Newly-built beach apartment to be given away

first_imgHouse hunters and sellers have been given the chance to bag a luxury beachside apartment without paying a cent for it.Real estate group Century 21 has announced that it will give away a brand new Sunshine Coast apartment worth $400,000 to a lucky family or individual in the market to buy or sell a home anywhere in the country.To be eligible to “win” the unfurnished two-bedroom property near Kings Beach in Caloundra, Queensland, interested parties have to request a free market appraisal through the group or attend one of its open homes.In demand: The most popular apartment developments A two-bedroom apartment in a new housing complex will be given away.Those who sell their properties through Century 21 or use its property management services can also be entered into the draw for the property, which will be finished construction in June 2017.The winner will not be required to pay stamp duty costs on the home, but may have to stump up other buying costs such as conveyancing fees, depending on how they wish to conduct the transaction.The company is giving away an additional $20,000 in cash if the winner is referred by a friend.Century 21 chairman Charles Tarbey says the competition intends to get would-be home buyers and sellers more involved in the property market.The apartment will be completed in 2017.Trendy: Brisbane residents fall in love with apartment livingNational sales trends show more sellers and buyers are sitting on the fence than they were last year.More than 6% fewer properties changed hands in Sydney over the past year, while turnover sank roughly 6% in Adelaide, 15% in Perth and 30% in Darwin, according to Core Logic RP Data.“There are thousands of Australians looking to transact property at the moment and we thought this competition may give them an added incentive to explore their options,” Tarbey says.The Sunshine Coast unit will suit someone looking for a home, holiday property or investment, Tarbey adds.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoThe unit will be in a block with 39 other apartments.Growth: Brisbane market in upswingThe apartment is part of a new development called Ocean Verge, a seven-level block of 40 units being constructed by Murphy Builders at the site of four former housing blocks purchased in 2014.The location is within walking distance of Kings Beach, a renowned surfing location, as well as the nearby Moffat Beach. The median price of units in the area is $378,000.The competition closes next March. The winner will be announced April 28.This story was originally published on the Daily Telegraphlast_img read more

US Govt assisting GECOM with voter education – Ambassador

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch has announced that a number of United States agencies have come on board to assist citizens with voter education as part of the electoral process.US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann LynchOn the sidelines of an event on Friday, she indicated that United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department and other agencies agreed to lend support after requests were made by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).“The State Department and USAID is providing assistance, primarily towards voter education, both in Georgetown and along the coast, but also in the hinterland. This is a very important part of the process and we’re thrilled that GECOM invited us in to assist. We’re aiding and assisting as best as we can,” the diplomat told reporters.GECOM Chairperson Retired Justice Claudette SinghUSAID was independently established by the US Federal Government, primarily for the purpose of administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance.Meanwhile, a number of international observers have applied to scrutinise the entire electoral process in the lead up to and after the March 2, 2020 Regional and General Elections. After some delay, a number of international observers have been approved to ensure that the 2020 elections are free, fair and credible.Chairwoman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (ret’d) Claudette Singh had shared that the Commission welcomes the international observers, noting that they are critical to the process.In September, officials from the Carter Center would have visited to gain perspective on Guyana’s situation. Following a meeting with the Attorney General, Basil Williams, the Center’s Associate Democracy Programme Director, Brett Lacy told reporters that the organisation is trying to get the various perspectives of the current situation.“I can say from the Carter Center, we are really just here to listen and we are hoping to meet with different actors to understand everyone’s perspective on current events here in Guyana,” Lacy had said.Shortly after, the team met with Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo where many matters were discussed, including the “conduct of elections, credible elections and early elections”. He had also facilitated discussions with the ABCE Chief of Missions which included Ambassador Lynch; Deputy British High Commissioner, Ray Davidson; Canadian High Commissioner, Lilian Chatterjee and Deputy Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Guyana, Philippe Coessens.GECOM also confirmed that the European Union (EU) would be fielding an observer team for the polls. Government nominated Commissioner, Charles Corbin was quoted as saying, “The EU team visited. They have engaged with the Government. And they have indicated they’re prepared to mount an observer mission. And basically, they have been engaging with other stakeholders in Guyana.”last_img read more