan to attack the zone rather than settle for outside shots worked, as the Badgers left the Carrier Dome with a 66-58 overtime win over the Orange.The team’s plan to attack the inside provided them with many scoring opportunities near the basket, and while the Badgers missed many of those short-range shots, those shots provided multiple opportunities for offensive rebounds and multiple chances in one possession.After Ethan Happ’s game-high 15 boards and 12 from Nigel Hayes, each Wisconsin starter recorded at least six total rebounds en route to dominating on the glass, out-rebounding Syracuse 51-25 for the game.Wisconsin’s game plan Wednesday night looked like the blueprint for these Badgers moving forward, as they played to their strengths (rebounding, toughness on the inside) and strayed away from their weaknesses (outside shooting).They will look to continue that aggressive, grind-it-out style of play as they make their return to the Kohl Center Saturday.Get to know the Temple OwlsFran Dunphy has coached Temple since 2006, and has led the team to a 194-111 record in his tenure. After taking the Owls to the NCAA tournament in five of his first seven season with the program, the coach has failed to lead his team to the big dance in each of the past two seasons.This season, the team boasts what looks to be a measly 3-3 record, but each of those three losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 20 at the time. The battle-tested Owls are riding a two-game win streak into the Kohl Center and bring a high-scoring offensive attack to the court, averaging 71.2 points per game this season.They currently have four players averaging double-digit scoring through the first six games of the season, led by Quenton DeCosey, who is averaging 15.5 points per game thus far. DeCosey has also been a lethal outsider, as he has hit 47.4 percent of this threes and is shooting 50 percent from the field overall.The Badgers will look to take advantage of yet another opponent who has failed to be effective on the boards this season, as Temple currently has a rebounding differential of -2.4, while UW boasts one of +8.7.last_img read more

Weather hits sporting fixtures

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM However the National Coursing Festival at Powerstown Park in Clonmel is going ahead with a later start of 12 noon. Tipp’s Ladies Footballers journey north has been in vain as their game against Tyrone in Division 2 of the League has been called off due to adverse weather conditions.All Under 21 Football games in West Tipp are off today due to snow while all local rugby games have also fallen foul of the weather.In local soccer St Michael’s Munster Junior Cup tie at home to Murroe in Cooke Park is another victim of the weather as is the game between Cahir Park and Southend United from Waterford.last_img read more

Workshop Series: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

first_imgClass size is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please call (561) 357-7135. Research studies find high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and increased vulnerability to health problems. Caregivers frequently cite restriction of personal activities and social life as problems. They often feel they have no control over events, and that feeling of powerlessness has a significant negative impact on caregivers’ physical and emotional health. Every Thursday Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide caregivers with the tools needed to take care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend, whether that person lives nearby or far away. The goal is to help caregivers thrive and provide better care to their care recipients. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers program is an evidence-based education program offering a unique combination of elements. The scripted curriculum and the intricately detailed training material, have guaranteed its consistency and quality. The program utilizes a train-the-trainer method of dissemination. Classes are held on Thursdays, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Mid County Senior Center, located at 3680 Lake Worth Road, in Lake Worth. Powerful Tools for Caregivers-PBC Division of Senior Services Workshop Feeling stressed as a caregiver? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a program you can count on to make a positive difference in your life. Teaches Self Care Reduce stressImprove self-confidenceCommunicate feelings betterBalance their livesIncrease their ability to make tough decisionsLocate helpful resources Classes Held Weekly Classes consist of six (6) sessions held once a week. Participants receive a resource book, “The Caregiver Help-book.” The Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services is facilitating a Powerful Tools for Caregivers series beginning Thursday, September 7 through October 5. Tools You Can Count On! This program helps caregivers to:last_img read more

US scientists examine hurricane damage to Caribbean coral reefs

first_imgScientists from the University at Buffalo, New York (UB) and California State University (Cal State), Northridge have gotten an early look at the damage caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, which tore through the Caribbean in September not only wreaking havoc on land but also devastating ocean ecosystems.The scientists, who travelled to the US Virgin Islands last month, to assess the damage, said coral reefs off the coast of  St. John suffered severe injury during the storms.“Some coral colonies lost branches. Others were cloaked in harmful algal growth. Many – weakened by the hurricanes – were left with ghostly, feather-like strands of bacteria hanging off open wounds, where bits of coral had been scraped off,” said UB.Researchers also observed sites where whole coral colonies, akin to individual trees in a forest, had been swept away by the fury of the storms.“Hurricanes generate huge waves. The effect is like sandblasting – the waves carry sand and debris, such as bits of broken coral, onto the reefs, striking them over and over again,” said Dr. Howard Lasker, professor of geology in the UB College of Arts and Sciences.UB said Lasker led the research trip with Dr. Peter Edmunds, professor of biology at Cal State Northridge.Funds from UN National Science Foundation The team, funded by the US National Science Foundation’s rapid response research programme, spent two weeks aboard the F.G. Walton Smith, the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s research vessel.“In shallow waters, what we found certainly lived up to our expectations—holy, moly this was bad news,” said Edmunds, who has spent 31 years studying St. John’s reef. “But when we went deeper, it became more nuanced. It was still beautiful. There were corals, sea fans and some fish swimming around.“Then you would look more closely, and you would see tumbled corals and missing corals in spots where you had seen corals just three months before,” he added. Coral reefs act as habitats for fish and other wildlife, providing food for communities worldwide and generating tourism dollars for seaside economies, UB said.last_img read more

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