The Brisbane property market is not as unaffordable as many may think. We reveal the 75 cheapest suburbs

first_imgTim Guest renovated his Liechardt home and sold it within two days of going on the market. Picture: AAP Image/Steve Pohlner.THE Brisbane property market is not as unaffordable as many may think, with new figures revealing 75 suburbs with a median house price of $400,000 or less.In the greater Sydney region there is only one suburb with a median house price of $400,000 or less — Spencer which is in Gosford — while the Melbourne region has seven suburbs within that price range.The majority of the Brisbane suburbs are within the Ipswich, Logan or Moreton local government areas.Although Ellen Grove with a median house price of $291,000, sits within the Brisbane City Council region. The cheapest median house prices (of mainland suburbs) were found at Leichhardt where there were 87 houses sold in the past 12 months. Of those half sold for below the median house price of $238,000.Cheap, doesn’t necessarily mean nasty according to agent Gai Flynn of First National Real Estate Action Realty — Ipswich.Ms Flynn said the Leichhardt area was proving popular with a variety of buyers at the moment.“We are seeing a lot of investors presently looking in the market and we do a lot of business with buyers’ agents actually from down south,’’ she said.“They are hunting for properties in our area because it is so much more affordable. We are also getting a of first home buyers, it’s a real mixed bag. Affordability is one of the key reasons to move here.“Depending what people want in Leichhardt for instance you can pick up a nicely renovated home in the $240,000 to $250,000 range at the moment.’’She has just put under contract a home at 20 Flinders Drive, within two days.The home, which was advertised for $309,000 was renovated and had a swimming pool.Owner Tim Guest, bought the house seven years ago and moved into it in recent years.“I bought it and the bones were really good, and then I did do quite a bit of work on it when I was there,’’ he said.“But buying it was really cheap and it was really liveable you could have lived there without doing anything.’’He said new housing estates were being developed in the area which also helped lift prices of existing properties.“What I hear from many people is they have been looking around the Brisbane area, then when they come out that little bit further and look at Ipswich houses they see the value that you that you can buy such a good house in Ipswich because its that little bit cheaper.’’The latest Hotspotting Cheapies with Prospects report identifies many areas of greater Brisbane where housing is still affordable.Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said suburbs within the Moreton Bay Council area had the strongest potential for price growth.“The significance of these areas in the residential market has grown because affordability has become the headline issue in the housing industry,’’ he said.“This is one reason why the cheaper areas of our capital cities have recorded good capital growth over time. First-home buyers, investors and others have targeted areas with affordable prices.’’Mr Ryder said cheaper areas undergoing gentrification were among the strongest performers on price growth in our major cities.Said the Moreton Bay region was the strongest market in Brisbane, there was $980 million to be spent on new infrastructure and transaction numbers were up.Five of the core suburbs of this region, Caboolture, Morayfield, Kallangur, Narangba and North Lakes have each sold more than 400 houses in the past twelve months, three of the five had median house prices below $380,000.Visit: for the full list of 75 suburbs THE REGION’S CHEAP AND CHEERFUL SUBURBS LAMB ISLAND – $185,000RUSSELL ISLAND – $199,500LEICHHARDT – $238,000MACLEAY ISLAND – $242,500RIVERVIEW – $247,000DINMORE – $250,000GAILES- $250,000EBBW VALE – $255,000ONE MILE – $255,004CHURCHILL – $265,000NORTH BOOVAL – $267,000EAST IPSWICH – $268,500BASIN POCKET – $270,000MARBURG – $279,000NORTH IPSWICH – $280,000ROSEWOOD – $280,000TIVOLI – $282,500COOCHIEMUDLO ISLAND – $290,000ELLEN GROVE – $291,000BOOVAL – $295,000WULKURAKA – $302,000BUNDAMBA – $302,500SILKSTONE – $305,000CABOOLTURE SOUTH – $307,500WOODRIDGE – $310,000REDBANK – $315,000EAGLEBY – $315,000BLACKSTONE – $316,000KINGSTON – $317,000RACEVIEW – $320,000WALLOON – $320,000LOGAN CENTRAL – $320,000EASTERN HEIGHTS – $323,500GOODNA – $325,000NEWTOWN – $327,500COALFALLS – $335,000REDBANK PLAINS – $335,000CABOOLTURE – $335,000CRESTMEAD – $335,500More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoRIPLEY- $337,750BEENLEIGH – $337,750COLLINGWOOD PARK – $340,000BRASSALL – $342,000BELLMERE – $342,500BORONIA HEIGHTS – $350,000DUNWICH – $350,000MORAYFIELD – $352,000SADLIERS CROSSING – $353,000BROWNS PLAINS – $353,500DECEPTION BAY – $355,000SLACKS CREEK – $357,750TOORBUL – $359,000FLINDERS VIEW – $360,000IPSWICH – $360,000INALA – $362,500BETHANIA – $364,000YAMANTO – $365,000MARSDEN – $365,000BELLARA – $365,000WILLOWBANK – $367,500WATERFORD WEST – $368,000BEACHMERE – $377,500BELLBIRD PARK – $383,750LOGANLEA – $384,250KALLANGUR – $385,000EDENS LANDING – $386,500HILLCREST – $387,500WOODEND – $390,000MOUNT WARREN PARK – $393,000WOODFORD – $395,000REGENTS PARK – $396,500CAMIRA – $400,000LOGAN RESERVE – $400,000D’AGUILAR – $400,000LAWNTON – $400,000Source: CoreLogiclast_img read more

Aussie Brabazon takes up CWI coaching role

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Cricket West Indies has appointed Australian Chris Brabazon as its first-ever coach education manager, a move aimed at “producing world-class players” for the international sides.Brabazon, formerly the Western Australian Cricket Association’s coach development manager, has signed a three-year deal and will immediately oversee a Level 2 coaching course which gets underway in Kingston on Thursday.“His appointment is a critical feature of our strategic plan to produce world-class players and winning teams through the development of West Indian coaches,” said director of cricket, Jimmy Adams.“Chris brings a wealth of experience having held a similar role of coach development manager in Western Australia for the past six years.“He has worked at every level of the Cricket Australia coaching development pathway, from grassroots to international level, and is well-placed to drive CWI’s objective of developing our coach education programs.“I have no doubt that Chris will play a significant role in advancing our regional game and am very excited to be working with him on improving coaching standards throughout the Caribbean.”Brabazon played grade cricket for Collingwood Park in his late teens before also representing North Albany in league football.He holds a postgraduate certificate in Business Administration with a focus in cricket, and has also worked with in coaching, talent development, and cricket management in Australia.“I am looking forward to meeting and working with the coaches and coach developers throughout the Caribbean to ensure that all local players have access to inspirational learning environments that fosters their love of cricket,” said Brabazon.last_img read more

Wisconsin cruises to 3rd-straight win

first_imgKelsey Fenton / The Badger HeraldThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team wrapped up its three-match spring schedule at home with a 3-1 win over UW-Milwaukee (25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17) Tuesday night.Wisconsin has dropped just two sets in three wins against Loyola, UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee during its exhibition spring season.Head coach Kelly Sheffield stressed that in the few months he has coached the team, he has seen small improvements throughout the spring that helped contribute to the night’s victory.“We did a better job of getting our middles and our right side more involved in the attack tonight,” Sheffield said. “That was a goal going in. I thought our serving put some pressure on them. [UWM is] a different team than what we’ll typically see in the Big Ten. Their offense is really quick and they put some different stresses on your middles than what [we’ve] seen. I thought we got a little stronger as the match went on.”After the Badger offense cruised to a .423 hitting percentage while committing just two errors in the first set, Wisconsin lost its sense of rhythm in the second set. Down 8-11, the Badgers already had five errors in the set. After Wisconsin made four consecutive kills mid-set, the team earned its first lead of the set to go up 16-14. However, UWM won the last four points of the set to tie the match at one.Sophomore setter Courtney Thomas, who amassed a spring-high 46 assists, said that if the passing is not rhythmic, it is difficult for the hitters to time the ball properly. However, she said the passing improved significantly after the second set and has become more consistent since the start of spring practice.“I thought our passing was a lot better tonight than it was on Saturday,” Thomas said. “I felt rhythm; I felt like our hitters were doing well tonight.”Wisconsin was again faced with a challenging set in the third, when both teams were separated by no fewer than three points. However, the Badgers were able to inch out a 25-23 win in the third, producing just three errors and avoiding a second-straight close loss.Sheffield said the Badgers need to do a better job of keeping their composure when they make mistakes and not letting one error turn into multiple.“When we play good volleyball, we’ve got to do it for longer periods of time than what we’re doing,” Sheffield said. “We’ll get better at that once we come to get used to each other.”Wisconsin began the fourth set in a 2-7 hole while hitting a .071 attack percentage. But the Badgers bounced back to end the set and the match on a 10-2 run after being tied at 15.Three Badgers accumulated double-digit kills throughout the evening, including junior outside hitter Julie Mikaelsen, who led all players with 15 kills. The Norwegian also contributed 13 digs to earn the double-double.Last season, Mikaelsen transitioned to a more defensive role on the team by digging more balls. She said she has gotten more comfortable working in the back row.While she was on offense during the match, Mikaelsen also said she concentrated on the spots on the court she knew she could hit.“Focusing on doing the right techniques,” Mikaelsen said. “Focusing on doing the hitting I know I can do. Annemarie was helping me a lot by calling the shots that I had open; it helped me a lot.”Mikaelsen admitted that a weakness the team has been working on is consistency. Wisconsin’s hitting percentage dropped .207 from the first to the second set.However, Mikaelsen said Sheffield has made it a priority to improve Wisconsin’s mental toughness to stay consistent.“We go up and then we go down,” Mikaelsen said. “We need to be more stable. We’re working really hard on becoming that team that’s really stable and bringing it every single practice.”Sheffield’s main focus of the spring season is not necessarily the results of the matches. He wants to see small improvements from his players in practices and match situations.“We’re just trying to get a little bit better,” Sheffield said. “There’s not a lot of changing [of positions or formations]. We’re just trying to do what we do in our system and just be a little bit more consistent and a little bit better.”last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant argues young players’ development hinges more on mentors than college

first_img“The elder statesmen always say this younger generation has no idea what they’re doing, they’re going to absolutely kill the game,” Bryant said. “‘The game, when we played, was pure and all this kind of stuff.’” Hey, man, that’s always the case. When we came in, we were just young kids that wanted to play.”Life lessonFor a player that became consumed with winning NBA championships, Bryant has recently contended he found value in losing because it provided teachable moments. Hence, Bryant’s advice to MMA fighter Ronda Rousey after losing to Holly Holm to end her undefeated run. “I told her it’s a beautiful thing,” Bryant said. “To be a true champion, sometimes you have to get knocked down. It happens to the best of us.”Bryant experienced that with two NBA Finals losses to Detroit (2004) and Boston (2008). Bryant also suffered season-ending injuries to his left Achilles (April 2013), left knee (December 2013) and right shoulder (January 2015). “A true mark of a champion is how you get up,” Bryant said. “She goes through her entire career undefeated. She becomes this mythical figure that no one can relate to and she got beat. We all got beat at some point in our lives. Now it’s a matter of how she bounces back. That’s what makes her a true champion.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Swarming defenses have forced Kobe Bryant to measure whether to shoot through double teams or pass to open up defenses. Bryant has weighed if he should issue tough love or positive reinforcement to teammates. Amid all the tough decisions Bryant has made through his 20-year NBA career, there marks one major event for which he holds no regrets.“Coming straight to the NBA and skipping college,” Bryant said.It might seem easy for Bryant to say after winning five NBA championships with the Lakers and climbing toward third place on the league’s all-time scoring list. But those around Bryant’s alma mater at Lower Merion High School all remember Bryant having the same outlook in 1996 when he decided to jump to the NBA. center_img In 2006, the NBA began requiring players either to attend college or play overseas for at least a year before declaring draft eligibility. “I don’t think it matters,” Bryant said about the rule. “You have high school players who go to college, stay for four years and are not ready. You have certain high school players skip college and they’re ready. It depends on the mentors that you have and it depends on the internal motivation.”Bryant benefitted from growing up in Italy. There, he watched his dad, Joe, play professionally. Bryant also learned the game’s fundamentals. Bryant’s high school coach, Gregg Downer, also preached similar philosophies.Some have suggested Bryant still faced social hiccups in relating to older NBA players. But several, including Lakers coach Byron Scott, became quickly impressed with his curiosity, work ethic, talent and awareness of the game’s history. “Ultimately it depends on the teachers you have and the mentors you have,” Bryant said. “You can go to college for four years and you can get horrible mentorship and be worse off than the kid who came in at 17.” With Bryant set to retire following the 2015-16 season, he dismissed the notion that the younger generation lacks the same dedication as him. last_img read more

Grgic: It is nice to be at Preparations of the National Football Team again

first_imgThe U-18 national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina is already preparing for the second day in the FF BH Training Camp in Zenica.After two completed trainings, the impressions of the technical staff are conveyed by the head coach Slaven Musa:“We are satisfied with the work of the players in these two days. It is noticeable that they make high efforts when they are in the national team and that they have more motivation to prove themselves. Still, a longer break is felt and we dose their training sessions accordingly. We also have nice weather and great conditions in the Training Centre, and I hope that we will continue in this rhythm. Today we will do another training session, tomorrow two, and the preparations will end on Tuesday when we will do anthropological testing of players.”National team player Ivan Grgić does not hide his satisfaction that after a long time he has the opportunity to hang out with his teammates from the national team again.“I tried to keep in shape as much as possible during the break, so I have not been unprepared for these preparations. I had the opportunity to train individually. After all the measures that made us have to be at home, it is nice to be at the preparations of the national team again. I am glad that we are training together again, we are hanging out and laughing, that the spirit of the team is there and that everything is great as it should be”, says Grgić.last_img read more