Acceptance of auctions is on the rise“$755,000” came the reply from a new bidder. He was standing with a group, they looked like a family and they were neatly presented like they were headed to church.“$760,000” from another new bidder, this was their only bid.I looked toward the rear of the crowd, our hitman was now out.“Is it on the market?!” Came a bullish question from a lady standing about a metre away, almost right next to me who had not yet bid.She was with two other ladies of similar age and they were gathered around a graceful senior citizen who was sitting in a chair. I assumed this was their mum and these girls were ready to rumble.“No we are not” I replied “Would it make a difference if we were?” I questioned. I wanted to test her courage in front of the large crowd.“$770,000” our neat couple were back in front.“We’re on the market Haesley” called out Kylee Dallimore from Ray White Albion.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“Well madam you’ve heard the instructions, do you want to bid now?” I jabbed at my boisterous combatants who at this stage had still not bid.“$775,000” they jumped.For the next five or ten minutes these two families, the neat family and the ladies with mum, thumped each other back and forth in this quiet Northside avenue. “How could you do this and bid against an old lady?!” jeered the family on the stage. I giggled, this fight seemed to have no holds barred.As the bidding squeezed to a head in the high $840,000s the neat family jumped to $850,000 to try and shake their punch happy combatants. “$850,500” came the reply after a quick debrief. Brisbane buyers are warming to the auction processWith a cracking blue Brisbane sky hanging overhead on Saturday I saddled up for a full day of auctions.The first cab off the rank was a neatly presented home in Wavell Heights on Brisbane’s Northside. What made this auction noteworthy was the bidding strategy and the epic battle that kicked off from the opening bid. “$500,000” was the call from real estate stalwart Dwight Ferguson of Ray White Ascot. I thought $50k bids sounded appropriate and requested $550k from the crowd. “$750,000!” came the reply from one eager bidder at the rear of the crowd “Seven hundred and fifty thousand?” I queried. “yes”they responded. Beauty! Now obviously this is all moving at the speed of Cup Day at Flemington, but internally there is a soft calm and I was interested to see how the other bidders would recover from this attempted knock out blow. After a deep breath the market recovered. An auction can be a very transparent way to buy property.“$855,000” they shot back quickly. With their breath held they waited for a response. Both sides poker faces had been broken many thousands of dollars ago.With a look of bidding fatigue and a group consensus “It’s yours, congratulations” came the call from my four new female friends.“Once, twice, third time. sold!”The crowd cheered, the bidders shook hands and the families both inside and outside the house wept while embracing.With 12 registered bidders, five participating and an array of different bidding strategies I left that auction very happy with the Brisbane market.I loved the interaction and courage of those buyers. They had arrived with a plan, with budgets and didn’t get overwhelmed.They pushed back at me, asked for time and moved at their pace. As a city, even as a state, we have harshly judged auctions as a method of sale to buy through unless the sale is due to tragic circumstances and there is a scent of bargain in the air.Buyers seem to be learning that transparency and a willing seller is the easiest and most transparent way to buy property. With our southern neighbours auctioning and clearing nearly double the Brisbane average there is definitely room for improvement but auctions like the one at Wavell Heights are welcome green shoots that acceptance and comfort is on the rise.
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Published on January 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm The Syracuse women’s basketball team clawed all the way back. Down 14 at halftime last season to No. 3 Notre Dame inside the Carrier Dome, the Orange stifled the Fighting Irish attack in the second period and managed to pull ahead, 72-71, with less than a minute left.In its biggest game of last season up to that point, the Orange was in position to pull out a marquee victory over the third-ranked team in the nation.But the comeback soon fell apart.Notre Dame had made just one 3-pointer the entire second half, but Ashley Barlow changed that when she knocked down the go-ahead shot from the right wing.Still, SU had time. But after the Irish missed the front end of a one-and-one, Syracuse guard Erica Morrow’s last-second shot fell short. A jump ball on the rebound gave Syracuse possession with half a second left. But Tasha Harris’ inbounds pass under the basket was deflected away, and Notre Dame escaped with the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat game last year was just the latest in a lopsided history between Syracuse and Notre Dame. Since the teams first started playing in 1988, Syracuse has won two games against the No. 8 Fighting Irish and has lost 23. The Orange’s only two victories came in 2002 and 1989, and unlike last year’s matchup, the games have not been close.SU (16-4, 4-3 Big East) will renew that rivalry when it travels to take on Notre Dame (18-4, 7-1) tonight at 7 p.m. in South Bend, Ind., where it will look for its first road victory over the Irish in program history.‘From what I’ve heard, Notre Dame is a tough place to play at,’ said sophomore guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas, who has not played in South Bend yet in her career. ‘They get a lot of fans. The fans are all into it.’Syracuse’s one-point loss a year ago was only the third single-digit defeat out of 23 total losses for the Orange against its Big East rival. The Irish’s average margin of victory against SU is 18.2 points per game.The matchup last season looked well on its way to another Notre Dame blowout after 20 minutes. The Irish’s 53 points in the first half were a season high for an SU opponent. They made eight 3-pointers by halftime and were shooting 50 percent from the field.But Syracuse buckled down in the second half. It held the Irish to seven field goals after the break, including two 3s. Still, Notre Dame held on as SU couldn’t execute in the final seconds of the game, something that plagued the Orange throughout last season.‘We’ve got to score the basketball down the stretch,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said at the start of this season. ‘I think we had too many empty possessions in the last two minutes of basketball games (last year) where we wouldn’t score coming down the court. We’d throw the ball away.’To break the current 10-game losing streak to Notre Dame, SU will need to follow the same formula it used to slow down the Irish in the second half of their meeting last year.Notre Dame leads the conference in scoring offense this season, thanks in part to its 33 percent shooting from long range. If the Orange can shut down those opportunities and pound the ball inside, it should be within striking distance once again near the end of the game.And if it can buck the series trend and hang with the Irish, Hillsman said it will come down to the perimeter players with the clock winding down.‘Guard play is huge because normally at that juncture of the game, there’s a shot to be made or a shot to be taken or a decision to be made,’ Hillsman said. ‘That’s when your guards make the decision.’For SU, those guards are seniors Harris and Morrow, both of whom had chances to put the Orange in front late last year against Notre Dame. Although Syracuse has not played any games this season that have come down to the last possession, both have played in a multitude of close games throughout their careers.And in Morrow’s mind, those last few possessions come down to the little things.‘I think we’ve just got to finish ball games,’ she said. ‘Finish out the end of possessions, get defensive stops. Just do the little things that help us get over that last hump at the end of the game.’email@example.com Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
ISF Manager & CEO Gary SlaterSlater and his staff tried to devise a plan to have fewer vendors, fewer attractions, and limited attendance to address public health concerns about spreading COVID-19 among crowds“It became a challenge to have a fair that we could all enjoy and be proud of,” Slater said, “and, at the same time, our surveys indicated that our attendance would be greatly reduced.”Fair officials conducted a general survey in May and then in June surveyed the general public as well as people who’d shown an interest in fair activities by signing up for email notices. Slater said in the end the decision was clear.“Let’s not damage our brand by offering something that’s less than our standards because we have to get people in the door,” Slater said.Slater and his staff estimated a scaled-back, socially-distanced fair would have lost about as much money as they’ll lose by not having a fair at all. The decision about having a 2020 fair had to be made by mid-June, according to Slater, because they have to hire hundreds of temporary workers to put on the 11-day-long event.“Normally, we have 1500 people on staff, in order to order our cleaning supplies and prepare the livestock barns and everything,” Slater said, “it has to start pretty much today.”The Fair Board directed Slater to work up a plan for a potential event the state fairgrounds in August, for 4-H and FFA members to show their livestock. Slater says he and his staff will meet over the next couple of days to evaluate the financial implications and the health precautions they’d have to take.“Those same animals that would have come to the fair and that we would put together some sort of a schedule that we would those shows to be stretched apart, one day at a time with one show, versus the way we do it now,” Slater said. “You know, there’s all barns going every day.”Slater has been the fair’s manager since 2001 and he’s made contingency plans for all sorts of events, like fires, storms and brutally high temperatures during the fair.“But not once did anyone prior to probably the end of February think about a pandemic worldwide that would bring us all to our knees,” Slater said.Earlier today, Governor Kim Reynolds said she would support whatever decision the Fair Board made. The cancellation of the Minnesota and Wisconsin State Fairs had no bearing on the Iowa State Fair’s cancellation, according to Slater.“The decision was made totally based on our information developed either in staff, by surveys or by the medical professionals right here in Iowa,” Slater said.This is the first time since World War II that the Iowa State Fair been cancelled. The 11-day event bills itself as the state’s largest tourist attraction and has been drawing more than a million visitors annually since 2002. DES MOINES — The 2020 Iowa State Fair has been canceled, due to the pandemic. The Fair Board met this afternoon and voted 11-2 to make the decision. It’s only the sixth time in the fair’s history that the annual summertime event has been canceled.“We hope to preserve the grand tradition of the Iowa State Fair, it’s just going to take ’til next year to do that,” Iowa State Fair general manager Gary Slater told reporters minutes after the decision was announced.Slater told reporters he sympathizes with people who’re upset with the decision, because he’s upset, too.“The Iowa State Fair means a lot to Iowans because it’s where we meet. It’s where we gather. It’s where we celebrate,” Slater said. “It is all of those things.”