28 Sep
2020

COVID-19: Brisbane online auctions fall, but virtual inspections are booming

first_imgLouis and Emma Gray and their one-year-old daughter Mabel at the unit they are selling during the Super Sunday live-streaming event. AAP Image/Richard GoslingIn a fast-changing property market online auctions are falling away, but filling the void is a surge in live online open for inspections.More than half of all residential auctions in Brisbane over the past three weeks have been cancelled, pushing the real estate industry to move to adopt online open home inspections in earnest to keep industry doors open.Across Brisbane tomorrow, about 180 properties will be live streamed into homes around the world, in a collaboration between Place Estate Agents and Australian online auction platform GAVL.Estate agents aren’t the only ones moving to adapt. Up until two weeks ago, GAVL was exclusively an online auction platform for real estate agencies.With the federal government banning all onsite auctions and open for inspections to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, online auctions now make up only 10 per cent of business so the company has rebuilt itself to support the live streaming of home inspections.“Beside sport, real estate is our second favourite pastime and while we’re in some sort of lock down we have time on our hands. So while the sport’s not on, there’s nothing better than to dream about your next house,” said Joel Smith, GAVL’s chief executive.Making their foray into the brave new digital world is Hawthorne couple Louis and Emma Gray, who will be among the first to trial the new live streaming event when their unit at 6/70 Dutton St goes online at 11am tomorrow.“We decided to sell prior to all this happening,” Mr Gray said.“We are adapting and going with what the real estate agents think is best.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“At the moment agents are getting serious buyers through rather than just the people from across the road having a sticky beak, so we feel confident. But it’s a little tricky, we’ve just bought as well, but we were lucky enough to actually inspect the property in person.”Those interested in taking an online tour can download the GAVL app or visit its website at gavl.com, search for a property and log in at a specific time to interact with an agent as they walk you through a house. Viewers can ask questions of the agent or instruct them to open cupboards, or test fittings, just as they would normally do in an onsite open home.More than 150 Place agents, armed with gimbals or their own devices, will host a Super Sunday live streaming event tomorrow, which will be followed by personal one-on-one onsite inspections, adhering to the physical distancing rules brought in to stop the spread of coronavirus.“Before this all happened our market was headed for significant growth, the competition was really heating up,” Place chief auctioneer Peter Burgin said.“This is the best city to live in by far, there’s too much to ignore and with interest rates and money available it’s the perfect storm and I hope that those who have been taken out of the market through circumstance will be back soon and everyone will benefit.”last_img read more

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23 Sep
2020

April 7, 2019 Police Blotter

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28 Dec
2019

TRAGIC MUM KAREN’S DISGUST AT FINDING LEGAL HIGHS ON DONEGAL STREET

first_imgJimmy died after taking a legal high in 2013.A woman whose son died after taking a ‘legal high’ has spoken of her horror after finding empty packets of legal highs close to an area where children congregate.Karen Vandersypen, from Letterkenny, was forced to cradle her son Jimmy in her arms as doctors turned off his life-support machine.The legal high packet which Jimmy’s mum Karen found in Letterkenny this week.The 20 year old St Eunans hurler had moved temporarily to Kent in England to care for his cancer-stricken dad Martin in 2013. He bought the legal high from UK Skunkworks shop in Chatham, Kent, on October 2 and was found collapsed on his bed just hours later.He regained consciousness after a heart attack but his brain swelled causing bleeding and severe brain damage.But two years after his death, the reality of drugs in everyday life has come home to haunt Karen.Karen was out walking her dogs early this week in the Mountaintop area when she came across empty packets of a legal high known as Herbal Haze. Karen revealed the packets of synthetic cannabis still contained strong residue from the chemicals.She told Donegal Daily “What I found most alarming about this is the packet was discarded where young children wait for their school bus in the mornings and where they play.“Had it been found by a child, and children being children could have easily picked it up, the residue from the packet could have hospitalised a child just from the transfer fromhand to mouth. Synthetic cannabis is up to 100 times strong than the drugs.“I don’t want to even think about what could have happened but something just has to be done to stop these products from coming into our country.”Legals highs were banned in Ireland in 2010 but they continue to be easily imported from abroad and from Northern Ireland. Since Jimmy’s death, Karen has campaigned tirelessly across Ireland and abroad to have legal highs banned.She has spearheaded a billboard campaign in many European countries and even appeared on the Jeremy Kyle television show to speak about her son’s tragic death.Karen said we need to continue to get the message across that legal highs can kill.“The problem is still here and will continue to be. County councils need to take a stand on this, we need to get the message into schools and colleges via an education programme, which has been developed. The information needs to get home to parents too. “I said from the start I don’t want another parent to feel the pain I feel I don’t want another family to go through what we have, the only way we can ensure this happens is by getting the word out there,” she said.TRAGIC MUM KAREN’S DISGUST AT FINDING LEGAL HIGHS ON DONEGAL STREET was last modified: October 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deathdonegaldrugsJIMMY GUICHARDKaren Vandersypenlegal highLETETRKENNYlast_img read more

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