Cairns property: buyers coming back to the market in FNQ

first_img1 Badine St, CaravonicaWITH Federal Government certainty and falling interest rates, buyers are flocking back to the Far North property market.LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill principal Ross Moller said sellers and buyers could now start thinking about their options.“With a Coalition government, there’s less uncertainty that the property market will drop further and with buyers waiting since Easter to see what will happen, they’re more than ready to buy now,” he said. “It’s a good time for sellers and buyers to consider their options as we get ready to move into the busy spring period.“Many buyers have been sea-changers from the south attracted to the Far North Queensland region because of the reef, lush rainforest and our laid-back lifestyle.”CBRE managing director Danny Betros said he had also noticed a surge in sales with the business completing 14 sales worth just over $20 million in the past 10 weeks.“Most came straight after the election,” he said. “Eight of the 14 have been investment sales, with the rest being sold to owner-occupiers buying for themselves.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“Leading up to the election was a bit scary. I could’ve taken a month off. “The market was certainly spooked and uncertainty was everywhere in all sectors of the commercial market.”But he said the next six months were looking “quite bright with around 16 new listings” to hit the market over the next four weeks.“We still need more as we have a very active buyer base, as money is cheap and there are certainly some deals around,” he said.With $116.7 million in sales during the 12 months to May 2019, LJ Hooker was the number one real estate agency in the areas represented by the brand, according to company sources.The sales were achieved across LJ Hooker offices in Atherton, Cairns Edge Hill, Cairns Marlin Coast, Cairns Trinity Beach/Palm Cove, Cairns Yorkeys Knob, Port Douglas and Tully. Mr Moller said the brand was strongly represented and trusted in Far North Queensland.“We have a strong network of established offices in the area, some have been in business for more than 30 years,” he said.last_img read more

Cricket News Ishant credits Sussex stint for success in England

first_imgBirmingham: Back in the reckoning after registering his eighth five-wicket haul, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma says his impressive county stint with Sussex gave him the much-needed confidence and experience ahead of the current tour of England. Ishant played four matches for Sussex in the County Championship Division Two earlier this year, scalping an impressive 15 wickets and even scoring a half-century. Ishant (5/51) registered his second five-wicket haul on English soil on Saturday to help India bowl out the hosts for 180 in the second innings, leaving the visitors to chase a 194-run target to win. ALSO READ | India vs England, 1st Test, Day 3 Highlights: England 110/5 at stumps“Playing county cricket has helped me a lot. I was disappointed a bit (on missing out IPL) but I figured whatever happens it’s for your good. It was a good experience and I enjoyed it a lot. I played for Sussex and bowling with Duke’s ball was good,” Ishant told reporters at the post day’s press conference on Friday night.   “The good thing was I had overs behind me. I played four matches for Sussex, and a few One-Day matches too, but I bowled nearly 250 overs in that. “It feels nice to represent your country, come abroad and take five wickets in an innings, especially the second one. I bowl hard but my wickets’ column doesn’t (always) become bigger. It feels nice to work hard as a bowler,” he added. Ishant bowled a sensational spell in the post lunch session and destroyed the English middle order. He changed angles to come round the wicket and most of the English left-handed batsmen found it difficult to handle his swing.  Asked about the ploy, Ishant said it was a pre-meditated plan. “In the first innings, we wanted to take the ball away from the left-handers. I started over the stumps but when the ball started to do things I came around.  “Bowling coach told me to come around the stumps straightway. It becomes a difficult angle for the batsmen. When I start to swing the ball, it becomes very difficult for the left-handers,” he said. For most of his career, Ishant has been labelled as a “defensive bowler”, but the experienced campaigner begs to differ.          “I don’t know where the label (of being a defensive bowler) came from. I try to bowl depending on the situation. I just go with my gut feel and situation of the game,” he said. ALSO READ | Twitterati bow down to King Kohli after he smashes 22nd Test ton in England“At times you have to bowl defensively and at times you have to bowl attackingly. It depends on the situation, how you will deal with it, and I try to adapt to situation and bowl accordingly,” Ishant added.   India finished day three at 110 for 5, still needing 84 runs for victory. Skipper Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 43 in the company of Dinesh Karthik (18). Even though the visitors find themselves in a precarious spot, Ishant is confident of India’s win with Kohli still there at the crease. “He (Kohli) is someone who always gives you positive energy and that is a big thing as captain. He always wants to do something special for Team India and everybody knows how professional he is,” he said.  “The good thing is that I have scored a 50 in county cricket, so I am carrying that confidence in my batting as well. Hopefully, they don’t need me, and Virat and DK will do the job.”  India were reduced to 78 for five at one stage, before Kohli and Karthik held fort until stumps to raise visions of victory.  “It gives us a lot of confidence because Virat has scored 150-odd in the last innings. DK got out cheaply in the first innings, but you can see that he has positive intent,” Ishant said.  “Losing five wickets doesn’t mean much because we got their batsmen out quickly as well. Cricket is such a game that you can chase down small totals easily with one big partnership. “I think the tough period is gone. The wickets in England aren’t very helpful to be honest, and it is all down to sun god. If sun is out there is no problem. It is problematic only when it is cloudy and then swing starts,” he signed off. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Collection of best/worst memes from Giants’ three game sweep of Dodgers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A quick check of the calender shows that it’s indeed May. San Francisco Giants fans celebrated Thursday’s three-game sweep of the Dodgers like it was October. And it was pretty funny.Here are some of the best/worst memes from what Giants fans were calling #SweepLA.Viewing on mobile? Click here to view.last_img