Saturday, 23 November, 2019

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Author: brian coester


Dale Prescott with his dog Crumpet outside his Caulfield North apartment building. Picture: Ian Currie Furry friends are more important than family for Victorians searching for a home. A whopping 55 per cent prioritised finding the paw-fect home for their pet over living near relatives and friends, according to the Suncorp Home Index report. And 43 per cent even admitted Read more…


38 Grosvenor St, Brighton, (pictured at the time of its 2011 sale) is at the centre of a long-running heritage dispute. The owners of a Brighton house engulfed in a heritage dispute have slammed the “unfair” system that’s left them with “no control” over the property they’d planned to develop into their family home. Frank Pothitos and his wife paid Read more…


82 Poinsettia Drive, Bohle Plains, is already under application. Rental demand has surged in Townsville, with houses leasing within a week of hitting the market, and the signs point to more tightening to come as the peak Christmas period approaches. MORE: House values floating back up after floods Neale Whitaker rescues home stuck in reno limbo Sorry mum and dad, Read more…


9 Ryan Avenue, Balmoral. A four-level non-riverfront luxury home at Balmoral has smashed a new Brisbane sales record for a property sub 405sq m. A young professional couple paid $3,500,000 for 9 Ryan Ave, which is atop Balmoral Hill. Surrounded by multimillion-dollar properties, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom architectural masterpiece was developed by Aurelien Berson Construction. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: FAMILY Read more…


A handbag mogul, a U.S. ambassador and a former FIFA World Cup president were among the movers and shakers making moves in L.A. County’s real estate market in October. Here’s a closer look: $94 million — Bel-Air Handbag mogul turned speculative developer Bruce Makowsky sold his contemporary tour de force — a 38,000-square-foot showplace he calls “Billionaire” — for 62.4% Read more…


A flock of seagulls blitzes one of agent Seth O’Byrne’s drones, pecking it out of the sky over San Diego — a casualty in the new atmosphere of luxe home promotions, yet just another day for the O’Byrne Team of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. Such high-flying marketing exploits are showcased on HGTV’s “Hot Properties: San Diego,” which premiered Nov. 3; Read more…


MOVE over Glenelg and Henley Beach, Port Willunga is emerging as South Australia’s newest coastal hotspot, with a property selling at auction recently for a price that left its auctioneer stunned. A stone-fronted home on 1760sq m at 22 Esplanade in the Old Survey area of the historic suburb fetched its owners an eye-watering $2.65 million last weekend, eclipsing the record Read more…


BB&T Corporation and SunTrust Banks have received the regulatory approvals they need to go ahead with their planned $66 billion merger, the companies have announced. The banks received approval from the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to go ahead with the merger. The combined company, which will operate under the name Truist Financial Corporation, will be the Read more…


More than half of all closed loans last month were refinances, according to new data from Ellie Mae. Ellie Mae’s Origination Insight Report showed that refinances hit their highest level since March 2015 in October, making up 51% of all closed loans last month. Meanwhile, purchases fell two percentage points month over month, accounting for 49% of total closed loans. Read more…


An offer of $15 million for Girrahween at 75-77 Kambala Rd, Bellevue Hill, was knocked back last year. The ultimate renovator’s delight — the Bellevue Hill mansion Girrahween that backs onto the Packer family compound Cairnton — has hit the market. The current owner, Kemeny’s Food and Liquor managing director Gabe Kemeny, bought the two-storey five-bedroom, four-bathroom circa 1929 home Read more…


One of the last original 1920s Geelong Red brick warehouses at 2 Market St, Geelong sold for $1.805 million. Developers have snapped up one of the last original 1920s Geelong red brick warehouses at a three-cornered auction contest. The 442sq m warehouse at 2 Market St sold for $1.805 million at auction. Geelong developers Mark and Mike Biscan secured the property after Read more…


Abel Tesfaye, the singer-songwriter better known as The Weeknd, has bought one of the remaining penthouses at the Beverly West, a boutique condominium tower in Westwood, in one of the highest condo sales ever recorded in the Los Angeles area. The “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” singer paid $21 million — or about $2,555 a square foot — Read more…


17 O’Brien St, Bondi Beach, sold for $12.8 million. The guide had been $10 million. Prominent eastern suburbs investor Vaughan Blank has paid $12.8 million — millions above reserve — for Sydney’s first kosher butcher’s shop in Bondi Beach. Richardson and Wrench Bondi Junction’s Andre Frack in conjunction with Metro Commercial had a packed room on Tuesday at the Commercial Read more…


This property at 699 Tomewin Mountain Rd, Currumbin Valley, is a real gem. BENEFITS of buying a Currumbin Valley property might not seem crystal clear at first, but dig into it a bit more and you’ll see it’s a real gem. This rainforest retreat is up for grabs with all its weird and wonderful inclusions, such as $100,000 worth of Read more…


Christopher Cox, the former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman appointed by then-President George W. Bush, is cashing out in Laguna Niguel. His amenity-filled mansion has come on the market for $6.888 million. That’s about $1.5 million more than he paid for the property in 2011, records show. Little has changed since the the property last changed hands. Across 11,000 Read more…