Many first time buyers are skipping crucial steps which could cost them dearly

first_imgFirst homebuyer Nicola Bull made sure she carried out all the appropriate checks when buying her townhouse.MANY home buyers aren’t doing enough checks and research before they dive head first into the property market, new research has revealed.According to the survey of conveyancers, legal professionals and financial advisers many missed steps which would be considered crucial by others.The GlobalX survey asked what the professionals found property buyers commonly forgot to do.Doing local government searches was the most frequently forgotten, followed by building and pest inspections and failing to arrange pre-approved financing.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Rafe Berding from GlobalX said many would assume buyers would be careful with such a big financial decision but it didn’t appear to always be the case even though much of the information was easily accessed.“It continues to shock us that people simply do not find these actions important,’’ he said.“We would encourage all buyers – regardless of their experience – to do their background checks before making any decisions that are legally binding.’’Nicola Bull, a first homebuyer who bought a townhouse in North Lakes, north of Brisbane, ensured she knew how much she could borrow before she starting searching.“It didn’t take me that long until I found the townhouse I wanted to buy, but I first did some more research about its history and that of the complex and the surrounding area,’’ she said.She also made sure she had conveyancing down and a building and pest inspection.last_img read more

“Tactics will determine player positions”- Kwesi Appiah

first_imgBlack Stars head coach, Kwesi Appiah, says there are no fixed positions in his team and that, players will be deployed based on the opposition and the strategy for matches.Fans of the team have called for certain changes to be made in where some players have been used during the tournament and such conversations have been dominated by campaigns to have Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew and Kwadwo Asamoah used in certain roles.Fan clamour for Atletico Madrid’s Partey to be played as a “number 10” went up a few notches after he scored Ghana’s second against Guinea-Bissau. For fans, Appiah’s decision to move the player further up the field into an attacking position should the way to go for the rest of the tournament.Appiah has responded to fans of the team and has revealed that the objectives for a match will determine where players will function on the pitch.“You see, sometimes, a coach might take some decisions and they might be right or wrong.Sometimes, you can decide to put in some players because they have pace. If that tactical play works, good. If it does not, you look at moving players about.The most important thing is that your players should be able to adapt to the positions you put them in. It helps because at any given time, you can move them about in a game.But I cannot assure that it will be the same players in the same positions because you play them according to the team that you meet and the tactics they use to make sure that you are able to cope with them.”Appiah and his charges will train on Friday night in Ismailia ahead of their Round of 16 clash with Tunisia on July 8.The match will be the 8th between the two teams in the history of the AFCON. Ghana has won 7 of the matches with the other ending in a 1-1 draw in the 1963 tournament.last_img read more

‘What Kind of Country We Live In So?’

first_imgSorrow and weeping were visibly absent at the Palm Grove Cemetery in Monrovia yesterday as many who came to clean and decorate their loved ones’ graves found them vandalized and empty. As many Liberians stared at empty graves that had once contained the remains of their loved ones, they simply stood in disbelief, unable to do what they had come to the cemetery to do—honor and pay respects to what the Decoration Day Presidential Proclamation called “the blessed dead.”  There was no beating of drums, no cymbals, no weeping, no singing to their memory.  “I have no desire to weep,” a 40 year-old woman, identified only as Elizabeth, lamented. “Look at that grave where my mother was buried.”  “Even if the grave were still shut as we left it many years ago,” she added, “I would have had the feeling that my mother’s remains were still there.”  That outrage was heard throughout the celebration of the National Decoration Day, a day set aside by an act of the National Legislature in 1916 to remember the dead and to clean up the various cemeteries in the country. But the most instructive outburst came from former international footballer, Mr. Thomas Kojo, who paid a visit to the resting places of dear loved ones. Staring at several topless graves, the former winger, now a member of the coaching staff of the national soccer team, Lone Star, remarked, “What kind of country we live in so?” Kojo could not accept the reality that so many graves had been ransacked, steel rods rooted out from them, remains of the dead dumped out of caskets and caskets sold to buyers, and the unfortunate result that emotions are naturally suppressed.“My mother’s grave,” a young man pointed out to the Daily Observer, “is standing because after it was broken into, we decided to fill the tomb with rocks.” “This is like a memorial to my mother,” he said.  But among the hundreds attempting to right the wrongs, were a number of young people whose duty was to volunteer to help visitors clean and paint what was left of their loved ones’ graves. Samuel Howard, in his thirties, told the Daily Observer, “I am here to paint, brush and reprint names on still standing graves for a fee.” He said he earns LD100 per grave. “Many people came here to see their peoples’ graves,” Howard said, “but when they came and saw the destruction done to them they went away deeply disappointed, distressed and sorrowful.” John Tarpeh, 18, a student of New Kru Town’s Juah Sarweh Elementary and Jr High School, also came to clean to earn some income. “I whitewash a grave and clean around it for LD100,” he said, with a smile. The Daily Observer observed several police officers positioned at specific areas outside the cemetery.  “As you can see, we are from the Monrovia City Corporation,” said another young man, who directed visitors to wash their hands before entering the cemetery. “We are here to make sure that Ebola preventive protocols are respected.”  The question that Lone Star coach, Thomas Kojo, asked as he viewed the vandalized, empty graves at Palm Grove yesterday, “What kind of country we live in so?” is a question that all Liberians need to ponder seriously.  For as one bystander asked, “If we treat the dead who can do us no harm like that, how are we in this country treating the living—ourselves?”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more