Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It was very disappointing to read the Jan. 25 letter to the editor, “Wonder if the liberals will boycott Super Bowl.” The writer’s comments contribute to the ongoing negative dialogue in our country. This is one letter that should have gone in the circular file.Lisa KubanSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to online
FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER MORE: Patience pays off for buyer Ten month reno turns cottage into masterpiece Sydney 80.3% (last year 54.6%)Melbourne 79.2% (last year 52.5%)Brisbane 61.5% (last year 28.9%)Adelaide 75% (last year 59.7%) More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoPerth 80.0% (last year 24.3%)Tasmania n.a.Canberra 90.3% (last year 45.5%)Weighted Average 78.6% (last year 51.2%) (Source: CoreLogic) Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The two larger markets, Sydney (80.3 per cent) and Melbourne (79.2 per cent), were also way over levels they hit the same time last year (54.6 per cent and 52.5 per cent respectively). Sales agent Peter Laoudikos of McGrath Bulimba said the rise in buyers was also driving up offers made before auction.“We had five auctions that were set for the next two weeks and three have already sold with multiple offers,” he said. CoreLogic market analyst Kevin Brogan said the result came off a reasonable base of 104 auction listings which was about two-thirds of the peak season average (145). “The reason this is significant is because we’ve had, for Brisbane, a moderately busy weekend and we’ve still got quite a high preliminary clearance rate,” he said. “In 2019 during the first half of the year the clearance rate barely went over 40 per cent. Among homes sold prior to auction was 21 Halstead Street, Coorparoo, which was previously set to go to auction at 10am on Saturday Feb 15.BRISBANE’S auction market has had its best start in years, with the number of homes selling under the hammer hitting five-year highs at the weekend. Preliminary results showed 61.5 per cent of homes that went under the hammer this past week sold, almost double that of a year ago (28.9 per cent), according to CoreLogic. “Only two other occasions in the past five years has Brisbane seen a higher clearance rate during the January 1 to the present period – but both times were off substantially smaller bases, Mr Brogan said. The week that ended January 29, 2017 saw 63 per cent of the 30 homes listed for auction sell under the hammer, while the same week in 2018 saw 92.9 per cent of the 17 properties being auctioned sell off. Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said “buyers have been buoyed by low interest rates, easing of finance and the start of rising prices in the Brisbane market”. “Brisbane isn’t traditionally an auction market, but if you are looking to sell in these conditions, it might be worthwhile taking your property under the hammer.” Preliminary auction clearance rates:
UK trainer Kerry Lee enjoyed some successful raids on a few of the top prizes in Ireland last season.She’s hoping Ryanair Gold Cup winner Kylemore Lough will do the business in the big one at Clonmel this afternoon…The seven-race card at Powerstown Park gets underway at 12.35pm. Clonmel Racecourse hosts its biggest meeting of the year today.The main feature at Powerstown Park is the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Steeplechase.There’s also a top-class supporting card – the EBF TA Morris Memorial Mares Chase is probably the pick of the other races.