Bruce and Maureen Eastland’s Oxley home has been on the market for 264 days. Picture: Mark Cranitch.IT might not be at the top of everyone’s wishlist this time of year, but all Bruce and Maureen Eastland really want for Christmas is to sell their home.And they’re not alone.Brisbane-wide, the average number of days on market for a house is 34, and for a unit, 61, but for some particularly patient Queensland property owners, it’s a different story.Their properties have been on the market for well over a year, and some even longer.Research from realestate.com.au shows that more than 580 properties — within just 20km of Brisbane’s CBD — have been listed on the market since 2016.More than 50 homes have been listed for sale for a year or more and sixteen have been on the market for more than 18 months.The Eastlands’ home at 23 Mabel Street, Oxley, has been on the market for more than 260 days.The property is on a massive 1492 sqm block and is currently rented by room for $1000 a week. Aerial view of the property at 23 Mabel St, Oxley. Picture: realestate.com.au.Another long-term listing is 10 Perth Street in sought-after Camp Hill.The impressive, contemporary family home on an elevated 469 sqm has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a pool, a media room and an entertaining deck, yet has been on the market for eight months. LUXURY HOMES BOOM IN QLD The property at 23 Mabel St, Oxley. Picture: realestate.com.au.Mr Chrobak said the bottom level of the property was flooded in 2011, but it was fully insured and had since been rewired, repainted and repaired.“The house is better than before it was flooded,” he said.Mr Chrobak said Brisbane City Council had conducted significant flood mitigation in the area and the Eastlands had no trouble securing flood insurance cover in the aftermath. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE One of the two kitchens at the home at 23 Mabel St, Oxley. Pic: realestate.com.au.The Eastlands live on a caravan on the property when they’re not using it to travel around the state, so haven’t been desperate to sell, but would love to offload it by Christmas.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“I’ve retired, so we bought a caravan and we come and go,” Mr Eastland said.The property is for sale without a price guide, but Mr Eastland said he’d “walk away with $850,000 tomorrow”. “We’re realising a mum and dad with two-and-a-half kids aren’t going to want it,” he said.“If a developer gets hold of it, he’s going to make a motza.” HOW TO WIN AT AUCTION This property at 69 Byron St, Bulimba, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.Kim and Jose Guerreiro would love to sell their Morningside home for Christmas — so much so that if it doesn’t, they’re prepared to take it off the market, subdivide the block and build a new house next door.The beautiful home on more than 1000 sqm at 37 Carramar Street has six bedrooms and six bathrooms over three levels with views to Bulimba, Teneriffe and Brisbane’s CBD. This home at 23 Mabel St, Oxley, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.It has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens, accommodation for six cars, two 5000L water tanks and 26 solar panels.Despite this, and the fact it offers both an investment and development opportunity, the property still hasn’t sold.“It has serious potential for redevelopment based on what’s happening in the area,” marketing agent Alf Chrobak of Ray White Eight Mile Plains said.“Oxley is just going gangbusters.“The property is only a five to 10 minute walk from the train station and everyone’s building townhouses in the area.” This home at 37 Carramar St, Morningside, is for sale. Picture supplied. Teh entertaining deck of the home at 10 Perth St, Camp Hill. Pic: realestate.com.au.And a riverfront home with future development potential in Bulimba has been on and off the market since May 2016.The home at 69 Byron Street is on a north-facing 1120sq m block, with its own a private jetty. FOREIGNERS BUY 1 IN 4 NEW HOMES The pool and backyard at 37 Carramar St, Morningside. Picture supplied.Marketing agent Nick Preston of The Nick Team said the property had originally been listed for sale in the middle of the year and then again in October.He said the vendors were open to offers in the high $2 million range.“If you took it and put it in Hawthorne or Bulimba, you’d be looking at $4, $4.5 million,” Mr Preston said.“It’s in a little pocket of Morningside nestled next to Hawthorne, so for someone looking for something unique but still within walking distance to amenities, you couldn’t really replicate it for a block and house that size at that price point.” This home at 37 Carramar St, Morningside, is for sale. Picture supplied.The couple has lived in the big family home for 17 years and raised their children there, but are now empty-nesters looking to downsize.“We like living in the street and really like our neighbours,” Mrs Guerreiro said.“It would be such a shame to subdivide the block because it will be a different product then and won’t have the big yard and garden.”
Stuff co.nz 28 January 2018Family First Comment: Rest of the world??? Dream on. Couple of countries and states – who are now paying the price, as this article highlights!www.saynopetodope.nzWhile Labour’s arrangement with the Greens promises a referendum by the 2020 election to decide whether the personal use of cannabis should be legal, pro-marijuana activists believe New Zealand is at risk of falling way behind and want the Government to act sooner.Canada is set to become the second country in the world to legalise the consumption and sale of cannabis for personal use, after Uruguay made the move last year. California has just become the sixth US state to allow the sale of cannabis products for recreational use.But as the effects of legalisation are starting to be felt, there are some concerning trends emerging.A recent 2017 review outlining the impact of legalisation of cannabis in Colorado revealed an increase in cannabis-related traffic deaths and road accidents; cannabis-related emergency visits and hospitalisations; accidental cannabis poisoning in children; and an increase in cannabis use in overall population.The state has also seen an eight per cent rise in homelessness since 2013, a year after the state backed legalisation, fuelling speculation over whether the looser rules are to blame.Perhaps the most significant benefit to the state is tax, which received $198.5 million in revenue last year from cannabis sales of $1.3 billion. The industry also added over 18,000 new full-time jobs in 2015 and spurred $2.4 billion in economic activity.Bob McCoskrie, of Christian lobby group Family First NZ, says legalising cannabis is “the wrong path” because there are just too many health risks.Their website, Say No to Dope, aims at informing families about the attempts and harms to legalise cannabis, and to help them speak up in the public debate. But the group supports the government’s current legislation around medicinal cannabis and any further research around non-smoked forms.“Families simply don’t want marijuana plants being grown next door by dope dealers in view of the children, tinnie houses on street corners and pot shops in local shopping areas, or marijuana being disguised as lollies and edibles as has happened overseas,” he says.“There is a false dichotomy that criminal sanctions apparently haven’t worked so we should ditch them all together and we should focus only on education and health initiatives.“We should maintain both. Policing burglary, theft and the drug P also costs money – should we decriminalise these also because the ‘war on burglary’ or the ‘war on P’ is failing?”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/100404946/cannabis-campaigners-say-new-zealand-is-lagging-behind-the-rest-of-the-world
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