Follow these tips if you want to be a successful buyer in the spring selling season

first_imgHaesley Cush offers tips on how to be a winner during spring selling season.Get pre-approved finance. In the industry if your finance is pre-approved and your offer is not ‘subject to finance’ we call that a ‘cash contract’ and Aussies always take less for cash!Pre-register as a bidder for any auction you have an interest on. Spring is renowned for properties selling prior to auction and buyers missing out. If you are pre-approved you have secured your seat at the negotiating table and agents should inform you if an offer is going to stop the auction.Negotiate terms. If you can’t pay a 10 per cent deposit or settle in 30 days, then tell your agent the deposit and settlement you need. In most cases owners are flexible.Put in offers. The only risk you run putting in an offer is the risk it gets accepted. So if you like it, make an offer and insist it goes on a full contract.Lastly, bid at auctions. If you want to buy a property at auction you need to bid. Waiting for it to go ‘on the market’ can be costly. Many owners will consider lowering their reserve if bidding falls short of their expectation. But without a bid to lower it too, they have little option but to pass it in. Tips for winning in the spring selling season.SPRING does see an upswing in sales.But if you really look at why, it has little to do with the romantic notion that the new life of spring infects buyers and they unwittingly pay through the nose for any available property.Key activities fuel this surge in sales.The best place to start is the end – Christmas. Buyers generally want to be in and settled before Christmas. This means a purchase no later than November. That psychological deadline sees a rise in sales. That rise in sales has historically given owners confidence in the seasonal spring market, which prompts them to list their home for sale, so hence you see an uplift in properties listed.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 Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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 Rate1xFullscreenSpring Fever: Buyers Tips01:18Finally, the buyers who have been unsuccessful through winter, with less available properties, are now educated and cashed up with that money burning a hole in their pocket.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThis pent up buyer demand all occurs as that fresh wave of properties start to fill the on line portals and decorate metropolitan newspapers causing this perfect property storm.To take advantage of the spring market here are a couple of tips to ensure your offer is taken seriously.last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion offers a taste of the European lifestyle

first_imgIt is evident from the street that the house is unlike any of its neighbours but it is not until stepping inside that its opulence can be really appreciated. Even the kitchen looks sleek. The waterfront mansion at 111 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters, is luxurious at every turn.YOU could be forgiven for thinking this riverfront mansion was in an exotic location on the other side of the world.With wide bronze-framed windows, soaring ceilings, crystal chandeliers and floor-length flowing curtains, it looks more like a luxury European residence.However, it is in fact right at the heart of the Gold Coast.The multistorey Paradise Waters residence occupies a 600sq m block at 111 Commodore Drive. The mansion has European influences. Relax poolside. Wake up feeling like royalty every day.“It’s got a great feel to it,” Mr McPherson said.“We like the high ceilings and it’s a great entertainment house — you can have a few people in the house and not even know they’re there.”The residence’s position at the furthest point of the river’s bend also offers a perfect view of the city’s lights, which Mr McPherson described as “amazing”.While the McPhersons adored the property, wanderlust has prompted them to list it.“We thought we were going to stay here longer but we wanted to travel a bit more and leave our options open to what we do when we get back,” Mr McPherson said.“We’re going to stay on the Coast but we haven’t really decided what we’re going to do. I think we’d like to build again.”The property will go under the hammer on July 11. MORE NEWS: Landscape architects shows flair Chandeliers throughout give it a sense of opulence.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoItalian marble is featured throughout while the finest fixtures and fittings give it a classy edge. It comes as no surprise that award-winning architect Bayden Goddard helped design the luxurious residence.Owners Gary and Julie McPherson called on his expertise to get the design just right before starting the build, which took about a year.The couple’s travels around the world, particularly Europe, inspired the design.“My wife and I travel a fair bit so we incorporated a few bits and pieces from that,” he said.“Everything was all highly specked.”They spared no expense to make it the home of their dreams.It has four bedrooms, each with dressing rooms and marble ensuites, a parlour that could double as a car showroom or fifth bedroom, chef-style kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, a riverside pool and elevator to service each level. MORE NEWS: What the Gold Coast’s property market will look like in a decade What a bathroom!last_img read more

7 persons nabbed for ‘illegal cockfighting’

first_imgThe suspects were caught around 5 p.m.on Nov. 2, police said. Recovered from their possession werefour game fouls and bet money which amounted to P700, the police added. ILOILO City – Seven persons werearrested for illegal cockfighting in Barangay Salamento, Caluya, Antique. Police identified them as EliseoMalutao; Julian Espelllo; Arman Tapic; Ronald Epitoto; Joefel De San Jose; PritzEpitoto; and Isagani Mirador – all residents of the village.  The suspects were detained in the lockupcell of the Caluya police station and charged for violation of PresidentialDecree 449, or the Cockfighting Law of 1974./PNlast_img read more

Poll shows influence of Latina voters

first_imgLatina voters are accessing the Internet and “new media” in increasing numbers, and political campaigns will have to spend more — and speak to a broader set of issues — to reach those voters, expert panelists said Wednesday, in response to a new poll commissioned in partnership by a USC political center.The poll also found just 41 percent of Spanish-dominant Latina voters have access to the internet, compared to 71 percent of English-dominant ones, and that education and the presence of children at home significantly increased the access to internet in Latina households.Room for debate · Panelists at Wednesday’s Talk Back lunch discussed the findings of a new poll that examined Latinas’ use of new media. – Nick Muellerleile | Daily TrojanThe poll, conducted by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality in conjunction with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, studied California Latinas’ use of new media — defined by access to the Internet and owning an email account — education, language-spoken, participation in community and civic organizations, and even text messaging.The announcement of the poll’s results was followed by a panel discussion where an array of experts discussed the changes to California’s political landscape and the methods by which future campaigns would have to expand their outlook to court Latino voters.“It’s important for democracy for every participant in the United States to feel like they have a voice,” said Sergio Bendixen, a panelist and the president of Bendixen & Associates, the multicultural and multiethnic research company that assisted in the poll.Bendixen explained the key findings in the study: There was a clear relationship between Latinas with children at home and having access to the Internet. The poll also found that as well as being involved politically and civically. Most notably, however, the poll found a great language divide: English-speaking Latinas are more likely to access new media than Spanish-speaking Latinas.The six members of the Talk Back panel, including students and experts, discussed the poll’s findings.Bendixen said he thought it was important to reach out to both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Latinas. He suggested developing websites where people can showcase information important to Latinas.Bendixen also said he thought it was important for campaigns to reach out to immigrants in addition to Latina voters.“It’s not only important for the Hispanic community but also for the country,” he said.Margita Thompson, former press secretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said the growing popularity of new media would give Latinas the opportunity to blog and write about issues important to them.Helen Torres, executive director of HOPE, explained how the group intends to use the poll results.“We hope to be conducting briefings with foundations, political campaigns, and legislatures, so they can utilize this information,” she said. “This informs their outreach efforts so it will make them more inclusive, including Latinas.”Panelists discussed the successes and failures of efforts of past presidential campaigns, like those of George W. Bush, Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, in their outreach to Latina communities.The discussion was an eye-opener for some students, including Alex Jacobs, a junior majoring in public relations. She noted that she is from Utah, a much less diverse place than Los Angeles.“I probably wouldn’t have done much research on the Latina vote … but it’s good to know if you’re going to represent how they vote, she said.”Torres said HOPE plans to keep working with USC because it would help inform the student body and faculty about the organization’s work and will continue to assist advocacy efforts in the area.last_img read more