Take a hammer to your auction day fears

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoRay White New Farm auctioneer Haesley Cush talks to new owners Susan McNeil and Hugh Patterson at the auction of 139 Sirius St, Coorparoo. (AAP image, John Gass)Mr Cush’s advice for buyers nervous about buying under the hammer was to speak to agents who specialise in auctions and attend auctions to see the process play out. He said that when it came to auction day, potential buyers didn’t even have to be the ones raising the paddle as they could enlist the help of a buyer’s agent, a friend or family member, or they could bid via the phone or internet. Will Ranken, Westpac’s general manager of home ownership, said buyers could increase their confidence by doing their homework and being well-prepared. “To ensure the best chance of success, home hunters should observe several auctions before they bid, thoroughly research the property they’re interested in and ask the selling agent for comparable sales,” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45Queenslanders are shying away from auctions with a study finding more than half of buyers in the Sunshine State are too scared to buy property under the hammer. The latest Westpac Home Ownership Report found prospective homeowners in Queensland were apprehensive about auctions, with 55 per cent admitting they were too scared to buy at an auction and 48 per cent saying they weren’t confident they would know what to do. Auctioneer Haesley Cush (pictured) said he wasn’t surprised by the report’s findings because of the small percentage of properties Queensland sold at auction. He said the lack of exposure to auctions, especially across generations, meant buyers were reluctant to trust an unknown process. Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush in action (AAP image, John Gass)“In other states where there are higher proportions of properties going to auction, you have less reluctance from buyers to engage with auctions,” he said. “Though I think if you surveyed buyers in Brisbane’s inner city suburbs you would find a higher number would be prepared to buy at auction, as they are more familiar with the process.’’Mr Cush said buyers shouldn’t be afraid of the auction process as it was the most transparent way of purchasing a property. “If you buy via private treaty, you have to put in an offer, fill out a contract and wait for the owner’s response. If there’s another buyer, you have to guess what price they’re going to pay and you don’t have the right of reply.“At an auction, you get to yell out your price, you don’t have to fill out any paper work for your offer, just register to bid, and you don’t have to worry about the validity of other buyers as they’ll be yelling out their prices too.” center_img “Home for Sale by Auction. For Sale sign with auctioneeraas gavel and a chrome house key fob, with house key. Copy space.”Mr Ranken said it was important for buyers to do their research to understand other loan services available to prospective buyers, such as a bridging loan or portability loan. The Home Ownership Report also identified education gaps among Queensland buyers when it came to home finance, with many admitting to not fully understanding key financial concepts.Almost half said they weren’t sure what equity was, 65 per cent didn’t know what comparison rates were, and 38 per cent admitted they did not completely understand the purpose of an offset account. However the findings showed 81 per cent of surveyed Queensland buyers were taking steps to educate themselves on home financing by turning to professionals (76 per cent) and leveraging digital resources (42 per cent) to better understand what’s involved in buying or financing a home.**** HAESLEY’S TOP TIPS TO CONQUER YOUR AUCTION FEARSlast_img read more

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Taylor: I’m still improving

first_img Taylor told Press Association Sport: “I badly needed to get back in the ring after long out and the wrist held up well so I will be 100 per cent prepared when I go to Baku. “It was a very frustrating period for me and I wasn’t able to spar for long periods but I was able to work on a lot of new things and it has left me feeling very fresh. “I have stayed positive and I believe I am still improving in every competition I enter. I have even managed to improve a lot since the last World Championships.” Women’s boxing is set to be one of the star attractions at the Baku Games with five weight divisions – two more than the Olympic programme. Taylor will be joined by Michaela Walsh and Ceire Smith in the Ireland squad while fellow Olympic champion Nicola Adams is also set to compete. However, there can be no repeat of the Commonwealth Games final between Adams and Walsh as they are competing in different weight categories. Taylor goes into the event in the knowledge that victory will secure her status as lightweight world number one for an unprecedented 10 years in a row. At a time when many of her contemporaries including Olympic rival Natasha Jonas and Indian flyweight Mary Kom are announcing or considering retirement, Taylor says she is not short of the motivation to fight on. She added: “I’m not going to be boxing for ever but I’ve put no time-cap on it really. As long as I still feel a passion for the sport and preparing for these big competitions I will carry on fighting. “At the moment defending my Olympic title in Rio is my main goal and it is something I never stop thinking about. “But any event like this is a great showcase for women’s boxing and I’m sure the European Games will continue to grow as a major event in the future.” The Bray 28-year-old recently returned to the ring after six months out with a wrist injury she sustained in the course of clinching her fifth straight world title in South Korea in November. And Taylor believes the longest injury-enforced break of her illustrious career could serve her well as she looks to continue making history for a number of years to come. Olympic champion Katie Taylor is convinced her best is yet to come as she prepares to lead Ireland into the inaugural European Games in Baku next month. Press Associationlast_img read more

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IN FULL: PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS’ BRILLIANT LETTERKENNY SPEECH

first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins is one of the great orators of our time.Hearing him speak live is often different to how he sometimes comes across in a 30-second news bulletin.But yesterday in Letterkenny as he helped the town celebrate its Tidy Towns win, he delivered another superb speech – getting to the point on why the competition is such a special part of Irish life. Here is his speech in full:Tá áthas orm a bheith anseo inniú chun mórghníomh Leitir Ceanainn a cheiliúradh libh, is é sin Comórtas na mBailte Slachtmhara 2015 a bhuachaint. Is mian liom mo bhuíochas a ghabháíl le Coiste na mBailte Slachtmhara as a gcuireadh dom bheith libh anseo, agus libhse ar fad aás an bhfíorchaoin fáílte sin.I am delighted to be here today, to mark and celebrate Letterkenny’s achievement in being named Ireland’s Tidiest Town in 2015. I would like to thank the TidyTown’s Committee for inviting me to join you, and all of you for that generous welcome.Almost six decades have passed since the launching of the TidyTown competition, designed to bring communities together in a spirit of neighbourly pride for the town in which they live. It is an initiative that was conceived and grew through a great belief in the power of individual communities to effect positive and sustainable transformation, the power of a village or town to become a stronger community. In the intervening years, generations have acted and built upon that belief in towns and villages across the country. Neighbours, friends and local business owners have come together in collective efforts to enhance their towns; re-imagining, rejuvenating and realising the possibilities of the place in which they live and work and raise their children.In 2015, as in every other year, we witnessed just what can be achieved when communities come together with a shared aim and a common goal. I know that here in Letterkenny you are rightly proud of your great achievement in being named Ireland’s Tidiest Town, but I am sure that you are equally proud of the strength of community and spirit of active participation that lay at the heart of that achievement.Anyone who is familiar with taking part in, or judging, the TidyTowns competition will know of the considerable commitment and determination; and the many, many hours of hard work and exertion that takes place behind the scenes. They will be familiar with the great generosity of citizens who find the time and the energy, in the middle of their busy lives, to take part in cleaning up projects, maintenance tasks, and sourcing and raising funding, and who, in so many other ways play their part in bringing together a shared vision and thereby creating a renewed environment built on a spirit of co-operation, and real participation.Agus mé ag breathnú thart orm inniu, feicim na plandaí áille agus an tírdhreachadh, gan trácht ar an mbealach a bhaineann sibh leas as na spásanna oscailte sa bhaile, ní haon íonadh dom é gur bain sibh an chéad áit sa chomórtas, thar ocht gcéad seasca ‘sa dó (862) bailte agus sráidbhailte a chur isteach ar Chomórtas na mBailte Slachtmhara anuraidh. Tá súil agam go bhfuil sibh ar fad thar a bheith sásta leis an éacht atá curtha i gcrích agaibh.[As I look around me today I see the beautiful plants and landscaping, and the creative use of open spaces that saw Letterkenny heralded as first amongst the eight hundred and sixty two towns and villages across the country that entered last year’s TidyTowns Competition. That is an achievement in which you can take great pride.] But equally impressive are the brush strokes that went in to creating this beautiful picture. I speak, of course, of the spirit of co-operation, the strength of community and the will to effect affirmative change which carried Letterkenny to victory, and which marks this town out as a place of which its citizens can be very proud.Letterkenny is, of course, a place with a long and rich heritage. I was most interested to read, before I travelled here today, of the description of the town that was entered into the Civil Survey of 1652-56“There is a town called Letterkenny which hath a market every Friday and two fairs in the year with a fair Church and a bridge at the east end over the River Swilly” reminding us that Letterkenny began its life as a small market town in the 17th century, before evolving into an agricultural town and then into the busy urban centre we know today.Letterkenny is a town which holds a rich history in its beautiful old buildings, which include the Cathedral of St Eunan and St Columba, and the Donegal County Museum housed in what was once the Workhouse. Like all towns, its architecture creates a profound connection to the past, speaking so much of the heritage, background and circumstances which have shaped our history and helped to craft the present. It reminds us of the unique role that Letterkenny has played in the narrative of our state; for instance, that Charles Stewart Parnell has an ancestral link to the town, and that the Market Square once hosted a Land League meeting at which Michael Davitt addressed over ten thousand people.I am delighted that Letterkenny has ensured that its history and heritage continued to retain its rightful place as the town grew and evolved into a modern urban centre; its old structures and landmarks sitting easily alongside the new developments and enhancements which will also play their important part in the ongoing story of Letterkenny.Cá bhfios céard a thiocfaidh chun cinn sa todhchaí. Ach inniu tá cúis ceiliúrtha ag mhuintir Leitir Ceanainn, mar is fiú ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar an spiorad a thug sibh le chéile mar chomharsa, idir óg agus aosta, chun cairdeas a spreagadh agus chun pobal níos láidre a chruthú. Is é mo ghuí é go leanfaidh an spiorad seo ar aghaidh ar feadh na mblianta fada agus go mbeidh rannpháirtíocht pobal ghníomhach le braith sa bhaile seo sa todhchaí.We do not know, of course, what that future will hold. But today Letterkenny can celebrate the enthusiasm which united you all as neighbours, reaching across generations, and creating new and positive links and friendships that I hope will continue to strengthen your community and encourage an ongoing spirit of active participation.As a town you have worked long and hard to achieve the TidyTown accolade. You have been a part of this competition since it first began in 1958, displaying commitment, dedication and admirable persistence across the years and decades as you worked to ensure that Letterkenny would someday be named Ireland’s Tidiest Town.I am delighted to be able to congratulate you in person, here today, not only on your great win, but also on the great spirit of perseverance which lies at the heart of that win.Indeed, it is greatly uplifting to see so many of you gathered here today, sharing pride in an achievement that belongs to the entire community of Letterkenny.I congratulate you on that magnificent achievement; an achievement which I hope will encourage you to continue to work together to ensure that Letterkenny is a town of which all its residents can be truly proud.IN FULL: PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS’ BRILLIANT LETTERKENNY SPEECH was last modified: June 11th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MICHAEL D HIGGINSlast_img read more

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