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

Roma pay financial price for Champions League absence

first_imgRoma’s absence from the Uefa Champions League has seen them register pre-tax losses of €86.4 million (US$96.8 million) for the first half of the 2019/20 season. Promoted ContentWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Inventions Created To Start Saving The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Most Beautiful Middle Eastern Actresses Roma did cut their wage bill to €83.7 million (US$93.8 million) – down from €95.9 million (US$107.4 million) – to offset some of the losses, and were able to reduce their operating costs by €12.2 million (US$13.7 million) to €123.9 million (US$138.82 million). Read Also:Atalanta demolish Lecce, Roma squeeze past Cagliari in coronavirus-hit Italy However, the club also saw sponsorship revenues for that period decline by €2.35 million (US$2.61 million). Partnerships with the likes of Qatar Airways, Hyundai Motors, and the technical contract in place with Nike account for the majority of the €10.8 million (US$12 million) coming in from that category. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The club’s latest financial statement reveals that during the final six months of 2019, the Serie A club’s overall revenues fell by €40.2 million (US$45 million) to €94.6 million (US$106 million) after the men’s first team failed to qualify for European soccer’s premier club competition. Missing out on the tournament has a knock-on effect on media rights matchday revenues, which both declined in the period covered.Advertisementlast_img read more

New undersheriff greeted with pushback regarding pay

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MICH — The new Alpena County Undersheriff officially stepped into his new position this week. Unfortunately, he was greeted with pushback regarding pay.Undersheriff Erik Smith was sworn into his new role by Sheriff Steven Kieliszewsi this Monday. Smith has served Alpena county for nearly 13 years, but that hasn’t stopped board members from attempting to deny him a pay increase.“The first vote was to not give the undersheriff his pay raise, that vote ended up in a four to four tie. There was another motion to give him a pay raise and that motion ended up in a four to four tie.”Some commissioners fear raising his pay would negatively impact the county budget, but Sheriff Kieliszewski says smith should at least make the same amount as before his promotion.“I went to the personnel committee and informed them that in my opinion the pay rate for the undersheriff is too low. The rate was going to be lower than what the sergeants are currently making.”Smith says for now, he’s just happy to serve his community through his new role.“Obviously we don’t go into law enforcement for the money, and yeah, it might have been a little bit of a hot topic today, but I’m not concerned. I feel that things will work out.”The topic is still up for discussion and will be addressed between the sheriff and board members in the future.Lauren Mixon, WBKB News.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Erik Smith, undersheriffContinue ReadingPrevious Kalamazoo artist painting for Alpena Wildlife SanctuaryNext Northern Lights Arena bringing back free open ice skatinglast_img read more

Mike Trout hits first Fenway homer as Angels snap 8-game losing streak

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, scores on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton as Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, left, jumps for a high throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) celebrates his two-run home run that also drove in Kole Calhoun (56) as Shohei Ohtani comes to bat during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Red Sox’s Rick Porcello pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton (8) celebrates his three-run home run that also drove Shohei Ohtani (17) and Kole Calhoun, center, beside Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, right, in during the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez, right, is hit by a pitch in front of Los Angeles Angels’ Kevan Smith during the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, scores on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton as Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, left, jumps for a high throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) celebrates his two-run home run with Shohei Ohtani (17) beside Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, center, celebrates with Hansel Robles (57) and Kevan Smith after the Angels defeated the Boston Red Sox 12-4 during a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs on his fly out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels players, from left to right, Kevan Smith, Hansel Robles, Kole Calhoun and Brian Goodwin celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) celebrates his two-run home run with Shohei Ohtani (17) beside Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, scores on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton as Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, left, jumps for a high throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)ExpandBOSTON — The Angels took more than a week of frustration out on the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.After scoring just 20 runs in their eight-game losing streak, the Angels exploded for a 12-4 victory over the Red Sox, including Mike Trout’s first homer at Fenway Park.The Angels had been outscored by 43 runs during their losing streak, failing to lead a game past the fourth or come within two runs of a victory.All along, Manager Brad Ausmus and the players insisted they were working and preparing in the right way, and eventually it would show up in the results. Andrew Heaney, who returned from the injured list to make his first start since July 16, was on a pitch-limit of about 80. He needed 74 pitches to get 11 outs, but he succeeded in holding the Red Sox to just one run.“I thought he was good,” Ausmus said. “He used all his pitches. He used his changeup even. His fastball had good life. His velocity was good. We weren’t going to let him go over 80 pitches anyway. I thought he looked good for his first game back. Hopefully he feels fine tomorrow.”Taylor Cole escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the fourth and then picked up four more outs in the fifth and sixth. Ty Buttrey allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth, but he got out of the inning with a 5-2 lead.The Angels then put the game away with seven runs, including run-scoring hits for Wilfredo Tovar, Shohei Ohtani and David Fletcher. Trout came up with the bases loaded and was hit by a pitch, collecting his 92nd RBI of the season.The Angels had not scored seven runs in a game since July 27, which was 12 games ago.With the comfortable lead, they were able to coast home to a badly needed victory.“It’s kind of like you forget what it feels like to win,” Heaney said. “Each day you are playing each game, and you think about each day as a one-game losing streak. You don’t think about eight straight. Guys focus on the daily task at hand. Everyone is happy to get a win today. Try to get another win tomorrow.” This one rocketed off his bat at 106.4 mph and traveled an estimated 428 feet.He has now homered in every American League ballpark. His 39th homer of the season padded the Angels’ lead to 5-1, and they blew the game open with seven runs in the seventh inning.The explosion in the second half of the game followed a start that looked disturbingly familiar.Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the first, just like he did on Tuesday and Albert Pujols did on Friday. But in both of those games the offense went mostly silent after that and they lost.This time, Porcello retired 14 straight after Upton’s homer. Calhoun ended the streak with a sixth-inning single and he scored on Trout’s homer.The Angels also got better pitching than in the previous games when they blew the early lead.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Now that it has, Ausmus is hoping it takes some pressure off the players.“I hope,” he said. “You’re not carrying that 800-pound gorilla on your back anymore collectively. Just go back to playing baseball. Not putting as much pressure on yourself in the box.”Just as the Angels were overdue for a performance like this, Trout was bound to eventually hit a homer here. In his 90th career at-bat at the iconic venue, Trout got a first-pitch fastball from Rick Porcello in the sixth inning and he launched it over the Green Monster and out of the ballpark.“I hit it good,” Trout shrugged. “I was just trying to get a pitch to hit. He pitched me tough my first two at-bats (a strikeout and a tapper back to the mound). Just wanted to get a pitch over the middle and got one.”Trout said he didn’t think much about his failure to hit a homer here, except when Kole Calhoun reminded him. He said he’d hit a few other balls that would have gone out of a typical ballpark, but he hit them too low and they smacked off the 37-foot tall fence. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more