Lisa and Paul Sandel at Ferny Hills one of the 10 fastest selling suburbs this year. AAP Image/Steve PohlnerTHEY might not be the sexiest suburbs in Queensland, but buyers were falling over themselves to snare a house in Beerburrum, Thuringowa and Ferny Hills this year.The state’s most in-demand suburbs — where houses sell the fastest and properties are under contract within hours of the opening inspections — are not the usual suspects.The latest figures from property analytics company, CoreLogic, reveal Ferny Hills and Salisbury in Brisbane, Beerburrum on the Sunshine Coast and Thuringowa Central near Townsville had the fastest median days on market in the past year. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Houses in these areas sell in just 14 days — well below Brisbane’s average of 30 days.Four of the top 10 fastest selling suburbs in the state are northwest of Brisbane’s CBD, and you can get an average house for under $600,000 in all but one of them.Adrian Thompson of Ray White Keperra just sold a house at 21 Fleetwood Court, Ferny Hills, in two days, and recently sold another house at 19 Irruka Crescent in just six hours. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThis four-bedroom house at 3 Alder Close, Thuringowa Central, is for sale for just $299,000. Picture: realestate.com.au.“Cairns and Townsville haven’t been particularly strong markets, but a couple of areas there are clearly sought-after,” he said.“I’m very surprised Thuringowa Central is on that list, considering median prices are down 15 per cent over the last year.“It could be the fact prices have come back so much that locals are looking at it and saying ‘that’s pretty good value’.”He said it was also unusual to see Beerburrum in such high demand and not other areas closer to the beach on the Sunshine Coast. This home at 21 Fleetwood Crt, Ferny Hills, sold in two days. Pic: realestate.com.au.Mr Thompson said he had no trouble selling a house within 10 days in Brisbane’s northwestern suburbs and believed they were greatly undervalued.“They’re very, very reasonably priced,” he said. “They’ve always been very family friendly, leafy. And they’ve got good access to the train line.“Most people don’t realise how close those suburbs are to the CBD.” BANK TO REFUND MILLIONS TO HOME LOAN CUSTOMERS CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said many of Brisbane’s fastest selling suburbs had much in common, including reasonably cheap housing within 10-15km of the CBD and close to amenities.“If you look at somewhere like Keperra, it’s still reasonably cheap given how close to the city it is, and there are good schools, local infrastructure and shopping close by,” Mr Kusher said.“There’s also a lot of older stock which can be renovated pretty easily.”Data from realestate.com.au shows soaring demand for Ferny Hills, with 1223 visits per property compared to the Queensland average of 322. This four-bedroom house on half an acre at 42 Tiprogargan Dr, Beerburrum, is for sale for $549,000. Picture: realestate.com.au.Mr Kusher said he had noticed a trend upwards in the number of days on market for houses in recent months.“If we look at the rate of growth in the Brisbane housing market, it has slowed a bit in three to six months, so conditions are not as hot as they were,” he said. “Fourteen days is still very quick rate of sale though.”Mr Kusher said there had also been an increase in housing stock hitting the market, which could be having an impact.The latest quarterly report from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland found house listings in Queensland increased 7.2 per cent in the 12 months to August.FASTEST SELLING SUBURBS IN QUEENSLANDSuburb Distance to Brisbane CBD Average days on market Median sale priceFerny Hills 12 14 $540,000Salisbury 9 14 $565,000Beerburrum 57 14 $399,000Thuringowa Central 1109 14 $250,000Gaythorne 7 15 $666,750 Holloways Beach 4878 15 $387,500 Algester 16 16 $500,000 Jindalee 12 17 $560,000 Keperra 10 17 $535,000Arana Hills 11 17 $534,990 (Source: CoreLogic) This home at 7 Conlo Cres, Ferny Hills, went under contract after two days. Picture: realestate.com.au.Lisa and Paul Sandel had their home at 7 Conlo Crescent on the market for just two days with Belle Property agents Leigh Hutton and Damon Dungey before it went under contract.The three-bedroom, post-war house on a 658 sqm block, within walking distance to shops and the train, has been snapped up. “There’s a lot of new people moving into the area,” Mrs Sandel said.“When we first bought 24 years ago, it was the back flats, but now it’s really not far from the city at all.”Mr Kusher said he was surprised to see Thuringowa and Holloways Beach on the top 10 list of fastest selling areas in Queensland. IT PAYS TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE
Burundian riot police on Sunday forcibly dispersed crowds protesting against the president seeking a third term, a decision critics said is unconstitutional and could rekindle turmoil after a decade of calm in the East African state.Witnesses said police used water cannon and tear gas and in some cases live bullets to scatter demonstrators in four districts of Bujumbura after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government banned protests for or against his move.The chaos in the Capital has left 2 people dead. Police had no immediate comment.Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD party nominated Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate on Saturday, prompting hundreds of civil society groups to condemn the move as a “coup” against the constitution, which limits leaders to two terms in office.Those opposed to a third term also say it goes against the spirit of a peace deal signed in 2000 that has kept Burundi calm for a decade since a civil war between ethnic Hutus and Tutsis in the small, coffee-growing nation ended in 2005.United Nations and Rwandan officials say just over 17,000 Burundians have fled into neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo since mid-March due to rising fear of violence in the run-up to the June 26 presidential election.“We deplore the way police acted with violence against a peaceful demonstration,” Janvier Bigirimana, a civil society activist, said of Saturday’s events.Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana said the demonstrations were illegal because the government had banned any protest for or against the president pursuing a third term.
May 29, 2020 Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNFL coaches could return to team facilities next weekUNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Associated Press Goodell said following a conference call with owners Thursday that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, he outlined the next phase of reopening of club facilities, which can begin Monday.Ticket offices, retail shops and other “customer-facing facilities” that comply with state and local regulation can open, with limited staff.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says racing will be allowed to resume in the state without spectators. The governor says NASCAR will race at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, and that other forms of auto racing and horse racing also are cleared to resume. NASCAR was originally scheduled to make its first of two stops at Martinsville in early May, but the event was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.— NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league’s virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. Goodell said after a conference call with owners yesterday that he is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell outlined the next phase of reopening of club facilities, which can begin Monday. Ticket offices, retail shops and other “customer-facing facilities” that comply with state and local regulation can open, with limited staff. — Williams is considering selling its storied Formula One team because of financial problems. The Williams Grand Prix Holdings group says it is looking at a range of options as part of a “new strategic direction.” That includes selling a minority or majority stake and even “a potential sale of the whole company.” The group is in preliminary discussions with some parties regarding a potential investment in the company. Williams was founded in 1966 and is the third most successful team in the sport with nine constructors’ titles and seven drivers’ titles.— French car manufacturer Renault (reh-NOH’) says it will stay in Formula One despite planning a large number of job cuts. Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but says the company’s presence in F1 will not be affected.— Fans will be allowed in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month. Spectators will be allowed to attend matches if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity. The Russian league previously announced it would resume games on June 21. There’s no word on what regulations would apply to the fans allowed into Russian stadiums or how the limited number of tickets would be allocated.— Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19. Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9. The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.— The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums. The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention. The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2. — The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums. The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.— Spanish soccer matches could have the look of a video game when the competition resumes next month. The league is contemplating adding virtual crowds to the television broadcast of matches that will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. Spanish league president Javier Tebas said Friday the league is working with the possibility of giving fans an option to watch the original feed from the empty stadiums or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands, similar to those in video games.— The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026. Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event.— Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic. One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19. Each tournament will feature six men and six women. Thiem, Zverev and Kyrgios will be joined by Jannik Sinner for the men’s events. Two more players will be announced later. Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic will be in the women’s events. Two places are still to be confirmed.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Shortly after her bank-shot rippled through the public address system announced she had reached the 1,000-point mark, exciting the Carrier Dome crowd. It was the loudest cheer of the night.This year, Cooper is averaging 8.9 points while shooting a career-low 21.6% from 3. She entered the season shooting 30% from 3.After Thursday night’s loss, Cooper said the past two games – SU has been outscored by a combined 33 points – have been among the worst for her team in her four-year career. SU is now back at .500 with 13 games remaining in the regular season.“We’ve got to find a way to motivate ourselves,” Cooper said after the loss. “We’ve got to dig deep. Make the change ourselves. Like, okay, this is enough. We need to win. We have to win. We have to play with a will to win, and we’re not playing with a will to win.”Cooper added: “It’s different when you lose by one or two points and it’s a possession game, it’s like they messed up here, we messed up there. These last two games, we just haven’t played good the whole game. The whole game was bad.” Comments Published on January 16, 2020 at 10:33 pm Contact Danny: email@example.com | @DannyEmerman In bittersweet fashion, senior guard Gabrielle Cooper scored her 1,000 point in an orange uniform on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome.With 8:31 remaining in the third quarter, Cooper sliced through the Georgia Tech defense, absorbed contact and switched hands in mid-air for a floater. She’d finish with four points in an 82-64 loss and recorded a team-worst -22 plus/minus.“It means a lot,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “One thousand points is a milestone that every college player wants to reach. That’s a lot of success in college … She’s played with some very good players and I’m really proud of her.”