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

Miralem Pjanic is the Ambassador of Parenting House in Tuzla


first_imgA representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH’s) national football team Miralem Pjanic is presented today in Sarajevo as Ambassador of the Parenting House in Tuzla, which construction was planned to start in 2019.“The Parenting House means a lot to me, Tuzla is my town, where I was born, we know how important our children are. I hope we will build more houses like this. At this stage, to have a parent near themselves is something that is best for children, so I hope we will have as many of these beautiful projects as possible and I thank everyone who works every day on this beautiful story, “Pjanic said.The parenting house in Sarajevo over the past three years has been shown to be of outstanding importance for treating children with cancer and their parents, thereby contributing to faster and easier cure.Guided by this example, the “Heart For Children with Cancer ” Association has started implementing the same project in the Tuzla area, where treatment of children with cancer began in 2017 and the need for this type of support emerged.(Photo: Fena)last_img read more

Ted Page: Negro Leagues star gets grave marker


first_imgA Negro League star from Pittsburgh is the latest to receive a grave marker from a man dedicated to honoring the memory of those who played in the segregated baseball organization.The grave of Ted Page was marked August 17. He played for both of the league’s Pittsburgh-area teams in the 1930s, the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays. Page was a long time spokesperson for the Negro Leagues being one of a very few still alive during the 1970s and ‘80s. Page was a long time close friend of Pirates great Willie Stargell. He loved bowling which led to him and Stargell opening the Meadow Lanes Bowling alley in Homewood, which existed for several years. He had owned a bowling alley and wrote a column for the Pittsburgh Courier several years prior to this during the late 1940s and ‘50s after he had retired from baseball. He also worked in public relations for Gulf Oil which was based in Pittsburgh at the time. “Ted was one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet,” said Ulish Carter, current managing editor of the Courier but was a sports writer during the ‘70s. “Ted would give you the shirt off his back. He was always a great interview because he loved to talk. Not about himself, but other people. It took a while for me to learn that he was an outstanding player in the Negro Leagues himself because he was always talking about Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard or some of the other greats. He had stories. He used to talk about the games they played against the White Major Leaguers and the fun they had playing the year around. They’d play in the states during the summer and then the winter they would travel to Central and South America and the Florida leagues. He loved baseball. He lived baseball. Everyone who knew him loved him. He loved life. That’s why I was shocked when I read about how he died.”  Page was murdered in a home invasion in 1984, beaten with a baseball bat by a man now serving life in prison. Page’s ashes are now buried at the Allegheny Cemetery in the city’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. MAKING IT HAPPEN—Jeremy Krock and Rev. Emma Smith unveils headstone for everyone to see. Rev. Smith remarked that God is good and he never forgets. (Photos by J.L. Martello) Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter us at our mobile app at THE NEW HEADSTONE FOR TED PAGE “I think Ted was part of the selection committee for the Negro Leagues Hall of Fame. I’m not sure. If he wasn’t at least a lot of people took his knowledge of the Negro Leagues to heart in their selections. I can’t think of anyone more knowledgeable,” Carter said.Page grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, where he was offered a scholarship to Ohio State after high school, but turned it down to play baseball. He was an excellent hitter, base runner and defensive player during his 1923-37 baseball career which a leg injury shortened.   Until recently, his cremated remains waited unclaimed in a community vault at the Lawrenceville cemetery where he once raised money to mark the grave of former teammate and baseball legend Josh Gibson.Page becomes the latest recipient of generosity from the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project, an initiative started in 2004 by Dr. Jeremy Krock of Peoria, Ill., with help from the Society for American Baseball Research. The project has provided granite markers for 27 players, most of them installed without ceremony. “I’m proud we can honor these players in this small way,” said Krock, who is White. “We hope to keep the memory of the player alive and to keep the memory of Negro League baseball alive.” THE MARKER WITH A PHOTO OF TED PAGE AND NEGRO LEAGUES FLAGlast_img read more