Gold Coast first-home buyers urged to make the most of refreshed market conditions this spring

first_imgFirst-home buyers on the Gold Coast currently have the upper hand.Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell said if buying a new build, look to the north. “It tends to be far more attractive for first-home buyers to buy in the more affordable, price-bracket suburbs and in the suburbs where there is a good deal of new development work that has kept prices somewhat in check,” he said. “Pimpama would be the pick at the moment, followed by Coomera.“This is an outstanding time for first-home buyers to buy as not only are there slightly more generous first-home buyer grants but we have absolutely record-low interest rates to lock in a fixed loan for a period of time. “This environment won’t continue forever and should be seized upon by first-home buyers.” Kris Hanney, 31, built his first house with Porter Davis in Maudsland and took advantage of the $15,000 first-home buyers grant. Picture: Jerad WilliamsMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoKris Hanney, 31, built his first home with Porter Davis in the northern Gold Coast after working hard to save a $60,000 deposit. Porter Davis Homes Queensland sales manager Alex Hill said they aimed to offer quality house and land packages for first-home buyers on a budget. “Timing wise, affordability is at an all-time high and southeast Queensland is expected to have fantastic growth over the next three years,” he said.“Between the first-home-owners grant, the new home-loan deposit scheme that the government has recently announced, multiple interest rate cuts and eased lending requirements, first-home buyers are in the perfect position to get into the property market and begin investing now to build their future wealth.”Mr Hill said Arundel, Helensvale, Coomera and Pimpama were areas first-home buyers should be looking at. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreen5 tips for first home buyers01:39 First-home buyers looking to follow in Kris Hanney’s footsteps and purchase a property are being told this spring is the perfect time to do so. Picture: Jerad WilliamsFIRST-home buyers are being urged to seize the day by taking the daunting step to secure a property this spring. Buyers have the upper hand in the current market thanks to first-home grants and good borrowing conditions. MORE NEWS: Why now is the time for families to upgrade their homeMORE NEWS: Hot spots for luxury homes this springcenter_img John Henderson Professionals partner Luke Henderson’s hot spots were Elanora and Chirn Park. “They are affordable locations close to M1 and attracting other owner occupiers, which is creating communities,” he said. “Interest rates are low, there is job stability and property is a great way to secure your financial future.” Kollosche agent Eoghan Murphy said Chirn Park seemed to be all the rage for young buyers. “Properties are affordable and buyers have the choice to purchase un-renovated and add their own touch or go for the finished product at a price point that is still achievable,” he said. “Have your finance in check, a lot more buyers will come out of the woodwork this season so make sure that you are ready to pounce when you find the home you want.“At these price points, the market is flooded with buyers so you don’t want to miss out.”last_img read more

Cleveland Rocks: Browns reel in Thomas

first_imgThe old saying is, “You are what you eat.” Anyone looking for an additional exhibit of evidence for the adage can look no further than to Joe Thomas.Hours after reeling in a couple browns (trout), the Wisconsin left tackle became a Brown himself, as he was selected by Cleveland with the third overall pick in Saturday’s NFL draft. “It’s a great fit for me as a person, and I think the organization is great people. The coaches are outstanding,” Thomas told Wisconsin reporters during a teleconference shortly after he was selected. “I think the team’s got a lot of weapons, and we’ve got a good opportunity to win a lot of games next year.”Thomas will likely step into the left tackle spot for the Browns next season with the opportunity to shore up an offensive line that allowed the third-most sacks in the NFL last season. “I don’t know what they are going to do with me, play me at left tackle, right tackle or guard or whatnot,” Thomas said. “I’m sure in the next couple months that will all play out, so I’m not going to push it.”My expectation for myself is to be a starter that first game,” Thomas continued. Landing in Cleveland presents a unique challenge for Thomas. Outside of the Browns, the AFC North has three quality teams, which have made the playoffs at least once in the last two years. Despite that Thomas will likely be paving the way for a former 2,000-yard running back in Jamaal Lewis, any offensive task will not be easy in a division including traditionally stout defenses such as Baltimore and Pittsburgh.”My best games in college and the games I got the most excited for were playing against the great players,” Thomas said. “That’s what makes me so excited about playing in the NFL, having that great player lineup across from you every game and the tremendous preparation that’s involved in getting ready for each game.” Although Thomas’ agent and the Browns front office had been in contact often lately, there was still a level of uncertainty concerning whether he would be the Browns’ pick.”I kind of knew all along [that the Browns were interested],” Thomas explained. “Back in January, just kind of researching the teams, … they obviously had the need at the offensive line position, guys getting older, and they gave up a lot of sacks last year.”Even once Thomas received the draft-day call from Cleveland’s brass, his fate was not yet decided.”We got the call, and we didn’t really know for sure yet,” Thomas explained. “It was a scout from the Browns who just said, ‘Hey, we want to keep you on the line.'”Thomas stayed on the phone for six minutes as the Browns made their final decision on who to draft.”You could hear Phil Savage, the general manager, talking about both myself and [Notre Dame quarterback] Brady Quinn in the background, so at that point they really didn’t know who they would pick.”Right at the end, … Phil Savage came on and said they turned in their card with my name on it.”Although the Browns’ choice of Thomas over the Ohio-native Quinn sparked some anger among Browns fans at the time, the team ended up trading picks with Dallas to draft the quarterback later in the first round.”I think historically at the draft you’re not going to make everybody happy. … Wherever I ended up, I knew I wasn’t going to be the glamour pick. Whenever you pick an offensive lineman high, he’s not the glamour pick.”Everyone wants the cute quarterback or the fast, quick receiver,” Thomas said. Aside from the regular excitement being drafted high carries, Thomas seemed legitimately happy to be going to Cleveland.”I’m excited. I think, to be able to stay in the Midwest, to be able to go to a city like Cleveland, which has tremendous professional athletic fans,” Thomas said. “It’s a meat-and-potatoes town, a blue-collar town — a lot like Milwaukee.”last_img read more

‘Schitt’s Creek’: How to binge watch before Tuesday’s series finale

first_imgSEASONNO. OF EPISODESEPISODE LENGTHSTOTAL TIME11321 minutes each4 hours, 33 minutes21321 minutes each4 hours, 33 minutes31321 minutes each4 hours, 33 minutes41321-25 minutes each4 hours, 43 minutes51421 minutes each4 hours, 55 minutes613 (plus finale)30 minutes each*6 hours, 30 minutes* Each episode time based on a half-hour production, including commercials; time may fluctuate in on-demand.When is the ‘Schitt’s Creek’ series finale?You may be wondering: What happens now that “things are certainly racing at a dangerously rapid velocity”?Tune in to the finale, of course. The show will come to a close on Tuesday, April 7, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It can be seen on CBC in Canada and Pop TV, Comedy Central and Logo in the United States. Before you “plan on popping a pill, crying a bit and falling asleep” after the finale, there will be a behind-the-scenes hourlong documentary special (in the United States, it will only be on Pop TV). Top 15 sports movies to watch on Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+ in Canada”Schitt’s Creek,” the brainchild of the father-son team of Eugene and Dan Levy (who play Johnny and David Rose), is a Canadian comedy about the uber-rich Rose family’s fall from — and, possibly by the end, rise to — grace. Now, before you say, “That doesn’t sound even remotely correct,” why, yes, ’tis possible to binge watch “Schitt’s Creek” before the series finale.Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know to watch “with the vigour of a wartime radio operator.” Oh, and for good measure, “I am 87 percent behind you.”What exactly is the premise of ‘Schitt’s Creek’?The Rose family — video store magnate Johnny, washed-up soap actress Moira and their two adult children, Alexis and David — end up in Schitt’s Creek (located somewhere in the United States) after they lose all their money and are forced to move to the town Johnny bought as a joke for David years ago. With no money, they stay in a small, rundown motel. Over the course of six seasons, the show takes us through the ups and downs of the Roses as they make their way through their new lives.Where does one watch ‘Schitt’s Creek’ before the finale?Pull up a chair, pop some jampagne and start on Netflix in both the U.S. and Canada for the first five seasons. To watch Episodes 1-13 of Season 6, flip the switch and head over to on-demand.The homes for this Emmy-nominated and Canadian Screen Award-winning comedy are CBC in Canada and Pop TV in the United States.How long will it take to view all 80 episodes of ‘Schitt’s Creek’?Now, I know what you’re thinking: 80 episodes. I cannot accomplish this feat, “I’m positively bedeviled with meetings, et cetera.”Well, you’ll have 72-plus hours to watch approximately 30 hours of television. Below is a quick breakdown of how long it’ll take to watch each episode and season. So buckle up and remember, “One must champion oneself and say, ‘I am ready for this.'” “I’m feeling this, like, deep aching sense of dread.” Why? Because on Tuesday evening, we, sadly, will bid adieu to the Roses. If you don’t know who David, Alexis, Moira and Johnny Rose are, well: Shame. On. You.last_img read more