Is this the future of property?


first_imgJack Dixon of Dixon Family Estate Agents has laid our his thoughts on the future of property. Photo: Tara Croser.You wouldn’t usually imagine property professionals as shawl-covered gypsy soothsayer gazing deeply into their crystal balls so as to seek answers on what lies ahead for their industry.But Brisbane’s Dixon Family Estate Agents principal, Jack Dixon, took some thinking time and came up with some thoughts on the future of residential real estate.Mr Dixon highlighted six ways in which property dealings will be flipped on their head in the future. MAIN ROAD PROPERTY TO BECOME MORE VALUABLE Traditionally, buyers won’t touch a main road position with a 10-foot pole, but Mr Dixon said that attitude will change over the next decade.He said houses on major arterial roads currently suffer a 35 to 40 per cent discount on similar properties in quiet suburban streets, but the gap is sure to tighten.“Technology and transport innovations could eliminate that discount,” he said. “As we see more and more electric cars on the road, noise and pollution will significantly reduce.“Other trends will also contribute to making major roads quieter and safer, for example there will be fewer trucks thanks to freight innovations, deliveries made by drones, and a preference for local produce with low ‘road miles’.” HOUSES AS A STATUS SYMBOL Mr Dixon said current discussions around housing affordable show we are close to a future where only the well-heeled will be able to buy a free-standing home.“Cities will grow up, not out, as resistance mounts to urban sprawl,” Mr Dixon said.He believed a drive to reduce our environmental footprint and living costs will result in higher densities near the city rather than promote further city-fringe growth.“As a consequence, land in urban areas will be more and more prized. I can see a day when the younger and less affluent people in society live in high-density units, and only the most wealthy will be able to afford to retain their own patch of land and a house.” TECHNOLOGY IS THE FRIEND OF ACREAGE Mr Dixon believed technological advancement will make it easier to maintain large acreage home sites.“In recent years, we’ve seen the acreage market soften because people are just so busy these days that they don’t want or can’t manage the high maintenance demands that come with big properties,” he said.Mr Dixon said tasks such as cleaning and mowing will become automated.“…so the elite in society will again want to enjoy acreage living, free from menial demands,” he said.“Other innovations will make it even more practical and desirable. Self-drive cars to deliver children to school, drones to get the shopping, the ability to work from home; with no worries about traffic congestion and commuting, acreage properties will become more and more coveted.” FLEXIBLE HOMES More of us will be working from home in the future, said Dixon, and this will not only see some workers leave behind the strain of the daily commute, but they’ll’ also enjoy the opportunity to have flexible working hours.“That means our homes will have to become much more flexible, especially as space increasingly commands a premium,” Mr Dixon said.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 ago“I love the idea Samsung floated in their Future Living Report, where our home will be able to adapt to our needs, being constantly reconfigured and rearranged to accommodate different purposes.“They imagined walls and floors able to change shape and size quickly, and virtual decorations altering to suit changing tastes and moods. Screens and computer displays can form and disappear in any room, as needed, so your bedroom might become your office in the daytime, lounge in the evening, and then revert to sleeping quarters.” CROWDED HOUSE Mr Dixon agreed with an opinion that the combination of improved medical technology which helps maintain our ageing population, plus a lack of housing affordability for the young, will see homes become multi-generational in Australia“This concept, common in European society, is likely to become more familiar here for a number of reasons,” Dixon said.“It will also be a consequence of the space and affordability issues I mentioned earlier.“Individuals and couples may no longer be able to afford a stand-alone house, but multiple generations could, so houses will change and expand to suit a variety of cohabitation models.” THE END OF THE AGENT Mr Dixon said even his profession isn’t immune from future changes with advancing digital development possibly consigning real estate agents to the scrapheap.“Virtual reality is already very advanced,” Dixon said. “Virtual touring of properties will become the norm, rather than the exception.“You’ll be able to very realistically walk through and experience properties remotely, even those that may not yet exist.”He said this could result in doing away with the traditional role of the real estate agent.“Only time will tell. But, while I fully expect virtual inspections to become commonplace, I believe there can be no match for professional experience and personal service and these remain the all-important ingredients an agent brings to a successful transaction.”Nice save Mr Dixon 🙂 Follow Kieran Clair on twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

College coaches look for agile big men in recruiting


first_imgCollege basketball still has a handful of centers who play mostly on the low post, but the majority are athletic players who can shoot from the perimeter — or at least midrange — and handle the ball without it getting it snatched by smaller guards.Basketball has become more of a position-less game, with every player on the floor able to play and guard multiple positions. The Golden State Warriors helped change the NBA with their freewheeling, everyone-can-shoot-it style and the college game has followed.Spacing is key in today’s offenses, so every player, including the big man, must have the agility to make it work. Even if they can’t shoot 3-pointers, big men must at least be able to handle the ball on the perimeter and be athletic enough to get to the rim on ball screens.“Even if they’re not great shooters, I’d like for him to be able to play on the perimeter,” Buffalo coach Nate Oats said. “If they don’t have the perimeter skills, they better be athletic enough to, you know, to play with four other guys that space the floor out. If you can get some ball screens and getting to the rim, be really athletic, you can play with a guy like that.”Even if a team doesn’t follow the latest trend of wanting to play faster, it still has to have the players to stop teams that do.Today’s big men need lateral movement and quickness to accommodate the switching required to stop the free-flowing offenses. Get a big man who doesn’t move well and opponents will ball screen your team into oblivion because he can’t rotate quick enough.“If there are teams not playing fast offensively, they certainly need a big to get back in transition defense because a majority of your opponents are going to play it’s somewhat of a quicker pace than was maybe being played 10 or 15 years ago,” Musselman said. Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff (12) looks for an open teammate while under pressure from Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) during an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 3, 2019. Lawson led Kansas scoring with 20 points in the 72-67 win over Oklahoma State. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt) Oh, how things have changed.As the sport has shifted to a more up-tempo, free-flowing style, college coaches have sought big men who can dribble, shoot places other than at the rim and move defensively instead of anchoring in the paint.Back to the basket ability has become a bonus.“When you think about the NBA and college, 10 to 15 years ago there was always bigs that were plodders, they would use their fouls, they would be great screen setters,” said Eric Musselman, coach at No. 12 Nevada. “With the spacing of today’s game, you need bigs who can pass, dribble, can shoot and can move.” Coaches used to walk into a gym, see a big guy dominating the paint and want to recruit him right away. Get a talented big man who could play with his back to the basket and the program would be set offensively and defensively for the next few years. Nearly all of the nation’s top teams have athletic big men who can move and shoot.Dedric Lawson can play multiple positions and hit 3-pointers for No. 15 Kansas. No. 4 Kentucky’s PJ Washington has expanded his game, becoming a perimeter threat while being active enough to guard nearly anyone. Top-ranked Gonzaga’s big man, Brandon Clarke, isn’t much of a 3-point shooter, but he’s agile and active, can handle the ball without being pickpocketed every time and is a superb shot blocker.Montell McRae and Nick Perkins, the two big men for No. 21 Buffalo, can both shoot the 3 and give the Bulls the spacing they need.Those are the current success stories. Coaches are always looking for more like them for their next recruiting classes — and the players know.They see what’s happening in college and the NBA and prepare for it.Big kids who used just plop in the middle of the lane and shoot over smaller kids now practice their ball handling skills and shooting. High school and AAU coaches help the process as well, no longer restricting them to under-the-basket duty, allowing them to work on skills that used to be limited to guards and small forwards.Big men come prepackaged, to a certain degree.“When you watch AAU, there’s hardly any bigs that want to play with his back to the basket anymore,” Musselman said. “There’s still room in the game for guys to play with their back to the basket, but they don’t want it anymore because they’re watching the NBA, where bigs have now become perimeter guys. Today’s younger players are understanding the importance of ball handling and things like that.”And that’s just what college coaches are looking for.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

The notion of firing Mike Tomlin is rooted partly in racial discontent (Oct. 16)


first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier by Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier:10—First of all, the way things are going with “your” Black and Gold, it’s easy to get distracted, but given the remarkable accomplishments of Ms. Simone Biles, the distraction is easy and right on time. In case you were distracted, check this out: The 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist All-Around, Vault & Floor; Part of the Gold Medal-winning team dubbed “The Final Five;” Four Olympic Games Gold Medals; 19 World Championships; Two Pacific Rim Championships; Two All-Around World Cups; Five All-Around World Championships; Six-time U.S. National All-Around Champion; Three-time World Silver Champion; Three-time World Bronze Champion. She is the most decorated American gymnast of all-time and soon to be the most decorated gymnast of all-time!!!:09—Here’s how bad things have gotten in Steel Town. I was actually wasting time cheering for the lowly Bengals to beat the Dirty Bird Ravens and pulling for the Seahawks to keep the Browns in the Doghouse. C’mon man! (Turns out, on Oct. 13, the Ravens beat the Bengals, and the Browns lost at the last minute to the Seahawks…so I got one of them!):08—I know you will…but let’s hope a few folks on the perimeter read this and get it. Let’s be honest and call it what it really is. This ridiculous notion that the Rooneys are going to fire Mike Tomlin is rooted partly in racial discontent. He’s one of only two Steelers head coaches to win three division titles in his first four seasons. His record in his twelve-plus seasons in the regular season is now 127-70-1, the second-best record in the entire NFL during that span. His combination with Ben Roethlisberger has more regular season wins than any other combo in Steeler history…and we hit a massive brick wall and “you-all”…”ya’ll” want him gone. That deserves a double “C’mon Man” and one “Are You Crazy!?!?”:07—BTW, you try losing the best receiver in the game (screw-up as he may be!), the 1st or 2nd best running back in the game (sellout that he is!) and not your first, but your second starting quarterback as well, and let me know how that’s working for ya!:06—You only need to check one of my articles about 10 years ago to know I’ve been a longtime proponent that college players get paid! Long story short, cause there’s not enough time or space here, but you do the math. Just multiply all the colleges in the United States, NCAA Division 1, 2 & 3, then add up all the money coming in from all varsity sports. Now…tell me where all that money is. While you’re adding up don’t leave out the exorbitant salaries of the college administrators who, for the most part, never played anything but “Checkers.” C’mon people, get a clue here.:05—I am telling you now, if you’re afraid of the dark, don’t go see the Joker by yourself. Mmmmmaaaannnnn! 4 Basketballs just because it’s that sick.:04—I see some of you here and there, now and then, doing this and that…and you tell me you’re plugged into the music of your life I remind you of. But I bet you haven’t done this. Put the late great Wes Montgomery in the machine on your way home from work, roll the windows up and cruise in the slow lane. My suggestion is go with “A Day in the Life” and let the world just pass you by.:03—FINE-AL-LY, College basketball season is here. Let’s get ready for a greatly improved Duquesne season, a stepped-up Robert Morris season and if you heard Coach Jeff Capel on our Sports Show “Soul Take —Champions Live,” Pitt will be it this year.:02—Oh, the Penguins are playing and they’re third in the Metropolitan Division with six points. That’s all I got.:01—I know I keep throwing this at ya. But after this week, if you still need a reason to vote Trump out, you’re just not trying. As Cedric the Entertainer would say… “I don’t know what else to tell ya.”:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more