Real Estate television personality Andrew Winter at The Ville. Picture: Evan MorganCELEBRITY real estate expert Andrew Winter says attracting interstate buyers could be the key to Townsville’s property market recovering.Mr Winter was in Townsville this week to host a lunch at The Ville Resort and Casino, where he spoke to real estate agents about the benefits of print advertising.Mr Winter said interstate buyers priced out of capital city markets such as Sydney and Melbourne could provide increased demand for property.“My belief for growth in somewhere like this is, I believe, Townsville is an area where as a city it has a lot to offer interstate Australians as a lifestyle choice, whether for retirement or young people,” he said. “Obviously employment is the difficult thing but if you have the ability to live away from a big city due to age or working for yourself where you then don’t need to be down south, that is where your fresh housing blood will be coming in from.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Winter also visited Townsville to host a breakfast and speak to builders about Lendlease’s Elliot Springs satellite city development.Lendlease regional development manager for Elliot Springs Simon Walker said it was a wonderful opportunity for all to hear from the well-known property expert at the exclusive local builder’s event. “Andrew’s knowledge of the latest home design trends will be of great advantage for the builders of Elliot Springs,” he said.Mr Winter said while Townsville’s property market had some promising signs in sales volume, it was still not in recovery phase and it could be some time before prices returned to peak level.“It’s all about the property cycle clock and Townsville is an area that probably stopped growing nearly 10 years ago,” he said. “They were boom prices, so for a market to move into recovery value wise, you have to get back into values that were at the peak before, and that hasn’t happened yet, as far as I can gather.“You’re not in recovery yet in respect of value but what does seem to be in recovery … is the volume, the turnover and the transactions.“Now if they are starting to gain strength and people are moving and selling and buying in the market, then that’s a signal that your market will eventually recover value wise, but it can take a long time.”
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â€œAwards serve a special purpose for professionals; they motivate in a way that we can hardly imagine.â€Organisers of the Awards, Matchmakers Consult International Limited, confirmed Tuesday that Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel, who is nominated for Football Friendly Governor of the Year alongside Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos and Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers, will attend Saturday nightâ€™s programme, scheduled to begin at 8pm at the Nwaniba Hall of the Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort.The nominees for the 4th Nigeria Pitch Awards were made known last month, after SIAO Partners Limited, the collating and verification firm, released the results to the Nigeria Football Federation.In a letter to the NFF President, signed by SIAOâ€™s Managing Partner, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, the auditing firm explained that the voting was done by Nigeria sports editors/managers across the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has charged organisers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards to ensure a seamless fourth edition of the Awards, which ceremony comes up in Uyo on Saturday.Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, the CAF Executive Committee member and President of the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations insisted the NFF has continued to back the Pitch Awards because the leadership is enamoured by its transparency, credibility and integrity in the four years of the event.â€œThe Nigeria Football Federation is satisfied with the processes that the organizers bring into play for selection of voters, nomination, collation and eventual declaration of the winners. We urge the organizers to retain those processes for the good of the Awards.