Thinking of putting your property on Airbnb? Here are five ways to be a hassle-free host

first_imgThis Mermaid Beach property can be leased through Airbnb for $420 per night.IT might sound like an easy way to pocket some extra cash, but opening the door to short-term tenants can be a property owner’s worst nightmare.Listing a property on a short-term rental site such as Airbnb or Stayz can generate income of around $5000 a year for the average Australian host. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE This waterfront mansion at Surfers Paradise is available via Airbnb for $878/night.2. GET INSURANCE!Make sure you have short-term rental insurance.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoUnderstand what makes a valid claim (broken windows, holes in the walls, large stains on the carpet or furniture, large scratches on new floors).Also understand what doesn’t make a valid claim (broken appliances due to normal wear and tear, lost cutlery or crockery — anything of value should be locked away, minor scuff marks). You can book this Surfers Paradise penthouse on Airbnb for $550 per night.3. BE HONESTMake sure your property photography, description, and pricing is accurate and appropriate. While guests expect you to highlight the best points of your property, don’t tell porkies. Nothing guarantees complaints (and bad reviews) faster than overpriced accommodation that looks nothing like the listing. Understand the supply and demand of Airbnb listings in your area for the time you are renting out to set a price that maximises your returns and occupancy. Online short-term rental accommodation service Airbnb. Photo: AFP/Lionel Bonaventure.But it can end up being more of a headache than a helping hand if you fail to read the fine print.Property management company MadeComfy has come up with some tips for potential hosts to understand what’s involved before listing their property online.Here’s how to avoid getting stuck facing huge fines and angry neighbours:1. SCREEN YOUR GUESTS PROPERLYUnderstand the purpose of the visit and make-up of the group. Don’t approve any large groups not suited to your home, check out previous guest reviews, and ensure photo ID for verification. Make sure your guests show courtesy and respect for the property’s permanent neighbours at all times.center_img This Kirra Beach unit can be rented through Airbnb for $194/night.4. ATTENTION TO DETAILIt’s the little things that guests are most likely to remember and recommend about your property. Coffee machine? Make sure the pods are well-stocked. TV and airconditioning? Make sure the remote control batteries work. Unwanted creepy crawlies? Undertake regular, professional pest control. A great guest experience means great reviews for your listing — and that brings more future bookings and enables you to charge a premium. This Balinese beach house in Noosa is available for rent through Stayz.5. MAKE A COMMITMENTRunning an Airbnb property takes time and commitment, so make sure you are in a position to give it both.Unless you can commit your time and headspace 24/7 to running the property, think twice, or get in touch with a property management service that can manage the process for you. RENTERS FLOCK TO BRISBANE ‘BURBS RATES TO REMAIN AT RECORD LOW UNIT PRICE DROPS SLOWlast_img read more

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Danish pensions administrator PKA reports 9% return for 2013

first_imgInvestments at PKA, the DKK195bn (€26.1bn) administrator for five Danish pension funds, generated a 9% return last year, supported by strong returns for quoted equities, the company said.It said the investment return for 2013 was 9%, or DKK13bn, in absolute terms, but added that, including results from the interest-rate hedging portfolio, the return was 4.2%.It said buoyant equity markets in 2013 meant the pension fund’s portfolio of quoted shares contributed positively to the overall return, producing a near-22% profit.Since most of the fund’s equity exposure was passive, it made a return in line with the market return, with very little in costs, PKA said. The fixed income portfolio produced an “extraordinarily good” return of 9% in 2013, according to PKA, which added that this was particularly satisfying in a market environment marked by big price falls as a result of rising yields.Peter Damgaard Jensen, managing director of PKA, said: “PKA has consciously maintained and expanded its exposure to Southern European and Irish bonds, as well as Danish mortgage bonds, and avoided investment in Danish government bonds.”In addition, PKA reduced its sensitivity to interest-rate increases.It had been able to do this because the pension fund was financially sound, Damgaard Jensen said.“We have been able to afford to act long term and be cold as ice,” he said.Absolute return strategies, which had been introduced in the last few years to increase diversification, provided a 13% return last year.Damgaard Jensen said PKA would increase its focus on investments in green investments.“We have had good experiences with the offshore wind farms we have invested in up to now, and we expect to undertake more green investments in 2014,” he said.last_img read more

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Samford Valley’s million dollar views are in demand

first_imgOn 6155sq m, this four-bedroom house at 33 Currell Circuit sold in February.Ms Hutton said demand for properties across the Samford Region varied from house blocks in the village to 40 plus acres, with strong interstate interest.“The buyer of this property was from interstate, but one of the offers came from someone in inner north Brisbane,” she said.Six Samford Valley houses have sold in October, according to CoreLogic data.A six bedroom house at 91 Mount O’Reilly Rd sold for $1.2 million. The house was built in 1990 but feels like a traditional Queenslander.The sale is the second highest for Samford Valley this year, after 33 Currell Circuit sold for $1.75 million in February. The pool at 14 Pinewood Drive.“There was a tremendous response to the house over two open homes,” Ms Hutton said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoBedrooms have direct access to the wrap-around verandah.“Everything was just meticulous and its position on Pinewood Drive which is a quiet, family street.” A pictureque Queenslander built in 1990 with views to the Samford Valley.A GRAND Queenslander on more than 8000sq m has sold in the Samford Valley for $1.315 million.Belle Property Samford agent, Leigh Hutton, said multiple offers were made on the five-bedroom house at 14 Pinewood Drive which was being offered for sale for the first time in 15 years.center_img Two hectares of land and this four-bedroom house sold at 20 Mountain View Court on October 3. YOU HAVEN’T MISSED OUT. THERE ARE MORE HOUSES FOR SALE IN SAMFORD VALLEY. CHECK THEM OUT HERE. This six-bedroom house at 91 Mount O’Reilly Rd, Samford Valley is on 3597sq m and sold on October 12.And a four-bedroom house on 2 hectares at 20 Mountain View Court sold for $1,015,000.last_img read more

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Canada doctors wary of cannabis legalization

first_imgMedical Press 15 October 2018Family First Comment:  Diane Kelsall, editor in chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, called the October 17 launch “a national, uncontrolled experiment in which the profits of cannabis producers and tax revenues are squarely pitched against the health of Canadians… We cannot expect cannabis firms to restrict their growth ambitions or to have use reduction as a goal. Cannabis companies may initially focus on attracting current consumers from black-market sources, but eventually, to maintain or increase profits, new markets will be developed as is consistent with the usual behaviour of a for-profit company.” Exactly. #PeopleBeforeProfits www.VoteNo.nzCanada’s top medical journal warned Monday that the imminent legalization of cannabis for recreation use poses a major health concern despite broad support for ending the prohibition.Diane Kelsall, editor in chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, called the October 17 launch “a national, uncontrolled experiment in which the profits of cannabis producers and tax revenues are squarely pitched against the health of Canadians.”Any increase in pot use “should be viewed as a failure of this legislation” and convince Ottawa to amend the Cannabis Act, she wrote in an editorial in the journal’s online edition.The government defends legalization as intended to get marijuana out of the hands of youths and beyond the control of drug lords.The law has broad popular support, and has generated a booming marijuana industry in anticipation of full legalization, which goes into effect on Wednesday.A survey published Monday found that 70 percent of Canadians support or accept pot legalization. Conducted in early September by Abacus Data, the survey has a 1.79 percent margin of error.READ MORE: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-10-canada-doctors-wary-cannabis-legalization.htmllast_img read more

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Southeastern Career Center gets new director

first_imgSCC Board President and JCD Superintendent Tim Taylor welcomes new SCC Director Derek Marshall.Versailles, Ind. — The Southeastern Career Center Board of Directors has named Derek Marshall as the new director of the center in Versailles. The appointment was announced Monday morning after a thorough interview process.Marshall served as the superintendent of thSCC Board President and JCD Superintendent Tim Taylor presents a retirement plaque to retiring SCC Director Brad Streete Attica Community School Corporation for last six years. He has also been the principal of the Scottsburg High School and the Switzerland County High School.He replaces Brad Street who announced his retirement in the spring of 2017.last_img

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Worrell wins at Shenandoah Virginia Sprint Series opener

first_imgGlenn Worrell was the winner of Saturday’s Virginia Sprint Series opener at Shenandoah Speed­way. (Photo by Jim Haines) Rice was smooth lap after lap while Harris was under pressure from Worrell as his car was start­ing to go away. Worrell went low and got by Rice as Harris found himself dealing with Keeton for third.  Keeton worked on Rice and got by for second but time ran out before he could mount a chal­lenge. Saturday’s feature-only event for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars had Bill Rice and Charlie Ware on the point with Rice out first. Jerald Harris, Worrell and Mike Keeton were all together at the front behind Rice.  By Jim Haines  Laps were winding down and Worrell and Keeton kept the pressure on with Worrell the first to get un­der Rice for the lead as Keeton went to third. SHENANDOAH, Va. (April 13) – Opening night for the Virginia Sprint Series was a pavement race at the beautiful Shenandoah Speedway and when it was over Glenn Worrell was first to the finish line. On Saturday, April 20 it’s off to Hagerstown, Md., Speedway for a co-sanctioned race with the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series that headlines the Open Wheel Easter Eve show. Feature results – 1. Glenn Worrell; 2. Mike Keeton; 3. Bill Rice; 4. Jerald Harris; 5. Chris Ware; 6. Matt Mullins; 7. Charlie Ware; 8. Josh Perreault.last_img read more

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Otter trapping season reaches quota, closes early

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has closed the river otter trapping season after reaching the statewide quota early today, Feb. 3. The season was scheduled to run from Nov. 15 – March 15, or until the quota of 600 river otter was reached.The framework of Indiana’s river otter season was carefully designed to limit the total harvest. Databases and reporting mechanisms allowed for close monitoring of the total season harvest.In addition to the quota, DNR regulations require that successful trappers register their otter within 24 hours. Regulations also require tagging of each pelt at a river otter check station or by authorized DNR personnel.“Licensed trappers had a successful 2019–20 limited river otter trapping season,” said Geriann Albers, furbearer biologist with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. “While the season has closed, the DNR is continuing to collect data from legally trapped river otter to help guide future management decisions.”A report of the otter season will be available in early 2021. Additional information on river otter and the trapping season can be found at wildlife.IN.gov/8499.htm.last_img read more

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Kipyegon adds world title to Olympic 1500m gold

first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsLONDON, England (Reuters) – Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon added the world title to her Olympic gold when she won a superb women’s 1500 metres final in a white-hot London Stadium atmosphere yesterday, judging her charge to perfection and holding off the field.Kipyegon, silver medallist two years ago, took up the running with 600 to go and was stride for stride with in-form Sifan Hassan until the Dutchwoman faded while the Kenyan stayed strong to cross the line in four minutes 2.59 seconds.Jenny Simpson of the United States, the 30-year-old 2011 champion, also showed great track nous as she slipped up the inside and finished like a teenage sprinter to take second.South Africa’s 800 metres specialist Caster Semenya also powered through on the line to grab the bronze.“I knew it would be fast, it is such a quality field,” Kipyegon said. “The best was going to win here. It was always going to be quick and competitive.”After a relatively low-key night’s action, the 55 000 crowd roared their encouragement to home hopes Laura Muir and Laura Weightman to create a vibrant atmosphere.Muir had travelled to Rio de Janeiro with real medal hopes last year after a stellar season but failed to live with the last-lap pace in the Olympic final and finished seventh.CROWD FRENZYThis time she had vowed not to repeat that error and set the pace from the start and, although it was not a particularly punishing one, her positive move sent the crowd into frenzy.After a slow second lap, Kipyegon and Hassan, the fastest over the distance in the world this year, took it up with 600 to go as Muir and Simpson stayed in their wake in a thrilling last 300.But it was the Kenyan who had the superior staying power as she drove through the line for a brilliant win to follow her 2016 triumph at the Olympics in Rio.Hassan, who slipped to fifth, and then Muir, fourth, ran out of gas over the last few metres, allowing Simpson and Semenya, who has barely run a 1500 in her career but has been unbeatable over two laps, to snatch the minor medals.“My coach has been telling me all day, ‘Be willing to run your guts out and you’ll be great’, so I did exactly what she said,” Simpson said.“The last 300 metres in particular I ran my guts out and it paid off.“Having the experience is huge because having the ability to stay calm is so hard. To come out with a medal, I think it was down to keeping my wits about me.”RISKY MOVESimpson said she has now run a remarkable 17 global championship 1500m races and “learned 17 different ways of running them.”“I don’t think I’ve ever passed on the inside before but for a nanosecond I saw that gap open. It’s risky, it could have closed, but it worked out,” she said.Semenya, who will start as favourite to retain her world title over 800m, said she had enjoyed her major championship experience of the longer distance.“It’s just the beginning for me, you’ll be seeing more of me in the 1500,” she said.“I like the challenge and I think I can do better.”Semenya, whose entire career has been run in the spotlight of questions about her hyperandrogenism and the claimed advantage her high natural testosterone levels give her, was less happy to discuss that situation.“I’ve no time for nonsense about medication,” she said. “My focus is on being healthy and competing.”Ethiopia’s defending champion and world record holder Genzebe Dibaba looked short of fitness and finished last.last_img read more

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What we learned from Syracuse’s 80-56 victory over Cornell

first_img Published on December 28, 2016 at 12:14 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Here are three things we learned from the game.Tyus Battle has established himself as clear-cut starterBattle has been receiving treatment for a minor injury to his left foot, which had limited his minutes. Since his first career start against North Florida and starting the next two games, Battle played only 12, 23 and 22 minutes, respectively. He had been held to eight or fewer points in two of Syracuse’s last three outings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his first start since Dec. 10, Battle shined against the Big Red. He posed a threat shooting from the perimeter and on penetrating in the lane. He left the locker room wearing a brace, but said his foot’s “feeling 100 percent.”“I’m feeling a lot more comfortable getting to the basket, which I wasn’t earlier on,” Battle said.The freshman point guard scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range. He made both of his free throws, grabbed three rebounds and had three steals in 32 minutes.“He did a little bit of everything,” fifth-year guard Andrew White said. “He did a better job of getting to the rim tonight, which set up his jump shot. He got in there, got some layups, got some transitions stuff, free throws, and that kind of opened up his 3-pointers.”Despite blowout win, Jim Boeheim still has “no idea” where Syracuse stands right nowAfter Syracuse’s blowout loss to St. John’s last Wednesday, SU head coach Jim Boeheim bluntly assessed his own coaching.“I don’t think I (know what I’m doing) with this team because they’re not doing what we need to win,” Boeheim said Dec. 21.After SU’s blowout win over Cornell, Boeheim echoed similar sentiments.“I have no idea. No idea,” he said when asked where Syracuse now stands ahead of Atlantic Coast Conference play, set to begin Sunday at Boston College.“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he added. “Tonight was a baby, baby step that doesn’t really mean much. But we’ve got to get ready, when we have some time, try to use it constructively and play a little better.”Tyler Roberson can jumpstart the offense, even if it’s only one or two big playsMinutes after he subbed into Tuesday’s game, Tyler Roberson leapt for a floating rebound and threw down a vicious put-back dunk. The senior forward’s slam sparked a dominating SU run that ended the first half. Then point guard John Gillon, who led all players with seven assists, fed Roberson on an alley-oop that put an exclamation point on Syracuse’s first half as the clock expired.“He was the Tyler we know,” said Thompson.The freshman forward referenced the Roberson of last season’s NCAA Tournament, during which he averaged 8.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. But this season, Roberson has hardly contributed. He had scored more than one point in just four of Syracuse’s previous nine games and didn’t even attempt a shot in six minutes during SU’s loss to Georgetown. In Syracuse’s last outing against St. John’s, he went just 0-for-3 from the field.Tuesday against Cornell, however, Roberson threw down two first-half dunks, dished out two assists and blocked two shots. He challenged several others as well, resulting in SU rebounds.“I thought Tyler Roberson gave us a really good first half,” Boeheim said. Then he paused. “A really good (first half), then nothing. But he gave us a really good first half.” Commentscenter_img Six days after Syracuse suffered its worst-ever loss in Carrier Dome history, a 93-60 defeat to St. John’s, the Orange cruised by Cornell (3-9) Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. SU dominated inside, scoring more points near the basket than it has in any game since opening night, save for its blowout victory over Eastern Michigan last week. Tyler Lydon scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Taurean Thompson poured in 18 and Tyus Battle added 16 to pace the Orange.MORE COVERAGESyracuse men’s basketball uses its size advantage to dominate Cornell, 80-56, in final nonconference gameGraphical breakdown of Syracuse men’s basketball’s 80-56 victory over CornellSyracuse fans react to SU’s 24 point victory over Cornelllast_img read more

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