Bargain of the Week is in Harristown, ToowoombaMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoHarristown has a population of 8,491, sitting only four kilometres south west of the Toowoomba CBD.Officially named in 1981, believed to be in honour of a Brisbane businessman, George Harris, the estate first opened in 1902 with the local school starting in 1911.If a life in the ranges sounds appealing, then Harristown might just be the suburb for you.Here are three more homes on the market for under $250,000. 35 Justin Street is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom beauty on the market for $249,000 with updates already started.Sitting on a generous fully fenced 642sq m block the home is open for inspection tomorrow from 9:30am to 10am.If low maintenance townhouse living appeals then 2/1 Zimmerle Street might be more your style.The two-bedroom, two-toilet, air-conditioned home has reasonable body corporate fees, is within walking distance to local shops and is on the market for offers over $249,900.Or maybe you would prefer a three-bedroom unit for $239,000 at 5/343 West Street.The unit is at the rear of the complex for added privacy and boasts a roomy kitchen with breakfast bar and views of the yard. This week’s Bargain Buy is in Harristown, Toowoomba where this three-bedroom home sold for $249,000.PICTURESQUE Toowoomba is hiding some bargain buys with three-bedroom homes for under $250,000, brilliant for the first-home buyer or investor.This home at 11 Talbot Street in Harristown sold on Monday for $249,000, only a short stroll from the local school.Close to shops and parks the original family home with tandem carport, set on 506sq m is in a suburb where the median three-bedroom house price is $309,000, renting for $295.
Auctioneer Andrew Bell taking a property to auction. Picture: Glenn Hampson Top auction tips for buyers ● Get pre-approved: Make sure you have your funds organised with a lender. ● Look for hidden nasties: Among the first things to check in any auction process are the building and pest reports. It’s best to have no nasty surprises after the final bid. ● Check the fine print: It’s always advisable to check the contract for your property of choice ahead of auction day. Ask your solicitor to do the ground work so you can sign with peace of mind. ● Paddle up: If you’re serious about bidding at auction, you have to register. Make sure you sign up either before or on auction day before raising the paddle. You will need ID. ● Stay calm: The auction process can be a bit of a whirlwind affair, so it’s important to keep your cool as the bidding heats up. Make sure you stick to your game plan and your price limit. ● The deposit: A winning bid requires a 10 per cent deposit on the day, so it’s important to have the chequebook handy. (Source: Phil Rogers, Loan Market managing director) Anne and Mark Henry. Picture: Mike BatterhamFor Mr and Mrs Henry, the decision to take their house at 114 Acanthus Ave to auction at Ray White Surfers Paradise’s The Event on January 28 came down to market research.“We have been in that house for 26 years and decided that it was the right time to make a move,” Mr Henry said.“Because our house is not your standard house, it’s a dual residence, and from speaking to different people, we felt the only way to get the correct value was to take it to auction.“The market seems to be very active at the moment so it seems to be the right time to sell.” Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell in action at last year’s The Event. Picture Glenn HampsonCoreLogic data revealed 372 properties were scheduled to go to auction across the Gold Coast last week — up 20 per cent over a two-year period.That number is expected to swell to more than 400 in coming weeks as Gold Coast agencies hold their own auction events.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said migration and reality TV had contributed to the jump. REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said migration and reality TV had contributed to the jump in auction numbers across the Coast. Picture: Jerad Williams“The rise in interstate migration from Sydney and Melbourne has led to an increase in auction awareness and leading people to go to auction,” Mr Henderson said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago“Obviously reality TV such as The Block has also brought auctions to the forefront. With that comes a much bigger level of awareness.”He said choosing to go to auction came down to individual circumstance.“With an auction you don’t have a price so you do attract a larger number of inspections and there’s no limit on the price you can achieve,” he said.“At private treaty, buyers are generally negotiating down. Obviously at an auction they negotiate upwards.” Mark and Anne Henry at their Burleigh Heads home. Picture Mike Batterham“To be frank, I wasn’t an auction fan,” said Mr Henry, who runs a consulting business.“I know Melbourne is an auction city and Sydney was going that way and have noticed auctions were really starting to become more prevalent in Queensland and particularly on the Gold Coast.“It was a complete change of thought for me to actually go to auction.”Mr Henry is part of a growing trend of Gold Coast homeowners choosing auctions over private-treaty. CoreLogic data revealed 372 properties were scheduled to go to auction across the Gold Coast last week.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the Gold Coast market was primed for auction.“It’s one of the most transparent ways of selling and the best way to offer a property to multiple buyers because every buyer gets equal opportunity in an open environment to increase their offer over and above any other offers being presented,” Mr Bell said.“In so many cases there’s a great sense of satisfaction because sellers have sold their property unconditionally with a degree of confidence that they have achieved the highest price possible.” Mark and Anne Henry are taking their Burleigh Heads home at 114 Acanthus Ave to auction. Picture: Mike BatterhamBURLEIGH Heads man Mark Henry admits he wasn’t a fan of auctions.It’s surprising considering he and wife Anne are putting their Burleigh Heads property under the hammer next weekend.
New Delhi: Ramkumar Ramanathan notched up a straight set win over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil to reach his first ever ATP semi-finals but veteran Leander Paes bowed out after losing his doubles quarterfinal at the Hall of Fame Open grasscourt tournament in Newport.The 23-year-old from Chennai took one hour and 18 minutes to get across Pospisil 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.The 161-ranked Indian will meet American Tim Smyczek in the last four of the tournament.Ramanathan, who had stunned world No. 8 Dominic Thiem at the Antalya Open last year, sent down five aces and converted the three break points that came his way.Paes, who is playing his first match since creating the Davis Cup world record in February for most number of wins in doubles, and his American partner Jamie Cerretani suffered a 3-6 6-7 (3) loss to giant-killers Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Austin Crajicek in the doubles quarterfinals.Jeevan and Austin, who had toppled top seeds Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith in the first round, will face fourth seeds Spain’s Marcelo Arevalo and Mexico’s Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela in the semifinals.In-form Divij Sharan and his partner Jackson Withrow, seeded second, defeated Australia’s Matthew Ebden and Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (4) 6-3 to set up a semifinal clash with New Zealand’s Artem Sitak and Israel’s Janathan Erlich.Artem and Janathan saw off third seeds India’s Purav Raja and British Ken Skupski 4-6 6-3 10-8 in a thrilling quarterfinal contest. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.