How to snag a bargain before the year ends

first_imgRay White New Farm auctioneer Haesley Cush in action. Saturday June 30, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)The last week of the year is always a big time in the real estate industry. It’s not big in terms of the number of transactions, the number of opens or even the number of auctions.It’s big because everyone who hasn’t bought or sold, and wants to, gets their last minute “shopping” done. The years residual buyers and sellers can be very keen to get a contract wrapped up and under the tree before Christmas. Auctioneer Haesley Cush I recall many Christmas Eves being spent driving between buyers and sellers, getting their last initials on contracts, and then seeing their elation at the closing of the deal before heading in to the end of year break.That added incentive usually means opportunity. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoIf you’re the person chasing the sale, you will likely move a little more due to your willingness to close the deal.I have watched many owners benefit from a determined buyer and, likewise, I have witnessed buyers get a “Christmas bargain” because they were able to present a clean contract to a seller who was equally keen to close out a stress-free sale. Generic Sold Home/For Sale Sign. ThinkstockMy advice to those people in the market is to be clear on your position. In every deal there are two separate lines of negotiation — one is the price and the other are the terms. If the timing is important then move on your price but if it’s not, don’t be bullied by the Christmas deadline and hold your line on price.All parties need to review the market conditions, their financial position and consider the alternatives if a sale is not made. This should be the driving force. Christmas is just a date on the calendar and it will be replaced by New Years, and New Years will be replaced by Australia Day. From there it’s Valentine’s Day, International Women’s Day and then Easter. There’s always something around the corner and having a plan and a clear position will ensure you walk away from a sale with a smile on your face. Haesley Cush is a licensed real estate agent and an auctioneer for Ray White.last_img read more

Local health center opens COVID-19 testing site to patients

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisROGERS CITY, Mich.—More COVID–19 testing sites continue to expand in Northeast Michigan counties with the latest addition in Presque Isle county. The Thunder Bay Community Health Center is now a hotspot for residents looking to be tested.The testing site is open to the community, but by appointment only along with a referral from a healthcare provider. Patients are advised to stay in their vehicles until instructed by an onsite nurse to go into the tent.The patient will then be screened for COVID–19 symptoms and given a nose swab test by the healthcare provider. So far there are only eleven positive COVID–19 cases in Presque Isle and patient test results take up to 48 to 72 hours to come in.If a patient tests positive they will be notified by their healthcare physician the same day, followed up with by the District Health Department No. 4 and urged to self–quarantine.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Governor Whitmer Declares State of Emergency for Midland County Next Governor Whitmer provides update on flooding and dam breach in Midland Countylast_img read more