Lenders were taking too long to approve mortgages with buyers forced to extend their settlement as a result

first_imgOnce buyers made a decision on a property they were keen to get through the process as quickly as possible.LENDERS have been labelled old fashioned and too slow, with borrowers revealing they were forced to extend their property settlement as a result.When taking out a mortgage, 37 per cent of respondents to a survey of buyers, said they had experienced delays on the part of the lender.The survey by online lending platform Tic: Toc found more than three-quarters of Australian property buyers thought lenders were too slow, held up the process and were old fashioned. The survey of 1000 buyers found 84 per cent believed it took too long to assess, process and approve a loan.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoIt found Gen X were almost twice as likely as Baby Boomers to be faced with delays on the part of the lender.Tic:Toc CEO Anthony Baum, said buyers were already under stress from ever increasing property prices.He said lenders could do more to improve the home loan experience including making the most of digital and on line services.Once a decision to buy had been made, buyers were keen to get through the process quickly.About a quarter of respondents waived the cooling-off period in their purchase contract or had a shorter-term settlement.They were also fast to make a decision to buy with 44 per cent making an offer on a property on the same day they inspected it.last_img read more

Gold Coast agencies win at ‘Oscars’ of real estate industry

first_imgREIQ award winner Dane Atherton in action. Picture: Jerad WilliamsFORGET the Academy Awards — two Gold Coast real estate agencies have scooped glittering accolades in the Queensland real estate industry’s biggest night. More than 700 real estate professionals gathered at the Brisbane Royal International Convention Centre on Saturday night for the REIQ Awards for Excellence. Catherine Chillemi, Phil Chillemi, Dane Atherton and Kym Atherton at REIQ Awards 2018.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHarcourts Coastal beat seven finalists to take the top gong for ‘Large Residential Agency of the Year’.Managing director Dane Atherton said it was a “huge honour” to win the award, which was based on business performance, service to clients, marketing excellence and business development.“Our model of building a business that attracts and retains the best staff sets us apart from the rest,” Mr Atherton said.“To be acknowledged by our own industry’s governing body as the best agency in Queensland is a huge honour.”Meanwhile, Emily-Jane Megraw of LJ Hooker Nerang was awarded ‘Corporate Support Person of the Year’ at the black tie event. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said finalists and winners demonstrated “enormous commitment”.“To achieve at this level requires enormous commitment, tireless work and incredible motivation and the finalists and winners here tonight have successfully demonstrated their ability to do that,” said REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella.The Awards also celebrated the REIQ’s centennial birthday, marking 100 years of shaping theQueensland real estate profession.last_img read more

First Named Storm Could Form This Weekend

first_img Sharing is caring! Forecasters are pointing to a possible named tropical system off the southeastern US coast this weekend.There is an 80% chance of tropical development over the next five days and a 70% chance over the next 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting.“This system is likely to become a tropical or subtropical storm by late Friday or Saturday when it is located near the northwestern Bahamas,” the National Hurricane Center said.This could be the sixth consecutive year with a storm forming before June 1 — the official start of hurricane season.If the system were named, it would be Arthur, the first name on this year’s Atlantic hurricane list.As the storm gets its act together it could come close to the East Coast early next week before getting pulled back out into the Atlantic Ocean. The most significant threats to land will be probable tropical storm-force winds, heavy rainfall and dangerous surf.“If the system were to develop, it would likely be a subtropical depression or subtropical storm,” CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen says. “A subtropical storm is a hybrid between a regular area of low pressure (cold core) and a purely tropical system (warm core).”The NHC began giving subtropical storms a tropical cyclone name in 2002. Share 284 Views   no discussions For a subtropical storm to become a hurricane, it has to become fully tropical by establishing a warm core and then strengthen to hurricane-force winds.“This potential storm is not likely to become a full hurricane,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers says. “Still, with ocean temperatures above normal most of the year, the middle of May will likely become the new start of tropical storm season.”Sea surface temperatures continue to remain above average across the Atlantic — except for the cooler North Atlantic.Warm surface temperatures are the fuel needed for hurricane development.“Although the eastern half of North America has been cold the last few days and coastal waters are cooler than normal, the offshore area of likely development is still 2 degrees above normal,” Myers says.It is these sea surface temperatures and the possibility of La Niña forming that have most seasonal forecasters calling for an active, possibly even extremely active, Atlantic Hurricane season.La Niña is the cool phase of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate pattern — a naturally occurring phenomenon that involves fluctuating ocean temperatures in the Pacific.La Niña is the opposite of El Niño, which is the warm phase of the cycle. If La Niña forms in the Pacific, it can significantly increase the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic because it creates a more favorable wind environment.There are over a dozen early forecasts published. And even though the official forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration won’t come until May 21, a strong consensus in the forecasts across the industry indicates the Atlantic is in for an active season.This could be the sixth consecutive year with a storm forming before June 1 — the official start of hurricane season.(CNN, SLU Online) Share Tweet Share LifestyleLocalNewsRegional First Named Storm Could Form This Weekend by: – May 15, 2020last_img read more

DPSU releases think tank report to address ongoing challenges at the Public Works Corporation

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Sharecenter_img General Secretary Mr. Thomas LetangThe Dominica Public Service Union in an effort to address the ongoing challenges which the members of their union employed at the Public Service Corporation are facing, held a “think tank” session and have released a report with a view to resolving these concerns.General Secretary of the Public Service Union (PSU) Mr. Thomas Letang, told a press conference this morning that there are several concerns and challenges at Public Works Corporation which needs to be addressed. The major concern explained by Mr. Letang is the non-payment of salaries.“The problem is that a number of people are employed and are not getting paid nor getting work to do, while other institutions are awarded contracts,” he said.The report also indicates that due to the financial contraints of the PSU, their competitior Emile Gaddarkhan Et Fils has the upper hand in receiving contractual works which the Corporation otherwise should receive. According to Letang, “the Corporation is being sidelined every time a big project of the Government comes up stream and situations like non-adherence to contractual terms by the Ministry of Works, disruptions in work schedules, non-collection of revenues for work done, and frequent changes in management are the main issues.”Letang contends that the constant changes in management leaves the Corporation very weak and therefore issues remain unaddressed.The report has been copied to the Honorable Prime Minster Roosevelt Skerrit, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, the Chairman and Board of Directors of the Public Works Corporation and the General Manager of the Public Works Corporation.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews DPSU releases think tank report to address ongoing challenges at the Public Works Corporation by: – July 19, 2011 100 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Theft suspect falls

first_imgCandelario was detained in the Caluyapolice station’s custodial facility. Judge Antonio Bantolo of the RegionalTrial Court Branch 13 in Cualsi, Antique issued the warrant for the theftcharges Candelario faces. Anito Candelario of Barangay Semirara,Caluya was nabbed on the strength of an arrest warrant around 12:15 p.m. onOct. 7, a police report showed. ILOILO City – Police arrested a manfacing theft charges in Barangay Imba, Caluya, Antique. The court recommended a P16,000 bailbond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

Colt Strategy

first_imgAre the Indianapolis Colts trying to improve their defense or are they just changing it?  From their moves so far, you have no idea.  Most NFL teams turn over one-third of their roster each spring.  They do this through the loss of free agents and the draft.The Colts have picked up DE Jabbal Sheard, LB John Simon, and LB Sean Pence.  Most people feel these are just changes, not improvements since they let 6 defensive players go.  The Cincinnati Bengals seem to be doing the same thing with their roster.  However, they have let 2 starting offensive linemen go as well as 2 linebackers.  Neither team seems to have much direction in what they are doing.  Let’s hope they both do better in the upcoming draft.last_img read more

Lady Cats Edge Out NE Lady Knights

first_imgThe game between the Wildcats and Knights was a back-and-forth pitchers duel for almost the entire game. Then with one crack of the bat in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs Franklin County would take their only lead of them game. Michaela Ferman would then shut down the Knights in the top of seventh to secure the complete game victory.Early on, the innings went quickly from one to the next as Lena Smith and Kay Kay Ferman both dominated for each team. Neither team would scratch across a run until Northeastern would score a run in the top of the fourth inning.In the fourth, the Knights would lead of the inning by hitting a hard ground ball and reaching first on an error. That would come back to haunt to the Wildcats later on this inning. The next two batters would be retired before bringing up J. Burns who would give the Knights their big hit of the game. Burns would drive an 0-2 pitch into centerfield, which would give Northeastern the lead.Again, neither team would get more than one runner on base until the Wildcats took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out in the inning, Camryn Brewer would hit a hard ground ball to third which would be bobbled by the third baseman and allow her to reach first. Brewer would then steal second in the next at bat, and advance to third on a pop fly to first. This would bring Kay Kay Ferman to the plate for the big hit of the game. Ferman would drive her 3-1 pitch to dead center field and give the Wildcats the lead heading into the top of the seventh.In the seventh, Northeastern would put a couple runners on in the inning, but Ferman would shut the door on the Knights to end the inning. Ferman would get a pop up for the first out, before striking out the next to hitters to end the game and give the Wildcats the victory.Kay Kay Ferman would get the win for the Wildcats. She improves her record to 2-1 on the year with the complete game victory. Ferman allowed four hits, one walk, and one unearned run, while striking out 11 Knights in the game. Lena Smith was the loser of the pitchers duel. She pitched the whole game and gave up two hits, two walks, and two unearned runs, while striking out three.Franklin County’s offense was led by the aforementioned Kay Kay Ferman who had the big homerun, which brought in two RBIs for her and also scored a run. Camryn Brewer would also add a single and score the other Wildcat run. Kloe Bolos and Morgan Bare would also draw walks. Brewer and Bolos also stole a base each.With the win the Wildcats improved their record to 2-1 on the season. The Wildcats will be back in action on Saturday morning when they take on the Eagles from Jac-Cen-Del. First pitch for the varsity game is scheduled for 10 am. Junior Varsity game will start immediately following the varsity game.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alex McCool.last_img read more

Duquesne looks to extend streak vs GW

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGeorge Washington (11-14, 5-7) vs. Duquesne (18-6, 8-4)PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh; Wednesday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Duquesne looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over George Washington. In its last five wins against the Colonials, Duquesne has won by an average of 9 points. George Washington’s last win in the series came on Feb. 19, 2017, a 77-70 victory. Duquesne looks to extend streak vs GW Associated Press February 18, 2020center_img LEADING THE WAY: Marcus Weathers has put up 14.5 points and eight rebounds to lead the charge for the Dukes. Sincere Carry is also a primary facilitator, accounting for 11.4 points and five assists per game. The Colonials are led by Jameer Nelson Jr., who is averaging 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Carry has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all Duquesne field goals over the last three games. Carry has 11 field goals and 24 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: George Washington is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 61 points and 11-6 when scoring at least 61.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Dukes have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Colonials. Duquesne has an assist on 42 of 71 field goals (59.2 percent) across its past three outings while George Washington has assists on 35 of 60 field goals (58.3 percent) during its past three games.STINGY DEFENSE: Duquesne has held opposing teams to 64.1 points per game, the second-lowest figure among all A10 teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

NBA: Kawhi Leonard leads Clippers to a 112-102 win over Lakers

first_img 10 months ago NBA News: New Orleans Pelicans to open season without Zion Williamson WE RECOMMEND Read | NBA News: New Orleans Pelicans to open season without Zion WilliamsonRead | NBA: Golden State Warriors shift base to Chase Center for new season COMMENT 10 months ago Dream11: Warriors vs LA Lakers preview and predicted line-ups SUBSCRIBE TO US Read | VanVleet scores career-high 34, Raptors top Pelicans 130-122NBA: LA Lakers vs LA Clippers match report Initially, the Lakers had a 13-2 lead over the Clippers as Kawhi Leonard missed his first two shots and turned the ball over twice. However, Leonard gained momentum in Q2 and continued to perform well, winning his team the season-opening battle of Los Angeles. Despite constant attacks from the Lakers, Clippers managed to come out on top. Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams scored 17 and 21 points respectively, with a combined total of eleven assists. Danny Green set a new record for a Lakers debut with his 28 points. LeBron James and Anthony Davis scored the early points for LA Lakers during Q1. As a result of Leonard’s seven straight shots in the first half, Clippers went into half time with a 62-54 advantage. On Wednesday, October 25, Los Angeles Clippers defeated Los Angeles Lakers 112-102 in the second NBA 2019-20 game. The match took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California (8:00 am IST). Danny Green scored 28 points for the Lakers, while Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points for the Clippers.  FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago 10 storylines to follow in the 2019-20 NBA season First Published: 23rd October, 2019 12:35 IST Written By Devika Pawar LIVE TV Last Updated: 23rd October, 2019 20:04 IST NBA: Kawhi Leonard Leads Clippers To A 112-102 Win Over Lakers Los Angeles Clippers registered a 112-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, October 23 at the Staples Center in the second game of NBA season. Read | NBA: Referees question travelling call on Rockets’ star James HardenGreen did not back down, and the Lakers went into Q4 with the score tied at 85, as the shooting guard led an 18-point Q3. Clippers managed to regain their lead, bagging a win with a 10-point lead. Leonard added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block to his 30 points. Clippers hold the Lakers to force 15 turnovers and 43.5 percent shooting from the field.  10 months ago NBA, LA Clippers vs LA Lakers 2019-20: Match preview and team news 10 months ago NBA 2019-20: New York Knicks profile, roster and season schedulelast_img read more

Brathwaite hits one hundred

first_imgOpener Kraigg Brathwaite ground out his seventh Test hundred as West Indies continued to bat Bangladesh out of the opening Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua on  Thursday.At lunch on the second day, the Windies had reached 271 for three in their first innings – a lead of already 228 runs.Brathwaite, resuming the day on 88 with the hosts on 201 for two, crawled to 121 not out at the break, and was partnered by Shai Hope on 14.The right-handed Brathwaite has so far faced 289 balls and struck 11 fours.Night watchman Devendra Bishoo was the only casualty of the session, falling for 19 in the second over following the drinks break.Starting the day on one, the left-hander struck two fours in a 79-ball knock while adding 52 for the third wicket with Brathwaite, before missing a defensive prod and losing his off stump to speedster Kamrul Islam.Bangladesh were dismissed on Wednesday’s opening day for 43 – their lowest-ever score in Tests and the lowest overall in nearly half a century.last_img read more