first_imgMortgage Choice CEO, John Flavell, said investors are trending away from new-builds in favour of established homes for a variety of reasons.A recent study by mortgage broker, Mortgage Choice, has revealed investors prefer older properties over new builds.The company’s 2017 Investor Survey found 76.9 per cent of Australians intend to buy or have bought an existing dwelling, compared to 23.1 per cent who bought a new build.“Our data shows an increasing proportion of investors are choosing to purchase an established dwelling rather than a new build,” Mortgage Choice chief executive officer John Flavell said. This is a slight rise on last year’s result which showed 79.7 per cent of investors preferred old, while in 2015 the percentage was 75.8 per centMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“While only a small rise each year, this is a trend that I expect to see continue over the coming years,” Mr Flavell said.“I believe we will continue to see an increasing proportion of investors choosing established dwellings over new builds, and there are a couple of reasons for that,” he said.Mr Flavell said investor liked holdings where tenants could move in immediately.“Meanwhile, investors who purchase an off-the-plan property for example, may have to wait several years before they can access the property and, in turn, generate income from potential tenants,” he said.“Secondly, depending on the location and the condition of the home, existing properties can sometimes be more affordable and provide property investors with more room to negotiate on price.” Mr Flavell said the ability to renovate an existing home in order to raise the value had appeal as well.Other factors, such as the rising supply of new construction and the increased incidence of valuations coming in below contract prices, had scared off some buyers too, said Mr Flavell.last_img read more


first_imgThe bond between sisters is one of the strongest that can be found in human nature. For the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, the bond between redshirt junior forward Michala Johnson and her younger sister, freshman forward Malayna Johnson, has helped on and off the court. It played a large role two years ago when one of them got the other to come to Wisconsin, and it has improved both of their games on the court and their relationship off the court.Hailing from Bellwood, Ill., a town about 13 miles outside of downtown Chicago, the Johnson sisters took very different paths to get to Madison. Coming out of high school, Michala was a blue-chip prospect who committed to play her collegiate career at powerhouse Connecticut. However, following two seasons in which she averaged just 5.1 minutes per game and wanting to play closer to home, Michala decided to transfer.While Michala was deciding between schools to transfer to, Malayna had already committed to play for the Badgers and head coach Bobbie Kelsey. ESPN gave her a score of 91 out of 100 coming out of high school, making Malayna yet another blue-chip in the Johnson family.And in a bit of a role reversal, the younger Malayna played the role of recruiter, trying to bring Michala’s talents to Madison two years ago.“I committed [to Wisconsin] first, before [Michala] even thought about coming here,” Malayna said. “I like the campus, I like the coaches. I didn’t mind if Michala came here at all. So when she decided to transfer I told her, ‘What about Wisconsin? That would be cool if we got to play together.’”Michala wasn’t originally going to come to Madison, and told Malayna that she would stay away if she didn’t want her on the same team.“I wasn’t going to come [to Wisconsin] because Malayna was here,” Michala said. “I told her if you want me to come, I’ll come, but if not I’ll go somewhere else. In high school and AAU we played on the same team and we had the same coaches and they would always compare us two. They would tell her that she needs to do what your older sister is doing. And I said if you don’t want that again, I’ll go somewhere else, but then she said she wanted me to come with her.”Luckily for Kelsey and the rest of the Badger team, Michala joined her sister and chose Wisconsin.Michala currently leads the Badgers in scoring, averaging 16.9 points per game (6th in the Big Ten) while ranking second on the team with 7.3 rebounds (10th in the Big Ten). Her 55.1 field-goal percentage is also a team-high and good for third best in the conference. Michala’s 6-foot-3 height has wreaked havoc in the post for opposing teams as they usually employ a double-team simply to contain her. She has been instrumental in helping Wisconsin match last year’s win total in Big Ten play.Malayna hasn’t had the impact that her older sister has, but it would be hard to match those numbers as just a freshman. Yet her playing time has increased in Big Ten play, as she now averages 6.1 minutes per game with even more playing time on the horizon.She stands an inch taller than Michala at 6-foot-4, which is what drew Kelsey’s attention to her while Malayna was in high school.“Well she’s 6-4, so it’s not hard to understand how she can affect the game,” Kelsey said. “She can change and alter shots. Other than that she’s smart, she picks up plays and schemes really well.”“Now that [Malayna’s] been here long enough she can understand the basketball language,” Kelsey added. “She’s just finding herself out there more. So we’ll get her more minutes.”What might be the most important thing, for the two sisters that is, is the ability to be with each other almost every day. Although they may not be attached at the hip, a bond between the two certainly exists that translates to the court.Whether it’s watching each other to improve their own games, teaching one another on and off the court, or simply lending a helping hand, the sisterly bond is evident in the Johnsons’ play.“We’re best friends,” Malayna said. “We hang out a lot, even at home. Our mom raised us to be best friends. Since we’re close off the court, we kind of have a vibe on the court too.”“I’ve always tried to help her as best as I could,” Michala said. “She listens to me sometimes, but I can tell that now she’s gotten into college and started playing basketball she now understands what I’ve been telling her for a long time. But she’s stepped a lot. I mean she’s the only freshman that’s playing right now so she’s improved a lot.”“On the court she knows my voice,” Michala added. “She knows I’ll be there to help her if she needs help with a double-team or anything like that.”Next season could feature an all-Johnson front line for the Badgers but until then, they’ll continue to learn from one another. And although Malayna has improved this season with Michala’s help, there is little doubt as to which of the two sisters would win in a game of one-on-one against each other.“Me,” Michala said. “Most definitely. Without a doubt. Every time.”last_img read more


first_imgIn the Turkish city of Edirne last weekend was held the 3rd Balkan Wushu Championship, in which participated the national team of BiH and achieved great success.With very little support of domestic public, Kung Fu Wushu national team of BiH is achieving remarkable results in international competitions for years, as it was the case this year in the 3rd Balkan Wushu Championship, held from the 3rd to 5th of June in the Turkish city of Edirne.Kung Fu Wushu Association of BiH sent 40 competitors, led by the selectors and coach Mirsad Nokto, who competed in three disciplines, Sanda (full contact), Quinda (half contact) and Taolo (individual forms and forms with weapons).They won 32 medals, 9 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals, and achieved second place in the overall standings after the first-placed Turkey.Kung Fu Wushu Association of BiH received several important recognitions for contribution to the development of this sport.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more


first_imgRep. Domah receives the symbolic key of the district from a proxy of former Rep. DunahRoger Domah, the newly-elected Representative of Nimba County Electoral District #7, has promised to complete all public projects his predecessor did not complete until his tenure expired.Rep. Domah, who spoke in Saclepea on Saturday, March 10, at a well attended reconciliation conference organized by his office, also assured the residents that he would complete any of the projects his predecessor had initiated.“Any project [that] government money was used for in the district will be completed by my administration while at the same time we embark on new ones,” Domah declared.He spoke against a typical Liberian tendency that allow any new and in-coming government to abandon state-funded projects to the detriment of public resources. Rather, said government tends to reinvent another project to be funded by the same taxpayers’ money.Rep Domah (far right) with other representatives and local leaders unveiling the keyDomah called on the citizens to remain united and work together so as to complete any of the public projects his predecessor, Worlea Saywah Dunah, did not complete.“Even though I have my own initiatives that the citizens would point to in the future, let us first complete the incomplete ones to safeguard public funds,” he said.He promised to make his leadership inclusive, thereby calling on his supporters and the citizens in general to reconcile, whatever the differences, to live and work  in peace and unity.“I am appealing to everyone of you to come together as one body, so we can move our development agenda forward, because this is no time to campaign,” Domah said.He said that nobody in the 2017 October legislative race was more qualified or had better ideas than the rest of the contestants; but if they come together they can make the district better again since the election was over.“No matter what tribe you speak, which religion you belong to and which party one voted for, my heart remains freely open to all, because I am here to embrace everyone so that we can work together,” the Representative said.“District #7 is centrally located, whatever we do here can easily spread to the rest of the County and if we come together and put our differences aside, Nimba County will follow suit,” he said.Domah’s victory in the October 2017 legislative election was challenged by one of the contestants,  Evan Koah, over alleged fraud. However the Supreme Court ruled in Domah’s favor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more