No concern for developers in Redlands as land sales surge

first_imgAusbuild managing director Matthew Bell says there is plenty of steam left in the Queensland market with sales surging ahead in the Redlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.THE Brisbane land market is expected to continue to power ahead despite national concerns that building approvals peaked last year. Ausbuild joint managing director Matthew Bell said there was a lot of strength still left in the Brisbane market, with the Redlands area proving to be quite a powerhouse.“On a national basis Sydney and Melbourne influence those figures strongly, but I’m confident the local marketplace has a lot of steam left in it,” he said.“We haven’t yet seen the heights of price growth that the southern states have seen and therefore our position is much stronger from an affordability perspective, which is key in most buyers minds.” Esperance estate, Thornlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Mr Bell said land within 25km of the CBD and infill subdivisions were still very strong.“With the economic position here still being relatively strong from wage growth and the current interest rate environment, there would have to be significant change in either of these factors to negatively influence the growth rates.”Ausbuild has a strong interest in the Redlands, having developed there for more than 20 years.Mr Bell said it was an interesting marketplace because of its lifestyle appeal and proximity to the water.“Redlands itself, over the years, has benefited from strong infrastructure and transport investment with more businesses establishing themselves within the community,” Mr Bell said.“So what we’ve found is that it’s never oversupplied with development … the supply and demand equation has always upheld the value of property in the Redlands area.”“It’s the lifestyle that attracts the buyers to Redlands and now we have strong community and businesses basing themselves in Redlands.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoAusbuild display home at the Esperance estate, Thornlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Ausbuild has four major land estates in Thornlands, with Esperance and Majestic, both almost completely sold out, and Altitude and Kinross recently launched.Mr Bell said a strong majority of buyers they had sold to over the last five or six years were coming from within 5kms of where the developments were based.Mr Bell said Esperance was the company’s flagship development, appealing to a wide cross-section of buyers, bringing a lot of diversity to the community.With a wide range of allotment size, Mr Bell said the estate enabled a broad cross section of buyers including young first-home buyers who had grown up in the Redlands, the ability to buy into the area when they would normally not be able to afford to remain in the area.“A lot of first-home buyers here have grown up in the Redlands, they have their parents here, their friends here and they seek employment here, they don’t really want to leave,” Mr Bell said.“Yet often the new subdivisions are out of reach of their budget.”The newly launched Altitude was designed to appeal to a different buyer profile, with 52 lots ranging in size from 350sq m to 1000sq m, and a strong uptake on the seven larger blocks since launch last month.center_img Ausbuild display home at the Esperance estate, Thornlands. Photographer: Liam Kidston.“This is a segment of the market that we usually can’t appeal to because of estate lot size restraints, but it’s a segment where third and fourth home buyers still want this larger size lot.“We find that the downsizers and often the first home buyers are looking for low maintenance housing product and that’s where we try and get as much mix into an estate as we can,” he said.“But whenever we do produce lots over 600sq m we get strong demand.”Kinross is bringing more diversity to Ausbuild’s portfolio with the first stage launched in what will be a 76 lot subdivision.“This estate has a bit of a bushland feel, it’s very rural,” Mr Bell said.“We really understand the Redlands buyer and hence have a strong pipeline of development in front of us.“Ausbuild has been in the Redlands for more than two decades and it’s obvious the move to urban communities is not just a passing trend — but a societal shift that is gaining momentum.”last_img read more

Clippers’ Blake Griffin healthy and hungry to compete

first_imgGriffin has embraced the Clippers’ attempts to use biomedical information, already citing the data generated by the player tracking devices.“You can see your jump load, your stopping and braking,” he said. “The depth of the amount of knowledge you can attain now is crazy. It’s all useful.”Eventually, maybe as soon as Wednesday #today for print#, the Clippers will start to really play in practice, and Rivers said it’s his job to keep tabs on Griffin and Paul as they return from injuries.“We have to be careful with that,” Rivers said. “He is 100 percent, but we want him to stay 100 percent. Chris too. We want those two guys. … they don’t need to go every possession in practice. They get it. Give someone else a chance.”Small forward is ‘wide open’Paul was going to be there. Griffin was going to be there. DeAndre Jordan was going to be there. And, J.J. Redick was going to be there.When the doors opened at the Bren Events Center, those guys were going to be playing with the first unit. But the fifth guy? That was, and remains, a bit of mystery.On the opening day of training camp Tuesday, Luc Mbah a Moute played with the starters during the period open to the media. Earlier in the day, free agent addition Alan Anderson also worked with the starters. Wesley Johnson, who couldn’t hang on to a spot in the starting lineup last year, also is expected to get a chance with the starters at small forward.“It’s the first day. I think that job is wide open,” Doc Rivers said. “I’d say Luc, Alan, Wes would be the three, but we may go small. Like I said last year, and didn’t follow through on it, that position will change a lot. Last year, we ran a lot with the small lineup, three guards, and we may do that to start games.”If the Clippers go small, either Austin Rivers or Raymond Felton could find themselves playing with the first unit, a look Doc Rivers likes because it relieves some pressure from Paul.“When you play Austin with that group, he can guard a better offensive player and CP can do what the rest of the league does – their point guards never guard the other point guard,” Doc Rivers said. “We want to do that a lot this year. We want to put a lineup where CP doesn’t have to guard the best guy. Raymond can do that, and Austin can do that.”Tuesday’s options, Mbah a Moute and Anderson, share a lot of the qualities Rivers hopes to get from whoever fills that spot in the starting lineup.“They’re both bringing defense; they’re excellent defenders,” he said. “They’re bringing toughness to that group, which is nice. Alan’s the better shooter. Luc’s probably a better cutter. Alan is still getting over his injury, so it may take him some time.”AlsoClippers owner Steve Ballmer attended the team’s first practice. … Rivers said most of the team arrived in camp in good shape. …Tuesday’s practice included a lot of offensive instruction, which isn’t always the most digestible thing for the players. “When you’re listening to (assistant coach) Brendan O’Connor talk for 17 straight minutes, it just gets….I tune out after four,” J.J. Redick joked. … After the team arrived in Orange County Monday night, the group gathered with Rivers to watch part of the first Presidential debate. IRVINE >> The injured leg that cost Blake Griffin most of last season and knocked him, and in a way, the Clippers, out of the postseason, didn’t keep the power forward from eating.But Tuesday at UC Irvine, Coach Doc Rivers and Griffin’s teammates clearly saw a man who was hungry.Griffin was a full participant during the team’s first practice of training camp, even shaking off substitutions to stay on the court.“I don’t blame Blake,” Rivers said. “If I haven’t played in a year or a half year, I probably do it too. This is his first time he’s had red meat in front of him in a long time. So, I get it. If I was him, I would’ve done the same thing.” To be honest, there wasn’t a lot of opportunity to dig into any red meat Tuesday. The Clippers opened camp with a teaching-intensive practice devoid of scrimmaging. Still, when you had a season like Griffin did, you take what you can get.He missed 47 games last season with a quadriceps injury that lingered longer than expected. While that recovery sputtered, he also broke his hand punching a team employee – a mistake he recently apologized for in a letter written for The Players’ Tribune.Griffin tried to return in time for the playoffs, but he re-injured the quad moments after Chris Paul broke his hand in Game 4 of their first-round series against Portland, essentially ending the Clippers’ season.Griffin has been on the court conducting basketball workouts since the end of July, saying he’s cleared any mental hurdles because of how intense those workouts have been.“My workouts, I’d say, there’s all this new equipment and all these new staff members and we do all this tracking and stuff. My workouts have always been a heavier load than games. Going on back-to-back days, playing pick up, doing workouts, doing weights it’s more than any game or practice,” Griffin said. “I think the mental hurdle is passed.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington receives 1.3 inches of rain this morning

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Wellington received 1.3 inches of rain this morning according to the trusty Sumner Newscow rain gauge. Wellington had 3.1 inches in September. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more