The best investment for your budget

first_imgThere are a lot of property investment options in Brisbane, but how do you pick the best for your budget?Successful property investment is all about analysing a big haystack of homes, then choosing the right 400-square-meter needle of dirt to make your own.The starting point should be assessing how much you can actually afford to invest.We asked director at Property Pursuit Buyers Agent, Meighan Hetherington, for her guide on where and what to buy once you know your budget.Ms Hetherington said she’s whittled down her list of Brisbane addresses from a large pool.“There are 189 mainland suburbs in Brisbane (in total). There are 58 that sit on our ‘investment grade list,’” she said.But panning through the slurry to find the gold requires an investor to understand their finances, and be willing to play the waiting game.“Brisbane is very much a market for people who have a long-term, 10-plus-year view of investment property,” Hetherington says.With this outlook in mind, here are her hot picks to help you one day crack a very expensive brand of bubbles reserved only for really, really clever real estate investors. $450,000 Ms Hetherington said this price point is first time investor territory, and some of them don’t even own a home yet.“They’re looking at investment as a first vehicle to get into the property market — their home will come later.”The REIQ’s latest statistics indicate the median price for houses within the Brisbane City Council area sits at approximately $650,000. Armed with this little bit of knowledge, it would appear tough to located a suitable investment. Ms Hetherington’s advice is to look little further away from the CBD in a low-density area like Keperra.“A lot of older housing commission style houses — older post war design houses that are slowly starting to be renovated. It’s got a train line and a shopping complex in the area and it’s a suburb that’s slowly starting to gentrify.” Keperra housing offers great potential. Photo: Mark CallejaFor a similar budget, Ms Hetherington said you could also consider a townhouse in Holland Park or Kedron.“A two-bedroom townhouse that has a lockup garage and a single bathroom. These suburbs don’t have high density unit complexes and there are not a lot of new townhouse complexes being built.” $650,000 Hetherington said this amount is often available to those looking for a second property.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“Perhaps they have a home that they have built some equity in,” she said.“They’re looking for more of a quality location than an entry-level location. It’s not their first time in the market.”She said a two- or three-bed freehold town home in somewhere like Wilston or Paddington would prove investor savvy.“They’re harder to come across but tend to do quite well from a growth point of view.”“Or perhaps a house … my pick at the moment would be an area like Mitchelton.”Ms Hetherington said a tidy three-bed house on up to 600 sq metres with future value-add potential would fall within your means at this price point.“An entry level house in Holland Park — it might need a little bit of work to bring it up to a good rental income — or Camp Hill would be another pick.”Ms Hetherington said it’s a good idea to watch the progress of new infrastructure and time your purchase. For example the Eastern Busway could prove a boon to Camp Hill once its new stop is established, but buy while the works are underway rather than joining the throng trying to get in once the construction is over. $900,000 Hetherington said at this end of the budget, investors are free to avoid attached housing all together.“I wouldn’t be looking at any units or townhouses in the $900,000 range.”She recommends looking for desirable, near city suburbs where there are properties with sweat-equity potential.“I have a strong belief Paddington is undervalued given its proximity to the city, its lifestyle aspects and its transport.” So many great investments in Paddington, but which is best? Photo: Jake ChurchesShe said look for a three-bedroom home in need of some TLC. It could be as minor as a coat of paint and new floor coverings.Ms Hetherington also likes Ashgrove. It has charming character homes and property is tightly held in this family suburb.She also recommends checking out Yeronga but points out that the Yeerongpilly Green project has a number of years to run and this could impact short term price gains in Yeronga.last_img read more

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‘It is good if he plays’ – Chelsea boss explains how youngster can improve

first_imgChelsea boss Antonio Conte hinted defender Matt Miazga could be sent out on loan to further his development.The American joined the Blues in January from New York Red Bulls, making his debut in the 4-0 win at Aston Villa late in the season.He also started the following game, at Swansea, but was substituted at half-time and has not featured in a Chelsea shirt since.Miazga was not involved in the pre-season games against Liverpool, Real Madrid and AC Milan and Conte believes the 21-year-old needs game time.“Miazga is a young player with good technique,” Conte told Chelsea’s official website.“He is working very well on the physical aspect. On the tactical aspect he can improve a lot but he is improving with this work and in this moment of his career it is good if he plays to improve, to grow his experience.“You can improve only if you play, [if] you get a lot of games during the season. But he is a good guy with great athletic ability and I am very happy with him.”See also:Chelsea confirm signing of MiazgaChelsea fans on Twitter hail Loftus-Cheek and MiazgaChelsea boss explains Miazga substitutionFans on Twitter react to Miazga’s display against SwanseaFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Local Roundup: Christensen, Ubedei named to CCCAA All-NorCal team

first_imgGlendora >> When you rank at or near the top of your conference in multiple categories, people take notice.The California Community College Athletic Association noticed College of the Redwoods softball players Courtney Christensen and Shyann Ubdei enough to name them to the governing body’s All-NorCal team for the 2017 season.“To be honest, I didn’t really understand the significance of it, but when you put it that way — whoa!,” Ubedei said when asked what it means to be one of 17 players to …last_img read more

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Drew Remenda on the Sharks: Bad call, bad play

first_imgA former San Jose Sharks coach once said: “ You can’t win a game in the first, but you can sure lose it.”And yes, I can already hear you yelling at me. ”Remenda, you idiot, the Sharks came back to tie it!”Pump your brakes right there.Yes, the Sharks rallied to produce a Russell Crowe Gladiator “Are-you-not-entertained” first period comeback. But since when is the score an exact indicator of how a team is playing? The tone of the game had been set. Detail. Execution. Puck …last_img read more

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What’s Darwin Got to Do With It?

first_imgIs evolutionary theory useful?  We saw Donald Kennedy et al. claiming last week (see 02/24/2006) that doctors need training in evolutionary thinking.  This week, Christopher Beard (U of Pittsburgh Medical Center) claimed that a study of dinosaur evolution can help doctors understand human lower back pain (see EurekAlert).  These, however, are announcements after the fact.  Medical science was doing fine before these suggestions came along.    It seems that much of evolutionary literature deals in speculation of doubtful utility.  Consider these examples:Meet Your Friend, Clay:  A press release from UC Riverside speculated that clays formed at just the right time to provide oxygen to evolving primitive life forms.Hen’s Teeth:  Scientists at Max Planck Institute mutated a gene in a chicken egg and produced what they claim look like the beginnings of teeth.  The story in Science Now was cheerfully reported by EurekAlert.  If these were teeth, they were not made for biting.  Nevertheless, the press release said “The findings strongly suggest that the birds were initiating developmental programs similar to those of their reptilian ancestors.”  Interestingly, this was a story about losing teeth, not evolving new teeth, because some early birds did have teeth.Elephants Never Forget, but Evolutionists Do:  An essay that can be considered typical of evolutionary speculations on phylogeny was published in Nature (439, 673 (9 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/439673a) about elephants and mammoths.  It tried to decide which group was the ancestor of which.Many scientific reports, by contrast, mention nothing about evolution and talk about design so much you would think an ID advocate wrote them.  Some examples:Wow, ID in Butterfly LEDs  A UK team was so astonished at the light-emitting diodes in butterfly wings (see 11/18/2005), that they called it “intelligent design” (see the report in IEEE Spectrum).  The E word didn’t even make the final cut.  One engineer interested in making better LEDs remarked, “Who knows how much time could have been saved if we’d seen this butterfly structure 10 years ago.”Outdoing Darwin:  “Intelligent Design” was used in another press release (or rather, abused), in a story that turned the phrase to glorify evolution.  Lawrence Berkeley Research News reported, “Evolutionary paths to new therapeutic drugs, as well as a wide assortment of other enzyme products, have been created through, of all things, intelligent design.”  The irony is that they intended to make the evolutionary process sound good.  Actually, they sifted varieties of molecules toward a predetermined goal: a form of artificial selection, where the “intelligent design” was good old human ingenuity.  Though the E word was used throughout the article, this was really another application of taking a design in nature and modifying it with intelligence: in short, ID science.Fish Sharpshooters:  No mention of evolution was made in another article about archer fish.  In Current Biology (16:4, 21 February 2006, Pages 378-383, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2005.12.037), scientists found that these amazing sharpshooters (see 09/07/2004) can actually learn each other’s tricks, and perform them without practicing.These are mere samples of many papers that study design in nature and mention nothing about Darwin’s theory.  They seem to prosper as scientific works without relying on what Darwinists call the foundation or cornerstone of biology: evolution.  Phillip Skell, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, underscored this point in a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  He illustrated a point made by Darwinist A.S. Wilkins: “Evolution would appear to be the indispensable unifying idea and, at the same time, a highly superfluous one.”  Everybody is taught that it is the cornerstone of biology, but in actual practice, no one really uses it.I examined the great biodiscoveries of the 20th century – the double helix, the mapping of genomes, the characterization of the ribosome, research on medications and drug reactions, improvements in food production and sanitation, new surgeries.    I even queried biologists in areas where you’d expect Darwinian theory to most benefit research, as in the emergence of antibiotic and pesticide resistance (antibiotic resistance was first recognized in the clinic, from fatal relapses among tuberculosis patients).  Darwin’s theory provided no discernible guidance.  Instead, it was brought in, after the breakthroughs, as an interesting narrative gloss.He also asked them if they would have done their work differently if Darwin was wrong.  They all said no.    Ironically, in the very same issue of Science that contained two articles defending Darwinism and attacking intelligent design (see 02/10/2006), the editors also awarded the Grand Prize for the Young Scientist essay contest.  The winning entry?  A wonderful piece by a Turkish grad student, Ahmet Yildiz (Science10 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5762, p. 793, DOI: 10.1126/science.1125068) that not only avoids evolution, but has intelligent design written all over it – figuratively if not literally.  The subject: “How Molecular Motors Move.”Darwinism is the most useless, empty collection of vain speculations in the world today.  It doesn’t help medicine, it doesn’t help engineering, it doesn’t help biology or physics or chemistry or anything, yet this is the theory that liberal theologians step all over themselves to embrace and defend (see 02/11/2006).  Despite its worthlessness and the evil inherent in its core principles, its defenders shield it from criticism and race to attack alternatives with more zeal than any Grand Inquisitor.  Isn’t it time for a breath of freedom?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Pineapple plant to boost exports

first_img10 June 2003Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Lindiwe Hendricks last week opened a R7-million pineapple processing plant in East London.Collondale Cannery is one of only two pineapple processing factories in South Africa, and has installed a plant with a new evaporator specifically imported for processing pineapple juice concentrate.South Africa accounts for six percent of the world’s pineapple production. The world market is dominated by Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Kenya.South African pineapples are traditionally less sweet and more acidic than those of its competitors. However, a blend between South African pineapple concentrate and that of the country’s competitors results in a sweeter product, but with the distinctive pineapple taste unique to the South African product.The new plant illustrates the value of investment in production capacity for export sales and job creation. The new Collondale plant incorporates the latest technology that will enable the company to up its production of pineapple juice concentrate by 50 percent. All of this will be exported, generating sales of R7-million per annum.As a result, the company can now run a full seven production lines from its factory and employ 55 additional people.The Eastern Cape benefits from the growing and processing of pineapples in the region because it is a labour-intensive venture. Collondale currently employs 297 people.Source: Department of Trade and Industrylast_img read more

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Trump Administration proposes new infrastructure plan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Trump administration revealed its outline for improving the nation’s highways, bridges, waterways, railways and rural infrastructure. The $200 billion federal spending proposal is designed to stimulate $1.5 trillion in total infrastructure investments. Allocating $50 billion to state and local governments in the form of block grants, the plan calls for 25% of total funds to be directed toward revitalizing rural America, including expanded rural broadband access.The plan also proposes establishing a “One Agency, One Review” structure for the environmental review process conducted prior to the start of new construction projects. Intended to minimize the duplication of reports and analyses of environmental impact, the proposal would establish a 21-month deadline for lead agencies to complete their review.last_img read more

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Kinect Official Software Dev Kit Coming From Microsoft, Report Says

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In its first month of availability, the Kinect sold twice as fast as the iPad when that red-hot product came out of the gate. Hackers immediately set upon it, accessing its software and enabling it to control things like World of Warcraft with your whole body.Two weeks ago today, one of the companies that built and licensed key technology to Microsoft in the creation of the Kinect announced that it had partnered with Asus to bring Kinect-type functionality to all PCs as soon as next Spring.In November we asked our readers what you’d do with a hacked Kinect. Unofficial code was available and conversation began less than a week after Kinect launched.“Microsoft is missing a significant market opportunity by not being open to third-party enhancement of the Kinect hardware,” Dr. Joel West, professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at San José State University, argued in an article on SeekingAlpha yesterday. “Although the volume will not be as big as for a hit game … third-parties will identify markets and solutions that Microsoft never anticipated.” (Microsoft vs. Open Kinect: How to Miss a Significant Market Opportunity)Now this, a reputable specialist blog reporting that Microsoft itself is getting on board and opening up the Kinect. That would certainly be the rational thing to do. If Microsoft turned its ship around this quickly, and if it can execute an effective developer strategy, then history will likely look back at the abscence of an SDK at launch as an obstacle smartly overcome.Dowload Squad’s Sebastian Anthony argues that “The release of an official SDK doesn’t have immediate repercussions, but it does strongly hint at a gesture-controlled future for Windows 8.”What does this look like in the future? The most bullish estimate we’ve seen comes from Forrester analyst James McQuivey, one of three analysts we quoted in our pre-launch post titled Could The Kinect Control Your Internet of Things?This is an era in which we will revolutionize the digital home and everything that goes along with it: TV, internet, interactivity, apps, communication. It will affect just about everything you do in your home…“Kinect is to multitouch user interfaces what the mouse was to DOS. It is a transformative change in the user experience, the interposition of a new and dramatically natural way to interact — not just with TV, not just with computers — but with every machine that we will conceive of in the future.That vision seems all the more viable today than it did even yesterday. Microsoft’s motion-control interface the Kinect has been wildly popular and has been a big hit with hacker communities using it to control all kinds of unexpected apps outside the XBox gaming system, but according to a new report today from Windows watch-dog blog Winrumors, Microsoft is preparing an official Software Developement Kit (SDK) that will let 3rd parties build any Windows software to include Kinect control support.“Microsoft is set to unveil driver support and an SDK in the coming months and will allow third-party developers to create titles that utilize the Kinect sensor when plugged into a PC,” writes blogger Tom Warren. “According to sources familiar with the plans, Microsoft will distribute the drivers under the ‘beta’ tag.” This is a development we’ve been hoping to see for some time, since well before the Kinect was launched. It seemed pretty crazy to think the Kinect wasn’t going to open up officially someday. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

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