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Gold Coast homeowners make more than $500 million

Gold Coast homeowners make more than $500 million

first_imgREIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said the Coast was seeing the flow-on effect from the investors coming from interstate and locally.Mr Newlands said the Coast’s new infrastructure, construction and tourism industries, and impending 2018 Commonwealth Games were giving buyers a renewed confidence in the city.“We are now getting some traction in the market place and seeing the flow-on effect from the investors coming from interstate and locally,” he said.“With the low-interest rates buyers are opening their wallets with confidence to buy.” The CoreLogic Pain and Gain report revealed 84 per cent of Gold Coasters made money — with the median profit at $110,000. GOLD Coast homeowners made more than $500 million in one quarter alone last year as the level of sales reached six year highs.Figures released today show eight out of 10 homeowners made a profit on sales in the three months to September 2016, pocketing almost $525 million.The CoreLogic Pain and Gain report reveals the median profit was $110,000.It was the best result for houses on the Coast since 2010.CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said strength was returning to the coastal markets.“You also see in Queensland interstate migration is picking up a little bit, particularly in the southeast corner.“Obviously people in Sydney and Melbourne possibly starting to think about their retirement they have seen significant growth in the value of their homes over the last few year, lots of equity.“The Gold Coast is one of the places they like to look at, so that could all be contributing to the improvement…”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoCoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said strength was returning to the coastal marketsREIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said there were “pockets” of housing around the Coast — including Burleigh Heads and Southport — that had experienced phenomenal growth in the past 10 to 15 years. “The people who have benefited from selling are those who took up good opportunities through the global financial crisis period, or people who have been holding on to their properties for 10 to 15 years in a suburb which has become quite popular,” Mr Newlands said.“Some suburbs have completely transformed. Like Burleigh Heads, it’s just one of several Gold Coast suburbs that come along immensely with new restaurants and lifestyle factors impacting it.“There are little pockets around the Coast that have completely transformed.”last_img read more

Ronaldo scores as Juventus brush aside Leverkusen

Ronaldo scores as Juventus brush aside Leverkusen

first_imgThe Germans showed little to threaten the hosts, with Lucas Alario shooting over on three minutes with what would be their best chance of the game.The breakthrough came for Juventus when Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah failed to head clear Juan Cuadrado’s long ball for Higuain, with the Argentine pouncing to drill home after 17 minutes.The 31-year-old Higuain, back in Turin after loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea, had a chance for a second on 38 minutes but was denied by Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.Juventus piled on the pressure after the break as Ronaldo tried unsuccessfully to pull off an overhead kick in the 55th minute.Ronaldo then sent Higuain in behind, but although the Portuguese failed to connect with his teammate’s return pass, Bernardeschi was lurking to provide the finishing touch just after an hour.Juventus almost had a third with Hradecky failing to control the ball and almost turning it into his own net before grappling to save on the line.But the Finnish international did well to deny Ronaldo in front of goal after a Higuain charge down the flank.Welsh international Aaron Ramsey was introduced in place of Bernardeschi with Dybala replacing Higuain for the closing stages.And in the dying minutes, substitute Rodrigo Bentancur picked out Dybala who slid the ball through for Ronaldo, allowing the 34-year-old to equal Real Madrid great Raul’s record of scoring against 33 different sides in the Champions League.“It was an important match, after the draw in Madrid we had to win to get closer to the qualification,” said Higuain.“Now we head to Sunday, because another battle awaits us,” added the Argentine of next weekend’s Serie A clash with leaders Inter Milan.Share on: WhatsApp Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in this season’s Champions League, sealing a 3-0 win for Juventus over Bayer Leverkusen in their Group D game in Turin on Tuesday.Turin, Italy | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in this season’s Champions League, sealing a 3-0 win for Juventus over Bayer Leverkusen in their Group D game in Turin on Tuesday.Ronaldo blasted in the third goal in the 89th minute to extend his record to 127 strikes in the competition to add to Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi’s earlier efforts.Juventus move top of their section, level on four points with Atletico Madrid, who defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 in Russia.The Italian champions had been held 2-2 by the Spaniards at the Wanda Metropolitano in their opener.“We had a good match against a team who love possession and are not easy to deal with,” said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.“They took a lot of energy out of us in the first half. After the break, they slowed down a little and we took control.”Leverkusen face an uphill battle after their shock 2-1 defeat at home against Lokomotiv Moscow and are rooted to the foot of the table.“It was a clear defeat,” said Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz. “We played well in the first half even if we didn’t have chances, and then we made the mistake which led to the first goal.“It’s the difference between a team who has experience in the Champions League and one that is beginning its journey at this level.”Juventus next host Lokomotiv and Leverkusen travel to Atletico on October 22.– Higuain back –Sarri opted for Higuain and Bernardeschi up front alongside five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo.Leverkusen were struggling from the outset after losing captain Lars Bender in the warm-up to a thigh problem, with defender Mitchell Weiser stepping in.last_img read more

South Florida dads participate in ‘take your child to school day’

South Florida dads participate in ‘take your child to school day’

first_imgFathers across South Florida took their kids to school on Wednesday.It has become a tradition in Florida, with local law enforcement officials who are also dads joining the party!Dads, deputies, firefighters, and safety patrol guards at Pinewood Elementary School in Martin County reportedly danced to music with their kids in the school’s car line.Police officers in Riviera Beach also joined their students at school.The department shared a series of heartwarming photos to Facebook.last_img

Jerry Manuel, son work to help youth in baseball

Jerry Manuel, son work to help youth in baseball

first_imgIn this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, former Major League Baseball manager Jerry Manuel, talks with young ball players at the Jerry Manuel Foundation charter school in Elverta, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)ELVERTA, Calif. (AP) — Jerry Manuel’s spring training these days consists of collecting stray baseballs sent back over the fence by a neighbor farmer, checking on new trees beyond the outfield, and coaching teens to the background noise from crowing roosters on a rundown field just down the street from a humongous cow pasture.As pitchers and catchers reported to spring training this past week, Manuel, the former manager of the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets, has been busy working alongside son Anthony to keep young men — many, like the Manuels, African-American — on the right path academically by providing baseball opportunities. The students come from throughout the Sacramento area to a school recently reopened with the necessary enrollment boost from those in the Jerry Manuel Foundation program. No matter that facilities are modest at best.“It was a gut thing, like, ‘We need a school for these kids,’” Manuel said of a vision that began with getting the players going in travel ball. “I told my son: ‘I need these kids all year round because the education is bigger than travel ball. If they’re not getting that, we’re not doing them a service.’ Here we are.”The Jerry Manuel Foundation draws middle-school students and a small group of ninth-graders to this rural town for baseball that isn’t geared strictly toward winning.The 60-year-old Manuel, Chicago’s 2000 AL Manager of the Year, would love to get back in a big league dugout managing, or even as a bench coach if he found the right fit.“I get withdrawals,” Manuel said. “Spring training, for a manager, is probably his most relaxed time.”But Manuel, who last managed the Mets in 2010, was unwilling to wait around. He considers it his duty to help keep young Black men headed to baseball, not just football or basketball.In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, former Major League Baseball Manager Jerry Manuel, shows Tyler Ewing, the proper way to grip a baseball at the Jerry Manuel Foundation charter school in Elverta, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)“It’s a passion for me because I see the lack of participation at the major league level,” Manuel said. “It saddens me. The game will survive. Baseball is a beautiful game, even if they just played it at the Little League level, she’s going to survive. She’s that way. But the level of play is missing out on that dynamic player because he’s going to other sports. We’re leaving this and choosing one sport early, but nobody’s helping them choose baseball. That’s what I’m trying to do.”In addition, Manuel is advising the process of building a new college program at William Jessup University in nearby Rocklin. Playing a role in developing players is paramount for Manuel, who regularly reminds his son winning isn’t everything at this level. These two cherish their time together.Given that Manuel’s demanding major league baseball job kept him on the road for nearly half the year, they have discovered how passionate both are about making a difference.“It’s awesome,” Manuel said. “He was the one in the family that everything was baseball. This is an awesome opportunity for both of us to grow together and for me to pass on what I know without the pressures of winning and losing.”Anthony is the foundation’s head coach and director of baseball operations. He has aspirations of managing himself.“I don’t take anything for granted, I get as much from him as I can,” Anthony said. “We’re not like a normal baseball program. School comes first. My dad makes sure we don’t stray away from that. They’ll have a place to go when they leave.”Each morning, most of the 50 young men are dropped off at Alpha Middle School to take part in Manuel’s program, which received financial support from Sacramento native and former slugger Derrek Lee. The kids and parents don’t pay for anything but getting there.The 31-year-old Anthony, a former minor leaguer now married with two young children, teaches homeroom before students go on to their regular classes. There are regular reminders about Jackie Robinson’s core “nine values” — courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, excellence, commitment. For February’s Black History Month, Anthony discusses an African-American baseball player each day.Tutoring is available, and some students in the first freshman class work independently through their course work on computers.“If you’re not doing well in school, it’s difficult to get on the field,” Manuel said.Eventually, Manuel hopes to receive funding from Major League Baseball for transportation and facilities upgrades. A second field is in the works.The Elverta School Board had hoped to reopen Alpha Middle School but faced financial challenges and other issues.“They get up every morning and they’ve got more of a reason to go to school,” Superintendent Michael Borgaard said. “It’s wonderful to see them succeed. It’s really been one miracle after another.”Tobias Menefee is one. He showed up in the foundation’s “clubhouse” in fall 2012, accompanied by his single mother, Tara Robinson. Manuel decided to give Menefee a chance even though he had never played baseball. He couldn’t catch or throw, didn’t even know how to properly grip a bat.“A lot of people wouldn’t give him a chance,” Anthony said.Fast forward and Menefee is the program’s best player, with a baseball future. In the rain last week, Menefee and fellow 14-year-old prospect Fred Johnson were in the batting cage — built on an old bus turnaround — taking their cuts.“This means, for me, a better chance to have my family be successful in life. I don’t want to struggle in life,” Menefee said. “Like everyone in the world, I want to live with a good financial payment and do all the things I want to do and have a good retirement after. Baseball’s my ticket there.”last_img read more

Warm Up to Lower Energy Bills

Warm Up to Lower Energy Bills

first_imgFacebook37Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Springer PlumbingWe have all heard of hybrid cars, but did you know there are hybrid water heaters? We have seen increased interest in these and wanted to share the benefits of installing a hybrid tank in your home. Last April, major changes in water heater efficiency came into effect, resulting in older style water heaters being phased out. This has pushed our company to explore more of the many options that are on the heating market.How Do They Work?A standard type water heater relies on electricity alone to heat water in the tank. Hybrid units take it a step further and draw heat from the surrounding air, transferring that heat into the enclosed tank. Think of it as how a refrigerator works in reverse. In case you have houseguests or are using a large amount of hot water, they also come equipped with traditional heating elements that can kick in when needed.Hybrid heat pump water heaters are one of America’s most efficient water heaters; over 65% more efficient than a standard tank. Many of the models have different modes they can be ran on depending on your water needs, which are easily changed on a convenient control panel. These modes include hybrid, heat pump only, boost and vacation mode.Why Should I Care About Efficiency?Water heaters are the 2nd highest energy user in the home. Standard tanks use more than the refrigerator, clothes washer, dryer and dishwasher combined. Switching to a more efficient tank may cost more upfront, but the energy savings will put that money back in your wallet in less than two years for a household of four.Huge Rebates are AvailableIf the energy savings are not a big enough incentive for you, Puget Sound Energy is offering a hefty rebate for the installation of these efficient tanks. If you have a hybrid water heater installed and take advantage of the rebate it will result in being about the same cost of a traditional water heater. Ron, owner of Springer Plumbing, is even taking advantage of this deal and installing a hybrid heat pump water heater in his own home. We would be happy to answer any questions for you! The conditions of the rebate can be found here.last_img read more