Traffic congestion, bottlenecks and car crashes not putting Brisbane buyers off

first_imgGympie Rd, Chermside has been named a crash hot spot by RACQ. Photo: Josh Woning.While plenty like to complain about the traffic, Brisbane buyers are not deterred when it comes to buying properties at notorious traffic “choke points”.RACQ data revealed the 10 worst accident-prone roads in Brisbane in the 12 months to the end of May, with Gympie Rd, Chermside, topping the list.Next was Mains Rd, Sunnybank Hills, and then Logan Rd, Eight Mile Plains.There were 22,430 motor collision claims lodged in the 12-month period in the Brisbane region.FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here. Allen & Lee Real Estate Agents director Mark Allen said many buyers, particularly in the Sunnybank area, were not put off from buying homes on a main road.“They like it because they can rent out properties for student accommodation, and are often close to restaurants and cafes and bus stops,” Mr Allen said.“Traditional buyers want the back blocks where there is less noise. Lots of Asian buyers don’t drive, so being close to everything is important.”SEE THE LIST OF WORST CRASH HOT SPOTS BELOWMr Allen said main roads on the southside of Brisbane were quite popular.“We have people who come from overseas looking for properties here. What is a main road to us is not to them,” he said. “Buyers will find these properties attractive and they sell for premium prices on a main road.”Mr Allen said many buyers converted properties into commercial use.In April, a property at 41 Pineland Rd, Sunnybank Hills, sold for $1.188 million by LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills agent Karl Gillespie.It attracted more than 100 people to the auction and was marketed as having “maximum main road exposure for your home business” as well as plenty of frontage and parking for more than 10 cars.Home with Batman-like tunnel for saleUnits inspired by five-star hotelsReal Estate Institute of Queensland media and communications manager Felicity Moore said many buyers researched the peak hour traffic conditions and their potential new commute when considering a new property purchase.“Peak-hour chaos is a common complaint that agents hear when showing prospective buyers through properties,” Ms Moore said.“If the property is near a known choke point, or is a suburb that appears frequently on the radio traffic reports, agents find themselves explaining the benefits of the suburb to overcome the buyer reluctance.”She said agents had identified areas including the Sunshine Coast’s Bruce Highway as a “nightmare”, preventing commuters from Brisbane buying and moving there.Others included St Lucia’s Gailey Rd, Sir Fred Schonell Drive intersection, the Deagon Deviation at the Gateway merge and the Rickertt Rd and Greencamp Rd intersection at Wakerley.“It is a reality in a buyer’s market that if a buyer is choosing between two equally qualified potential properties to purchase, the traffic and the daily commute may play a deciding factor,” Ms Moore said.“When traffic problems are resolved or improved we see a corresponding improvement in buyer interest.“For example, when the express busway lanes and the Airport Link and Clem 7 tunnels were all completed, the suburb of Chermside became only a 20 minute commute from the CBD, instead of 35 to 40 minutes.“It is likely that when the Cross River Rail gets the green light we will see agents use this as a selling point in marketing material for homes that are going to benefit from the improved commuting experience.”More 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 agoRACQ spokeswoman Kirsty Clinton said it was no coincidence many of Brisbane’s crash hot spots were on some of our most highly congested roads.“These roads are jam packed with motorists each and every day and this congestion can lead to crashes,” she said.“Crashes can have a flow-on effect impacting traffic in the area for hours.”RACQ’S worst accident prone roads1 Gympie Rd, Chermside (80)2 Mains Rd, Sunnybank (73)3 Logan Rd, Eight Mile Plains (61)4 Hamilton Rd, Chermside (57)5 Gympie Rd, Aspley (56) and Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly (56)6- Ipswich Rd, Annerley (55)7 Kelvin Grove Rd, Kelvin Grove (52)8 Browns Plains Rd, Browns Plains (45)9 Milton Rd, Milton (45)10 Stafford Rd, Stafford 44)Source: Racq, motor collision — animal, fixed object, multi vehicle, vehiclelast_img read more

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Many buyers don’t want to show their hand, but if you play coy on this you could miss out

first_imgIf you snooze you could loose when it comes to land.IN the next couple of weeks I am wielding the gavel at our Easter Auctions event at the Powerhouse. As I was scanning the properties on the order of sale, I saw two lots of land. One in Chelmer and the other at Wavell Heights. Even just to have only two lots of land in one auction event is quite unusual.Brisbane is now a maturing modern capital city. We have well reported inner city density and to find vacant land is usually as rare as rocking horse … well I’m sure you get the drift.The different thing about auctioning land is there is an option for the buyer to investigate the property by stealth.There is no door to unlock, so inspecting the property can be done at anytime day or night without any interaction with the agent.Where this can lead to disappointment or disadvantage for the buyer comes in two main areas.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThe first is information. There can be plans, issues or benefits to a block that only the agent or owner has information on.By not engaging with them you may not know that relevant information until auction and for some people that may be to late.But the second, and most important reason, is without interaction and feedback from buyers the owner is flying blind on market value.Specifically on where they should set their reserve. It’s offers from buyers that have the greatest influence on where an owner will set their reserve. For this reason land can regularly sell prior to the auction leaving many buyers, who hadn’t contacted the agent but were planning to bid at the auction, very disappointed.Without knowing who’s interested, the agent and owner need to make decisions on the information at hand.My advice to any land buyers is to contact the agent, ask them for an information memorandum on the property. Register their interest and either ask to be informed if other offers are presented or simply pre-register for the auction.These activities still allow coy buyers to play their hands close to their chest, but it will also stop them from turning up on auction day to a sold sign already plastered on their dream block of land.last_img read more

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David Beckham posts heartbreaking tribute to Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna

first_img “Kobe always talked about Vanessa and his beautiful girls and how proud he was of them. Kobe’s passion was his family and basketball. “He was determined to inspire the next generation of boys and girls to embrace the sport that he loved. His legacy will live onThis tragic loss struck us hard as a family. Kobe Bryant was an incredible figure on and off the court, a friend to David and determined to inspire the next generation. The loss of a daughter and husband is unthinkable for any parent and wife. David, myself and our family send all our love to Vanessa, the other girls and the families of those that were tragically lost with Kobe yesterday x V “My family’s love and prayers go out to Vanessa and the girls, to Kobe’s basketball family, and of course to the families of those who were tragically lost with him yesterday…” Victoria Beckham also took to social media to pay tribute to the Bryants. She posted: “This tragic loss struck us hard as a family. Kobe Bryant was an incredible figure on and off the court, a friend to David and determined to inspire the next generation. “The loss of a daughter and husband is unthinkable for any parent and wife. David, myself and our family send all our love to Vanessa, the other girls and the families of those that were tragically lost with Kobe yesterday.” Bryant’s death has shaken the sporting world to its core, with heartfelt tributes pouring in from stars of all of all sports, all over the world. The American was particularly loved in Los Angeles, where he spent his full 20-year NBA career with the Lakers. Read Also:Kobe Bryant: Feds probe helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Bryant was a five-time NBA champion and since retiring had begun on his mission to inspire the next generation. He will never be forgotten. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna also tragically died in the California helicopter crash, along with seven others that were on board. Beckham got to know Lakers icon Bryant when he played in MLS for LA Galaxy. And after hearing the tragic news of his friend’s death, Beckham took to Instagram to try and put into words how we was feeling. Accompanied by a picture of Bryant himself, Beckham, 44, posted: “It’s taken me hours to work out what to write and still my words won’t ever be enough to describe how I am feeling after the tragic loss of Kobe. “This was one special athlete, husband, father and friend. Having to write these words is hard enough but also knowing we have lost an amazing human being and his beautiful and talented daughter Gianna is heartbreaking. “The commitment Kobe showed to his sport was inspiring, to go through the pain and to finish a game off like only he could inspired me to try to be better. “Sometimes I would only go to games just to watch that clock go down to the last 2:00 minutes knowing that we were about to witness something special. David Beckham has paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant, after the 41-year-old passed away on Sunday. Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… last_img read more

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Lady Trojans Volleyball Team At Southport Tourney

first_imgEast Central JV and Varsity traveled to Southport to play 3 matches.The Lady Trojans went 1-1 in pool play, putting them in position to battle for 3rd place in the crossover.Match 1:EC vs Centerville 22-25, 25-22, 15-10 (won)EC vs Centerville VB (8-23)Match 2:EC vs Lutheran 22-25, 25-21, 13-15 (lost)EC vs Lutheran VB (8-23)Match 3:EC vs Southport 25-16, 25-15EC vs Southport VB (8-23)‘We played hard every point. We played three great teams and stayed with them the entire match. If we could have eliminated just a few of our unforced errors, things would have turned out differently, but all in all, I’m very proud of these girls. We learned a lot and look to focus on improving in those areas this week.’ EC Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 4-1 on the season.Next match: at Rushville on Tuesday at 6pm (JV and Varsity only).Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.last_img read more

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Dale M. Kruthaupt

first_imgDale M. Kruthaupt, age 65 of St. Mary’s, Indiana, died Friday, March 31, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born December 19, 1951 In Batesville, he is the son of Anna Mae (Nee: Nobbe) and Orville Kruthaupt Sr.  He married Jackie Harlan January 13, 1973 at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church in St. Mary’s, Indiana and spent 42 years with the Batesville Casket Company as a press operator and tow motor operator before retiring in 2011.  He was a member of St. Mary’s of the Rock Church, Holy Family Church, the Batesville Eagles Aerie #1130, the National Rifle Association and St. Mary’s of the Rock Preservation Group.His family teased him about his quirks.  Dale wouldn’t allow the kids to refer he or Jackie as “old man” or “old lady”, yet he often referred to Jackie as “old lady”.  But then he also referred to Jackie and the kids as Martha and the Marthet’s.  The kids remember Saturday as “dump day.”  Whether he had a bag of garbage or a truck load, he’d load up the kids and haul it to the dump.  They’d usually score a pop and a candy bar before going home.  This tradition continued with the grandkids.  Dale hated sports but loved blue grass music, fishing, getting the neighbor’s donkey to bray and driving Dodge vehicles.  Actually, that’s all he would drive.  They also mentioned that he liked to roam, which meant jumping in the truck and taking off to no place in particular and was a good cook whose biscuits and gravy will be missed.  Willing to strike up a conversation with anyone, Dale never met a stranger.  His garage was a gathering place to share a Miller Lite, a little moonshine or some homemade wine, but what he enjoyed most was having his family around.Dale is survived by his wife Jackie; daughters Heather (Shannon Smith) Curd of Hope, Indiana, Brande (Keith) Niese of Batesville; son Brian (Christa) Kruthaupt of St. Peters, Indiana; sisters Debbie (Ken) Burkhart of New Point, Indiana, Diane (Gary) Gunter, Rita (Rick) Schutte, both of Batesville; brothers Steve (Mara) Kruthaupt of Oldenburg, Indiana, Orville (Barb) Kruthaupt Jr., Jim (Polly) Kruthaupt, David Kruthaupt, all of Batesville and nine grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents.Visitation is Tuesday, April 4th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5th, at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the St. Mary’s of the Rock Church Preservation Fund.last_img read more

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INDOT work will impact county roads near State Road 46 near New Point

first_imgNew Point, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews from the Penntown Unit have been scheduled to replace culvert pipes next Monday, July 23at two county road locations bordering State Road 46 near New Point.Weather permitting, operations will begin at South County Line Road on the north side of S.R. 46 at 7 a.m.—closing the Franklin-Decatur County line road until noon.After noon, INDOT crews will move to C.R. 400 South/South Pocket Road, a half-mile east of the first location. They will excavate across the roadway at the north approach to S.R. 46 and replace the existing drainage pipe.  If more time is required to finish the installation, the county road will be reopened to overnight traffic, then closed again Tuesday morning for completion.Both pipes are 24-inches in diameter, measuring 40 feet in length.last_img read more

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Cheltenham beckons for Dunguib

In what effectively turned into a match, the two principals jumped two out more or less together, but Dessie Hughes’ charge got the better of the argument going to the last and asserted on the run-in to record a clear-cut triumph as the 5-4 favourite. Hughes said: “I’m pleased with that, and he battled when he needed to. ” I don’t know about Cheltenham, he looks an ideal horse for the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse and maybe Punchestown after that. ” Foxrock continued his progression in the Ten Up Novice Chase. A Grade Two winner at Naas last month, the Ted Walsh-trained six-year-old was striking again at that level with what was a reasonably last-gasp call over My Murphy, although he might have had a little more in hand than the official margin of half a length at the line. For much of the three-mile journey the Barry Connell-owned market leader (4-6) had shared pole position with Clar Na Mionn and Civena, and they jumped nearly every fence in unison. Foxrock made a slight mistake four out but was soon on an even keel and it was Civena who gave way first. Clar Na Mionn looked like he might take over from the final fence and at one stage My Murphy appeared poised to swamp them both before Danny Mullins’ mount found a late burst to seal matters. Walsh said: “He did what I thought he might do, he always seems to pull out a little bit. ” If he improves over the summer he will be a nice three-miler for next season, they are scarce on the ground. “He stays, he jumps and he handles soft ground. ” Asked about running in the four-miler at Cheltenham, Walsh said: “W e’ll see how he is in three weeks, that’s time enough to make our minds up. That’s where Barry would like to go with him.” It was a double for Mullins in the Connell colours after his victory on the Denis Hogan-trained Inis Meain in the Dunsany Handicap Hurdle. Boylesports cut the 2-1 winner to 16-1 from 25-1 for the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham, although Hogan said the Coral Cup and Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle will also be in the equation. Willie Mullins was on the mark with Daneking (4-5 favourite) in the Follow Navan On Facebook Maiden Hurdle, but suffered an odds-on reverse when Quevega’s full-brother Vivega could manage only third in the bumper won by Charlie Swan’s Ballagh (12-1). Press Association Philip Fenton has done a wonderful job getting the injury-plagued former Champion Bumper hero back to the track, and the 11-year-old showed he retained plenty of ability when third on his comeback at Naas last month on what was his first run since the 2011 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. He had clearly come forward from that in this Grade Two assignment, moving powerfully towards the rear of the four-runner field through the early stages before taking closer order passing the stands. Dunguib is all set for a return to Cheltenham after a heartwarming victory in the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle at Navan almost three years to the day since his last win. Jumping the sixth from home in front, Brian O’Connell never really had an anxious moment from there, with 5-4 favourite Zaidpour being cajoled a long way out by Ruby Walsh. The 11-4 chance jumped the last couple of hurdles well in charge and coasted home from Zaidpour, who consented to run on late. Fenton said: “That was lovely, it was a grand performance. He’s not getting any younger, but he looked his old self. We were fairly confident we might be good enough. “He was getting a little bit tired from the last, but we’d be hoping he’d improve from it. “T here’s a good chance he’ll go (to Cheltenham). We’ll see what the handicapper does, we could look at the County Hurdle or the Coral Cup, he got the trip (two-mile-five) well enough today.” RaceBets make Dunguib a 16-1 chance for the Coral Cup. Bright New Dawn claimed top honours in the Flyingbolt Novice Chase. Irish Arkle faller Mallowney bowled along for most of the contest in the hands of Andrew McNamara, jumping well although being rather keen in the process. read more

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Call means Cave’s no longer hollow

first_imgDarren Cave has admitted it is time to “stop complaining and start playing well” after being parachuted into the Ireland side to face Georgia on Sunday. Cave slammed his limited Test chances last year, claiming his “face doesn’t fit” in the Ireland set-up – but is now keen to put his controversial past to bed. “It’s important not to feel sorry for yourself: just keep improving, improving and improving,” said Cave of previous battles for Test opportunities. “The one thing that I probably found most frustrating is that I think I probably have improved a lot since 2009. “When I first got in the squad in 2009 I was just there because I was a young lad, I hadn’t really done a lot but I’d played okay and was maybe someone for the future. “I feel I have improved a lot in those five or six years, and that was probably what can be frustrating. “But now here’s an opportunity for me to stop complaining and start playing well. “I was on holiday last week in New York – I had a good time! “It’s all happened quickly, I haven’t had time to sit and worry about everything – so that’s a good thing.” The Ulster centre spent last week holidaying in New York while Ireland saw off South Africa 29-15 in Dublin, only to be called into the squad on Sunday night. Two weeks ago boss Joe Schmidt told Cave he was omitted from Ireland’s 37-man autumn squad, only to bring the 27-year-old quickly back in from the cold. Ireland head coach Schmidt hotly refuted influencing provincial selection last month, after suggestions the national set-up had urged UIster to switch Jared Payne from full-back to outside centre. Former New Zealand Under-21 cap Payne claimed his first Ireland cap in last weekend’s Springboks victory, but hobbled off in the closing stages with a foot sprain. Payne’s injury has opened the door for Cave’s recall, with Schmidt making 13 changes from the South Africa starting XV for Sunday’s Georgia clash. Payne’s outside centre switch has limited Cave’s opportunities at Ulster this season, but the seven-cap midfielder is keen to lay all his frustration to rest. Gearing up for his first Ireland Test on home soil, Cave admitted he was surprised to be drafted back into the squad on Sunday. “I’ve been around the game a while now and sure, it’s a fickle world, professional sports is the most fickle thing,” said Cave. “If ever I needed a reminder of that it’s been the last couple of weeks. “It was only two or three weeks ago I was on the phone to Joe, talking about how I wasn’t going to be involved in the camp week. “Then I got a phone call from him on Sunday saying come on in to camp and I’m thrown in to play there. “I’m delighted for it; it’s a bit more unorthodox than normal but I’m ready to play, it’s not a problem. “I’ve never been capped in Ireland before, and growing up since I was knee-high watching games at Lansdowne Road, this is a big day for me and my family. “Hopefully I can go well and put all the issues of the past to rest. “There’s been a lot of talking and humming and hawing about who’s doing what. “I just try to play as well as I can when I get the opportunity to play. “I would have liked to have played more for Ulster this year, but there’s been a couple of injuries and a couple of bad strokes of luck. “All that’s forgotten about now: I’m picked to play for Ireland this weekend and hopefully I’ll get a good run-out and give it my all and afterwards I won’t be sitting with any regrets.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Former wrestler files lawsuit against University of Michigan alleging sexual abuse by school doctor

first_imgFormer wrestler files lawsuit against University of Michigan alleging sexual abuse by school doctor Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDETROIT (AP) — Former wrestler files lawsuit against University of Michigan alleging sexual abuse by school doctor.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img March 4, 2020last_img

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Howard, NC A&T meet in MEAC quarters

first_imgHoward, NC A&T meet in MEAC quarters Associated Press VETERAN PRESENCE: Both of these teams have relied heavily on their seniors this year. Ronald Jackson, Andre Jackson and Devin Haygood have combined to score 44 percent of NC A&T’s points this season and 47 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Howard, Charles Williams, Wayne Bristol Jr. and Nate Garvey have scored 58 percent of the team’s points this season, including 80 percent of all Bison points over their last five.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Kameron Langley has either made or assisted on 58 percent of all NC A&T field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 14 field goals and 37 assists in those games.WINNING WHEN: NC A&T is a perfect 6-0 when the team records 11 or more steals. The Aggies are 10-15 when they steal the ball fewer than 11 times.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Aggies have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Bison. NC A&T has 50 assists on 88 field goals (56.8 percent) across its previous three outings while Howard has assists on 36 of 69 field goals (52.2 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: NC A&T has attempted the fifth-most free throws in all of Division I. The Aggies have averaged 24.4 free throws per game, including 28.6 per game against conference foes. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHoward (4-28, 2-15) vs. No. 2 seed NC A&T (16-15, 12-4)Mid-Eastern Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Howard is set to match up against NC A&T in the quarterfinals of the MEAC tourney. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Feb. 22, when the Aggies forced 30 Howard turnovers and turned the ball over just 21 times en route to the four-point victory. March 11, 2020last_img read more

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