Coronavirus: cautious Brisbane developers forge ahead to meet demand from overseas buyers

first_imgBruce Goddard, the director of Place Projects, said that although developers remained reasonably positive there would no doubt be a drop in inquiries. However, those they did receive were solid leads.“Any inquiries we are getting in these conditions is a quality inquiry, there’s no flippant buyers,” Mr Goddard said.“It’s an opportune time to come in, with fewer buyers in the market, low interest rates and stock market issues,” Mr Goddard said.He said Australian property was appealing to the offshore market, especially among expatriates, who consider home soil as a good place to come back to. Developers will carry on with projects under construction such as Queens Wharf where a multimillion dollar penthouse sold this week. Photo: AAP/David Clark“We are affordable for the offshore market and developers are taking advantage of that,” Mr Goddard said.Peter Chittenden, managing director of residential at Colliers International, said that on a national level the company has had a sharp increase in online inquiries, but foot traffic had dropped.He said that the appetite for investment in residential apartments remained, and people were still selling, but the employment issue was a concern for many. “The reality is that anyone who bought during the GFC and 9/11 events saw that after three years the market lifted and they were rewarded. It didn’t happen immediately.”He agreed there was renewed interest from the offshore marrket, an increase of up to 15 per cent, from buyers wanting to take advantage of the exchange rate.NGU Corp property developer Emil Juresic said he still had properties under construction.His latest development, a five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in Ascot will be launched to the market in April, priced at more than $3.5 million.Mr Juresic said: “A lot of developers are full-steam ahead with projects, but they see a three to five-month hurdle in front of them. We hope by that time coronavirus will be gone.“You don’t build in one month, it takes time,” he said. “I don’t think (COVID-19) will have a massive impact on development at this stage. “But yes, developers will be more cautious because we don’t know how long these times of uncertainty will last. We don’t know what we are dealing with.”Despite this, Mr Juresic said he was about to kick off two new development schemes.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“We will keep building and selling, but how much we expose ourselves in borrowing and the risks we take is still unfolding.”Tony Pennisi, the owner of Hub Projects Beenleigh, said he has received a growing number of inquiries for acreage blocks over the past couple of weeks. There has been a spike is in interest in acreages such as those at Evergreen Ridge in Jimboomba by the developer Terry McKinnon.Mr Pennisi, who is marketing lots at Evergreen Ridge in Jimboomba, attributed the spike of inquiries to COVID-19, saying people were keen to find either vacant land or a house on a large block of land. “People are definitely keen to put space between themselves and their neighbours. Self-isolation makes people think about the important things in life and being confined in suburbia is not their focus now,” Mr Pennisi said.“Acreage gives people more options for a self-sufficient lifestyle, where families can live in larger homes. They can grow food and have space to park their boat or caravans on the block or build a bigger shed.”He said a lot of the inquiries were from the greater Brisbane area and mostly via Facebook and their website. Destination Brisbane Consortium project director Simon Crooks said their contractors were onsite and working safely and tirelessly to progress the construction of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. “Our workforce is strictly following government guidelines, but otherwise its business as usual as concrete continues to be poured onsite to build the basements of the integrated resort,” Mr Crooks said.“Interest in the residences remains strong and following government guidelines we have introduced additional measures such as adopting a one appointment only at a time at our display suite.” QLD property industry adapts to new ways of buying and selling amid COVID-19 crisis NGU Corp’s new-build project, a five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in Ascot, will launch to the market in April, priced at more than $3.5 million.Brisbane developers are lapping up opportunities to sell new homes and off-the-plan apartments, particularly to offshore buyers, before the COVID-19 crisis takes full effect.A multimillion-dollar penthouse was sold last week at Queens Wharf Residences and inquiries have been strong from multi-generational families looking to build a “family compound”. MORE CORONAVIRUS NEWS: Millions in home sales as virtual reality auctions kick offcenter_img What next for our housing market?last_img read more

Wimbledon: Unstoppable Federer, Tearful Cilic

first_imgRoger Federer have won a-record 8th Wimbledon title by defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic, 6-3 6-1 6-4, at the All England Club.The 35-year-old Swiss, who did not drop a single set all tournament, dispatched 7th seed Marin Cilic in 1hr and 41 minutes to claim his 19th Grand Slam title, becoming the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the open era.#19 tastes great pic.twitter.com/3Hv3lM5Rk9— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 16, 2017“This tournament I’ve played, not dropping a set and holding the trophy – it’s magical. It’s too much really,”“It’s cruel sometimes but [Marin] fought well and he’s a hero. Congrats on a wonderful tournament.” said the 19th time Grand Slam Champion.“I’ll be gone again for the next six months if it keeps working out this fantastic when I come back!”– @rogerfederer #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/XsReiwReBI— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 201728-year-old Marin Cilic, struggled to match Federer’s brilliance and broke into tears during the game after suffering an injury on his left foot. An injury that required extended medical break, with the fans hoping not to witness the first Wimbledon final retirement in men’s singles since 1911.The Croatia’s only victory over Roger Federer was en route winning his only Grand Slam title at the US Open three years ago.“I never give up in a match. I gave it my best – it’s all I can do,” Cilic said.It was an amazing journey on this year’s @Wimbledon! Congratulations to @rogerfederer and a HUGE #ThankYou to my #TeamCilic! #NeverGiveUp pic.twitter.com/eVhRf9OySm— Marin Cilic (@cilic_marin) July 16, 2017He continued: “It was tough emotionally because I know how much went into the preparation in the past few months.”“It was just a feeling that I knew that I cannot give my best on the court, that I cannot give my best game and my best tennis, especially at this stage of my career, at such a big match.” RelatedWimbledon: Nadal Crashes Out, Murray and Federer Progress into Quarter FinalsJuly 11, 2017In “Sports”Wimbledon Roundup: Murray Crashes Out, Djokovic Retires As Federer Marches OnJuly 13, 2017In “Sports”Ageless Federer To Face Cilic In Wimbledon Open Final After Berdych WinJuly 14, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 Emblem to be Launched on November 2

first_imgMumbai: The official emblem of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 will be unveiled at a ceremony here to be held on November 2.The occasion will mark one year to go for the second FIFA tournament that India will host next year. Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman, LOC Chairman Praful Patel will be present on the occasion along with FIFA legend and two-time World Cup winner Kristine Lilly at the Gateway of India, a media statement said on Thursday.”We’re very happy to see the response from people of all walks of life, including eminent Indian sports personalities, who shall join us to celebrate this momentous occasion,” LOC Tournament Director Roma Khanna was quoted as saying in the statement.India had successfully hosted the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup in 2017, in which England had emerged as champions.DY Patil Stadium in neighbouring Navi Mumbai was one of the venues for the tournament. aiffFIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020footballindian football First Published: October 31, 2019, 5:46 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more