How to beat the competition in a fast-selling property market

first_imgCompetition for inner-city property in Brisbane is heating up. Picture: Chris HigginsCOMPETITION for inner-city property is heating up, with a shortage of stock seeing homes snapped up fast.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chairman and Bees Nees City Realty managing director Rob Honeycombe said it was becoming more common for Brisbane properties to receive multiple offers.Mr Honeycombe said there was a shortage of stock in the inner Brisbane market, so good property at fair prices was selling quickly.“We’re at an interesting point in the market where people aren’t wanting to sell but there’s still a reasonable number of buyers,” he said.When houses are selling fast, you’ve got to be faster than rival buyers.So, how can buyers compete? These three tips will help your offer come out on top.1. Get on to real estate agents’ data basesFind out what’s coming up before everyone else by contacting agents in your preferred neighbourhoods. Some agencies have weekly alerts you can sign up to which give buyers a chance to hear about and inspect new listings before they’re launched to the market. “We often have owners wanting to sell but unsure if they’re up for a full campaign, and their properties are offered off-market to our database.”“There are some excellent opportunities, often with far less competition from other buyers. “Sellers can save thousands with this method so buyers often share the benefits.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE 2. Get smarter about searching online Instead of letting an online search sort properties to the default setting of ‘most relevant’ or ‘featured’, try sorting by price order.That way you might find something that suits for less than you expected.“It’s also a great way to find out what a seller really wants when there’s an auction or no advertised price, as they have to authorise the search price in the back end of the online listing.” These are the Queensland suburbs where if you take your time you could miss out 3. Look at older listings first This tip could save you thousands. Try sorting the online search results by oldest listing first and you can often negotiate more easily with the seller.According to Mr Honeycombe, usually after 30 or 45 days on the market a new advertisement will expire and revert to standard listing, and unless the seller coughs up more money it will become harder to find in the default-ranked results. “So here’s the opportunity — when do you think many sellers adjust their asking prices if they’re not sold? Their competitively-priced listings, ripe for the picking, are tucked away in the basic web ads and missed by the vast majority of other homebuyers.”last_img read more

O’Neill hails importance of draw

first_img O’Neill’s men came close to going top of Group F as they heaped on the pressure in the final moments of the 0-0 stalemate at Windsor Park. Only visiting goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu prevented them taking all three points, denying Jonny Evans just before the break before saving from Kyle Lafferty and Oliver Norwood in the dying minutes. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill believes his side have all but guaranteed themselves a Euro 2016 play-off place after drawing with Romania. “I felt it was probably the tensest game yet, there was tension there from the outset,” he said. “Both teams stifled each other: we pressed them very well and they did likewise to us. It became a game neither side wanted to lose. “Both teams were determined not to be beaten and the games may well continue in that fashion. They will all probably be decided by finest of margins from now on.” Press Association A share of the spoils still leaves them with 13 points, two ahead of Hungary in third and seven in front of the Faroe Islands, who have stunned Greece twice to sit fourth. O’Neill still has his heart set on automatic qualification but believes the play-off that comes with third spot is effectively in the bag. “With a little more care in the box or a little more precision with the finishing we could have won the game but this is a big point,” said O’Neill. “It cements our place in the top three I think and that leaves it all to play for when we face the Faroes and Hungary in September. “I’ve said all along 18 points is the target and this is another point towards that. What is great is that we’re still only one point behind Romania. “We’ve managed to get points on board early, winning difficult games in Greece and Hungary and we’ve followed that with seven points from nine at home. “We saw here close to our strongest team going head to head with the side that is widely recognised as strongest in the group and I don’t think there was anything between the sides at all.” O’Neill believes this top-of-the-table clash was the most nervy he has experienced in the campaign – with the rivals constantly weighing up the risk and reward of pushing for victory – but expects plenty more of the same in the next four fixtures. last_img read more

Syracuse wins 3-straight sets, beats Connecticut 3-2

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Down 2-0 after two close sets, Syracuse (2-0) came all the way back, winning the next three to defeat UConn (5-2) in the final game of the UConn Invitational in Storrs, Connecticut. Freshman Polina Shemanova led the way for the Orange with a team-high 18 kills after racking up 17 yesterday against New Hampshire.In the first set, Syracuse found themselves down 10-18 before fighting their way into a 22-20 lead. However, UConn would tie it up at 24 and eventually took the set, 26-24. Syracuse came out strong for the second set and were only down 16-14 before UConn once again pulled away to win the second set, 25-19.But the Orange did not want to go down without a fight. In the third set, down 16-17, Syracuse went on a nine to two run and won the set, 25-19. The fourth set was back and forth, but once SU took a 20-19 lead, it never gave it back up. A powerful kill by Shemanova ended the fourth set with Syracuse ahead, 25-23.The fifth and final set was almost all Orange. Syracuse took a 5-4 lead and didn’t stop, going on to win the game with a 15-7 fifth set victory.Three other SU players finished with double-digit kills. Sophomore Ella Saada had 12, redshirt senior Amber Witherspoon finished with 11 and senior Santita Ebangwese came away with 10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will next head to Milwaukee for the Marquette Tournament on Friday where it will face off against BYU at 6 p.m. Commentscenter_img Published on September 1, 2018 at 6:10 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edulast_img read more