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Everyone knows real estate agents represents the sellers but who helps the buyers?I met with a mate of mine this week who is a buyer’s agent.We were discussing the way the industry is heading and the role of the buyer’s agent.For those who don’t know, a buyer’s agent is a real estate agent who is engaged by a buyer, to help them find and secure a property.There is usually a signup fee, for example $5000, and then a success fee of about 2 per cent, when a property is found.These agents offer benefits to two main groups of buyer: the busy homebuyer or the investor. They will research and price properties while also developing strategy and financing for people looking to invest in real estate.One of the benefits of these agents is their impartiality. In some parts of the world, and even in Australia, both buyer’s and seller’s agents are housed under the one roof. But that conflict is enormous.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoAuctioneer Haesley Cush said there were people to help buyers as well as sellers.Imagine a company that boasts they get the highest and lowest price for their clients. Finding a credible buyer’s agent is like finding a credible selling agent. Interview them, ask them for their strategy and assess their impartiality in the market.There are a quite a lot of high quality buyers agents operating around the country and a number are now in Brisbane.If you can find an independent agent they can help you navigate the pricing and purchasing process.Over the years I have seen many people, through pure ignorance, use the wrong entity on a contract, miss properties because they weren’t watching the market or simply lose a property because they had the wrong strategy in place. These losses can cost thousands more than the fee for service.With auction laws in Queensland prohibiting agents from giving price guides the role for a buyer’s agent could become a huge part of our real estate industry. read more
“We’re going to try to hold an auction once a month if we can.“It’s good for sellers when there is uncertainty about price because if multiple bidders show up you might get a premium and it’s a 30-day cash contract if you sell it.”There are also benefits to buyers.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“If there is competition they know where it is, it’s all public and everyone can see what’s going on,” Mr Moller said.“In usual auction processes, another buyer could be offering a lot more and you wouldn’t know.“It’s not be all or end all but some properties suit an auction.”LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill will auction off two vacant blocks of land and homes at Cairns North, Manunda and Brinsmead later this month.Potential bidders are also invited to use the Gavl which streams auctions live and enables participation via smart phones or tablets. >> CAIRNS POST DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION: JUST $1 FOR THE FIRST 28 DAYS IT can attract multiple bidders and there’s a guarantee you get your money once a buyer commits, so are auctions the way of the future for Cairns?Not quite, says LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill principal Ross Moller, but they are a good option in a fickle market.The business will host its first auction at its Woodward St offices on March 25 at 5.30pm and have brought up auctioneer David Holmes especially for the event. Mr Moller said he hosted a “very successful” auction on March 2 at which 5 Bligh Cl, Clifton Beach sold for $754,000, well above the reserve.“There were four registered bidders which was a great turnout,” he said.“In this market there’s a bit of uncertainty about pricing so we’re just trying to get the best possible result for our sellers and auctions help with that. read more
London-based fund manager Glennmont Partners has raised EUR 850 million in its Clean Energy Fund III which will see investments in European offshore wind projects for the first time.Over 70% of Clean Energy Fund III will be invested in projects in the Eurozone with the UK also being an important market.This is the largest amount that has ever been raised for a green energy only fund with a European mandate, Glennmont said.“Institutional investors globally recognise that the energy transition and climate change is of key relevance to the performance of their portfolio. Glennmont’s investment strategy has proven to deliver good performance and predictable returns, and this strong demand from investors underlines the quality of the assets it invests in,” Glennmont CEO Joost Bergsma said.Apart from the addition of the offshore wind, the fund adopts a similar investment strategy to its predecessors targeting solar PV, onshore wind, bioenergy and small-scale hydro, the fund manager said. The life of the fund will span ten years and will target to-be-built and recently operational assets with stable, predictable cash yields underpinned by regulated and contracted revenues.The fund overachieved its target of EUR 600 million due to the high level of interest in sustainable themes among investors, among other things, Glennmont said. Fund III generated demand globally from Japan, USA, and European markets. Investors also include UK Local Authority Pension Plans such as Surrey Council, Southwark Council, and East Riding Council, as well as the European Investment Bank.Andrew McDowell, EIB Vice President responsible for renewable energy, said: “Climate change is the biggest environmental crisis of our age. As the EU bank we know that mobilising private capital is key to address this challenge. This is the second time we partner with Glennmont in the Clean Energy Fund, which will invest in key technologies necessary to drive the clean energy transition. We are particularly pleased to see the fund surpass its initial target size. This shows the impact public investment like the EIB’s can have.” read more
Ryder Geotechnical, a Tekmar Group company, has supported Jan De Nul Group with the delivery of a spudcan boulder interaction study for the 600 MW Danish Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm (DKF) located in the Danish Baltic Sea.The study quantified the risk of surface and buried boulders to the Vole au vent jack-up installation vessel, thereby, enabling the boulder removal requirements to be determined, removing unnecessary conservatism, reducing offshore exposure hours and reducing seabed disturbance.The key to the success of the project was the development and implementation of the boulder removal criteria specific to the site conditions and spudcan make-up, criteria developed by Ryder. This enabled the boulder removal requirements to be reduced where the ground conditions were less onerous and the risk of spudcan damage could be managed, the company explained.
The Greensburg Lady Pirates hosted EIAC foe and Class 3A #15 East Central Tuesday evening and fell 9-0.The Lady Trojans showed their ability quickly as they scored two goals in the first two minutes. Throughout the half, the Lady PIrates forced two offsides and were able to hold the visitors scoreless over 8 minute periods. The skill, knowledge, and ability of the Lady Trojans proved to be too much as scored six goals in the final 20-minutes.Keirsten Lynette had 11 saves and Emily Lowe recorded 4 saves on the evening while the East Central defense did not allow the Lady Pirates to record a shot on goal.The loss drops the squad to 1-9 and 0-3 in EIAC play. The Lady Pirates will host Shelbyville Thursday evening and celebrate Senior Night prior to the 5:30 PM kickoff.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.
Demola OjoRegardless of the fact that two leading lights in Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu were lost to the cold hands of death, the outgoing year in Nigerian sports should be remembered as one of promise in spite of it being littered with administrative missteps.Keshi and Amodu – both handlers of the national football team, the Super Eagles – died within days of each other in June.Keshi, who passed away at 54, was the first Nigerian to win the African Cup of Nations both as a player and a coach. He was captain of the Super Eagles to the 1994 Cup of Nations’ which Nigeria won after beating Zambia 2-1 in Tunisia.Keshi became coach of the Nigerian National Team in 2011 and led Nigeria to the 2013 African Cup of Nations hosted by South Africa. His charges went on to win the championship defeating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final.He also qualified and led Nigeria to 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where the Super Eagles made it to the last 16 before being eliminated by France. As Nigerians were coming to terms with the loss of Keshi, Amodu who had paid a condolence visit to the late tactician also passed away two days later. The five-time coach of the Super Eagles died aged of 58.Amodu was until his death, the director of technical for all the national teams in Nigeria. In separate stints as national team handler spanning two decades (on five different occasions), Amodu qualified Nigeria for two FIFA World Cups in 2002 and 2010 but was sacked before the showpiece occasion both times.Incidentally, Amodu’s name was in the frame a few months earlier when a salvage job was required in the aftermath of Sunday Oliseh resigning as national team coach. Among many issues, non-payment of salaries was a major reason Oliseh left the team in the lurch in February, a few days before a crucial AFCON qualifier against Egypt.Another former manager Samson Siasia was appointed for the double-header, which Nigeria eventually lost, thus missing out of qualification for AFCON 2017.Siasia who had previously qualified the Nigerian U23 football team for the Olympic Games in Rio returned to his initial brief, taking charge of the team in preparation for the Rio Games.However, the team was in the news again for the wrong reasons, as they were ‘abandoned’ in Atlanta by the sports ministry and barely made it to Brazil for their first game.Disputes over salaries and bonuses between sports officials and those flying Nigeria’s colours in international competitions turned out to be a recurring theme through the year.In true Nigerian spirit though, the ‘Dream Team’ stunned Japan 5-4, after only arriving Brazil from their Atlanta base a few hours before the match. The team’s exploits drew attention from around the world including that of a Japanese philanthropist who was so impressed, he promised the team monetary reward commensurate with how far they went in the competition.The Dream Team eventually won a bronze medal, the only medal Nigeria mustered at the 2016 Olympics. It confirmed football as the preminent sport in the country, with very little to cheer from other sports.The Dream Team were duly rewarded by their millionaire admirer, Katsuya Takasu.Nigeria finally got a substantive coach for the Super Eagles in the person of Gernot Rohr. A German national, the 63-year-old Rohr who has previously coached Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso, has had an impressive start, with wins over Tanzania, Zambia and Algeria.The latter two matches were Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying matches, ensuring Nigeria have a good head start in qualifying first out of a group that also includes Cameroon.Potential qualification for the 2018 World Cup and the emergence of Nigerian players as a force in the English Premier League especially, have helped in lifting spirits, and reducing the disappointment of missing back-to-back African Championships.For the first time in a while, Nigerian stars feature prominently in the feats of the top teams in most watched football league in the world. Victor Moses has been a stalwart for league leaders Chelsea, Alex Iwobi a revelation for fellow London club Arsenal, while Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho has had one of the highest goals-to-games ratio across Europe this year.Good news is that these players are young; Moses is 26, Iwobi and Iheanacho are both 20. Even better is the fact that they have all played vital roles in the improved fortunes of the national team. And he best news of all? There are more young players of Nigerian extraction in England’s top teams.Ola Aina (20) of Chelsea, Tosin Adarabioyo (19) of Manchester City and Sheyi Ojo (19) of Liverpool are three of these young guns that could bolster the Super Eagles and make them a force to be reckoned with for years to come.Of course, these players need to be sure they’re making the right choice by committing to Nigeria. Stories of officials reneging on promises and owing coaches and players money will not help in attracting Nigeria’s best talents.Right from Oliseh’s resignation, to the Dream Team’s participation at the Olympics, to Samson Siasia, it has been a year of broken promises by the sporting authorities.The debacle involving Nigeria’s female national team, the Falcons, and the sports authorities over unpaid entitlements despite winning a record eight African title was the nadir.The African champions had to embark on a sit-in (in their hotel) and a march to the National Assembly before getting government’s attention, and finally getting some – but not all – of their entitlements.If Nigerian sports (especially football) will deliver on its promise in the incoming year, the culture of broken promises sports administrators must be banished with 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
It seems the further south University of Wisconsin junior outfielder Katie Hnatyk moves, the further north her offensive stats climb. After spending her early years in Canada, attending high school and earning All-State accolades in Minnesota and now playing for the Badgers, Hnatyk continues to improve both her plate discipline, along with her geographic knowledge of North America.Although the population of Hnatyk’s hometown of London, Ontario is almost twice that of Madison, playing softball in Canada is entirely different from the Division-I atmosphere found in the United States.”It was on a much smaller scale,” Hnatyk said of Canadian softball. “There aren’t as many teams, so once you get to the upper levels, everybody knows everybody.”Hnatyk, however, has made the transition from our neighbor to the north to the Big Ten look easy.”When I came here, the atmosphere and team chemistry was so great,” she said. “The coaches were so enthusiastic about everything they did. It seemed like a great place to come to.”Largely a result of better scouting and additional knowledge of a player’s ability, it is not uncommon for second-year players to go through the infamous “sophomore slump.” Apparently, Hnatyk didn’t get the memo.After posting a .313 batting average and being named third-team All-Big Ten in 2005, Hnatyk smacked 10 home runs and hit .321 in conference on her way to earning second-team honors in 2006. She is currently tied for UW’s all-time home run lead with 20, along with Kris Zacher and Boo Gillette.”Coming in as a freshman, [pitchers] don’t really know who you are, so they just guess as to where to throw you,” Hnatyk said. “But once you see the same pitchers over and over again, especially in the Big Ten, it gets a little tougher for everybody. They know what your weaknesses are and where to throw you.”This repetition has certainly been tougher on opposing pitchers than on Hnatyk, who has welcomed the familiarity, hitting 21 points higher in conference last season. She paced the team with 33 RBIs, and her .593 slugging percentage was good for sixth in the league.During her career at UW, Hnatyk has developed into not only one of the top hitters for the Badgers, but in the whole conference, and has grown into a leader along the way.”I definitely know the game a lot better,” Hnatyk said. “Before, like in high school and when you’re younger, you kind of just play and you don’t really think about it too much, but now I know why I do everything and I can see certain situations. The knowledge that I have is that much greater.”UW head coach Chandelle Schulte couldn’t agree more and described Hnatyk as a leader by example.”She’s more of a quiet leader, a performance leader,” Schulte said. “She does well, so it pushes everybody else.”Over the summer, Hnatyk jumped at the opportunity to travel back northward and play for Team Canada at the 2006 World Cup of Softball. She held her own alongside many of the top players from around the globe throughout the tournament, highlighted with a two-run homer against Great Britain.”It was amazing to see that level of softball firsthand,” Hnatyk said. “I got to play with and against some of the best softball players in the world. That was definitely a great experience.” read more
Related Articles StumbleUpon Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Share Submit LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Speculation over the future of Eleven Sports in the UK was elevated this week as the OTT platform handed rights to Serie A and Eredivisie over to Premier Sports.The loss of Serie A, will be viewed as a major setback for the online streaming service, with the league being one of the platform’s main attractions.A statement released by Eleven Sports said: “Regrettably, some content including Serie A and Eredivisie, will no longer be available to our subscribers in the UK and Ireland from the end of February. This follows the strategic decision we have taken to amicably end our partnership with IMG, the agency that manages these rights.“At this stage, our priorities lie with our subscribers who we hope will experience minimal disruption as a result of these developments.“The strategic direction we have chosen allows us to focus on La Liga which not only drives real value for us in the UK and Ireland, but is also a property which we continue to have a valued partnership with in five markets globally.“Since our launch in the UK and Ireland, we have shown more live football than anyone else, all at a very reasonable cost for football fans.“We will continue to look for new rights opportunities to complement action from the Spanish league.”Speaking to SBC in December, Oddschecker revealed that Spanish football and Italian football moving away from mainstream television has led to a slight decrease in live betting on its site. Emphasising its belief that following the move away from BT Sport and Sky Sports, there’s noticeably fewer punters watching the game throughout its broadcast.Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek detailed at the time: “That pre-match betting activity hasn’t dropped does come as a bit of a surprise, although the decrease in in-play activity does serve as a significant message to the industry how crucial accessibility to a live stream is to turnover after kick-off.”This deal marks an affirmation of Premier Sports’ ambitions to grow its status in the UK sports broadcasting sector, with it also announcing the acquisition of the Chinese Super League.The channel confirmed it will air a minimum of six Serie A games per round until the end of the 2020/21 season, with weekly highlights and preview shows are set to be broadcast by Premier Sports as well as a number of games live on sister free-to-air channel FreeSports.As part of the transitional period, Premier Sports are offering Eleven Sports customers a welcome offer giving them the chance to subscribe to Premier Sports on the Sky or Player Platform at the reduced rate of £5.99 per month with the first month free.The news will be seen as a further setback for Eleven’s UK status after it also lost the rights to UFC, before it even got to broadcast an event, when it failed to secure television distribution which it had previously promised. Share read more