Remax Real Estate Agent Garry Byrnes outside 314 Stanley Street, North Ward.IF you’re looking to get the best return possible for your investment property, consider buying in school catchment zones.According to Senior Buyers Advocate from National Property Buyers Rob Di Vita, houses within a school catchment zone can be up to $50,000 to $100,000 more expensive than surrounding areas.“What tends to happen is when owner-occupiers are buying in those zones, they tend to be a bit more emotional and pay a premium to get in,” he said.“While the catchment zone effect can vary from between an extra 5-20% when it comes to price, the premium families are willing to pay often depends on the school’s academic record.”With Townsville at the bottom of the property market, now is certainly a good time to invest says RE/MAX sales agent Garry Byrnes.Mr Byrnes, who predominantly sales property within the CBD district, said North Ward’s Townsville Grammar School and Belgian Garden’s State School were big draw cards for parents looking to buy.“Townsville has been experiencing some buyer activity where the buyers are taking the location of schools, both private and public, into consideration with their preferred suburb,” he said.“I’ve been fielding an increase in buyers and have been selling homes to those looking to move into North Ward, Castle Hill etc with a view that their children can attend the schools, private and public, located here. “The end result is that everyone in the family can enjoy the facilities and lifestyle these suburbs offer as well as provide good schooling.”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 2020As properties in school catchment zones tend to be located in sought after inner-city areas, Mr Di Vita said he recommends clients buy within school catchment zones, provided they don’t pay too big a premium.“If their (the buyers’) view is to hang onto it for 10-15 years, based on historical growth patterns the property will perform and they will make their money, generally speaking, if they are buying in the right area,” he said.Di Vita says the only real no-no about buying in a school zone involves buying a home that is opposite or next to a large school as the traffic and noise may be an issue for potential buyers in the future. But not all property experts recommend buying in a catchment zone.According to Simon Pressley, Managing Director at Propertyology, investors should recognise that not all buyers are swayed by catchment zones.“It’s worth keeping in mind though that this is not a one size fits all thing; it’s not like everyone living within a particular part of town has school-aged children and or wants them to go to that one school,” he said.“Catchment zones are one of those subjective things which are important to some people and not important to others. When searching for investment properties, Propertyology places more priority on considerations like affordability, proximity to employment, dwelling styles, future housing supply, and rental return.”Can’t afford to buy, renting may be another alternative according to Di Vita.“It depends on their (buyers’/parents’) long-term goals too, but we’ve assisted with that. sometimes if it’s well beyond their means, that’s certainly a consideration,” he says.Parents and investors should keep in mind that the reputations of top schools do change over time and new schools are being built with excellent facilities.
The JCD Eagles traveled to Versailles on Monday (9-16) to play the South Ripley Raiders in Jr. High Soccer winning 7-1.Scoring for the Eagles: Caleb White 5 goals, 1 assist, 9 shots; Carson Hughes 1 goal, 4 shots; Brady Comer 1 goal 5 shots; Warren Boor 4 shots; Berkley Williams 2 shots; Jonathan Norman 2 shots; Sam Simon 2 stops; Sam Schwering 4 stops; Clark Dwenger 3 stops; Ben Schoettmer 5 saves. With 6 games in the season left Caleb White has passed the previous single-season record (23) of goals made with currently 24.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.
(REUTERS)-German tennis has responded with outrage after the United States Tennis Association (USTA) made the embarrassing error of playing the Nazi-era version of Germany’s national anthem during a Fed Cup tie in Hawaii.The version played included the first stanza, beginning “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles,” which was used as Nazi propaganda. It was dropped after World War Two.“I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I’ve never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup,” Germany’s Andrea Petkovic said, adding that she considered walking off court before the singles match against Alison Riske.She later said her first comments had been somewhat emotional but that was because the incident happened before her game and she was left stunned.“We were left shocked and did not know how to react,” Petkovic said.German team coach Barbara Ritter said the mistake was “an absolute scandal, a disrespectful incident and inexcusable”.German tennis federation chief Ulrich Klaus said his American counterpart had apologised for the mistake.“Our American hosts at the Fed Cup opening in Hawaii made a mistake that should not happen,” Klaus said in a statement.“The fact that in the year 2017 a wrong anthem can be played that is associated with the horror of the past was for players and staff and the officials present both shocking and disturbing.”“The USTA through its president Katrina Adams has apologised officially in writing and in person and deeply regrets the blunder.”Riske won the opening rubber to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Bad weather prevented any further play on the opening day of the tie.
The federal Conservative government has been brought down on a historic vote in Parliament, setting the stage for a May election.MPs voted 156-145 in favour of a Liberal motion citing Stephen Harper’s minority Tories for contempt of Parliament, and expressing non-confidence in the government.The move sends Canadians to the polls for the fourth time in seven years.- Advertisement -Harper is set to visit the Governor General’s residence Saturday morning to dissolve the 40th Parliament and sound the starting gun on an election campaign.The contempt charge marks a first for a national government anywhere in the Commonwealth.The Bloc Quebecois and the NDP both supported the Liberal non-confidence motion, fuelling angry Conservative denunciations of a “reckless” and “undemocratic” coalition. Advertisement