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Homes with sustainable features are more in demand

first_img3/59 Ison St, Morningside. Picture: realestate.com.au“It is still unusual, they have only been around for about two or three years now, we are just getting more properties.’’Mr Smith said they had just sold a home in Auchenflower with a Tesla wall.“I think they attract a premium price,” he said. “I think people are looking for these features now.’’He said while cost of living savings were part of the reason, buyers were also environmentally conscious. Homes without the full blown Tesla walls were in demand if they had solar power and were able to sell that power back to the energy provider.“We have a house coming up for sale in Aspley where the homeowner hasn’t had to pay an electricity bill for three or four years,’’ he said. Glenn Baird and Dario Pigozzo inside the Ison Collection development in Morningside. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia BaxterHomes with sustainable features are making buyers green with envy as new research reveals they are in high demand and often sell for more.The research revealed properties with sustainable features sold on average 13 days quicker and the median sale price was 10 per cent higher than properties without such features.The research is the result of three years work through the Australia Research Council Linkage project by PRDnationwide in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany, and other industry partners.It found sustainable properties outperformed conventional competitors environmentally, socially and financially.PRDnationwide national research manager Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo, said the research had reinforced to her that the real estate industry needed to increase communication with real estate agents to potential buyers and sellers about sustainability features in their homes. “These features not only contribute to improving the price of properties but also decrease the time taken to sell the property,’’ she said.She said their research showed that houses with sustainable features achieved the most competitive market price.The research involved 215 houses which were sold multiple times between 2004-2014, 22 of those houses had sustainability features. It also interviewed 47 real estate agents throughout Australia.The research came up with seven top benefits of having a property with sustainable features:• Saving on utility bills and maintenance • Reduced construction materials and emissions• Fewer days to sell the listed property• Improved comfort and lifestyle• Higher median price• Higher resale value• Informed decision makingJane Elvin of LJ Hooker Annerley, Yeronga, said “green features’’ were in big demand, particularly with mature buyers.“I find people looking at retirement and more mature buyers — it is very important to them,’’ she said. “One of the first things they ask is, ‘Are there solar panels and gas hot water?’. They are very mindful of costs as they are preparing to retire and don’t want too many outlays.”Having an ultra low-maintenance footprint is something developer Dario Pigozzo of P3 Projects is very focused on.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago3/59 Ison St, Morningside. Picture: realestate.com.auHe has just sold out of his Ison development at Morningside which included a 3-phase, battery ready, home energy management system capable of powering the full capacity of the home’s heating and cooling systems that is connected to a 3.2kw solar power system.Mr Pigozzo said it was a company ethos to deliver on low maintenance living.As a result they used double the insulation required in the build, used louvres extensively to allow for cross ventilation and ensured all appliances were energy efficient. “Not all developers do it,’’ he said. “These city homes are quite unique in this suburb.’’John Smith director of sales Brisbane for Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty said it was the homes with Tesla powerwalls which were really in demand.The wall is a fully integrated AC Battery system for residential use which when added to solar power allows homeowners to store excess power to use later.Mr Smith said there were not many existing homes with the Tesla walls — at this stage it was mostly new builds.last_img read more

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Slaven Bilic targets upturn in West Ham’s home fortunes

first_img “We don’t say ‘away we are going to play like this, and at home we are going to play like this’,” he said. “But sometimes you have to change. “We will try to win our home games and maintain our away form, but it’s more that we started sloppily in a couple of home games. “At home sometimes we are playing like it’s basketball and you have a limit of 24 seconds to finish your move, and you are forcing the situation too early. “Away we are a little bit more patient, but at home not patient enough.” West Ham certainly had to show some patience at Selhurst Park, with Palace holding out until the 88th minute with 10 men. Carl Jenkinson’s opener had been quickly cancelled out by Yohan Cabaye’s twice-taken penalty but the game turned on Dwight Gayle’s dismissal, for two reckless challenges, on the stroke of half-time. The Hammers finally broke Palace’s resistance when Manuel Lanzini lashed in Andy Carroll’s knock-down with two minutes remaining, and Dimitri Payet added the gloss in stoppage time. Bilic’s side are now up to the heady heights of fourth but the Croatian is still playing down what they can achieve this season. The Hammers have picked up just one win at Upton Park this season but made it four on the road on Saturday when they added Crystal Palace to the scalps of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. They host Chelsea next weekend with boss Bilic urging his side to show the same patience they do away from home, rather than play as if they have a time limit in which to shoot. Press Association Slaven Bilic has told West Ham to stop treating home games like basketball matches. “At the club we have no expectations,” he added. “You can’t stop the fans’ (expectations) – unless you start losing, and that is not what we want. “But our target is to stay in the league. It’s early days, not late May. Our target is to play good football, to be solid, defend and attack with numbers and keep the ball, score more goals and get more points. Where we will finish, I don’t know! But it should be good.” Defeat was harsh on Palace but manager Alan Pardew tried to look on the bright side. “The resilience we showed in the second half, down to 10 men, was a good sign,” he said. “At some point it will happen to us – a team will go down to 10 men and we will have to exploit it like West Ham did to us.” last_img read more

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As SMB closes in on crown, Fajardo knows Magnolia won’t give up easily

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netReaping awards has been a custom for June Mar Fajardo and Wednesday was no different as he received his record-setting sixth Best Player of the Conference award for his dominating performance in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.What he’s not used to, however, was one curious set of eyes intently watching him in Game 4 of the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “Magnolia won’t give up that easily. Just like in this game, they will keep on trying, ” he said “We need to be ready. We can’t be complacent. We need to go hard in practice and in the game so that we will get the win.”But before the war, Fajardo has to get through dinner with the Patnongons first — a tiff we’re pretty sure the soft-spoken giant could ace with ease.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Struggling Djokovic announces splits with Agassi, Stepanek Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Larry Patnongon, the father of his beau Aerieal, was in attendance for the first time to support the Cebuano giant from the stands and though he wouldn’t admit it, the presence truly loomed over Fajardo.But just like the professional that he is, the four-time PBA MVP bucked the distraction and poured 16 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks in San Miguel’s gutsy 84-80 win over Magnolia to move a win away from snaring its fourth straight all-Filipino title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’m just happy that we got the win and I’m thankful to God for all the blessings he’s showering us,” said Fajardo with a playful smile.The Beermen now only need one more win on Friday to close another historic chapter in their already storied franchise, but Fajardo knows that at this stage, nothing will come easy for them.last_img read more

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