This northern Brisbane has had stronger price growth than any other in the past quarter

first_imgSue and John Callan with their dog Buddy at the home which they are selling at Kurwongbah. Picture: Mark Cranitch.HOUSES appear to sell fairly fast in Kurwongbah and homeowners John and Sue Callan are hoping that will be the case for them.The couple have listed their four-bedroom home at 64 Pine Crest Drive for sale for $549,000 after buying it ten years ago.Mr Callan believed many people had the mistaken idea that Kurwongbah was not as close to Brisbane as it was. It was 28km from the CBD and close to major transport routes.Mrs Callan still travelled to Kangaroo Point for work a couple of days a week and it didn’t take that long and they were close to three train stations.“There is one subdivision in the whole of Kurwongbah virtually,’’ Mr Callan said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by “Kurwongbah is a really big suburb and it is mostly acreage, but in this little estate, they are all about 700sq m or a little bit more. It is in the corner so that the railway is on one side, and Narangba Road is on the other and it can’t be built out.“Nobody really knows it is here, they are really nice people and it is a nice quiet suburb.’’Mr Callan said houses turned over pretty regularly and when they were on the market they didn’t last long.The home has a new pool, powered shed, solar power and is on a 700sq m block of land.Marketing agent Chris Pascoe, LJ Hooker – Kallangur/Murrumba Downs said within the area properties tended to sell fairly fast.“It is a bit of an unknown suburb, there is rural acreage property and some pockets of residential,’’ he said.“There is not a lot of homes in Kurwongbah and it is in an area there surrounded by Petrie and Narangba and it is close to the action.’’last_img read more

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IPE Views: Pension ‘liberation’

first_imgMore must be done to narrow the disparity between the UK’s richest and poorest retirement cohorts, says JP Morgan’s Benjie FraserLiberated yet? Defined contribution pension holders in the UK, from April, will have previously unheard-of freedom in how they can choose to use their accumulated pension funds. The government already points to the beneficial impact these changes have already had on people’s intentions as regards retirement. Given the modest size of the average pension pot, how will these changes affect how people make financial decisions?Encouraging the mass market to become closely engaged with retirement planning brings a new set of challenges. If the new pension freedoms are to be used effectively, both guidance and advice will need to be delivered actively to the consumer, both before and throughout retirement.Pensions and investments are only one aspect of the retirement challenge. Many people are keen to explore how other strands of well-being can be integrated into financial planning for later life. Old-age care provision, for example, is seen as fundamental to any coherent strategy for well-being in retirement. As a result of such factors, will a broad consensus emerge that endorses a full-blown national savings strategy? And, as is already practised in countries such as New Zealand, will an independent figure emerge who sits in or alongside the Cabinet as a retirement commissioner? Given that the guidance guarantee steers clear of product recommendation, many consumers will still need to seek out regulated advice. Innovation in multi-channel, at-retirement advice is seen as one of the most exciting developments that could come out of the new pension freedoms.The percentage of over-65 year olds participating in the UK workforce has approximately doubled over the past decade, and earned income could be a key source of improved income for older age groups in the future. But work needs to continue to narrow the disparity in wealth levels between the UK’s richest and poorest retirement cohorts.Notwithstanding, greater life expectancy and longer working lives mean that retirement-planning solutions need to be increasingly flexible and capable of working around the different needs of the individual. In order for this liberation histoire to end well, the industry needs to ensure those on more modest incomes receive a similar level of flexibility to those already taken care of in the workplace.Liberation but also equality?Benjie Fraser is global pensions executive at JP Morgan Worldwide Securities Serviceslast_img read more

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Gold Coast mega mansion Villa Blue Waters sells for more than $9 million

first_imgWhile the sale price hasn’t been disclosed, it is understood Villa Blue Waters sold for more than $9 million with a superyacht included in the sale.The property, which regularly features throughout Mr Torrens’ Instagram account, comes with a 60m concrete, commercial-grade pontoon that can take a 200ft yacht among its luxury features.“It’s got the biggest residential pontoon in Australia for a superyacht,” Mr Torrens said.After buying 3 Brittanic Cres in 2013 for $3.45 million, the Torrens family spent a small fortune rebuilding it from scratch. MORE NEWS: Tom Williams’ unlikely career change Mr Torrens said his family had already moved out of the property they had called home for the past five years.“It hasn’t really felt like it’s happening,” he said.“Normally we celebrate Christmas there so it’s a bit of an eerie feeling.”Villa Blue Waters, which has 1950sq m of land and 59m of water frontage, first hit the market in 2016 and has been on and off ever since.The highest sale on the Sovereign Islands is $11.05 million for a property at Sir Lancelot Close that changed hands this year.A beachfront mansion at Mermaid Beach that sold for $12 million holds the 2018 highest sale crown. Villa Blue Waters at 3 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands has sold in a deal reportedly worth more than $9 million.LUXURY boat broker Grant Torrens has sold his family’s Gold Coast mega mansion in a deal worth more than $9 million.His son Mitchell Grant Torrens said the extravagant Sovereign Islands property sold through their brokerage company Torrens Luxury Collection. Unwind at Villa Blue Waters. What a pool! Luxury boat broker Grant Torrens (centre) and his son Mitchell at the “Ultimate Event” at Villa Blue Waters. Some of the fixtures included Swarovski crystal doorknobs and 24-carat gold Versace tapware.The residence comes with a commercial-size granite cocktail bar, Italian marble entertaining area and teppanyaki cabana centred around a resort-style, pool and spa.“The family home has been such a gathering spot for us to entertain family, friends and VIP clients,” Mr Torrens said.One of the garages even features black marble floor tiles and is purely for displaying luxury cars.Villa Blue Waters has also been used for photos shoots for fashion labels Camilla and Versace and was on Foxtel’s I Own Australia’s Best Homes. MORE NEWS: Why Coast waterfront properties are so popular The property comes with a commercial-grade pontoon.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The bar! Welcome to luxury. Entertain in style. A bathroom in Villa Blue Waters. One of the bedrooms. The basement car park.last_img read more

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Uniper keen on Wilhelmshaven LNG FSRU project

first_imgGerman utility Uniper is in talks with parties interested in building a liquefied natural gas import terminal in Wilhelmshaven. Speaking to Reuters, Uniper’s board member Keith Martin said the company is in discussions with potential partners for the construction of a floating import terminal at the site.A wide range of interested parties for the FSRU-based facility includes U.S. companies.The company would be the buyer and distributor of the liquefied natural gas delivered to the facility, however, it would not directly own a share in the project.Uniper could unveil further information about the project before the end of the quarter. The facility would be close to the company’s storage facilities at Etzel.Although details and the parties that Uniper has entered talks with have remained undisclosed, Martin told Reuters that the FSRU would have the capacity to handle 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually. This equates to 7.2 million tons per annum.The terminal would also be capable of accommodating Q-Max LNG tankers with 265,000-cbm cargo capacity. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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Somalia investing in its army

first_img“..Our soldiers are underpaid, underfed and under-equipped, and yet they are expected to put their lives on the line for their country. This is unacceptable” – Somali Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Ali SharmakeFor many years the army of Somalia has been poorly equipped and underfunded an issue that the country’s Prime Minister is looking to change.The government through the Prime Minister has made a point of focusing on restoring the army to its former glory. The once powerful army will be facilitated with proper equipment and training. This investment will go a long way into combating and defeating the Al shabaab militia in the country.last_img

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Trade Deadlines

first_imgBaseball’s trade deadline is here. This means if your favorite team is not in competition for the playoffs, some of your high-priced players will be gone. Instead of re-signing them, the team trades them for cheaper minor leaguers or first-year players who have no bargaining power yet. If you are in contention, you buy or trade for them in the hope they can put you over the top. Unfortunately, some teams never get out of the giving up stage and some, like the Yankees, are always trading for more veterans. Players seem to have accepted this as just the normal way of doing business, because you seldom see any of them fighting the trade. The problem is that the practice is usually a one-way trip to the top for the receiving team, and a long stay as a non-contender for the other team. It has taken Pittsburgh 20+ years and they finally seem to be a contender; Kansas City is still trying. St. Louis just keeps on winning and most of the rest just stay the same. Some teams, like the Cubs, have so many “A” players that they won’t have to draft anyone for 10 years, and they still won’t have a Major League team, either. Only a few teams really trade to help both teams. Most just grab and give up players that they have already written off as non-Major Leaguers.last_img read more

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

first_imgMy favorite NASCAR driver is Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  His season came to an end several races ago when he developed concussion symptoms.  Most of the time, race car drivers have to be pried out of their cars. Even when they are injured to the point where they can barely walk, they still want to drive.  In some cases, they still do drive even with casts on body parts.I commend Dale for stopping before another concussion which might have been fatal.  For you younger NASCAR fans, Dale’s dad died in a race car from a head injury.  I am sure this has played a big part in Dale’s decision to sit out the rest of the year.  After all, Earnhardt makes a lot of money doing other things besides driving race cars.  He certainly won’t starve without another race this year.  I look forward to his return next season.last_img read more

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Serie A: French star returns to Juventus today

first_imgThe former Paris Saint-Germain man has been targeted for his unwillingness to return after quarantine and was expected to stay in France until a set date for the resumption in Serie A.“When you realise it’s your last day on… strike!” he wrote in a story on Instagram, joking about the criticism in recent weeks.RTL France reporter Philippe Sanfourche has claimed Rabiot “believes he has not made any mistakes”, but the reports in Italy seem certain he will be available on the market this summer. Promoted ContentWhat Women Find The Most Attractive In Men From The 60-s8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThis Is Probably The Happiest Dog On InstagramTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On Fire7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better French midfielder Adrien Rabiot returns to Juventus today and responded to the criticism with a message on social media.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: De Boer: Messi the big problem for CoutinhoLa Stampa underlines that the midfielder ignored the unofficial call to return to Juventus on May 3 and as the 25-year-old travels from the French Riviera today, his future at the Old Lady is uncertain.Il Corriere Torino suggests he could end up in the Premier League and points out that his salary of €7m a year gives Juventus as many reasons to consider cutting their ties to the former France international.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Argonauts Come Close, but Fall in Double Header Opener

first_img April 6, 2007Box Score PENSACOLA, Fla. – Robin Williams laced a pair of RBI doubles to help lift fifth-ranked Valdosta State to a 3-2 win over West Florida on Friday. Valdosta State (32-3, 11-0 GSC) won their 18th straight, while West Florida (23-19, 3-6 GSC) dropped to 5-10 this season in one-run games.Valdosta State opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning against West Florida starter Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC). With a runner at second base and two out, Alexandra Acosta doubled down the third base line to drive in the first run. Williams followed with a double to left center that scored Acosta and gave Valdosta State a 2-0 lead.West Florida cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth inning on Nicky VanCamp’s team-high fifth home run of the season. It was VanCamp’s second home run off of the Lady Blazers Kristen Lindsey this season.Williams helped Valdosta State add an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, Williams delivered an RBI double to right field to regain Valdosta State’s two-run advantage.West Florida cut the lead to one with a single run in the top of the sixth inning. After Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) led off with a walk, she advanced to second on Whitney Gay’s (Cantonment, Fla./Tate HS) foul out to left field. Simpson came around to score on Walton’s one out, RBI double. But Lindsey settled down and retired the final five Argonaut hitters to seal the win.Lindsey (14-1) earned the win after allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Walton (11-7) suffered the loss after giving up three runs on five hits with two strikeouts. Walton also led West Florida with two hits, while Simpson’s nine-game hitting streak came to and endPrint Friendly Version Share Argonauts Come Close, but Fall in Double Header Openerlast_img read more

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