Homeowners are looking to upgrade and this is what they really want

first_img78 Adina St, Norman Park. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago“We renovated it, we added a bedroom upstairs and a kitchen downstairs and made it a better floor plan,’’ Mrs Levine said.“We absolutely loved the property.“We are very fortunate we can upgrade a bit.’’The report also found that one of the biggest issues holding buyers back this year, was worrying about whether they could afford to upgrade, with nine in ten respondents saying this weighed on their mind. REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee, said buyers in Brisbane probably felt they could manage this a little more than those in southern capitals.“When you have a look at pricing in Brisbane, it is still reasonable and it is still quite affordable to get a big family home on a decent size block,’’ she said. “But it’s more of an issue (in Brisbane now) than it was ten years ago when prices were a lot cheaper and you could get something in a better suburb for a much cheaper price.’’ Buyers may be worried about what they could afford but REA Group home loans general manager Andrew Russell said it was not an impossible dream.It came as a surprise to many when they did the research that they could afford to borrow what was necessary to secure the home they wanted. The most important step was to find out exactly what they could borrow before they even started the house hunt.He said where many came unstuck was that they didn’t really have a good idea of what their current financial situation was.“The important thing is that the information that they are providing to get approved is an accurate reflection of their current financial position,’’ he said. “It is the little things that ad up over the course of the month,’’ he said. “Whether it is the smashed avocado, upsizing on meals or taxis, they are a big one, they add up. Those extra little luxuries that you don’t factor in when you are actually applying for the home loan, they do change your living expenses.’’ Plenty of people were investigating their mortgage options with realestate.com.au’s mortgage calculator chalking up more than 5.3 million engagements since it launched. The online tool enables users to stress test their financial capabilities and determine if they can afford their dream home. They can also get online to get loan approval with realestate.com.au home loans which offer a choice of 30 lenders including NAB. Tiffany Levine, with her sons Lewis, 3 and Ethan, 2. The family is buying a house with more land. Picture: Liam Kidston.FORGET media rooms or a butler’s pantry when Brisbane property owners upsize its land they are after.Property is still top of the wish list for 2018, with new research revealing 10 per cent of homeowners were keen to upsize this year and for many that meant a larger block.One in three Australians have set themselves a property goal to achieve this year, according to Galaxy Poll research for realestate.com.au.Despite a crack down on investment lending 8 per cent of those surveyed were still keen to secure an investment property while 7 per cent were keen to move to another area and 7 per cent were keen to buy a first home. The research found one of the biggest property goals this year, particularly for Millennials and parents, was to upgrade. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: Location, location, location01:29 It’s a trend that agent, Robyn Tait of Place Coorparoo has noticed within that 5km to 10km band of the CBD.Ms Tait said there were still conventional upgraders, families growing and wanting more rooms, but the trend of buying “humble homes’’ on larger blocks was on the rise.“Rather than upsizing into necessarily ready made homes, I think what we are seeing over recent years is that more and more people are prepared to take on major structural renovations themselves,’’ she said.“There is demand for people wanting to buy a very humble home that is a blank slate but on a larger block so they can raise the house, extend and put in a pool, all of those types of things.“What we actually see is people moving from a 405sq m block to a 600 sqm block so they can do these really significant structural renovations.’’“I think with our climate as well when people are upsizing a lot of the time, it is for that larger block so that they can put on a large deck, swimming pool and have a large garden for kids to play in.’’Tiffany and Peter Levine have lived in their Norman Park home for five years, but now it’s time to upgrade.They’ve already found their new home at nearby Coorparoo and while it has the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms, it comes with the one thing Mrs Levine said they were keen on -extra land. They will be upgrading from a 400sq m to a 630sq m block, which will allow them to put in a large pool in the future.The couple, who’s two children Lewis, 3, and Ethan, 2, came along after they bought the home they are selling at 78 Adina st, Norman Park, said they had already renovated that property to meet their needs. last_img read more

James Harden: ‘You don’t have to like watching me play, but I know a lot of people that do’

first_img“That’s fine, you don’t have to like watching me play,” Harden told ESPN on Saturday. “But I know a lot of people that do.”Harden went on to say he “appreciate(s) the haters” and uses the negative talk as motivation.  Related News NBA wrap: Paul George scores 45 as Thunder come back to beat Rockets “They motivate me to be better than I was the year before. That’s what it’s about,” Harden explained. “You’re always going to have somebody who doesn’t like what you do or downplays what you do or can’t relate to you. Which is fine. Nothing against them, but that’s a part of life.”I don’t have nothing to prove to anybody. When you know you’re comfortable within your own self, and you go out there and be yourself every single night and every single day, that’s pretty cool.”Harden’s teammates acknowledged the 29-year-old guard’s recent performances have been nothing short of impressive as he now stands at 29 straight games of 30-plus-points after the Rockets’ 117-112 victory over the Thunder on Saturday. James Harden has faced scrutiny from fans as he continues to climb the ranks in the NBA and produce one of his best season’s yet.The seven-time All-Star and defending MVP is fully aware of his haters, but he has one simple message for the critics. “Man, just respect what he’s doing,” Chris Paul said of the criticism Harden receives. “Guys who play in this league know how hard that is to do that night in and night out. … If everybody else could do it, they would.”Austin Rivers added: “I’m surprised that people don’t like watching him play. … We live in a day and age where everybody likes one-on-one moves, crossovers — I mean, you would think people would love watching him.”Harden is making a strong run to bring home another MVP this season as he has led the Rockets to a 32-23 record, averaging 36.6 points and 7.8 assists on 44.2 percent shooting.last_img read more