More first home buyers are investing in this community

first_imgGrishma, her mother, and Pradeep Kharel. Photo: SuppliedYoung couples and families looking to buy their first home have their eyes set on Brentwood Forest at Bellbird Park.With property prices in Brisbane predicted to increase again by more than 5 per cent in 2020 the affordability of housing in the central suburbs of Brisbane may become harder to achieve for first home buyers looking to invest in property.Some buyers have found the solution in the outlying suburbs of Greater Brisbane, where the average home price is currently sitting at $528,000 – around $147,000 less than the median price in the Brisbane Local Government Area.AVID Property Group senior development manager Peter MacLeod said the master-planned community had received more inquiries from couples and families looking to buy their first home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“We are seeing more couples coming to Brentwood Forest in search of the stability that comes with home ownership – they are looking for a place to start and grow their family,” Mr MacLeod said.Grishma and Pradeep Kharel were renting in inner-city Brisbane when they decided the time was right to invest in their own home. They soon realised an inner-city home was not achievable with their budget and started looking into opportunities further away from the Brisbane CBD. “Before buying our home we had been renting less than 15 minutes from the city, but we couldn’t afford to buy a home there,” Ms Kharel said. “We had been looking at several different areas in the area, but Brentwood Forest in Bellbird Park stood out to us.“Brentwood Forest had great utilities and we actually loved the location – it was only half an hour from the city and close to schools, shopping centres and only a seven-minute drive to Springfield Central.”last_img read more

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Concerns raised over fudged police figures

first_imgOneNews 13 July 2014A report has emerged outing fudged burglary statistics has Police Minister Anne Tolley assuring the public that it’s an isolated case.The report shows the statistics were manipulated over three years in Counties Manukau.Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says the situation warrants more than a verbal assurance from the Minister.“We are absolutely reliant on crime statistics to give us an accurate picture of the level of crime in New Zealand, and whether progress has been made in certain areas,” she said.“To find that these statistics were deliberately manipulated undermines the entire system, not to mention the work of other police districts who have recorded their crimes accurately.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/concerns-raised-over-fudged-police-figures-6026306last_img read more

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Mychal Thompson proud of son, Klay, for extension with Golden State

first_imgOAKLAND — A smile formed on Mychal Thompson’s face, a proud parent enjoying the milestone reflecting his son’s professional growth. Thompson’s son, Klay, recently reached a four-year extension with the Golden State Warriors that will likely be worth around $70 million, depending on the NBA’s 2015-16 salary cap. So on Saturday, both Klay and general manager Bob Myers sat at a press conference basking about their long-term future. In the back of the room stood Mychal, who was in town to call the Lakers-Warriors game as an analyst for KSPN 710-AM.“With this contract comes a lot of expectations with your performances and how you conduct yourself,” Mychal told this newspaper moments earlier. “This won’t change him. He’ll still work hard.”Mychal, who won two NBA championships with the Showtime Lakers during his 12-year NBA career, praises and nitpicks his son on the radio ever since the Warriors selected him 11th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. “He’s my toughest critic,” Klay said. “He’s pulling for us to lose while I still get 50. He’ll always be a Laker for life.”Yet, Mychal downplayed that Klay’s extension minimizes the Lakers’ chances to acquire him. Thompson would have become a restricted free agent this summer without an extension agreement by Friday, though Golden State could have matched any opposing offer. “There’s always a possibility down the road,” Mychal said. “Right now, I’m just impressed with the team the Warriors have. He’s a part of it, so I’m happy he has a real good chance to be an NBA champion.”Words of wisdomLakers coach Byron Scott maintains high affection for Jerry West for obvious reasons. West was the Lakers’ general manager when the franchise acquired Scott in 1983 from the San Diego Clippers. He then spent 11 of his 14 NBA seasons with the Lakers and won three NBA championships. Scott still views West as his “basketball dad” despite the former Lakers player and executive working as an executive advisor for the Golden State Warriors in the past three years. Scott reported West provided brutally honest feedback before accepting past coaching jobs in New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland. “He doesn’t pull punches,” Scott said. “He’s going to tell you what he thinks, period. You got to respect that about him.”Scott joked that West talks for about 50 minutes of an hour-long conversation. So what did West say about Scott taking the Lakers’ coaching job?“‘The Logo’ knows how much I wanted to coach here,” Scott said. “So I didn’t think there was any need to call him on this one.”Showing supportSteve Nash has not been around the Lakers’ practice facility for the past week since the team ruled him out for the 2014-15 season because of recurring back injuries. Warriors coach Steve Kerr sensed the 40-year-old Nash has stayed in high spirits. “There is a peace of mind with Steve,” said Kerr, who was the Phoenix Suns’ general manager for part of Nash’s eight-year tenure. “Nobody has worked harder than him; he prepared himself as best as he possibly could. It just didn’t work out.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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