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Developers are scrambling to secure contracts before home grant ends

first_imgFirst-home buyers are the winners as developers scramble to secure their contracts before the end of financial year.FIRST-home buyers are coming out the winners, as developers scramble to secure their contracts.Villawood Properties is offering a $40,000 kick start for first-home buyers at its newly launched Sequana community.For those that secure a contract before June 30, on top of the State Government’s $20,000 grant, home buyers could also be eligible for a $5,000 boost from the developer plus add $15,000 in updates and inclusions from the estate’s partner builders. Villawood Properties Executive Director Tony Johnson said financial and value-add incentives offered first home buyers an edge when considering land in high demand locations.“We know it can be difficult to make the leap from renting to owning and the lack of affordable land options in desirable areas is a real concern,” Mr Johnson said.“Property values in the Logan Reserve school catchment zone increased by 40% in the past 12 months as demand for affordable land options in the booming region continues to grow.“At Sequana, we are offering $5,000 to first home buyers to give them the extra top-up they need to get into the property market now.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoBCM real estate HOME: Villawood Properties has announced its $55 million riverside community at Logan Reserve set to be home to 950 residents.In addition to financial incentives, Sequana’s partner builders — Simonds, Metricon Homes and BOLD are offering upgrades and inclusions valued at a minimum of $15,000, giving first home buyers even more reason to buy and build now.Adam Minisini from Metricon Homes said offering value-adds allowed first home buyers to get the home they want without compromising on inclusions and quality.“Many owner/occupiers think they need to hold off on certain items for their first home because the majority of their cash is locked up in the deposit,” Mr Minisini said.“Gifting first home buyers’ upgrades to finishes and appliances means they can afford luxury extras like a pool or an additional bedroom.“This might see them stay in their home for longer even when their circumstances change.”Sequana partner builders Simonds, Metricon Homes and BOLD offer a range of homes designed with Sequana’s homesites in mind, with house and land prices starting from $390,400.Sequana is Villawood Properties boutique $55 million riverside community at Logan Reserve.last_img read more

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QPR manager Chris Ramsey: Being black could hinder job prospects

first_imgQueens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey says being black could affect his chances of getting another job if he leaves the London club.Ramsey, who is the only black manager in the Premier League, has a contract until the end of the season having joined QPR as a coach in November before taking over as boss from Harry Redknapp in February.”I think if it doesn’t work out for me here, as any manager of any race, you’re always in a position where it’s going to be difficult to get another job,” he told reporters on Thursday.”When you get sacked you don’t always walk into another job…”But as a black man it’s always going to be difficult anyway. The problems I’ve had in the past are still going to be there… It’s no secret that I have said that (black managers not getting as many opportunities) in the past.”The fact that we’re still at this stage highlighting that I’m the only black Premier League manager shows that it’s not the norm to have people from ethnic minorities in this position. Until this becomes normal and not highlighted in such spectacular fashion, that racism will be evident. “Obviously, I am in a very fortunate position to be manager of QPR but I would hope people don’t look on it as a token gesture. I have earned my stripes to be in this position.”QPR’s director of football Les Ferdinand said last month that “covert racism” denies black managers the chance to be interviewed and called for a Rooney Rule-style law to be introduced that will give them that opportunity.”The Rooney Rule is an important factor as there is an awareness that something needs to be done to affect the way people think in boardrooms,” said Ramsey.”I am not just talking about race. I am talking about gender, homophobia and many other issues — general equal opportunities.”Maybe there needs to be more awareness in the game of different factors that affect why people get jobs or not.” Ramsey’s side are second bottom in the Premier League, four points adrift of the safety zone, and travel to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.Apart from Ramsey, there are only three other black managers working in England’s top four divisions; Chris Powell at Huddersfield, Keith Curle at Carlisle and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Burton.–last_img read more