Can Queensland beat New South Wales on the property field?


first_img23 Derby St, Vaucluse sold under the hammer for $7.6 million.In a week where state lines are drawn, tribal colours are worn and slander against interstate rivals is encouraged in the workplace, I thought I’d dive in and see how the Queensland vs. New South Wales property game would measure up.As a parochial Queenslander, I was feeling confident about this battle after a super successful night of auctions on Wednesday.I fired the gavel multiple times on the night with 15 out of 20 auctions sold either under the hammer or before by the end of the evening. Four of those properties sold above $2 million dollars, two of which were more than $3 million.There was an average of more than four bidders per property. So with my 75 per cent clearance rate, I opened dialogue with my good mate Jason Andrew, from Ray White in Sydney to see how they were measuring up.Jason told me that last week Ray White Double Bay had 14 auctions with 13 selling before or on the night. Their clearance was 95 per cent totalling $55 million in sales with two stand out sales at 8 Rupertswood Ave, Bellevue Hill for $8 million and 23 Derby St, Vaucluse for $7.6 million.Going through the numbers we put this one down as a win for the Blues and went on to game two.On Wednesday night with 14 registered bidders I auctioned 184 Annie St, New Farm. The property was on 354sq m and the word renovator is a generous description!It sold under the hammer, after a heated bidding exchange to $1.34 million.A renovator’s delight at 184 Annie St, New Farm sold at auction for $1.34 million. Picture: playing my ace I was eager to see Jason’s cards and hear what he’d sold in the last week that could top that.Casually, he told me about a modest one-bedroom unit in Potts Point that he sold last week. I started to feel queasy. The unit was at 481/50 Macleay St, Potts Point and from the photos online I could see it was well presented but tiny.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoBy my rough calculations from the floor plan it’s about 55sq m. As his tone started to get bolder I could hear his smile through the phone as he told me they sold the property under the hammer for $1.050 million – NSW clearly taking the win.Haesley Cush reckons the Sydney property powerhouse will continue to perform.We decided to continue our curiosity and had a quick look at the numbers. The first place to start is population, Sydney – 4.5 million Vs Brisbane – 2.2 million.We then compared five markets and the numbers of properties for sale in comparable suburbs in each state. Check out the numbers:Total properties for sale – based on suburb search in 371 Vs Sydney CBD 144Ascot 94 Vs Double Bay 11New Farm 117 Vs Surry Hills 41Hamilton 207 Vs Bondi 25Fortitude Valley 161 Vs Darlinghurst 30In every area Sydney stock levels were considerably less than half the Brisbane equivalent. Add that to double the population and it’s a knockout property blow and a clean sweep for the Blues.With talk this week of the Sydney market easing, you struggle to see how with such a limited number of properties for sale and such a huge volume of people wanting to buy. Competition fuels confidence and with Sydney stock levels shrinking combined with its massive population it becomes a lot clearer as to why this property powerhouse has continued to perform in the face of naysayers over the last five years.last_img read more

Volleyball: Decisive matchups against No. 5 Minnesota, Michigan State lay ahead


first_imgThe No. 7 Wisconsin volleyball team (17-5, 13-1 Big Ten) travels to Minneapolis Thursday to take on the University of Minnesota (19-3, 13-1) with conference championship implications. The Badgers will then return home to face Michigan State on Saturday.The Badgers are still living in the shadow of their first loss in conference play to The Ohio State University one week ago. The loss allowed the No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers to catch the Badgers atop the Big Ten standings.Volleyball: 3 surprising boosts to No. 7 BadgersA season ago, the Wisconsin volleyball team reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament before their neighbor to the Read…UW gets a chance to retake conference lead and ensure they have a tiebreaking win over the Gophers.The Gophers are currently on an eight-game winning streak — the Badgers dealt them their last loss about a month ago.Minnesota has been without senior setter Kylie Miller —a UCLA transfer — for the last six games and 11 of their 14 Big Ten matches.In the Badgers’ win over the Gophers earlier this year, sophomore Bayley McMenimen assumed the sole setting duties. But, in their last four matches, Minnesota has introduced freshman Tamara Dolonga as another setting option alongside McMenimen.Volleyball: Badgers record team’s best start ever in Big Ten playThe Wisconsin volleyball team (16-4, 12-0 Big Ten) has started 12-0 in conference play for the first time in Badger Read…Both McMenimen and Dolonga are 5-foot-9 or shorter, which could force the Badgers to load attacks to the setters’ side of the net.Middle blocker Dana Rettke dominated the previous matchup with the Gophers with one of her better performances this year: 16 kills at a .500 clip. While the Badgers’ have had their struggles against Minnesota, Rettke has found quite a bit of success.In her five career games against the Gophers, Rettke has averaged 19.8 kills per match, only 1.8 errors per match and a hitting percentage of .517.A big performance from Rettke seems inevitable due to her history. Most importantly, it might be necessary for a victory in this crucial border battle.After the contest in Minneapolis, the Badgers return home for three straight contests at the UW Field House. The first of these being a matchup against the Michigan State Spartans — a team they swept already while Rettke rode the bench with a foot injury.The Spartans (14-10, 5-9) pose another strong defensive threat to the Badgers. MSU has the second-best opponent’s hitting percentage in the Big Ten at .169.Wisconsin’s high-powered offense will look to outside hitters Grace Loberg and Molly Haggerty — a pair who combined for 26 of the Badgers’ 41 kills against the Spartans in late October.Volleyball: Badgers look to extend historic Big Ten runThe No. 4 Wisconsin volleyball team (16-4, 12-0 Big Ten) remains on the road to face The Ohio State University Read…The Spartans have just one win in their last seven games. This sole win came against Northwestern, who only has one conference win this entire year — a win that came against the SpartansMSU sits near the bottom in every offensive category and boasts only one player averaging three or more kills per set. The Badgers have three such players.last_img read more