Buyers and sellers finding new normal in coronavirus world

first_imgHarcourts Queensland cheif auctioneer Christian Hamilton expected the takeup of online auctions to rise to the point where they would be maintained even after the coronavirus measures were lifted.“From everything I’ve experienced it’s been a really great update. We’ve transitoned very seamlessly. To be honest I think this is the way we will conduct auctions in the future. I’d like to keep this around. All of our agents have embraced it,” he said. “The auctions that proceed will likely utilise digital platforms such as Gavl or AuctionNow as well as proprietary platforms from the major real estate groups. Overall, we are expecting a substantial drop in new property listings, regardless of the selling method, as buyers and sellers retreat to the sidelines and wait for some certainty to return to their decision making.”The changes pushed the national preliminary auction clearance rate down to 51.4 per cent, the lowest it’s been since June last year, though it was still higher than the same weekend in 2019. Brisbane saw its level drop one percentage point below the same time last year to 32.5 per cent.The data firm expected that as more results came in, the number of withdrawn auctions would rise and the final clearance rate would drop further. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:14Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:14 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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 Rate1xFullscreenAuctions in the time of COVID-1900:15 MOREREAL ESTATE: 5 St George Court, Wishart, sold $43,000 above its reserve price via online auction over the weekend.A massive 40 per cent of properties withdrew from the weekend’s auction market after an on-site auction ban to beat coronavirus, but a third were sold prior, with the clearance now below pre-Federal Election as millions of dollars in sales went ahead online.The latest CoreLogic market activity update said 3203 homes were originally scheduled for auction across the combined capital cities, the highest level so far this year, but that changed immediately after the Prime Minister’s ban was announced mid-week.“With the COVID-19 disruption of new policies preventing on-site auctions, the auction withdrawal rate surged over the weekend, with 40 per cent of auctions pulled from the market, up from 7.5 per cent a week earlier,” CoreLogic said. Developers forge ahead to meet overseas buyer demandcenter_img 5 St George Court, Wishart, was among the properties that sold via online auction methods.Sellers also accepted a greater number of offers put to them beforehand, with the proportion of properties sold prior to auction rising from 22 per cent last week to 36 per cent this week. “There are likely to be a range of reasons for more auctions selling prior to the scheduled date, including auctions that were brought forward to beat the ban and vendors motivated to offload their property before lock down policies potentially escalate.”Among properties that sold via online auction platforms over the weekend was 5 St George Court, Wishart, listed by Henry Wong of Harcourts Beyond – Brisbane, which sold for $1.098m. 5 St George Court, Wishart, saw 44 bids cast.The Wishart property saw seven bidders register, with 44 bids cast from five of them. “It sold well above reserve, nearly $50,000,” Mr Hamilton said. More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“It was a really good process. It took about 35 minutes, 10 minute negotiaton and around 20 minute auction. It does take a little bit longer, you’ve got to relay information over the phone. We take a bit of extra time so everyone knows what’s going on and they have equal opportunity, We do expect all our auctions to run a little bit longer but that’s OK, it’s well worth it.”CoreLogic said the surge in withdrawn auctions was anticipated, with the shift towards remote auctions expected to “take some time for the market to adjust to”, with more transitioning to private treaty sales, and some even sitting tight off market until conditions improved. The rise of the online auction army Coronavirus: Vitual reality auction successlast_img read more

HIV-related deaths fall in China

first_img Tweet Share China has come a long way in tackling HIV/AidsEfforts to improve access to HIV drugs in China have cut deaths by more than 60% in seven years, researchers say. China introduced free anti-retroviral drugs in 2003, reaching more than 60% of patients by 2009.But experts say more needs to be done to speed up diagnosis and improve access to treatment in certain groups.They include men, the elderly, migrants and ethnic minority groups, injecting drug users and people who have caught HIV through sexual contact.The findings are published online in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.Lead author Professor Fujie Zhang, from the National Centre for Aids/STD Control and Prevention, in Beijing, said: “Given the size of the country, and the geographical spread of individuals with HIV… China’s treatment coverage is remarkable… but it is far from the goal of complete coverage of people who meet the treatment criteria.”Commenting on the study, Terrence Higgins Trust clinical director Jason Warriner said: “We know that access to testing and treatment, in the form of anti-retrovirals, is vital both in preventing deaths from HIV and stopping more people becoming infected.“The earlier people are diagnosed with HIV the greater chance they have of being able to lead a long and healthier life.“But there also needs to be ongoing education and awareness of HIV to help prevent more people becoming infected in the future.”BBC News HealthLifestyle HIV-related deaths fall in China by: – May 19, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 19 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Man nabbed over ‘illegal cockfighting’

first_imgThe court recommended a P30,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PN Sabillon’s apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant around 12:30 p.m. on July 27, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Bago City police station. Police identified him as Sofronio Sabillon, 59, of Barangay San Miguel, Murcia, Negros Occidental. BACOLOD City – Charged with illegal cockfighting, a man was nabbed in Barangay Sampinit, Bago City, Negros Occidental.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Split Games With Lady Greyhounds

first_imgThe 8th grade Lady Bulldogs ended the regular season on a good note getting a win last night against Brookville 40-30.Their tenacious defense and not give up attitude helped to seal the win. Catherine Raab and Denise Davalos lead the team with 10 points each, Paige Oldham put in 2 3’s for 6, Chloe Saler and Callie Main each put in 4 and Kenzie Laker, Shalee Harrington, and Katie Brewer each chipped in 2 points.Don’t forget to wear your Blue and White on Monday as the team prepares for the SEI Tourney.7th grade got beat 25-24.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Horn.last_img read more

Remodel completed at Dollar General in Osgood

first_imgOsgood, In. — Dollar General is excited to announce it recently completed a remodel of its store at 115 Olive St. in Osgood.  With an updated layout and design, the store now offers a selection of produce and expanded frozen and refrigerated food offerings in addition to the same categories, brands and products customers trust Dollar General to carry.“Through our ongoing commitment to provide a pleasant shopping experience to our customers, we are excited to welcome the community to see our recently remodeled located in Osgood,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development.  “We hope our customers enjoy the fresh layout and design, as well as the new product assortment including produce and expanded food assortments.”Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by providing a focused selection of national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health/beauty products. The store’s fresh layout is designed to make shopping simple for customers.  Seasonal products are displayed in the center of the store, departments are easily recognizable with visible signage and coolers are conveniently located at the front of the store.Dollar General gives its customers more than everyday low prices on basic merchandise.  Dollar General is deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for their high school equivalency test can pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit online here.last_img read more

Allardyce hails improving Hammers

first_imgSam Allardyce is delighted by the reaction of his West Ham squad after they received a ‘kick up the backside’ during their recent defeat to Southampton. An all-round poor performance only added to the dejection around Upton Park as the Hammers slipped to a 3-1 loss to Saints, who came from behind to inflict a second straight Barclays Premier League home defeat on Allardyce’s side. The international break followed and, since getting his players back together at their Chadwell Heath training ground, Allardyce has been pleased with the turnaround in form which sees them go to Manchester United in good form having drawn at Hull and beaten Liverpool. “We have looked at the players and changed the system and it looks like they are very adaptable to different ways of playing which is nice for me. “I think it is good if you can change the shape of a team in any stage of the game or have it for one game and different for the next, there’s an old thing about why change it, but you have got to accommodate the opposition you’re playing when you’re in my position. “Certain ways of playing have to be adjusted sometimes if you want to get the best out of your players against that team to try and win.” Kouyate will be missing for Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford having also had an immediate impact on West Ham’s side. One player who is available is Morgan Amalfitano who scored the last goal in the 3-1 success over Liverpool. The 29-year-old has yet to start since moving from Marseille on deadline day but has fond memories of playing at United – having scored in a 2-1 win for West Brom during a loan spell with the Baggies last season. “It is one of the best moments, for sure,” he said of his strike at Old Trafford. “It’s one of the performances I’m most proud of, and hopefully we can go there and pull it off again, as we did last season at West Brom.” Despite starring in a first win at United since 1978 and the Red Devils poor start to the current campaign, Amalfitano will not be taking anything for granted against Louis van Gaal’s side this weekend. “I think the most important thing is to go there and play as a team,” he added. “It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve played against Manchester United, they still remain a very good team. You have to go to Old Trafford with the belief you can get the three points if you are to get a result.” “I’m full of confidence, but Manchester United is a great team to play against and we need to give 100 per cent to make sure we get there and grab a result.” Press Association “We were off form but Southampton were a good team on the day and every game since,” he said. “I think we have had the kick up the backside and the lads have responded brilliantly to that disappointing performance. “We had to wait a long time to put that right – we had to wait 16 days before we played Hull City away after the international break. “Players like Enner Valencia and Cheikhou Kouyate played two games in that time so our response has been very good.” Allardyce had orginially suggested after the Southampton showing that he would need to have a stern word with his players – but they have answered any criticisms on the pitch. The 2-2 draw at Hull saw Allardyce change his tactics to allow two strikers to play from the start – with summer signings Valencia and Diafra Sakho instantly forming an understanding. Stewart Downing, too, has flourished in a new role and Allardyce is satisfied by the flexibility in tactics he now has in his arsenal. “It has been a good reaction,” he added. last_img read more

Mass Shooting in Odessa, TX, Suspect Dead

first_imgMultiple people were shot Saturday afternoon in two West Texas cities with at least one suspect reported to be roaming the streets of Odessa, Texas, and nearby Midland, police said.At least one person was killed and about 10 have been injured, said Devin Sanchez, director of communications for the city of Odessa.Police there believe there is one shooter who is dead, but they are still coordinating with other agencies, she said.President Donald Trump has been briefed about the attacks and is monitoring the situation, White House communications officials said.Odessa police said on Facebook earlier, “A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people. At this time there are multiple gunshot victims. The suspect just hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck and was last seen in the area of 38th and Walnut.”Again, it is confirmed that the active shooter was shot and killed at the synergy in Odessa there is no active shooter at this time.last_img read more

Guyana Jaguars face Caribbean All Stars in charity game at Providence stadium

first_img… Game in aid of hurricane vicimsTHE Guyana Jaguars, led by West Indies player Leon Johnson, is set oppose a Caribbean All Stars line-up in a GCB/Keem’s Foundation `Cricket Cares’ T20 match on Sunday from 17:00hrs, at the Guyana National Stadium in what is anticipated to be an entertaining affair.The game, which should provide a CPL-like atmosphere for the anticipated capacity crowd, takes on an added significance since it is not being played for a trophy, a cash prize or ratings, but for a noble and humanitarian cause.Rayed EmritThe players include the entire Jaguars team who finished as runners-up in Antigua last week, while Caribbean All Stars will come from Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Nicolas Pooran, Andre Fletcher, Reyad Emrit, Fidel Edwards, Kevin Cooper, Sulieman Benn and the ‘notebook man’ Keswick Williams among others.All the players will contribute their payment to the victims of hurricane-ravaged Dominica and St Martin, where Johnson’s mother lives.Tickets cost $1500 for the Party Stand where local artistes Tameka Marshall, Natural Black and ‘rubber waist’ Jomo are among those who will perform live and where the Carib Beer tent will be located. Cheerleaders for the two teams will add to the excitement.Any of the other three stands will cost $2 000 and volunteers will be going around the ground to take donations for the worthy cause. A percentage of the ‘gates’ will also be donated to the hurricane victims.Tickets will be on sale from tomorrow at Poonai’s Pharmacy in Rose Hall Town, Little Rock Hotel in New Amsterdam, M&Ms on the East Bank Demerara, Saro Boy Groceries in Buxton, Nimbus Water in Vreed-in-Hoop, Big Yard Auto Sales in Tuschen and Dan’s Snackette in Parika.Sunday’s match is being organised by the GCB.Teams:JAGUARS: Leon Johnson (captain), Robin Bacchus, Sherfane Rutherford, Jonathon Foo, Gajanand Singh, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Anthony Bramble, Kemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Ricardo Adams, Chris Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Steven Jacobs, Ronsford Beaton, Ramal Lewis.CARIBBEAN All Stars: Rayed Emrit (captain), Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Andre Fletcher, Nicolas Pooran, Kjorn Ottley, Kevin Cooper, Keswick Williams, Jevon Searles, Fidel Edwards, Sulieman Benn, Lennox Cush, Joshua Wade, Andre Stoll, Romaine Maniram.last_img

STAFF : Syracuse loses to Niagara for first time in program history

first_img Published on September 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Less than 48 hours after a disappointing five-set loss to South Florida, Syracuse was at it again with similar results, dropping a match with Niagara in five sets. The loss was the Orange’s first-ever defeat to the Purple Eagles. Unlike the match against the Bulls, SU (9-6, 0-1 Big East) lost the opening set to Niagara (9-7, 3-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) 25-19 when the Purple Eagles scored four of the final six points of the set. Syracuse bounced right back in the second to take the set 25-19.The third set was a back-and-forth affair with a handful of lead changes. SU ultimately took control thanks to five kills each from sophomore Erin Little and freshman Nicolette Serratore to earn a 27-25 victory and put Syracuse one set away from victory. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the fourth set, it appeared the Orange was going to leave Niagara with a hard-fought, four-set victory as SU led for much of the first half of the set. Niagara was able to battle back, and the Purple Eagles scored back-to-back points to break a 24-all tie and send the match to a deciding fifth set. The fifth and final set was better for Syracuse than its fifth set against USF, but it still didn’t play out the way the team had hoped. The Orange led for portions of the final set, but with the score tied at 14, the Purple Eagles scored back-to-back points again to seal the victory.SU will stay in New York state next weekend as it travels to the city to take on St. John’s in another matchup with an in-state rival. A victory would push Syracuse to .500 in the Big East before a date with Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., on Sunday. — Compiled by David Wilson, staff writer, dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

4-star power forward Diagne reportedly expected to verbally commit to Syracuse

first_imgMoustapha Diagne, a heavily recruited power forward in the Class of 2015, is expected to choose Syracuse at the Mary Kline Classic on Saturday, the Post-Standard reported Friday.The Post-Standard’s Mike Waters cited two sources saying that “Syracuse will likely be Diagne’s pick” after he announced earlier this week that he will make his college decision at the event.Diagne is a four-star recruit according to He is listed at 6 feet, 8 inches and 230 pounds, and received offers from Florida, Kansas, Memphis and Villanova, among other schools, also according to Scout. He currently attends Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.) High School, which is in close proximity to West Orange, N.J., where the Mary Kline Classic will be held.Diagne has visited Syracuse multiple times, the Post-Standard reported. When he visited campus for the Syracuse-Duke basketball game on Feb. 1 he told The Daily Orange, “It was a great game, maybe the best college game I have ever seen.”Should Diagne verbal to Syracuse, he will join five-star small forward Malachi Richardson (Hamilton, N.J.), four-star power forward Tyler Lydon (New Hampton, N.H.) and four-star shooting guard Franklin Howard (Fairfax, Va.) in the Orange’s Class of 2015.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on May 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more