18 Alexandra Street, North Ward.Owner Paul Welch has lived in the house for the past eight years with his wife and three children.He said it was the perfect family home with plenty of space to spread out and his three children being able to walk to school at Townsville Grammar.“We bought the place in 2009 and renovated it and raised it,” he said. “Downstairs there is now a self-contained unit because we had parents flying in from the United Kingdom.“We’ve done a huge amount of work on the house and we repainted it about a month ago, put in a new kitchen, installed solar and relined the pool.“We’re going to be moving to a place that is slightly smaller because we don’t have family coming from the UK any more and our eldest child is going to university.”The classic Queenslander facade contains a home filled with modern amenities with views of the water and Castle Hill.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 2020Classic features such as high ceilings, timber flooring, tongue and groove panelling and timber fretwork and archways have been retained to create a character home. 18 Alexander Street, North Ward.WITH its white picket fence and sweeping front veranda 18 Alexandra Street conjures up images of an idyllic family life.The six-bedroom North Ward home is now ripe for the picking and will go to auction on September 5.Located on one of Townsville’s most popular streets on a 1012sq m block and superbly renovated, the expansive two-level home has already caught the attention of many potential buyers. 18 Alexandra Street, North Ward. The house has three living zones as well as a study and a self-contained guest area downstairs with a total of 416sq m of under-roof space.Mr Welch said Alexandra Street would have to be one of the best streets in Townsville.“We absolutely love North Ward and Alexandra Street because everyone looks out for each other and we all have an annual Christmas party,” he said.“I think our house is in the best bit of Alexandra Street because you don’t have all the noise of Paxton Street and you have a flatter backyard.“The home as well as being great for a family is a really fantastic party house where you can have 50 or 60 guests and the place looks nicely busy but you’re not tripping over each other.“We have really enjoyed living here and it’s such a fantastic spot.” 18 Alexander Street, North Ward.Harcourts Kingsberry selling agent Julie Mahoney said she was expecting a family to snap up the home.“We’ve had a huge amount of groups through because it will appeal to a big family demographic because it’s the type of home that is beautifully appointed but still feels like a home,” she said.“With the layout and position of the home you have an amazing grassed area as well as a large pool which is almost like a lap pool and is very deep ended.”For more information call Julie Mahoney on 0428 242 817.
You don’t necessarily need a crystal ball to work out if a property is available for sale off market.NOT every property makes it to market with plenty being transacted without a sign even being hammered into the front lawn.So how do you snare yourself an off market property?Buyers agent Darren Piper of Universal Buyers Agents said off-market sales were a way that some savvy home buyers and investors could avoid the pitfalls of buying at auction or with more competition.Owners sell off market for a number of reasons, he said, including not wanting dozens of people traipsing through your home at open inspections.Finding the properties was all about networking. Mr Piper said a buyer’s agent could do the hard yards, letterbox drops, cold calls, and doorknocking. “In my experience the majority of off-market or pre listings are available by having strong relationships in place with agents,’’ he said.“I firmly believe some of the best buying is off-market,’’ he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Mr Piper’s 5 tips for buying off market are:– Even though it’s off market don’t forget the checks and balances. Do your due diligence such as building and pest inspections and council searches.– Have your finances ready to go before you start searching.“This puts you in a very strong position when ready to negotiate,’’ he said.– Make sure you know the market and what the property is worth as 90 per cent of off market properties don’t have a price on them given they are not “listed”.– Understand why the seller isn’t putting the property on the market. This could be as they are very private or don’t want open homes.– Be patient. Given the property isn’t on the market the sellers might need more time to consider where to move to if living in it. Rent back options can work really well in this situation
Making this declaration after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, said Nigeria would not be cowed by the outbreak of the deadly disease.According to him, instead of cancelling the match, machinery would be put in place for a thorough screening of the players before their take-off in DR Congo and upon their arrival in Nigeria.According to him, “the players will come to Nigeria in a chartered flight and nobody else will be allowed to arrive the country for the match through any other means except the chartered flight,” the minister affirmed.Dalung, who said the Ministries of Sport and Health are collaborating effectively to ensure that thorough screening of the players and their allies is carried out before the kick-off of the match, added that it had been discovered that the disease is domiciled only in one place and has not spread to other parts of the country.He also said ensuring that the match was allowed to take place had become compelling because its cancellation might be counter-productive for the country in future.“Nigeria is going to play the friendly with DRC. I have discussed with the Federal Ministry of Health, with the World Health Organisation. We have reviewed the situation and received adequate information about it. So, we have agreed on major approaches. One, the DRC team is coming through a chartered flight and those coming for the match will be using that chartered flight and they would have been screened from the DRC and they will be screened here in Nigeria.“There is going to be no any other person that is going to be admitted using any other means of transportation for the match. We also discovered that the Ebola outbreak is limited to a particular place and it has not escalated. So, we wouldn’t want to run the risk of setting a precedent which we will later be a victim of,” he said.Dalung also said Nigeria was not going to Russia for the tournament as a spectator but as a contender with the determination to bring the cup to Nigeria in July adding that the promise made to the Eagles by the authorities that their earnings would be paid upfront would be kept.“We are going to Russia as contestants and not as participants. As to what stage will Nigeria reach this time, we are not going there to end mid-way.“We are going there for the cup and we will do everything possible within our best to make sure that we get to realise our ambitions. Very soon, I think after their match in Port Harcourt, we will hand over promises we made to them which is paying them all their allowances upfront before the move,” Dalung added.The minister also said he was satisfied with the selection of the World Cup squad by the Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Genot Rohr, explaining that he had been given the free hand to make his own choices of the players without any interference.“Yes, I am satisfied. This is because the grand rule I gave was that the National Technical Adviser should be given a free hand to determine the team at every stage – no interference. Nobody should even suggest anything to him. So, that is his judgement,” he explained.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AHEAD OF RUSSIA 2018Omololu Ogunmade in AbujaDespite repeated calls for the cancellation of international friendly match between Super Eagles of Nigeria and DR Congo on May 28 in preparation for the 2018 World Cup, the federal government has insisted that the match would not be called off following the festering outbreak of Ebola virus in the country.