You’ve listed your home and the offers aren’t pouring in, should you drop your price?

first_imgSarah Hackett said price wasn’t always the problem.“I have seen many homes marketed poorly, so sometimes price isn’t always the problem.“It is important to do the work up front with your agent and educate yourself on the most recent sales and more importantly, know what is on the market and what is direct competition to your property. This should provide a list of comparable sales to give to your buyers.”Ms Hackett said it was important to present the home in the best possible light to achieve the best possible price.“If your property is listed at a price and you haven’t received an offer within the first six weeks it would be advised to go over the recent sales since the home has been listed and then re-evaluate the price,’’ she said.“This is no reason to panic but doing this with your agent will give you more market knowledge and information to pass onto prospective buyers. “After 90 days, it is recommended to reassess the strategy, marketing and price. It is time to make some changes. Send a clear message to the market place that you have shifted gears and you’re ready to sell.” If the offers don’t come rolling in, should you drop your asking price?YOU’VE listed your house for sale and the offers aren’t pouring in like you thought they would, should you ever drop your price?We’ve asked three of Brisbane’s top agents what they think: Matt Lancashire — Ray White New Farm “Unfortunately most agents think the first thing a vendor should do is drop their price if the property hasn’t sold quickly,’’ he said.“This is actually the last thing an agent should recommend. In my opinion there are only four actors as to why properties don’t sell.’’ Marketing. Many properties are under exposed because people don’t want to pay the cost of marketing. Exposure generates more inquiry and creates competition, which in turn will help push price. Presentation. Is the home looking its best? More than half of the properties we present to market have a furniture package. This is a crucial component to achieving a record price. The Agent. Has the agent done there job? Have they gone over and above with the activities or are they solely waiting on the buyers to come to them? The days of waiting on the buyer to come to you are gone. Agents need more accountability around the activities to generate inspections for their clients. You shouldn’t need to drop your price if you get it right at the start, according to Matt Lancashire. Price. Get it right at the start. Agents should present sellers with a list of recent comparable sales. If listing with a price, then it should reflect the most recent area sales, or be marketed without a price. It is crucial that both the agent and sellers expectations are inline.After all that Mr Lacashire said it a deal wasn’t done within 30 days and what buyers are prepared to offer is not in line with what the owners want, then it was important to assess if everything had been done and if the price needed to be reviewed. Joseph Lordi of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by “Agents should pre-frame their vendors prior to launching the campaign about the potential need for a price reduction in the first few weeks,’’ he said.“If the market place is providing price feedback well below the advertised price or if the number of buyers through the open home are lower than average, we recommend to lower the price after the second or third week of open homes to avoid the property going stale in the market place and to maintain the momentum of the campaign.’’Mr Lordi said another option was to remove the price completely which in turn could build the inquiry level as well as the numbers through the open home.“Each case is also dependent on the price calibre of the property and the suburb the property is located in”. Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba “There are two main reasons why a home has not sold. One, if the right person has not seen the property, which is to do with how well the agent markets the home. Or two, the buyers who are coming through do not believe it is good value compared to what else they are looking at. This obviously comes down to price,’’ she said.last_img read more

Oil giant BP laments impact of late AGM voting on investor engagement

first_imgOil giant BP has lamented the difficulty of engaging with its shareholders if voting intentions are only communicated immediately before or directly after an AGM.Emily Carey, head of governance, said the 2010 introduction of the UK Stewardship Code had seen many investors “stepping up and wanting more engagement”.But this engagement, she argued, also comes with a cost.“Interestingly, at the same, the votes are coming in later and later,” she said. “And also, disappointingly, we find that, if some investors aren’t voting with management, they don’t let us know until either the day of the meeting or the day afterwards, which makes engagement very difficult.” Failure to inform company management of intentions to oppose a shareholder resolution or abstain from voting is in breach of the Code, which says it is “good practice” to inform management of such a decision if a matter cannot be addressed through engagement.Carey, who was addressing a conference on engagement organised by the UK National Association of Pension Funds, spoke after the chairman of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), Win Bischoff, warned against Stewardship Code signatories viewing it as a “tick-box” exercise.The former Lloyds Banking Group chairman said some signatories were “failing to properly comply with [the Code’s] requirements, or to adhere to the spirit of the principles”.“We see too often that managers have signed up to the Code just to ensure they are placed on owners’ shortlists,” he said.“It is obviously hard for us to know this conclusively, but the fact some signatories have failed regularly to update their statements implies that, for some, signing up is merely part of a tick-box process rather than a basis for good-quality engagement.“We need to find a fair, transparent means of encouraging managers to properly implement the Code.”Bischoff said the FRC had previously considered de-listing those signatories that failed to update statements on a yearly basis, something he said was “a drastic solution”.He later clarified that there was no intention on the part of the body to de-list those failing to file statements.During the same speech, the chairman also warned of the risk of European regulation on engagement.Discussing the proposed introduction of the Shareholder Rights Directive, he said: “If our principles-based system is found wanting, we will only have ourselves to blame if European legislation takes its place.”last_img read more

Manor settles at Siemens Gamesa’s Hull facility

first_img“The Siemens Gamesa port in Hull offers us excellent services and facilities, to our customers’ benefit,” said Eric Briar, Managing Director of Manor Renewable Energy. The first blades manufactured in the Hull factory were delivered for the Race Bank offshore wind farm in 2017. Siemens Gamesa opened the factory at Alexandra Dock in December 2016, when it officially unveiled the 75m long blade. “Having already supported some of the largest wind farms in the world, including Hornsea One and East Anglia One, we are expanding our UK reach with a team based in Hull to allow us to be closer to the action.” Manor said its new offices and presence on the Siemens Gamesa 450,000m2 site means the business is geographically closer to its offshore wind customers. The company’s investment in the turbine assembly, rotor blade manufacturing factory and service facility is estimated to be around GBP 310 million. “Millions of pounds of investment went into this site to develop what is a world-scale hub for wind power manufacturing, logistics and assembly,” said James Maxwell, Port Operations Manager at Siemens Gamesa. “Collaboration with industry partners is essential and we have an important role to play in supporting businesses to recognise and embrace potential opportunities within the renewables sector.” Manor Renewable Energy has established an operational hub at Siemens Gamesa’s manufacturing and port facility in Hull, the UK.last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (August 28 – September 2)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report (August 28 – September 2)Players of the Week.Volleyball:  Caroline Stapleton – Rising SunGirls Cross Country:  Megan Cole – South RipleyBoys Cross Country:  Bradley Winston – SouthwesternGirls Golf:  Katie Hertz – Shawe MemorialBoys Soccer:  Adrian Peetz – Jac-Cen-DelGirls Soccer:  Kinsey Price – Rising SunORVC Report (August 28-September)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Janet Ward

first_imgJanet S. Ward, 78, of Versailles, formerly of Osgood passed away at 6:39am, Saturday, November 18, 2017 at her home. She was born at Gary, Indiana on November 17, 1939 the daughter of Howard Sr. and Lillian Lagenour Mills. She was married to John Ward on October 21, 1960 and her husband of 57 years survives. Other survivors include two sons Jack (Michelle) Ward of Littleton, Colorado, and Steve Ward and his fiancé LeAnne Brown of Osgood; four grandchildren Cameron Ward and Heather Ward of Denver, Colorado, and Damon Ward and Blaine Ward of Osgood; one brother Howard (Dorothy) Mills, Jr. of Zephyr Hills, Florida; one sister Karen Dickerson of Osgood. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Shirley Hayden. Mrs. Ward was a 1957 graduate of Versailles High School. She was a former employee of the placement office at Ball State University and had also worked at the license branch in Versailles. Her pastimes consisted of reading, and being at whatever sporting event her grandchildren may be participating in. She also enjoyed watching the Rachel Ray and Pioneer Woman cooking shows on TV. After her faith, Janet’s mainstay in life was caring for John, her sons, and their families. Janet was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ where she enjoyed participating in the Ladies Prayer & Share group. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 22nd at 11am at the Versailles Church of Christ with Dale Day and Josh Yonts officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery at Osgood. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and on Wednesday from 10am until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Janet and John Ward Scholarship Fund, a part of the Jac-Cen-Del Scholarship Foundation, or the Hospice of Margaret Mary Hospital in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Anxiety as Balogun joins Aribo in training with Gerrard’s Rangers

first_img Loading… It was a great feeling as Nigeria international, Leon Balogun, trained with his new Rangers teammates, including Super Eagles pal, Joe Aribo for the first time on Tuesday. The 32-year-old joined the Scottish Premiership side on a one year contract with an option of an extension after leaving Championship side Wigan Athletic and becoming a free agent at the end the 2019-20 season. Having been unveiled by Steven Gerrard’s men, the Super Eagles defender moved swiftly into action by training with the team at the Rangers Training Centre. In the just-concluded season, Balogun featured in 11 league games for the Latics but his contributions were not enough to save Paul Cook’s men from relegation as they were handed a 12-point deduction. At the Ibrox Stadium, the former Mainz man will be seeking to adapt quickly to his new environment as Rangers face Aberdeen in their first game of the season on August 1. “I think it is an advantage for me not to be coming off 14 days or a 21-day break so I can come straight to fit into it, work with the team and get to know the team,” Balogun told the club website. “The league starts next week, so I am looking forward to joining the squad and integrating as quickly as possible.Advertisement Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeSuch A Sweet Life Story Of The Youngest Queen In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely SeeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waycenter_img “It’s amazing. I’m coming to a club which has an incredible history and an incredible fan culture. I, unfortunately, haven’t witnessed it yet, but I am looking forward to it. “On a personal note, my best friend, my oldest friend, was a huge Jorg Albertz supporter. That’s how I first got in touch with Rangers because of my best friend and the Hammer, so it is a proud moment for both of us – we never really saw it coming but it’s immense.” Apart from this, he wants the club to achieve success during his time. read also:Why I joined Rangers–Leon Balogun “Obviously, to have this kind of crowd behind you in every game at home is amazing. I’ve been lucky enough to experience it, or something similar before in my career at some stage,” he continued. “I just want to experience it as everyone has been telling me you have no idea just how big it is, and I am looking forward to getting started and getting in touch with them. Hopefully, we can have some success together.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Is the Premier League title race over already? Not so fast

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City’s eight point advantage after 11 games is leading to talk of the Premier League title race being over in November, but as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho noted – English football has a habit of throwing up surprises.It is undeniable that City are currently playing with such a verve, fluency and effectiveness that it is hard to imagine them losing three games and allowing their rivals, whether it be United, Spurs or Chelsea, into the race.But while the form of Pep Guardiola’s team and – second-placed United’s recent losses to Huddersfield and Chelsea – point towards a runaway title win, there is indeed lot of football left to be played.“Eight points in the Premier League is not the same in Portugal, La Liga or the Bundesliga. Yes, it is eight points but there is still a lot of play (to come),” Mourinho said after the loss at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, which followed City’s comfortable 3-1 win over Arsenal.While Mourinho was not explicit in his explanation, the fact is that suspensions and injuries to key players happen and, over the course of a long season, can radically impact a team’s form.And while City certainly have plenty of quality, their strength in depth has not yet been truly tested.Guardiola was already taking about his team being tired after their midweek trip to Naples in the Champions League. How will they be holding up physically after a fixture-congested festive season? How will they cope in February when they will be in knockout action in the Champions League?City made a strong start last season but then suffered successive defeats – to Chelsea and Leicester City – at the start of December before ending that month with a loss at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.KEY FIGURESUnited host City at Old Trafford on Dec. 10 – a game which Mourinho surely has his eye on already as a chance to reign in the leaders and he suggested that his team will be stronger with some key figures set to return.“I hope, feel, think and wish that in the busy period at the end of November, December and January, we’re going to be at maximum strength with (Paul) Pogba, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and (Marcus) Rojo back (from injury),” he said.Certainly United’s stumble in form after their excellent start of six wins from seven games, has coincided with the absence of French midfielder Pogba, whose partnership in central midfield with Nemanja Matic was developing so well.Romelu Lukaku’s goal drought has had a bigger impact given the absence of an alternative central striker and the return of Ibrahimovic, who had scored 17 goals in 28 Premier League games before his knee ligament injury, would give Mourinho another option.While the focus is on United’s challenge, it is worth noting that Tottenham are level on points with them and after their crushing of European champions Real Madrid last week, a long winning run from Mauricio Pochettino’s team cannot be ruled out.But while Guardiola is right to play down talk of an inevitable title win, he couldn’t help highlighting one key difference from last season – his team’s performances against top six clubs.“Last season against title contenders, we were able to win just twice. Coming into November, we have already beaten Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal,” he said.Six days after December’s clash with United, Guardiola’s side face Tottenham at the Etihad and then on Jan. 14 they are at Anfield, where their title bid unravelled last year.If City can triumph in those games then perhaps talk of a one-horse race can be justified. But as Mourinho says, there is a lot of football left to be played.last_img read more

Nigeria Pushing for Saka to Pick Super Eagles over Three Lions

first_imgWith England, Saka is in line for a promotion to the U21s, at least. David Ornstein recently reported that he’s even catching Gareth Southgate’s eye for a potential senior call-up later this year. The international break in September isn’t too far away now.The clamour for Saka’s allegiance obviously comes from his four goals and 12 assists in senior football this season. Despite playing in a number of positions, including regularly at left-back, Saka is performing to a consistently high level.If he can have another couple of good games to close out the season, that’ll surely help his case.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria are accelerating their attempts to convince Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka to pick them over England, according to a report.The Daily Mail reports that Nigeria are looking to fast-track Saka into their senior set-up to try and persuade him to choose them over England.Saka featured for the England youth teams at multiple levels, all the way up to the U19s. But until he makes a competitive senior appearance, his future is still up in the air. According to the article, he hasn’t made a final decision just yet.last_img read more

3 things Jim Boeheim said at his Friday pre-Final Four press conference

first_img Published on April 1, 2016 at 5:58 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 HOUSTON — Syracuse (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) head coach Jim Boeheim spoke to the media on Friday ahead of his team’s matchup with North Carolina (32-6, 14-4) on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. in NRG Stadium.Here are three things that Boeheim during his 35 minutes on the podium.Coach in-Waiting  The always-present topic of Mike Hopkins waiting to take over as the next Syracuse head coach was brought up again, and Boeheim sang Hopkins’ praises in a way that poked fun at himself.His answer started off with his go-to line about how Hopkins’ nine games as the interim head coach aren’t a reflection of his abilities since he was coaching Boeheim’s team. Then he got into what makes Hopkins so successful.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Mike has proven to me over and over again that he understands the game, the players, the other things that surround what a head coach has to do. He’s much better than I am with the media, which probably isn’t hard to be. He’s great with the players. Probably better than I am. He’s a great recruiter. He’s really good with the fans and alumni. Again, much better than I am.“…I always thought it’s better to get a great assistant who you really see that potential in to be the next head coach rather than hiring a head coach from another place who has had a completely different experience, maybe a smaller school. That doesn’t translate all the time. Sometimes it does, but not all the time.But if you look at the great coaches I’ve seen, whether it’s Mike Krzyzewski or Bob Knight, I mean, you can go quite a bit further. They got their head coaching jobs from being an assistant, and were pretty good.”ClinicalBoeheim hosts several coaching clinics each year for high school coaches. There are upward of 400 coaches that attend, and almost every time, he starts off by talking about his patented 2-3 zone.“You know, it’s pretty much standard. Like this is Jim Boeheim, this is all he knows, so we’re going to have him talk about the 2-3 zone.“I tried one clinic to start with something else. There were 400 coaches there. They started getting restless. I knew right away, OK, we’ll talk about it.“…High school coaches come up to me every clinic I’ve ever done and say, Thanks, coach. We used it. We won the state championship. That’s a good feeling when that happens.“College coaches aren’t going to use the zone because they played man-to-man as a player. They coached for somebody who played man-to-man. They got their first job playing man-to-man. They’re not going to come in and change their philosophy.“I think more coaches are using a little zone now as a change when the other thing isn’t working. So I think it’s a little bit.“But coaches are going to pretty much stick with what they’ve always done, I think.”Going leftBoeheim was asked who would retire first: Him, or 71-year-old Steve Fisher, the head coach at San Diego State. And though he stated last year that he only planned to coach until after the 2018 season, his statements afterward make it seem as though he isn’t quite sure.“I feel the same as I did 10 or 20 years ago. I probably feel better. I’m doing Pilates two times a week now for two years. The 10 or 15 years before that, I didn’t work out. I’m probably in better shape now. I’m in the weight room a little bit now, which I didn’t do for the 20, 30 years before that, since I stopped playing.“So I feel healthy. My kids, you know, they keep you going. Teenagers, I got three of ’em. I think all those things, you know, they help you.“But I’ve always felt the same. I feel the same now as I did 20 years ago or 30 years ago. I might have a couple more aches and pains, but I feel mentally the same. I feel better in terms of doing the job because you’re putting even more into it because you know you’re not going to be doing it that much longer.“But I’ve never known how long I’m going to coach. I still don’t know how long I’m going to coach. You know, that’s not something I think about. I’ve never talked about my contract or the length of it for years. I’m still not talking about it. I just know that you could retire tomorrow. I mean, I don’t know. It just depends what happens.“Al McGuire once told me, ‘One day I was driving to work, I come down the ramp and I turn right. The day I turn left, I’m not going to work anymore.’ He turned left one day. That was it.“So I’m going to turn left someday, too.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Team Ireland out in force again today

first_imgIn boxing, welterweight Steven Donnelly and lightweight David Oliver Joyce will begin their campaigns at the preliminary stage of their respective weight divisions.  Elsewhere, Shane Ryan and Fiona Doyle will both be hoping to qualify from their heats in their swimming events, while Eilis O’Reilly will compete in multiple gymnastic events for Ireland. There will once again be Irish involvement in rowing events with Claire Lamb and Sinead Lynch competing in the Women’s double sculls while Paul and Gary O’Donovan will participate in the men’s double sculls event.last_img read more