A property open for inspection at Marriot Street St Kilda. Picture: Andrew Henshaw“HOW much is it per week?”“Can we put nails in the wall?”“Who do we call if we break something?”These are just some of the questions first home buyers ask real estate agents during an open home when a property is for sale, not rent — revealing just how little many people know about what buying a home involves.Ray White Wilston principal Alistair Macmillan said he could not believe some of the questions he was being asked when opening listed properties up to the public for inspection. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Crowds wander through a house during a home inspection. Image: AAP/Julian Smith.Once, Mr Macmillan said he had to conduct an open home at a tenanted property while one of the renters was asleep in the main bedroom.“Selling properties that are tenanted can be very challenging,” he said.Mr Macmillan said other interesting questions included prospective buyers asking about the body corporate costs of a freehold property and asking for an agent’s bank account details to transfer a deposit. Crowds gather for a home inspection. Image: AAP/Angelo Velardo.So much so that it got him and his agency thinking about some of the funniest questions and scenarios they have been presented with.“Although it might seem ridiculous, we have been asked by prospective buyers things like; ‘Are pets ok?’ ‘Is there any issue having a dog at the property?’ Even questions about the size of the dog,” Mr Macmillan said.“With first home buyers I think it’s a real mental shift.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago OWNERS PAID THOUSANDS, SOLD FOR MILLIONS Ray White Wilston even put together a video, featuring Mr Macmillan and two professional actors, to offer a tongue-and-cheek look at just how clueless some prospective buyers can be. This home at 180 Thistle St, Gordon Park, is for sale.Shockingly, Mr Macmillan said one of his female agents was once told by a prospective buyer at an open home that the floors were so well polished, he could see the colour of her underwear.He said it was not uncommon for people to be locked inside a home after an inspection because they had decided to use the bathroom and the agent did not realise they were still inside. LAVISH BRISBANE SKY HOME SELLS AT HUGE DISCOUNT This home at 180 Thistle St, Gordon Park, is for sale. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00 The video was created to help promote a new listing at 180 Thistle Street, Gordon Park, aimed at first home buyers.
The first round of the Major League Baseball playoffs was something of a letdown. Face it, there is more suspense and drama in the typical game of beer baseball than there was in the Divisional playoffs: three clean sweeps and a 3-1 series in which the biggest storyline had to do with whether or not the Yankees and their blowhard owner will make the monumental mistake of firing a man who has taken the team to 12 straight playoff appearances. (Sure, it would be nice for George Steinbrenner to get some hardware for the $200 million he spends every season, but in the last six years, the MLB playoffs have turned into a giant crapshoot. It’s hard to fault Joe Torre too much.)Except for the first of the month, when the Rockies-Padres epic went 13 innings, October has hardly had the riveting, edge-of-your seat action Dane Cook promised in all those commercials. To the unaffiliated fan, “Actober” has been kind of lame, which is ironically fitting for anyone unfortunate enough to have seen any of Cook’s classic performances.In the spirit of “Actober,” let’s spice the playoff picture up a little bit by taking a look at the four League Championship teams and their corollaries from the sports silver screen.Colorado Rockies as the California Angels (“Angels in the Outfield”)No one expected the deadbeat Angels to make a glorious second-half of the season comeback. Wallowing near the bottom of the division, it took a miracle (several, actually) for the Halos to win the American League West. The Rockies took a similar path. While there were, to the best of my knowledge, no crazed Rockies fans giving Clint Hurdle the George Knox treatment and screaming for him to “Go back to Cincinnati,” the Rockies were in fourth place in the National League West for much of the season before a miraculous late-season 13-1 run vaulted them into a playoff for the Wild Card. As anyone who saw that crazy game could see, the Rockies needed some divine intervention to win. What other explanation could there be for a three-run comeback against the all-time saves leader and Matt Holliday being ruled safe at home when Padres’ catcher Michael Barrett clearly had the plate blocked. My guess would be that that game’s home plate umpire, Tim McClelland, was not ruling Holliday safe as much as he was extending his arms out in order to flap them like J.P. and Roger did whenever they saw an angel. Or not.Arizona Diamondbacks as the Hickory Huskers (“Hoosiers”)Somehow, someway, the Diamondbacks managed to win more games than any other team in the National League. If you look at the statistics alone, it would be hard to imagine Arizona being a team that would win 90 games and sweep the first round of the playoffs. The Diamondbacks roster is not laden with huge superstar talents or big egos. Instead, Arizona plays with an all-for-one mentality. As for offense, the D-Backs are about as close to a “five pass before a shot” attack there is in baseball. Arizona had the second-worst team batting average in baseball and scored 20 fewer runs than it allowed during the regular season.But what carried both the Diamondbacks and the Huskers to big victories was a gritty, hard-nosed style of play. If D-Backs outfielder and hustler-extraordinaire Eric Byrnes had lived in rural Indiana during the mid-1950s, you can bet he would have bought into Norman Dale’s tough style of play. He probably would have even given the Huskers a second go-to option behind Jimmy Chitwood.The Cleveland Indians as the Cleveland Indians (Major League)Eric Wedge’s Indians squad may not be quite the same ragtag group that Lou Brown managed, but they do have the same opportunity: bring the championship-starved city of Cleveland its first World Series title since 1948.Both squads have/had a hard-throwing young gun on the pitching staff — for the film incarnation of the Tribe, it was Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn; for the 2007 version, it’s Fausto Carmona. Carmona struggled in the closer role for the Indians last season; Vaughn struggled at times as well. All that’s different between the two Indians is a lack of Bob Uecker’s play-by-play and a manager intent on making the team as bad as possible. That, and the fact the real Indians actually play in Cleveland, as opposed to movie Indians, which played in pseudo-home parks in Milwaukee and Baltimore. Still, you can see Travis Hafner and Pedro Cerrano trading home runs blow-for-blow.Boston Red Sox as Team USA (D2)Sure, the whole Red Sox craze has gone on a little (lot) too long. I can’t count on all my digits how many people, Red Sox “fans,” have come out of the woodwork after the team’s improbable comeback during the 2004 playoffs. So comparing them to team USA is not to claim they are America’s Team. Instead, the similarities between the two teams are so striking that they are hard to ignore. Both teams overcame troubled pasts (Team USA while the Ducks and, before that, District 5; the Red Sox with that whole curse thing) to rise to national prominence. To win the Minnesota State Pee-Wee Championship, the Ducks had to go through their arch-nemesis: Jack Reilly and the hated Hawks. The Red Sox had to overcome Steinbrenner and the Yankees. Uncanny.On the field, the Red Sox rely on its own pair of Bash Brothers: Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. While the jury is still out on whether they would be able to hang with Dean Portman and Fulton Reed in a brawl, what is known is Papi and Manny can hit a ball as hard as a Reed slapshot. The knucklepuck/ball is also a vital part of both teams’ games. Tim Wakefield’s dancing ball leaves hitters looking foolish in the same way Russ Tyler’s knucklepuck leaves goaltenders swatting at air. (Now if only Wakefield would secretly head out to centerfield and throw out a runner at home while Wedge stands on the top dugout step yelling in a thick Midwestern accent, “The centerfielder!!!”)There you have it. While it is tough to pick against any of the teams remaining in the playoffs, I’m going with the Ducks, I mean, Red Sox to win the World Series. Even without Julie “The Cat” Gaffney.Ben is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Is D2 the best movie ever made? Quite possibly. Share your thoughts on the MLB playoffs or great teams from sports movies at [email protected]
Brighton, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed his side’s maturity as Premier League contenders after breaking down an obdurate Brighton thanks to Mohamed Salah’s 50th-minute penalty in a 1-0 win on Saturday.Klopp’s men had lost their last two games in very contrasting fashion as Manchester City inflicted Liverpool’s only Premier League defeat of the campaign nine days ago before a much-changed side lost in the FA Cup to Wolves.Liverpool were far from their fluent best on England’s south coast, but ground out a vital win to move seven points clear of City at the top of the table thanks to a 13th clean sheet in 22 league games this season.“The headline before the game was ‘be ready’, the headline after the game is ‘very mature’,” said Klopp.“It’s so important. On the good days everybody can win; on average days not a lot of teams can win football games and, on a bad day, only a few can win.“Today was not a bad day but it was a difficult day because Brighton is doing really well.”Salah was just one a number of first-team regulars to return from Monday’s defeat by Wolves, but the Egyptian and the rest of Liverpool’s forward line were starved of service before the break as Brighton sat deep and the visitors dominated possession without any cutting edge.“It was very hard but that is how it is,” added Klopp. “I liked the performance. It wasn’t an opera of football but it was a really nice song.”– Salah’s signal of intent –Salah immediately signalled a change in Liverpool’s intent after half-time as his powerful shot at the end of a purposeful run was well saved by David Button. Brighton, though, were architects of their own downfall moments later. Salah was given too much room inside the area to turn and Pascal Gross then hauled down last season’s Premier League player of the year.“I feel for Pascal because Mo Salah is probably the most dangerous player once he gets in those positions one on one,” said Brighton boss Chris Hughton, who had no complaints over the penalty award.Salah stepped up to blast the penalty past Button and move level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane as the league’s top-scorer on 14 goals for the season.One moment of madness from Gross undid Hughton’s gameplan to defend and frustrate the league leaders.Yet, the German midfielder had a chance to make amends almost immediately with Brighton’s best opportunity to level, but his shot was bravely blocked by Fabinho.From then on Liverpool looked more likely to add to their lead than concede as Firmino’s fierce strike from outside the box was placed too close to Button before Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane fired wide.Salah passed up a glorious chance two minutes from time when he turned James Milner’s driven cross wide from point-blank range.That could have proved costly when Florin Andone escaped in behind the Liverpool defence in stoppage time, but his low cross found no takers.And Liverpool held out to ensure a largely forgettable 90 minutes could be remembered as another important step on course to the title come May.Share on: WhatsApp
Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick has been suspended by the National Football League for testing positive for drugs, admitting that he ingested illicit narcotics during a vacation trip to Mexico.The ex-boyfriend of “Basketball Wives L.A.” star Draya Michele (or so she says they are split up) is banned from playing in the first four games of the 2014-15 regular season because he tested positive for PEDs. He said that his girlfriend at the time — we assume that it was Draya Michelle — convinced him to take a foreign substance for his benefit. He said it turned out to be “mollies.”Just how did he allow his gold-digging, bottom-feeding girlfriend to convince him to take a foreign substance is beyond most Cowboys fans and critics alike.Scandrick has already appealed the suspension and lost. His four-game ban is upheld.Scandrick is a significant blow for a Cowboys defense that ranked dead last in the NFL in 2013. Moreover, with defensive end DeMarcus Ware and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher leaving in the offseason, and linebacker Sean Lee out for the season with a devastating ACL tear, Scandrick leaves the Cowboys’ defense dangerously thin and they threaten to be even worse than last year.Scandrick was the Cowboys’ top cornerback last season and one of the team’s few bright spots on defense through the first two weeks of training-camp practices.Scandrick’s image and team leadership role are severely compromised as he was considered one of the team’s emotional leaders and well-respected among his defensive peers.Scandrick had just signed a five-year, $25 million contract extension before the start of the 2011 season. The 2013 extension added $9 million in guaranteed money.This was resultant from Scandrick’s dramatically improved play. He set career-highs last season for tackles (70), pass breakups (15) and interceptions (two). Last season, he ranked fifth on the team in tackles, second in pass breakups and third in interceptions.Worse, his competition for the starting defensive back position with Claiborne is finished. But Clairborne hasn’t finished a practice since July 29 while battling right knee tendinitis and he has battled injuries the past few seasons, opening the way for Scandrick’s emergence. He said he’s close to returning. Claiborne and Carr could be back in team drills this week.Yesterday, Scandrick released a statement following his suspension announcement through his agent. The agent also added a statement of his own. See what he and the agent have to say below: