Residential transactions rise again

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Residential transactions rise again previous nextHousing MarketResidential transactions rise againUK property sales boosted by an array of attractive mortgage deals.The Negotiator4th December 20150564 Views Residential property sales in the UK have exceeded 100,000 per month for a fifth month in succession with purchasers taking advantage of low mortgage borrowing rates.The latest official transaction data from HMRC reveals that the provisional seasonally adjusted UK property transaction count for October 2015 was 105,490 residential and 10,160 non-residential transactions. However, sales still remain significantly below the monthly tally of almost 150,000 recorded at the height of the property boom in 2006.This means residential purchases in October fell month-on-month by 0.2 per cent but on a 12 month basis rose by 6.3 per cent comparedwith the 99,290 recorded in October 2014.“In October 2014, the residential market cooled slightly following a busy summer – but this year the market shows little sign of slowing down,” said Brian Murphy (left), Head of Lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau.“Demand from potential buyers remains high, with many taking advantage of the excellently priced mortgage rates available on the market,” he added.Despite a slight correction in property transactions on a monthly basis, the UK housing market remains “head and shoulders above a year ago”, as buyers take advantage of a wave of “low interest rates and attractive mortgage products”, according to Peter Rollings (right), CEO of Marsh & Parsons.Andrew Bridges, Managing Director of Stirling Ackroyd, said that the number of people in acquiring new homes is the “most permanent symptom of success” in the housing market.He commented, “And on that measure the news is good – the residential market is moving again, with transactions growing at least as quickly as annual price rises across the UK.”In London, the property market continues to be supported by strong buyer enthusiasm, including from first-time buyers despite high house prices.Bridges continued, “The danger of stamp duty changes frightening away buyers at the very top of the market has also not been as serious as was imagined – particularly away from London’s more traditional high-end enclaves, the top of the market is accelerating too.”But Stirling Ackroyd’s Managing Director warned that there are simply nowhere near enough new homes being built to “stave off future floods of demand”.“If numbers matter to the property industry, they matter even more to families and workers looking for places to live. To keep up with the pace of population, numbers need to start mattering to planning offices, to government departments – and to ministers,” he added.housing market residential transactions rise residential property sales December 4, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

MEETING AGENDA FOR CITY COUNCIL ON JANUARY 8, 2018

first_imgCITY OF EVANSVILLE COMMON COUNCIL VISIT EVANSVILLE.IN.GOV/ACCESSEVC TO VIEW LIVE AND ARCHIVED MEETINGS, PENDING ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS, AND MEETING MEMORANDA FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare MEETING AGENDA JANUARY 8, 2018 ROOM 301, CIVIC CENTER 5:30 P.M. ORDINANCE G-2017-39Sponsor(s): Discussion Led By: Notify:VIII. RESOLUTION DOCKETRESOLUTION C-2018-01 AMENDEDSponsor(s):Resolution Docket Notify: IX. MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESSTHE NEXT MEETING of the Common Council will be Monday, January 22, 2018 at5:30 p.m.BOARDS AND COMMISSIONSADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESSX. COMMITTEEREPORTS XI. ADJOURNMENT I. INTRODUCTIONII. APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDA III. REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONSIV. SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAYNOMINATION & ELECTION OF OFFICERSCOMMITTEE CHAIR APPOINTMENTSLIAISON APPOINTMENTSV. CONSENT AGENDA: FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONScenter_img ORDINANCE G-2018-01Sponsor(s): Discussion Led By: Notify:ORDINANCE G-2018-02Sponsor(s): Discussion Led By: Notify:ORDINANCE G-2018-03Sponsor(s): Discussion Led By: Notify:ORDINANCE R-2017-29Petitioner: Requested Change: Representative:VI. COMMITTEE REPORTS An Ordinance Amending Chapter 2.160 of the Evansville Municipal CodeAdams, ElpersA.S.D. Chair 1/22/2018Marco DeLucio, ZSWSAn Ordinance Amending the Zoning Code by Establishing an Overlay Zone in the West Franklin Street Area Relaxing Certain Parking Requirements (25%)Adams, BrinkmeyerA.S.D. Chair 1/22/2018 Ron London, APCAn Ordinance Amending the Zoning Code by Establishing an Overlay Zone in the West Franklin Street Area Relaxing Certain Parking Requirements (50%)Mosby, WeaverA.S.D. Chair 1/22/2018 Ron London, APCAn Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 421 Read StreetTimothy Mills Owner: Shelby & Theresa Marshall R4 to C4 Ward: 3 HaydenTimothy Mills An Ordinance Creating Chapter 10.55 (Residential Permit Parking) of the Evansville Municipal CodeBrinkmeyerA.S.D. Chair 1/8/2018Joshua Claybourn, City Council AttorneyA Resolution Memorializing Mater Dei High School’s State Championship in Girls SoccerMosby, Brinkmeyer1/8/2018 Joshua Claybourn, City Council Attorney VII. REGULAR AGENDA: SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS civic centerlast_img read more

Taxpayers of Bayonne: wake up!

first_imgTo the Editor:As evidenced by today’s news article, concerning possible eminent domain proceedings against local businesses, this mayor and city council will stop at nothing in giving the big developers everything they want. Could your home be next?With all the new residential development being proposed in the city, who do you think will have to pay for all the new infrastructure required? 2,500 units at the military base, 1,300 units at the old Texaco site, 300-plus units at North Street, 250-plus units at the old Hi-Hat. If only half of the above units have a school-aged child, we’re talking about approximately 2,100 children, enough to fill three additional schools. Currently, all the schools in Bayonne are pretty much at max capacity. So where, will all these new children go? Who will be responsible for paying for new school buildings, or purchasing and refurbishing older ones? You, the taxpayer. This is in addition to the extra teachers, police officers, firefighters etc. who would be needed to cover these areas. I’m sure garbage/recycling contracts would increase, as well as maintenance, winter salting and other costs. Meanwhile, the developers walk away with millions in profit, moving on to their next project, and the taxpayers are left holding the bag. Our city council deems fit to grant tax abatements, which provide schools with less funding than if tax abatements weren’t granted, and bring in fewer taxes.We don’t need further large residential development in town. We need industrial development. Less strain on our resources, more local jobs, more taxes charged, less out of our pocketbook.Last year, we had a school increase in the tax rate of 6 percent because nobody seemed to know where millions “disappeared.” Now another 3 percent proposed increase. We still haven’t received a clear explanation from the Board of Ed, or mayor, explaining where that money was used. Also, who is being held culpable for it? Last I checked, the Business Administrator, and Board of Ed president are the ones to oversee expenditures. The accountant isn’t the one signing the checks. So don’t blame him.It’s up to us, the taxpayers, to keep things in check. Do you want to see large developments, with towering buildings overshadowing our homes, ruining our city? Or, should we slow things down, and keep development and taxes stable? Decide what you want Bayonne to look like, and how much you want to pay for it. DAVID FALANDYSlast_img read more

PHOTOS: Spafford Welcomes Goose Guitarist In Lancaster

first_imgLast night, Spafford continued their ongoing “For Amusement Only” winter tour with a stop at Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA. The setlist consisted predominantly of tried-and-true live vehicles like “All In”, “Leave The Light On”, and a four-song setlist that sandwiched “Electric Taco Stand” with “Palisades”, continuing straight into a “Weasel” sandwich with “Alternate Ending”. Fan-favorite covers of JJ Grey and Scissor Sisters prevailed, as well as a special guest collaboration with opening band guitarist, Rick Mitartonda from Goose.Check out the setlist and photo gallery below, courtesy of photographer Andrew Hutchins.Setlist: Spafford | Chameleon Club | Lancaster, PA | 01/20/18 I: All In, It’s a Bunch > On Fire*, Todd’s Tots, Radio, Leave the Light On, Slip & Squander**II: Electric Taco Stand > Palisades > Electric Taco Stand > Weasel > Alternate Ending > WeaselE: Take Your Mama^Notes:*JJ Grey**With Rick Mitartonda on Guitar (Goose)^Scissor SistersSpafford’s ongoing tour continues Tuesday nightat The Met in Pawtucket, RI. You can see a full list of upcoming dates below. To get your tickets to any of Spafford’s upcoming “For Amusement Only” tour dates, head to their website.SPAFFORD ‘For Amusement Only’ Tour Upcoming Dates:1/23 – Pawtucket,​ ​RI​ – The Met1/24 – Asbury​ ​Park,​ ​NJ​ – Wonder Bar1/25 – Washington,​ ​D.C​. – Union Stage1/26 – Raleigh,​ ​NC​ – The Pour House Music Hall –1/27 – Atlanta,​ ​GA​ – Terminal West1/31 -​ ​Ft.​ ​Lauderdale,​ ​FL​ – Culture Room2/1 -​ ​Tampa,​ ​FL​ – The Crowbar2/2 – Orlando,​ ​FL​ – The Social2/3 – Jacksonville,​ ​F​L – Jack Rabbits2/28 -​ ​Solana​ ​Beach,​ ​CA​ – Belly Up3/1 – Santa​ ​Barbara,​ ​CA​ – Soho3/2 – Crystal​ ​Bay,​ ​NV​ – Crystal Bay Club Casino3/3 – San​ ​Rafael,​ ​CA​ – Terrapin Crossroads3/7 – Bend,​ ​OR​ – Volcanic Theatre Pub3/8 -​ ​Bellingham,​ ​WA​ – The Shakedown3/9 – Missoula,​ ​MT​ – Top Hat Lounge3/10 – Boise,​ ​ID​ – The Olympic3/11- Salt​ ​Lake​ ​City,​ ​UT​ – The State Room3/14 – Aspen,​ ​CO​ – Belly Up Aspen3/16 – Frisco,​ ​CO​ – Barkley Ballroom3/17 -​ ​Winter​ ​Park,​ ​CO​ – Ullrs TavernSpafford | Chameleon Club | Lancaster, PA | 01/20/18 | Photos by Andrew Hutchins Photo: Andrew Hutchins Photo: Andrew Hutchinscenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Cabaret Star Alan Cumming Puckers Up with Matt Lauer

first_imgAlan Cumming got up bright and early on April 23 to chat with Today’s Matt Lauer about reprising his Tony-winning performance in Cabaret. The star revealed that being asked to dance again on Broadway was one reason he wanted to return to the Kit Kat Klub. “Still got it!” he proclaims about high-kicking with performers “less than half my age.” Cumming talks about his admiration for co-star Michelle Williams, the reason he sports bruises in the show and why the 1966 musical is still relevant today. Plus, he takes a selfie with the morning show host. It’s all perfectly marvelous! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Alan Cumming View Comments Cabaret Star Fileslast_img read more

Well water safety

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaWhen Frank Hancock was called to the house of a mother with two children sickened by E. coli bacteria, he discovered that the water from their well was the source. He found other wells in the county with problems, too. “I don’t think our experience is different than any other county,” said Hancock, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Henry County. “People are not maintaining their wells. They don’t think about where their water is coming from.”Most people don’t know that they must maintain their wells, he said. “If the county water supply has a problem, there are probably 100 people working on it,” he said. “If your well has a problem and you aren’t working on it, no one is.” To get the word out in his county, Hancock organized a well water maintenance seminar.“We wanted to let people know the risks of not taking care of their well,” he said, “and tell them, ‘this is your responsibility.’” “You will find low levels of bacteria in most wells,” said Parshall Bush, a residue chemist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “There are different levels of contamination.”Since 2003, 10 percent of bored wells tested at the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratory contain E. coli. More than half failed to meet Environmental Protection Agency municipal drinking water standards. One out of three showed bacteria levels high enough to cause illness. Most water samples sent to the lab come from north Georgia.Drilled wells, typically deeper than 100 feet, are less likely to be contaminated by bacteria. Wells less than 60 feet deep are more likely than deeper wells to be contaminated. Soil above the water table doesn’t filter enough bacteria from shallow groundwater. If a septic system is too close to the well or not working properly, Bush said, it can be the bacteria source.“Contamination can occur if the well was improperly constructed or if the well is located in a depression that collects surface runoff,” Bush said. The UGA well-cam was used to checkout problem wells in Henry County.“We saw cracks in well liners, tree roots so numerous in wells that the camera couldn’t pass by, wells with spider webs down to the 14-foot level,” Hancock said. “We also saw well houses totally contaminated with gas, pesticides, fertilizer and rats.” Nitrate, lead and copper are the primary contaminates found in Georgia well water, said Bush. “Nitrate contamination is the result of fertilizer application or animal operations and copper and lead can be attributed to corrosive pipes.” All pesticides and herbicides should be kept away from wells and other sources of drinking water, he said. “We always say, ‘If you don’t want to drink it, keep it away from the well,’” Bush said.Abandoned wells should be filled in.Well testing can be done through local UGA Extension offices. A bacterial test is available for $35. An expanded water test, which tests for minerals, soluble salts and alkalinity, is $45. Call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 for more information.Once a water sample is tested, the well owner will get a report showing results that are above EPA’s primary and secondary maximum levels. If a water sample tests positive for bacteria, a chlorination treatment is recommended.(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Increasing Worry Over ‘Hundreds of Million, if Not Billions’ in U.S. Coal Mine Cleanup Costs

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Steven Mufson and Joby Warrick for the Washington Post:A worsening financial crisis for the nation’s biggest coal companies is sparking concerns that U.S. taxpayers could be stuck with hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in cleanup costs across a landscape of shuttered mines stretching from Appalachia to the northern Plains.Worries about huge liabilities associated with hundreds of polluted mine sites have mounted as Peabody Energy, the world’s largest publicly traded coal company, was forced to appeal to creditors for an extra 30 days to pay its debts. Two of the four other biggest U.S. coal companies have declared bankruptcy in the past six months.Under a 1977 federal law, coal companies are required to clean up mining sites when they’re shut down. But the industry’s plummeting fortunes have raised questions about whether companies can fulfill their obligations to rehabilitate vast strip mines in Western states — many of which are on federally owned property — as well as mountaintop-removal mining sites in the East.A number of smaller companies have defaulted or skimped on cleanup obligations, leaving behind abandoned strip mines and denuded mountains. Some are simply eyesores, unhealed scars on the landscape that can be seen for miles. Others are perpetual sources of water pollution, slowly leaking acidic and otherwise toxic wastes into streams and groundwater supplies.Now coal giants are facing outcomes similar to those experienced by some of the smaller companies. Several are struggling to make payments on debts for ill-timed multibillion-dollar acquisitions of their rivals in recent years. On top of that, they have been financially squeezed by competition from cheap natural gas and declining U.S. and Chinese demand for coal.The biggest coal companies typically pay third parties to ensure that mine sites are cleaned up in the event of financial hardship. But in recent years, many coal companies have relied on a cheaper technique called “self-bonding,” pledging only their own names and financial wherewithal to guarantee their cleanup obligations.With mounting losses and debt loads, the companies do not have enough money to pay for all their obligations, and self-bonding is “not worth [the] paper [it’s] written on,” Steve Jakubowski, a bankruptcy lawyer with the firm Robbins, Salomon & Patt, said in an email. In a bankruptcy, where Alpha Natural Resources is now, a judge can decide which creditors are paid and how much — and state and federal governments could be left holding the bag for reclamation costs.“There is a lot of liability out there and a lot of uncertainty,” said Shannon Anderson, a lawyer with the Power River Basin Resource Council, a Wyoming nonprofit group that supports tougher rules for cleaning up mine sites.Full article: Can coal companies afford to clean up coal country? Increasing Worry Over ‘Hundreds of Million, if Not Billions’ in U.S. Coal Mine Cleanup Costslast_img read more

Financial woes may land PRB coal producer Cloud Peak in bankruptcy

first_imgFinancial woes may land PRB coal producer Cloud Peak in bankruptcy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Even as the bottom was falling out, Cloud Peak kept a brave face in calls with investors. All through 2018, executives said they hoped for a cold winter and praised the one bright spot in their company’s outlook: its export success. Similarly, Cloud Peak has represented a bright spot for Wyoming, a solution to declining domestic demand. It is the only company operating in Wyoming – whose financial filings are public – that is sending Powder River Basin coal to Asia.And now that company is in trouble.The Gillette-based company is not gritting its teeth and smiling anymore — it is too busy facing up to a likely delisting from the New York Stock Exchange. Cloud Peak is cutting costs like retiree health benefits and communications staff to staunch the cash bleed reported in financial statements. It recently hired outside consultants to weigh its options — including a sale, a potential restructuring and an expected bankruptcy.“The question of whether or not Cloud Peak goes bankrupt could have some short-term effects on exports, but there’s a bigger question,” said Clark Williams-Derry, director of energy finance for the Sightline Institute, a think tank in Seattle that advocates a transition to green energy. “The question is: Do exports make economic sense?”For now, most say, they don’t.Cloud Peak’s financial troubles are related to the downturn in demand in the domestic market, rather than what is happening in their small piece of the Asian market. The company only sends about 5 percent of its production overseas, he said.More: With Wyoming’s only coal exporter facing potential bankruptcy, what happens to the export dream?last_img read more

Lessons on leadership and success from football’s greatest coaches

first_imgIf anyone understands just how inspirational words can be it’s a professional football coach. These leaders haven’t acquired successes simply by being in positions of prominence but by truly communicating the value of teamwork, perseverance, and both physical and emotional strength. To mark the turning of fall and the start of football season, we’ve put together a list of wise words to remember from some of the greatest football coaches the game has ever known.“Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” — Mike Ditka, Head Coach, Chicago Bears (1982-92), New Orleans Saints (1997-99)“Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.” — John Madden, Head Coach, Oakland Raiders (1969-78)“I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a high competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure—and their ability to overcome it.” — Bill Walsh, Head Coach, San Francisco 49ers (1979-88)“Stay focused. Your start does not determine how you’re going to finish.” — Herm Edwards, Head Coach New York Jets (2001-05), Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08)“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” — Jimmy Johnson, Head coach, Dallas Cowboys (1989-93), Miami Dolphins (1996-99) 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

‘Sock Out Cancer’ to air on WBNG at 7 p.m. Friday

first_img(WBNG) — The annual “Sock Out Cancer” event will be aired on WBNG Friday night. The concert includes performances by The Philip Myers Band with the music of Elton John and Billy Joel. It will be airing at 7 p.m.center_img It’s raising money for the Red Cross, Lourdes and UHS to support local Cancer Patients.last_img