A road sign cautions drivers to be alert for the kiwi, a flightless native bird.THEIR national emblem may be a flightless bird but residents from the Long White Cloud are looking to spread their wings to the Sunshine State.New data shows that New Zealand was the source of the highest number of overseas property searches in Queensland in the 12 months to July last year.Brisbane City (13,951) was the most searched suburb by the Kiwis, followed by Broadbeach with 9898, according the realestate.com.au data.Searches from the UK accounted for 443,763, while the US had 294,077.This house at 47 Villers St at New Farms is listed for sale with Ray White New FarmREA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said overseas buyers often clicked through Brisbane properties before widening their search.“However we know there has been a big lift in Asian buyers in particular looking the Brisbane CBD,” she said.“That may be because of all the new developments or could be because overseas buyers who may have looked at Sydney are also seeing the bang they can get for their buck in Brisbane instead.”Ms Conisbee said European, American and Canadian buyers were often drawn to Queensland’s iconic beach and lifestyle locations whereas Asian buyers tended to focus on properties in areas with quality education facilities and cultural precincts.She said word-of-mouth was a big factor.Tom Offerman Real Estate has the listing for this house at 8 Cottonwood Ct, Noosa HeadsAmerican Matt MacGregor, a chiropractor, and his Norwegian wife, Mirjam, moved from Norway to Wollongong in NSW before finding their forever home at Aspley on Brisbane’s northside.Matt and Mirjam MacGregor with their daughters Leah 11, Hannah 9 and Hayley 13 at their home in Aspley 14th September 2018. The family moved from Norway to Woollongong and then to Brisbane, where they plan to stay forever. Photo AAP/ Ric FrearsonThe family, which includes three girls and two dogs, bought a five bedroom home three months ago, making the move for work and lifestyle.“The weather is great, the people are more laid-back, the housing is more affordable,” Mr MacGregor said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“The kids love having a big backyard, we feel more relaxed. We see us staying forever.”People based in the United Kingdom (443,763) accounted for the second highest number of searches of the Queensland property market, followed by the US with 294,077.In the Asian market, those based in Hong Kong (4th) led the property search, followed by the Philippines (5th), Singapore (7th), China (8th) and Japan (9th).Canada and South Africa rounded out the top 10, coming in 6th and 10th place respectively.Realestate.com.au also revealed the top 10 suburbs being searched by foreign buyers – Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Noosa Heads, Broadbeach, Mooloolaba, Burleigh Heads, Southport, North Lakes, Caloundra and Hope Island.New Zealand, the UK and the US were the top three markets for each suburb, but from there the results got interesting with some additional countries outside of the top 10 emerging.Search results from the United Arab Emirates show people there – most likely expats – are looking to make the move to Broadbeach, Mooloolaba, Burleigh Heads, North Lakes, Caloundra or Hope Island.Property seekers based in Papua New Guinea and Taiwan are alse eyeing of real estate at North Lakes.And this four bedroom house at 28 Tuckeroo Parade is on the market for offers over $569,000, and is listed with Ray North LakesThailand-based house hunters have their sights set on Broadbeach, Malaysia and Taiwan-based searchers are looking to Southport and those based in France are keen to ditch the City of Lights for a relaxed beach lifestyle at Noosa Heads and Caloundra, according to the data.People logging in from Germany – where the average winter daytime temperature in the capital, Berlin, is just 3C – were also drawn Brisbane and the beach.Universal Buyers Agents director Darren Piper said the number of overseas enquiries had slowed due to changes to the foreign investment laws.But he said expats who were nearing retirement were keen to make the move back to Queensland.“That’s their end goal,” he said.
Secret sale smashes suburb record “As a buyer you get to see exactly what you are buying at this stage as opposed to a promise from at- times inexperienced developers without a reputation to uphold,” Mr Ansell said. “For these luxury apartments we have used feedback from our empty nester buyers in every project to refine our design and give them the features they are looking for including architectural design that offers generous living spaces, ridiculous storage and as many energy-saving features as possible to reduce living costs.” The view of Palm Beach.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, 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 location is everything in real estate01:59 Beachfront living at its very best. One of the bedrooms. ONE Palm Beach, the 16-apartment plus grand penthouse absolute beachfront residential building by Velocity Property Group at Palm Beach will open a luxury ground floor display apartment on September 29.ONE Palm Beach, the 17-apartment beachfront residential building by Velocity Property Group, will open a luxury ground floor display apartment today (September 29).Near completion and with only a few apartments remaining for sale, One Palm Beach has proven popular with the empty nester demographic it was designed to cater to. Velocity Property Group managing director Brendon Ansell said the combination of location, lifestyle, space, design and energy-saving features in the project resulted in the majority of sales going to local empty nester owner-occupiers, followed by interstate and international buyers. The ground floor display apartment will showcase the luxury features of the project. Remaining apartments are priced from $1.845 million. The development, at 1331 Gold Coast Highway, features only two apartments per floor and is being marketed by Deborah Provost. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe said enquiry on the apartments had started to increase dramatically now that the scaffolding was coming down and the final touches to the building were being added. “Although the market is strong, there are plenty of potential buyers who are still cautious about buying off the plan and would prefer to walk through a completed apartment rather than have the options of customising it by buying early,” he said. The kitchen and living areas. A bathroom. Live like a Gold Coast Titan
8 Parrott Court, Gilston.IT was the location that originally attracted Evan and Stacey Wild to their Gilston Queenslander.“It’s just the beauty of Gilston,” Mr Wild said. “You’re surrounded by hills, you’ve got so many different birds around and you even get kangaroos up your street every now and then.“The main reason we bought was Gilston State School — that’s where we wanted our girls to go.” Since buying the house in 2014, the couple — who have two daughters, Amelia, five, and Alice, two — have installed a pool and new fencing.“We originally wanted a house with a pool and fell in love with this one so we decided to put the pool in,” Mr Wild said.The house is seven years old and features four bedrooms and three bathrooms.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoWide timber verandas offer the perfect place to entertain or relax while enjoying the great mountain views on offer. 8 Parrott Court, Gilston. 8 Parrott Court, Gilston. 8 Parrott Court, Gilston. 8 Parrott Court, Gilston. Inside, there are living, formal lounge and dining areas leading out to the veranda and overlooking the pool.“It’s basically the living areas at the front that and all of the bedrooms at the back,” Mr Wild said.Other features include a covered double carport area as well as under cover patios at both the front and rear of the house.The garage is accessed by internal stairs.A concrete driveway and side area also provides plenty of room for a caravan, boat and trailer.Mr Wild said the family planned to move to an acreage property nearby. 8 Parrott Court, Gilston. 8 Parrott Court, Gilston. 8 Parrott Court, Gilston. Address: 8 Parrott Court, Gilston Agent: Helen Thomas, LJ Hooker Nerang Features: Family living area, separate dining area with bay window, high ceilings, under house storage area, side area ideal for standing caravan/boat/trailer Area: 601sq m Price: Offers over $635,000 Inspections: Contact agent
FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK MORE: Anyone taking out a new home loan now should not accept any rate that doesn’t have a ‘3’ in front of it according to finder.com.au’s Graham Cooke.All 32 experts and economists expected the cash rate to remain on hold for the 25 consecutive time when the RBA board meets on Tuesday.Brian Parker of Sunsuper said there were “enough downside risks to the economic outlook and to inflation to keep RBA on hold”, while Clement Tisdell of the UQ School of Economics said “these days, this rate is more a signalling device than anything else”.Mark Brimble of Griffith University said the economy was “delicately poised” right now.“With increasing fuel prices and lending rates, credit availability declining and asset prices easing, both sentiment and activity are vulnerable.”Matthew Peter of QIC said “the RBA is in no hurry to raise rates” because of global economic risks, the domestic housing downturn and underlying inflation.He expected RBA “will pull the trigger on a first rate hike in the second half of 2019”. Champion surfer’s $4m-plus payday The ‘one in a billion’ home of the future Brisbane houses are expected to hold their value best of the eastern state capitals.IN a dramatic turn, economists and property experts now expect significant price drops across eastern state capitals but there’s good news for Brisbane homeowners.On the eve of the Reserve Bank’s second last monetary policy meeting for 2018 — where rates were expected to remain on hold at 1.5 per cent — the finder.com.au survey of experts found Brisbane houses were expected to hold their value best of the eastern state capitals.Amid widespread belief that property values would fall strongly across eastern state capitals, Brisbane houses were set to fare best — and especially a lot better than Sydney and Melbourne. Property value reductions predicted by the end of 2019.Finder.com.au insights manager Graham Cooke said “those in the market for an apartment face a much greater risk of losing equity compared to those buying a house, due to an oversupply of units in capital cities”.And he said properties on the outskirts of cities were expected to see bigger drops than those in the CBD because of demand.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoHe said housing would become more affordable, especially for first time buyers.“A positive to take out of all of this is that housing will get more affordable. Those who have been saving a deposit and waiting to get into the market are in the best position to make their move.“If you’re in the market to buy now, look for value before you sign on the dotted line. It’s overwhelmingly a buyer’s market so use your bargaining power and don’t take the price guide at face value.”He said anyone taking out a home loan right now should not sign up unless their rate has “a ‘3’ in front of it”.” Experts believed that while Brisbane apartment prices would fall by -4.42 per cent (about $17,998) by the end of next year, it would see the lowest house price falls of the four major east coast capitals, at just -1.33 per cent (a mere $7,200).Contrast that to the falls expected out of Sydney, with -8.44 per cent for apartment or about $59,906 less than current prices. Its houses were expected to see fall (-5.81 per cent) by about $53,620.Melbourne was also expected to see strong falls of $38,163 (-7.13 per cent) for apartments and $33,350 off the cost of houses (-4.6 per cent) by the end of next year. 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It might not be acreage but at 980sq m, this Eatons Hill property has plenty of outdoor space.The two-storey brick house, originally built in 2004, was renovated three years ago to open the living areas to the outdoor entertainment area.“The living and rumpus and kitchen used to be three quite separate areas, and you had to walk through the rumpus room to get outside,” he said. Renovating the kitchen has allowed views to the backyard.“We knocked down a wall and changed the kitchen into one big area, with an island bench. Now the kids are in the pool and we can see everything they’re doing from the kitchen.”This is now Mr Merritt’s favourite spot in the house.“That area is a winner. “The whole family lives there and it’s just fantastic.” Tropical gardens feature in 66 Brisbane properties this week. Check them out here. “I love subtropical gardens, you get that year round colour but they are more low maintenance than the traditional European hedging, and native bushland is hard unless you’re on a large property.”An acreage property in Joyner is what the Merritt family of six are now moving to, after 10 years of memories in this large 980sq m corner block, just a three-minute walk to the South Pine River.Their house is for sale through Natalie Johnston of @realty with offers over $769,000 invited. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“The house has been fantastic for the kids going through their toddler and young life,” Mr Merritt said.“Now the three boys are budding cricketers and we need a larger property.” A tropical oasis on a corner block in Eatons Hill.A GARDEN inspired by the Roma Street Parklands frames 29 Riversleigh Crescent, Eatons Hill and David and Kym Merritt have loved the atmosphere it creates.“I’ll miss the garden, that was my creation, and with the parkland across the road, you feel connected to nature,” Mr Merritt said.“I engaged a student who was doing subtropical landscape design and based it on the Roma Street gardens, with a formal garden in the front and more tropical in the back. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN EATONS HILL >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<
The main bedroom is very opulent! It was designed as the ultimate retreat. And of course a pool and spa are part of the package. Four of the five bathrooms have an ensuite. Looking for a private paradise? A luxury estate at 31 Beau Pde, Bonogin, might be what you’re searching for.The peak of luxury living in a private paradise is on offer at this Bonogin estate that blends effortlessly into its forest surrounds. Sitting 201m above sea level, the picturesque property was designed as an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It was also created to be a haven of entertainment where guests can enjoy just one night or stay for days. Coastal and city skyline views can be enjoyed from the 1.13 ha block. With no luxury inclusions forgotten.The luxury retreat is owned by LJ Hooker Robina, Mudgeeraba and Burleigh director David Manby and his wife Blanche. They purchased the block in 2017 and then started building their dream home. “We bought the block about 18 months ago and it was one of the last premium blocks for sale in Mudgeeraba Forest,” Mr Manby said. “We were after a block that had a huge emphasis on coastal views which is extremely difficult to find. “What was nice about this block was that it was three acres verse the standard one acre block which gave us more privacy and usability. “Three quarters of the block is all reserve, so we have beautiful views but then are also screened with natural bush so we don’t have any neighbours.” MORE NEWS: Restaurateur’s old digs dished up to the market MORE NEWS: Multimillion-dollar deal penned for beachfront pad The open ensuite is this epitome of luxury.“The massive deck that is about 70sq m is used for entertaining around the pool, then the deck on the eastern side is great for evening entertaining,” Mr Manby said. “The house was purposely built to host guests for a long period of time, it has its own retreat so they are more self-contained.” The main bedroom is peacefully located at one end of the house and is luxuriously appointed with a walk-in wardrobe, private balcony and opulent open ensuite.Three more bedrooms with ensuites and a study or fifth bedroom are zoned at the opposite end of the house. A pool, spa, firepit, gas fireplace, media room and Yamaha surround sound system are also part of the package. Roasted marshmallows anyone?The five-bedroom house was built last year by Creative Homes, a Gold Coast building and construction company with a minimum two-year wait list. The floorplan centres around the main living area with a covered outdoor entertainment zone on either side. The internal and outdoor spaces are effortlessly integrated through cavity sliding doors. A stylish kitchen takes centre stage and features a butler’s pantry, two Vintec wine fridges, a herringbone tiled splashback and rugged concrete benchtops by Caesarstone. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 Outdoor entertaining can be done with ease.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The property is scheduled for auction at May 26.The home has all the modern fixtures and fittings expected of prestigious properties and from the outside it effortlessly blends into its surrounding environment. “We named the property Wilarimbam which is the Aboriginal name for stars,” he said. “At night you see incredible stars, it’s very quiet and it truly feels like a holiday retreat.”The property is set to head under the hammer on May 26 via Roberto Scartozzi and Lisa Psaras of LJ Hooker Robina.
Image Courtesy: AIDA CruisesGerman cruise line AIDA Cruises organized a big firework display and a light show on May 6, celebrating AIDAprima’s first birthday at the same time as the 828. anniversary of the Port of Hamburg. The maritime celebration attracted more than one million observers in Hamburg from May 5 to 7, according to the cruise company.In addition to AIDAprima, three other AIDA ships including AIDAvita, AIDAluna, and AIDAsol, were also visiting Hamburg Port for the port anniversary celebrations.AIDA Cruises has had a strong presence in the Port of Hamburg this year with 82 visits from a total of six ships, the company said.AIDAprima, the first ship in the company’s new generation of cruise vessels, was delivered from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Nagasaki in March last year.The ship is able to accommodate 3,300 guests and over 900 crew members.Image Courtesy: AIDA Cruises
UK oil company Premier Oil has confirmed the start of production from the Catcher development in the UK North Sea and revealed plans to ramp it up to 60,000 barrels of oil per day during the first half of 2018. The Premier-operated Catcher development, made up of several fields discovered between 2010 and 2013, is located 170 kilometers south-east of Aberdeen. The field has been developed with the BW Catcher FPSO.As previously reported by Offshore Energy Today, the Catcher development achieved first oil on December 23, 2017. This was revealed over the last weekend by the FPSO operator and owner of the BW Catcher FPSO, BW Offshore. Premier confirmed the startup of the field on Wednesday and added that initial stabilized production from the Catcher field will be at an expected rate of around 10,000 bpd.According to the company, this will be ramped up in phases with production from the Varadero field followed by the Burgman field. The phased approach allows for management of the well stock whilst commissioning of the gas processing modules and full water injection systems on the FPSO are completed.In the first quarter of 2018, Premier oil plans to complete the final commissioning of gas facilities and phased production ramp up. In the next quarter, Premier plans to reach plateau production and start exporting gas.Production in the Catcher Area as a whole will increase to approximately 60,000 barrels of oil per day during the first half of 2018, adding 30,000 bopd (net) to Premier’s daily production.Tony Durrant, Premier Oil Chief Executive, commented: “I congratulate and thank all our colleagues, partners, suppliers and regulators who have played such an important part in successfully delivering the project on schedule and almost 30% under budget.”The development has been delivered at total capital investment of $1.6 billion, which is around 30% lower than the sanctioned estimate.Durant added: “As production ramps up in the first half of 2018, the increased cash flows will play an important role in Premier’s plans for debt reduction. The Catcher Area project also demonstrates Premier’s continuing commitment to invest in the UK.”Offshore Energy Today Staff
A severe winter storm, named Grayson, is impacting the maritime community in Northern New England.The US National Weather Service has issued a strong coastal winter storm warning with high winds and dangerously cold temperatures for the New England Coast. Coastal predictions are estimating sustained NNW winds 25 to 30 kts, with gusts of up to 50 kts, along with low temperatures throughout the weekend.Although ports in the Northern New England Captain of the Port Zone remain open to all traffic, the authorities have recommended undertaking precautions in advance of the storm.The United States Coast Guard advised all self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 5,000 gross tons and all barges and their supporting tugs to consider the requirements included in the Remaining in Port Checklist.Additionally, ferry operators are to evaluate their ability to operate in the pending conditions and take all necessary actions to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew, while facility managers were to review communications procedures, operations manuals and/or heavy weather plans, and consider lowering the height of container stacks.Severe weather conditions forecast in the area “could adversely impact the regional Maritime Transportation System,” GAC said citing the USCG.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’s Philadelphia District yesterday began beachfill operations at Brant Beach on Long Beach Island, NJ. USACE has just released this amazing photo, showing the Weeks Marine’s twin-screw trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Magdalen in the distance, during the sand pumping operations.The dune and berm system that is being repaired is designed to reduce the risk of storm damages to infrastructure.BackgroundLong Beach Island is an 18-mile barrier island in southern Ocean County, New Jersey. The area regularly suffers damages from coastal storms, hurricanes and nor’easters.The Barnegat Inlet to Little Egg Inlet Coastal Storm Risk Management project, also known as the Long Beach Island beachfill or beach nourishment program, is designed to reduce erosion and property damages associated with these events.It is a joint effort of the Army Corps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.[mappress mapid=”25040″]