File photo. Picture: istockAround this time of year I am often asked if it’s too late to list, with Christmas looming in just a handful of weeks, writes REIQ Townsville Zone chairman Wayne Nicholson.My answer is a resounding ‘No, it is not too late!’. Some property pundits like to believe that there are better times of the year to sell than others. In cooler climates agents often talk about running a spring campaign, for example, as they believe buyers go into hibernation during the winter. Given that we have winter on Tuesday in Townsville, in my opinion there really is no perfect time to list. The argument used to be that listing at the end of the year in readiness for the “silly season” which in Townsville is the transfer season of January, February and March was the clever thing to do. In reality we have not seen a silly season in Townsville for years and the traditional influx of buyers during the first three months of the year hasn’t really eventuated. We tend to see a smoother transfer trend these days where people move throughout the year. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Call me old fashioned (and many do!) but I’m of the tried and tested opinion that as long as you meet the market when you list, it really doesn’t matter what time of year you put your property on the market in Townsville. Buyers are extremely astute when it comes to the market and the internet provides them with all the information they need. Whether you list in January, June or December as long as you listen to your REIQ agent when it comes to positioning your property price-wise, you should sell the home in 30 to 90 days. Personally, I would I would have five bob each way and get my home ready and listed just in case there is an influx of buyers in early 2019. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. But I say again, if you list $20,000 to $50,000 above the market it doesn’t matter when you list because it just won’t sell. If your property is overpriced that simply helps sell the property down the street. An overpriced property will sit on the market and risk becoming stale.Talk to your agent and tell them that you want to be in the market and not just on the market. Listen to their advice and then go for it!
Family and friends are remembering a local woman and her service to Franklin County. Lois E. Clark, of Brookville, passed away Monday at the age of 91.Clark was the marketing director and assistant vice president at FCN Bank for 35 years and later served as executive secretary of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce for 12 years.The former Sunday School Teacher at Brookville United Methodist Church also served as a past officer of the Franklin County Historical Society, was a member of the National Honor Society and actively supported the Franklin County 4-H.She was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor an Indiana governor can bestow.In 2008, she was selected by the citizens of Brookville as the Belle of Brookville Bicentennial. Two years later, she received the Humanitarian Award from the Franklin County Community Foundation.The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce stated in an email, “She devoted her life to building a strong community and we are very proud of her accomplishments.”A visitation will be held at Cook-Rosenberger Funeral Home in Brookville from 10-2 p.m. on Thursday.Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Franklin County EMS, Franklin County Community Foundation Lois E. Clark Brookville/Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Endowment or Hero Park Gazebo Endowment.
RelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal were pegged back for the third time in six days as under-pressure Unai Emery saw his side draw 1-1 with Wolves.A week on from drawing 2-2 against Crystal Palace having gone 2-0 up, as well as losing in the Carabao Cup on penalties to Liverpool having been 4-2 up, Emery’s men were denied again.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, captain in Granit Xhaka’s absence, gave Arsenal the lead on 21 minutes but Raul Jimenez equalised 15 minutes from time.Emery’s team selection was a talking point ahead of kickoff, with Xhaka omitted following his clash with Arsenal fans and Mesut Ozil returning for only his second Premier League appearance of the season.Ozil and Arsenal started nervously, though, as Wolves begun brightly as they camped inside the hosts’ half.But it was Emery’s men who took the lead against the run of play midway through the first half when Alexandre Lacazette found Aubameyang, who coolly slotted home from 12 years to put his side in front.Wolves thought they had equalised just before half time but Matt Doherty’s effort was superbly kept out by Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal.Leno was alert to deny Ruben Neves in the second half as Wolves pushed for the all-important equaliser but he could do nothing to deny Jimenez on 75 minutes.Joao Moutinho hooked over a cross and Jimenez rose highest and nodded in to crank up the pressure on Emery. Tags: ArsenalWolverhampton Wanderers
THE roadways of Linden will play host to the ‘Circuit of Champions’ cycling meet on Wednesday (May 1), Labour Day, when Guyana’s top cyclists will match pedals with Linden’s best, in a bid to claim top honours and prizes.The race, which is a part of the Linden Town Week Event, is being organised by the Linden Bauxite Flyers Cycle Club this year, after a five-year hiatus. In the past, it was usually an annual event; however, due to circumstances beyond the club’s control, they were unable to host the race since 2014.Fortunately, this year, the club was able to able to garner the support of sponsors, who ensured that the meet will be pulled off.Fans will be treated to thrilling action throughout 15 events, with races being contested in the Veterans, Seniors, Juniors, Juveniles, Mountain Bikes, Females and BMX categories respectively.According to information reaching Chronicle Sport, the club will be using “a new exciting race course” – the ‘Wismar Circuit’ in which the cyclists will have to climb one of the steepest hills in Linden. Aptly described by the organisers as a “short stinging hill of under two hundred meters”, the circuit also includes a lazy descent. The circuit will span almost 2.5km. The race will pedal off at 10:00hrs on Labour Day.The main sponsors are Stronghold Metals Inc., Clear Waters, Visual Auto Toy Store, Namilco, Beepats and Star Rentals.
THE stage is set for tonight’s grand finale of the first-ever Kings Basketball Club’s 4×4 Under-18 championship, which is organised by the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) and requires three male players and one female player to be on the court at any given time.The national winners of the Under-18 3×3 championship, Victory Valley Royals, have played impressively to reach the semi-final as the top team following their four wins and sole loss to Kings.They are led by the core players from the 3×3 format which they won through Emmanuel Larose, Kobe Tappin, Omar Green and Delroy Belle while they have now includeed females Cliffanna Hunter and Rasheba Carroll.They face the challenge of the Kings team who defeated them in the preliminary round but despite that result they should get past their opponents.The Kings have in their lineup Neil Marks (Jr), Jaden Rose, Ming Wong and Lemuel Wilson and former national standout female player Nichola Jacobs and Andre Smith included.The other semi-final features Kwakwani teams A and B, who finished second and third respectively.Notably making a return to the sport is Shakeila Sampson, who donned national colours at the junior and senior levels, and another national Kenesha Leacock, as they join with the Titan Bowl Most Valuable Under-16 player Hosea Conway, along with Hansel John, Elijah David and Huon Bethune.Their A team opponents have female players Attala Rose and Shania Sears along with male players Tyrese Conway, Trevor Garraway and Travis Lewis, who are likely to give a good account of themselves.However, there will be junior an East versus West basketball game from 19:00hrs. The first semifinal takes place at 20:00hrs followed by the second semifinal, ahead of the final.
CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board has put on pause its interview process for a head coach, amidst fears Cricket West Indies’ funding for the Professional Cricket League could fall through.TTCB president Azim Bassarath, also a CWI director, said serious concerns had been raised about the regional governing body’s finances at a meeting two weeks ago.And following recent comments from president Ricky Skerritt that the organisation’s body finances were “in ICU”, it was even more imperative the TTCB proceeded with caution in filling the vacant high level post.Bassarath said the TTCB was hoping for assurances from CWI at a quarterly board meeting scheduled for later this month.“We at the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board do not want to put ourselves in a position where if the funding for the PCL cannot come forward, [that we cannot pay the head coach], because the Cricket West Indies funding [is uncertain] as you may have seen [from media reports] where the president has said that the finances are in ICU,” Bassarath told i95FM Radio here.“We’re very concerned about that because the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board at this stage cannot pay a coach the quantum of money that is allocated for in the PCL. So we want to hold back on that process but be able to go through putting things in place …”He continued: “Once that meeting is completed and we get some assurance that the franchise cricket and the funding for that cricket will continue as usual, then we will proceed apace to make sure the coaches are appointed as quickly as possible.“We will not be able to go into the interview because of course the [applicants] will want to find out about remuneration and if [CWI] cannot give us any word as yet, we will not be able to answer.“We want to go prepared going into the interview process to make sure that we have all the answers for the coaches when the interview is taking place.”Skerritt said recently that the COVID-19 pandemic which had forced the cessation of cricket globally, had plunged CWI’s “already poor financial state into ICU”.And he conceded that while the board has been engaging in “cost-saving” all along, the urgency of the situation now required “cost-cutting”.The vacant position of Red Force head coach has been wide-publicised and has attracted applications from as far as Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa.Incumbent Mervyn Dillon, a former T&T and West Indies fast bowler, led Red Force to a second place finish in the domestic first class championship – their highest ever position since the start of the professional era.Bassarath said the uncertainty in CWI’s finances would almost certainly lead to a disruption in the Red Force programme.“We won’t be able to go much longer without appointing a coach.The new PCL contracts start on July 1 and that’s why we want to make sure we will have the funding to pay the coach,” Bassarath pointed out.“It doesn’t make any sense we hire a coach and don’t have the money to pay him – we have to be very careful with what we’re doing at the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board. We don’t want to put ourselves in a position where we cannot pay the coach …“We must sign a two or three-year contract with the coach when he is appointed.”Skerritt said recently that the upcoming meeting would have finance as its sole agenda item as CWI tries to stay afloat in the turbulent time triggered by the pandemic.