Ausbuild 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. 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 Updated: 27th August, 2020 16:21 IST Dan Snyder Accused Of Propositioning Cheerleader; Being Involved In Lewd Video Production Dan Snyder accused: Fresh allegations over the toxic work culture at Washington Football Team have directly raised fingers at the team owner. Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder has been accused of propositioning a cheerleader and being directly involved in the production of a lewd video featuring the team’s cheerleaders. The Washington Post reports 25 women alleged multiple instances of workplace harassment at Washington’s NFL team. Allegations of bullying and harassments have been made by the former employees, who claim the hierarchy did nothing to discourage such behaviour. Dan Snyder has denied these allegations. Former Washington cheerleader Tiffany Bacon Scourby told the Post that Dan Snyder indirectly urged her to sleep with Anthony Roberts, known to be a childhood friend of the team owner. At a 2004 event, Scourby alleges Synder told her to meet Roberts upstairs (in a hotel room) and “get to know each other better?”Several female employees claimed that they were banned from interacting with the players, citing women as an unnecessary distraction. “It was like fresh meat to a pack of wolves every time a new pack of interns would come in,” one former employee was quoted saying. Also Read | Washington Football Team: Fans Hilariously Mock Dan Snyder’s “lack Of Creativity”More than 100 current and former employees of the organisation were interviewed by the publication, who even had access to internal documents and records of the team. The general consensus among the employees is that Dan Snyder “presides over an organization in which women say they have been marginalized, discriminated against and exploited.”Also Read | Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against FranchiseAnother allegation against the Washington owner is his involvement in the making of a ‘lewd’ cheerleader video during a photoshoot in 2008. The team’s former radio broadcaster, Larry Michaels, is said to have instructed his employees to collect inappropriate out-takes from a video from the photoshoot. “He (Dan Snyder) needs us to get the good bits of the behind-the-scenes video from the cheerleader shoot onto a DVD for him,” Brad Baker, a former employee quoted Larry Michaels’ request. Dan Snyder statement: Washington owner refutes claimsBoth Larry Michaels and Dan Snyder have denied the recent allegations. The report also mentioned Dan Snyder’s response to the allegations where he unequivocally refuted the various claims made against him. The 55-year-old is yet to publicly address the issue. Statement from Dan Snyder in response to the allegations in today’s Washington Post: pic.twitter.com/vuvfUAO4q0— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 26, 2020 LIVE TV COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 27th August, 2020 16:21 IST WATCH US LIVE Written By Sujay Chakraborty The Washington Post shared a similar investigation report last month where several former employees claimed they were harassed by the bosses. While no allegations were raised directly at Dan Snyder, several of his close executives were named in the report. Subsequently, Dan Snyder hired a law firm, Wilkinson and Walsh from District of Columbia, to conduct an independent review of team policies, workplace culture and the numerous allegations. Also Read | Washington Football Team On SALE? Dan Snyder Pressured To Sell Team By Minority OwnersAlso Read | Browns Temper Expectations, All Eyes On QB Mayfield In 2020(Image Credits: AP)
Paris Saint-Germain summer signings Thiago Silva and Gregory Van der Wiel will be ready to make their debuts for the club in next Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with Dynamo Kiev, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Thursday.“Van der Wiel and Thiago Silva will be ready against Kiev,” Ancelotti said after leaving both out of his squad for Friday’s Ligue 1 match at home to Toulouse.Ancelotti added that Thiago Silva had been training alone since returning from the Olympics with Brazil carrying an injury.“He will work with the team on Saturday. We have been very careful with him, because he injured himself at the Olympics. We wanted to take our time with him and ease him back,” said the Italian.The former AC Milan defender and Brazil captain was touted by PSG as the best defender in the world after signing a five-year deal at the Parc des Princes in July.Dutch international right-back Van der Wiel moved to the French capital from Ajax on a four-year deal at the beginning of this month. PSG were drawn in Group A of this season’s Champions League alongside Dynamo Kiev, Dinamo Zagreb and Porto.