Chief auctioneer’s tips for first-time bidders


first_imgChief auctioneer for Ray White Queensland Mitch Peereboom. (AAP image, John Gass)Buying at auction can be daunting even for old-hands, so for unexperienced bidders or first-timer’s, going in blind is not recommended. With activity in the property market increasing and predicted to rise in the coming months, it’s important buyers bring their a-game.Chief auctioneer with Ray White Queensland Mitch Peereboom has revealed his top tips to be competitive at auction, and it starts long before the bidding itself. House of the Week: Beauty by the beach Chief auctioneer for Ray White Queensland Mitch Peereboom. Photo by Richard Gosling“When looking at property, regardless of whether its auction or private treaty, preparation is very important,” Mr Peereboom said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Get your finance organised, know how much you want to spend, know your limit, and make sure you have good open dialogue with the bank because when it comes time to make an offer — if you’re offer is unconditional (no finance clause because you’ve been approved), that offer is significantly stronger.”“Your offer is more likely to be considered by the vendor because of the favourable terms for the seller — so it puts you in a stronger position when negotiating.”READ MORE: New development wired up for the futurecenter_img He also highlighted the importance of buyers doing their due diligence in terms of research, and inspections pre-auction.“Do pest inspections, valuations, council searches, and approach that proactively to make sure when you get to auction, you can bid knowing that you’ve done everything you needed to.”Being prepared and informed will ultimately make buyers confident to bid, which Mr Peereboom says is a huge advantage in securing the property.“By being in a position to participate at an auction, you’re putting yourself at a much higher advantage than those who aren’t prepared.”“Some buyers will wait to see what other bidders do on the day but ultimately the property will never sell unless there’s an offer on the table that the seller would accept.”“There’s no point in waiting, because if you bid confidently you’re going to send a message to the other buyers that not only are you going to buy the property, but you’re confident in its value.”last_img read more

Man Utd set Villa playmaker as new priority target


first_img The Aston Villa skipper is top of the wanted list for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he seeks to push the Red Devils back in the big-time, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror. The 24-year-old playmaker is said to have been ‘at the centre of detailed due diligence that’s being undertaken by senior figures at Old Trafford’ over a potential £80m move. Despite Grealish breaking lockdown rules to attend a house-party with former team-mate Ross McCormack – a move that ended with him picking up a £150,000 club fine – that has not put off United chief Solskjaer.Advertisement Jack Grealish is now Manchester United’s No.1 summer transfer target, according to reports in Sunday’s press. But with cash at a premium this summer, United will prioritise Grealish over Jadon Sancho – especially as Borussia Dortmund are unwilling to lower their £100m asking price. The Bundesliga giants were asking a nine-figure fee for the England international and are happy to hold onto him for another season, despite alleged interest from Real Madrid, while Liverpool are also said to be back in the chase for the attacker. That kind of outlay is reportedly becoming increasingly difficult for United to justify, with respect to Sancho, but Grealish is said to have captured the attention of the decision-makers at the club and, regardless of whether Villa are relegated, the Norwegian will press the button on the deal. read also:Security Palaver: Villa’s Jack Grealish acquires £25,000 guard dog Meanwhile, Grealish’s agent Jonathan Barnett has also hinted that a move could be on tha cards when dicussing the future of the Villa star, as well another of his clients, Saul Niguez – who is also a United target. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Rankings should not count the Trojans out


first_imgI don’t really understand how national rankings work.Of course, I understand the premise of voters and polls based on point differentials and strength-of-schedule statistics. I’ve read plenty of explainer columns that break down the variety of factors that are put into deciding the national rankings for teams every week. But when it comes down to it, national rankings are consistently subjective. How do you judge the quality of dozens of football teams playing wildly different matchups? How do you factor in the effects of injuries and away games, or the impact of a short week for a Friday night matchup? Is a win over a No. 3 team really that much more important than a win over a No. 6 team?The list of questions goes on and on, but at the end of the day, the same general conclusion can be drawn. The AP and Coaches’ Polls are many things, but most often, they’re inaccurate in some way or another. And the place where these rankings cut the least slack is the Pac-12.Last week, Washington fans exploded on social media after a barrage of comments from ESPN about the team’s opening schedule. The fans’ reactions ramped up to full-on outrage when ESPN commentator Quint Kessenich compared the first three teams of the Huskies’ season to a trio of vanilla cupcakes on air during the channel’s broadcast of the game.The comments came after Washington head coach Chris Petersen bemoaned the East Coast broadcasting bias that causes big-ticket Pac-12 games to kick off as early as 11 a.m. on some weekends. Commentator Kirk Herbstreit fired back on ESPN College Gameday, saying coaches should be “thanking ESPN” for covering the games at all. Another commentator described Petersen as “irascible and cantankerous.”Fans lashed out on Twitter, but the flames died down quickly after several days, especially after Washington beat down Cal in a 38-7 victory. It’s easy to not be angry, of course, when your team is ranked at the top of the Pac-12 and the top 5 of both national polls. But whether it’s noticeable or not, the Pac-12 suffers from the same bias that Petersen cited from top to bottom. And this season, the Trojans have taken some of the harder hits.In making this argument, of course, I have to acknowledge the struggles of this year’s USC football team. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold has underperformed mightily, tumbling from the inarguable Heisman frontrunner to simply become a competent quarterback (this is something, however, that still shouldn’t be taken for granted). Injuries have plagued the front five of the offensive line, and special teams have been mediocre at best. The defense has been the sole highlight of this year’s season, and that’s rather reflective of the lack of success of a team that was most touted for its offense before the season.So no, I’m not here to claim that USC deserves better than its current ranking. But last week, a specific game reminded me of how quickly and mightily the Trojans will be punished for taking losses that are rather typical in a competitive conference.After bobbing up and down in the top 10, the Trojans tumbled nine places from No. 5 to No. 14 after losing to Washington State. It was an understandable drop to take — after all, the team had been cruising for a bruising for weeks after kicking off the season by struggling to put away Western Michigan at home. But the Cougars weren’t exactly cupcakes. At the time, the team was ranked No. 16, and since then has climbed to No. 8. Quarterback Luke Falk is a certified superstar, rising from walk-on status to pass Marcus Mariota in the Pac-12 all-time passing records as he quickly becomes a sleeper candidate for the Heisman. Combine that with the fact that the Trojans had to travel to Pullman, Wash. on a short schedule while dealing with a litany of injuries — and a staph infection — and the loss is rather understandable.You know what’s not understandable? A No. 3 team with a Heisman frontrunner falling to an unranked opponent’s second-string quarterback at home. That’s what happened last Saturday when Iowa State upset Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Of course, this is part of the beauty of college sports — pretty much any team can beat any other team on any given Saturday, regardless of rank or Heisman candidacy. But what’s even harder to understand is how the same Sooner team somehow only fell to No. 12. That’s right — a loss to an unranked, battered team at home dropped Oklahoma the exact same number of spots as a loss on the road to an up-and-coming team did to USC.After Saturday’s game, senior captain Chris Hawkins shook his head in frustration as he considered the next week’s rankings, which had yet to be released.“They don’t take us seriously,” he said with a shrug.Hawkins was right. The polls don’t take this team seriously, and they might not for the rest of the season. But national voters would be foolish to turn their TVs off before catching this weekend’s Pac-12 games — especially when it comes to the Trojans.With the offense slowly warming up, and key players returning from injury, this team is on the cusp of reclaiming its preseason glory. Darnold has settled into solid production; the young corps of receivers grows every week, and the defense remains one of the most formidable in the country.The time for underestimating USC has officially come to its end. Let’s hope that next week’s polls will take due note.Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, Poe’s Perspective, runs Thursdays.last_img read more