Queensland’s tightest rental markets revealed

first_img Approvals data points to a property turnaround on the cards Why everyone is moving to Queensland At 8 Long St West, Graceville, this house is listed for $2500 a week with Re/Max CollectionVacancy rates also remain tight in the middle and outer rings, where renters are competing for just 2.4 per cent and 2.2 per cent of available properties.“The changing market is reflected in median rents, with three-bedroom houses, two-bedroom units and three-bedroom townhouses increasing by around 1.9 per cent over the year from March 2018 to 2019,” the report revealed. The Townsville market tightened dramatically after the floods as owners and renters desperately sought accommodation that escaped the torrent (AAP Image/Andrew Rankin)The Burdekin region, which is south of Townsville, had the state’s weakest rental market at 4.3 per cent vacancies. MORE NEWS: Inside the most expensive house for sale in the US Source: REIQ Rental Vacancy Rate ReportBy comparison, the growing appeal of the Sunshine Coast has seen its rental market tighten to 2.3 per cent, with rents also increasing by around 1.95 per cent.In the regions, rental vacancies have softened in Cairns, rising from 1.4 per cent to 2.4 per cent over the last quarter.Cairns has remained consistently tight since September 2016, with median rents jumping around 5 per cent between March 2018 and March this year. On the back of a boosted mining sector, the vacancy rate in Mackey has tightened from 2.9 per cent to 1.5 per cent — a win for landlords chasing a strong yield with rents boosted by about 6.69 per cent over the year to March.Toowoomba also continues to be a tight rental market with vacancies on 1.7 per cent, with property managers indicating that council measures to reduce the local oversupply of units is likely behind the result, according to the report.Vacancy rates in Bundaberg and Rockhampton have also tightened, with Bundy renters seeing a dramatic drop in available properties from 3.1 per cent to 1.3 per cent over the quarter.The Townsville rental market, which took a hammering after the floods, has softened but remains tight at 2.2 per cent, while rental vacancies in Gladstone remain unchanged at a healthy 3.1 per cent. “As a region, the Fraser Coast reported a vacancy rate of 0.9 per cent, pulled up slightly by Hervey Bay’s 1.4 per cent vacancy rate — making things tough for would-be renters within the region,” the report said. This house at 83 Sussex St in Maryborough is listed for $295 a week with One RealtyOne Realty Maryborough property manager Julie Neilsen said available stock was renting “quickly”, with many applications processed and finalised within 24 hours.“One property we had 17 applications but at another one, we had two … there is no rhyme or reason to it,” she said. “It is going well (for landlords) in terms of yields, and we do have some stock coming on so there are places available.”In the Greater Brisbane region, vacancy rates have been pulled in to the “tight range” due to a shrinking rental property pond in the Moreton Bay and Redlands regions, with those markets shrinking to 1.4 per cent and 1.6 per cent respectively.“Greater Brisbane’s rental market remained in the upper end of the tight range for the fifth consecutive quarter, with a vacancy rate of 2.4 per cent, up from 2.2 per cent the previous quarter,” the report revealed.“The Greater Brisbane area hasn’t seen a healthy rental market since March, 2018. “That market had been consistently healthy since December 2015, peaking in the September quarter of 2016 at 3.3 per cent and declining steadily ever since.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy rental affordability is a problem02:09Queensland’s tightest rental market has been revealed, with desperate property seekers competing for just 0.3 per cent of housing stock.Vacancy rates in Maryborough in the Fraser Coast region plunged from 1.6 per cent in the September quarter to a tiny 0.3 per cent, according to the latest REIQ Rental Vacancy Rate Report. MORE NEWS: This house earns more than a heart surgeon Live like a millionaire for $20k a day in the Whitsundays And 23 Yarradale St at Newmarket could be yours for $1950 a week through Living HereMore from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoBut the news has improved for renters in other areas, with the Inner Brisbane rental vacancy rate rising from 2.1 per cent (tight) to 3.3 per cent (healthy).Eadan Hockings of Living Here Cush Partners said the oversupply of new housing in the inner city market was showing signs of “correction”, and a healthy vacancy rate was a “good thing”.He said the incentives that were being offered by landlords to entice renters had “dried up”, with most properties rented within a few weeks.“These things are cyclical,” he said. “And if approvals for new developments don’t increase, I would expect that we will see rents increase as existing stock continues to be absorbed.“I would also imagine it would then tend in favour of the landlord if we then see an undersupply (of new product).”Ipswich and Logan also moved in to healthier territory with the June quarter vacancy rates increasing to 2.9 per cent and 2.5 per cent respectively. On the Gold Coast, the lure of a sun and surf lifestyle had created a persistently tight rental market, but the vacancy rate has now improved to 2.8 per cent — the first time the holiday haven has moved in to the healthy range in ten quarters. “The Gold Coast’s rental market hasn’t been comfortably healthy since 2013, according to the report.Median rents for three-bedroom houses, two-bedroom units and three-bedroom townhouses on the Gold Coast have increased by around 2.2 per cent over the year from March 2018 to 2019. Brisbane designer home costs year’s private school fees to rent last_img read more

Bird flu ‘passed between humans’

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Bird flu ‘passed between humans’ by: – August 7, 2013 There have been more than 130 cases of bird flu in eastern ChinaResearchers have reported the first case of human-to-human transmission of the new strain of bird flu that has emerged in China.The British Medical Journal said a 32-year-old woman was infected after caring for her father. Both later died.Until now there had been no evidence of anyone catching the H7N9 virus other than after direct contact with birds.But experts stressed it does not mean the virus has developed the ability to spread easily between humans.By 30 June there had been 133 cases of H7N9 bird flu reported in eastern China and 43 deaths.Most people had visited live poultry markets or had close contact with live poultry in the week or two before they became ill.Intensive careYet researchers found that the 32-year-old woman had become infected in March after caring for her 60-year-old father in hospital.Unlike her father – who had visited a poultry market in the week before falling ill – she had no known exposure to live poultry but fell ill six days after her last contact with him.Both died in intensive care of multiple organ failure.Tests on the virus taken from both patients showed the strains were almost genetically identical, which supports the theory that the daughter was infected directly from her father rather than another source.Public health officials tested 43 close contacts of the patients but all tested negative for H7N9, suggesting the ability of the virus to spread was limited.The researchers said that while there was no evidence to suggest the virus had gained the ability to spread from person to person efficiently, this was the first case of a “probable transmission” from human to human.‘Strong warning sign’“Our findings reinforce that the novel virus possesses the potential for pandemic spread,” they concluded.Dr James Rudge, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that limited transmission between humans is not surprising and has been seen before in other bird flu viruses, such as H5N1.He added: “It would be a worry if we start to see longer chains of transmission between people, when one person infects someone else, who in turn infects more people, and so on. “And particularly if each infected case goes on to infect, on average, more than one other person, this would be a strong warning sign that we might be in the early stages of an epidemic.”An accompanying editorial in the BMJ, co-authored by Dr Rudge, concluded that while this study might not suggest that H7N9 is any closer to delivering the next pandemic, “it does provide a timely reminder of the need to remain extremely vigilant”.BBC News Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 14 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Police: Ripley County Humane Society Burglarized

first_imgOSGOOD – Officers responded to a burglary report at the Ripley County Humane Society Friday morning.Investigators say it occurred around 7:30 a.m. at the facility located at 1202 W. County Rd. 150 North in Osgood.No word yet on what was taken or who is believed to be responsible. The incident remains under investigation by the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office.last_img

Eagles And Rebels Middle Soccer Battle To Tie

first_imgThe JCD Jr. High Soccer team hosted the SW Hanover Rebels finishing in a 1 – 1 tie.Scoring for Eagles. Luke Meyer 1 goal, 6 shots; CJ Kuhn 1 assist, 2 shots; Blake Comer 4 shots; Evan Rinear 4 shots; Caleb White 4 shots; Corbin White 3 saves.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

Osman enjoying mixed fortunes

first_img Things could hardly have gone much better for Osman – in stark contrast to his previous outing just three days earlier. Everton suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to rock-bottom Sunderland on Boxing Day which ended their hopes of going the whole of 2013 unbeaten at home in the league. The visitors’ 25th-minute winner came about when Osman’s miscontrol of a short goal-kick allowed Ki Sung-yueng to take the ball into the area, where he was fouled by Tim Howard, resulting in a penalty being awarded and the goalkeeper being sent off. Osman was immediately substituted for Joel Robles and Ki subsequently rifled in the spot-kick. And when asked about his appearances record after the Southampton game, Osman said: “It feels great, and to do it on a day when we got an important victory makes it even better. “It is just one of those things that Jags (Phil Jagielka) missed out, and I was next in line to get the armband, but it was an extra honour to wear it this time. “As everyone knows, the last game was disappointing, especially for myself. “So it shows how quickly things can change in football – against Southampton, I was captain of a winning team on a record-breaking day.” In the absence of the injured Phil Jagielka, Osman was named as captain for Sunday’s home clash with Southampton – a match in which he was making his 303rd Premier League appearance for the Toffees, a new club record as he overtook David Unsworth. Everton went on to win 2-1, moving up from fifth to fourth in the table, and they stayed there heading into 2014 after their Merseyside rivals Liverpool lost at Chelsea. Everton midfielder Leon Osman is in no doubt about how quickly football can change after the highs and lows he has experienced over the last few days. Everton boss Roberto Martinez – whose side are a point clear of Liverpool and five behind league leaders Arsenal at the halfway point of the season – has remained reluctant to speculate about where the Toffees might finish the campaign. When asked about the possibility of securing Champions League qualification via a top-four berth, the manager has spoken only about trying to accumulate as many points as possible. But while echoing those sentiments, Osman has also made it clear that, as far as he is concerned, the top four is something Everton should be very much focused on. The 32-year-old said: “I think you have to aim for it – if you are not, you are not really setting yourself any targets. We are certainly aiming high. “We are still up in the fight and we are aiming to try to get as many points as we can. We are ticking along nicely.” Seamus Coleman put Everton ahead against Southampton in the ninth minute, collecting the ball from Osman on the right, bursting into the box and unleashing a powerful shot into the net. Saints substitute Gaston Ramirez equalised in the 71st minute when his strike from distance beat Robles, who should have done better in his attempt to save. Three minutes later, Romelu Lukaku fired in the winner – his first goal in six games – by converting from James McCarthy’s pass. Everton’s next match is a league trip to Stoke on New Year’s Day. Press Associationlast_img read more

USC seeks first win at McAlister Field

first_imgFor the USC women’s soccer team, its darkest days might be gone just in time for the squad’s final home stand of the season.The Women of Troy, fresh off their first Pac-12 victory of the season at Washington, return home to take on Arizona State and Arizona this weekend at McAllister Field, in what will be the final games several members of the team will play on their home turf.Last hurrah · Senior defender Ashley Freyer looks to lead USC to its first home victory of the year in the last homestand of her career. – Jaideep Chadha | Daily Trojan“For us seniors, we’ve wanted to win all season,” senior forward/defender Ashley Freyer said. “For a lot of us, this is the last time we’re going to play competitive soccer in front of families and fans. We want to win and put everything out on the field. We’d love to end it all on a good note.”USC will celebrate Senior Day on Sunday against the Wildcats — a festivity that will likely be made more enjoyable by a victory Friday afternoon against the Sun Devils.“We won last week, but this is a whole different week,” Freyer said. “We’ve got to prepare for Friday and take care of business then before we worry about anything else.”Like USC, both Arizona State and Arizona have undergone some growing pains in 2011. The Sun Devils are 2-4 in the Pac-12, and the Wildcats enter the weekend tied with the Women of Troy with just one conference victory apiece.“We can’t focus on other team’s records, really,” Schloemer said. “It’s just about us. We haven’t played up to our expectations either, so we’re just going to come out and play whoever we face as tough as we can.”Players also insist last weekend’s victory has loosened the team in time for the home stretch of the regular season.“It’s a big relief to get that first one out of the way,” Freyer said. “It came way later than we expected, but we finally got some bounces to go our way and it turned out well for us.Schloemer added that improvement has already been evident in the wake of the slump-busting win.“We celebrated like we’d won the World Cup when we beat [Washington],” Schloemer said. “Because of that weight being gone, we have a lot of confidence going into this weekend’s games. We had probably one of the best Tuesday-Wednesday practices that we’ve had all season, which is very promising.”USC can still finish with a winning record in the Pac-12 if the team wins its final five games, beginning with Arizona State and Arizona this weekend. Of USC’s five remaining opponents, only two have a winning record.The Women of Troy take on Arizona State on Friday at 3 p.m. and Arizona at 1 p.m. on Sunday for Senior Day and Fan Appreciation Day.last_img read more

Syracuse community reacts to upset against No. 20 Duke

first_img[View the story “Syracuse community reacts to upset of Duke” on Storify] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 18, 2016 at 9:05 pmlast_img

Lagos Basketball Training Workshop Gets New Date

first_img“We believe the change in date will help to ensure proper planning and logistics, while hoping that more schools especially private will use the extension period as an additional opportunity to register their coaches and PE teachers since they will no longer recognise any uncertified coach. “The programme will help to cover all aspect of sports including psychology, physiology, health and safety, child’s development in sports and practical training which will be anchored by season administrators and scholars,” Ogunade said.Technical Director of LSBA, Gbade Olatona, said the exercise would provide an opportunity for schools to develop a relationship with the association to ensure genuine technical development of the sport.Coordinator of Dynaspro Sports, Oluseyi Oyebode, good classroom with good facilities and equipment without a good teacher is a purely waste of time. He however urged parents to ensure that the coaches they engage for their wards are qualified professionaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In order to allow for more participation across the state, the maiden Lagos Basketball Training workshop scheduled for next week has been moved to between November 15 and 18 at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba.According to the Chairman, Lagos State Basketball Association (LSBA), Babs Ogunade, the postponement becomes necessary as invitations have been extended to public and private schools within the state.“We have decided to postpone the training in order to allow for more participation from both private and public schools. We are hoping that the programme will achieve the desired purpose if the participants cover the six educational districts in the state.last_img read more

Texas governor trying to resurrect Texas-Texas A&M rivalry

first_img“I am inspired by the camaraderie and the collaboration that has already infused this session. It seems unprecedented, and I’ve got to tell you, I’m feeling it myself,” Abbott said, via The Texas Tribune. “I’m feeling moved. And I want to set the example. For example, I’m willing to step up and put aside past differences and work with [state Rep.] Lyle Larson to reinstate the rivalry game between the Aggies and the Longhorns.”Abbott was giving his Governor’s State of the State Address when he brought up bringing back the rivalry game and working with Larson, who has butted heads with Abbott in the past. Related News Larson had proposed a bill in November to revive the game. The bill would make the two programs play a non-conference game against one another every November.Texas and Texas A&M haven’t played one another since the 2011 season, in which Texas rallied to beat Texas A&M, 27-25. The two schools have met 118 times, with Texas holding a 76-37-5 advantage in the all-time rivalry.It wouldn’t be unheard of for big rivalries to be non-conference ones. Clemson and South Carolina play every year, as does Georgia and Georgia Tech, Florida and Florida State, Notre Dame and USC, and Louisville and Kentucky, to name a few. Southern Miss coach slams school’s order not to hire Art Briles, school says The Texas-Texas A&M rivalry used to be one of the biggest games of the college football season, but ceased to exist once the Aggies moved to the SEC.Now, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he is willing to “work” with other representatives to revive the game and make it a yearly matchup again.last_img read more

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Man in Father’s Boca Raton Killing

first_imgState prosecutors have announced they are seeking the death penalty against a man accused of stabbing and strangling his father while he was sleeping in a Boca Raton parking garage last month.A notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Jared Noiman was filed Thursday.The police report states that Noiman was “covered in blood” when officers stopped him in Delray Beach several hours after the murder. He “claimed to have been in an altercation in Boca Raton.”The document continues, “Noiman would not elaborate on who was involved in the altercation and did not wish to report a crime.”He was subsequently arrested on a charge of driving without a license and taken into custody. Investigators said at the time there was no probable cause to charge him with the killing.However, Noiman went to the Boca Raton Police Department the next day and confessed to killing his father.“He said the two lived together out of his father’s vehicle and they slept in the parking garage at One Ocean Plaza,” according to police. “Noiman said he did not like the way his father treated him and he started having thoughts about killing him. Noiman continued his statement with a detailed description of how he stabbed his father and then strangled him while he was sleeping in the parking garage.”The notice of intent cites the crime as being “especially heinous, atrocious and cruel.”Read the notice of intent here:last_img read more