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  1. i just went to an auction in the next street. at previous auctions the auctioneer is very clear when he is making a vendor bid. at this one the auctioneer (who sounded more like a race caller) did not make it clear at all. what are others experiences? there was clearly only one bidder who opened at 480 and bid against the vendor to get to 560 where it stopped. the auctioneer went to the vendor and then the bidder was ushered inside. a while later they all appeared, the bidder said he was biding 590, the auctioneer said reserve had been met, the house was on the market - and of course no one bid any more. sold for 590. would you bid against yourself? crazy!
  2. I wouldn't place a bet. USA elections are as much about who can be bothered voting as who the people want. IMO HRC lost in 16 because enough people who supported her, or at least not Trump, didn't bother to vote. In 2020 I suspect equal people will be more motivated to turn up to vote for or against Trump. Depends on the Dem alternative. Depends on the colleges. Trump is useless at everything he's done, but is a superb grifter. Politics is the long con and Trump is the master of long cons. You can't con an honest (wo)man and apart from 'sh*t hole' countries the USA has most dishonest people. So I predict Trump will win the next election.
  3. The various agreements to reduce carbon emissions are routinely broken by the govts that agree to them.
  4. No. No huge Brisbane wide rally in in that time. This is not Melb/Syd. My burb increased more than the Brisbane wide median. Luck of where I wanted to live rather than a wise investment decision. It's late so I'm not going to look back over the figures but my buying was much better than renting. I'm probably up ~100k for buying over renting. I suspect the Brisbane wide average would be closer to break even and in some burbs and types of housing renting would be financially favourable to buying. If I'd sold 9 months early I would have got another 50k. If i'd purchased 9 months early I would have paid $50k less. A unit/townhouse/apartment (unit) in the area would have favoured renting. A lot of supply. I'm now looking at buying a unit in the area for less than the sale price 7 years ago. Probably around 15% less. There are a lot of units on the market in the area ATM and not a lot of demand.
  5. Hired. Fired. Rehired. Resigned - potentially all in the space of a few months.
  6. Ill bring the sauce. Oh wait, doesn't Anders live in one of the Stan's?
  7. You do know a 100 year event doesn't happen exactly every 100 years? It may happen every year for 5 years and not again for several hundred.
  8. Who doubled, or was it tripled the debt unnecessarily? Your sh*t coloured political glasses are coke thick. <Globuall warming is a sham. Libs/nats/CLP are good. Labor is bad. Greens are worse. > Should have gone to spec savers.
  9. There are certainly more people bearish on housing than recent past times. But I wouldn't say everyone, or even most. "Bricks and mortar" still hold a big place in people's hearts (most invest/decide with their hearts) - that's not just an Australian thing. So it should. Be alert, but not alarmed. IMO there is a correction, not a crash coming/happening. Some burbs, housing types, cities, states will bust, some correct, a few boom and most will just tread water.
  10. No. Rightly taking the piss.
  11. More proof of global warming.
  12. fall's out the bottom of? not a plunge, not a drop, not even a correction, nor a backwards but 'reverse' Interest rate rises send house prices into reverse Author: Chris Vedelago Date: November 24, 2009 Publication: Sydney Morning Herald (subscribe) Get ready for a surprise. Despite the appearance of a market on fire, new figures from Residex show that property prices may have lost ground for the first time in six months. Residex reports median house values dropped 0.91 per cent nation-wide and 1.15 per cent in Melbourne in October, a sharp reversal on the moderate to strong growth witnessed every month since April.
  13. No. Warming can be measured in seconds, minutes, years but the effect of man should be judged in decades or centurys. You seem to just find the coldest reports to show man has no effect on climate and ignore equally histrionic reports that this is the warmest x in y. What is your academic/science/research experience and background? You seem to have a poor apprehension of science and research. You often
  14. I doubt the author is a farmer. She's so hippy she probably doesn't eat the eggs of her pet chooks. I'd say she does OK on overcast days since she's been off the grid for 3 months and says her battery never drops below 3/4 full. As I said it's about having enough battery storage to see through the un-sunny days. Solar produces around 25% capacity in overcast times and 10% in severely overcast times. Even on a day that we describe as not sunny solar would produce a decent amount.
  15. Of course. I think my scenario for rural areas would also make power more reliable for them. I'm sure that when storms etc knock out power lines rural areas are the last to have them fixed.
  16. Not necessarily. One just needs to get the balance of panels and batteries right. In cities 'hydro batteries' (I'm sure there's a more refined term for it) could be an answer. eg - Brisbane has two major dams service it. One feeds into the other. Solar/wind generated power could be used to pump water from the lower dam to the higher one when the sun shines and hydro generated power as the water flows from higher to lower produce power when the sun don't shine. Disregarding 'greeness', Solar/wind and batteries is worth investigating for rural/remote areas to replace hundreds of ks of poles and lines servicing only a few houses.
  17. It was certainly part of a political solution to make it look like the govt had solved a problem that didn't really exist. I think it will have financial and reliability benefits in use in small towns and rural and remote areas. One big battery in a small town of a few thousand all in a few sq k area powered by solar or wind. Home based batteries for houses that are a few, or tens of ks apart. No need for laying of, or upkeep of poles and lines.
  18. I don't read your posts. I'd suggest no one else does. You're a crank. Your opinion does not matter.
  19. Have you been to church today?
  20. Every credible record I've seen has solar as a low source of power. Keep digging. Eventually you'll find something to fit your religion.
  21. When selling my house agents told me the extra foreign owner stamp duty is turning off the Chinese. In QLD that's an extra 7%, bringing duty on purchases of $1m+ to 12.75%! I believe Canada, or at least parts have a similar higher duty for foreigners to.