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johnsmith

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So today, we went to that Crystal place near pacific fair shopping centre.... did the salt room therapy ....I think it helped with clearing my stuffy sinus a bit!
When I do some looking around their store afterwards, I see these books...cooking on salt blocks. Himalayan salt blocks.
How weird is that!
Anyone tried it?
I tried the Salt rooms once, although not the ones you're talking about. My wife is a fan of them and packs the kids there whenever one gets sick.

In Romania they have salt caves, where you can go and spend the day. There are all sorts of activities to keep you occupied ranging from table tennis, golf, snooker, bowling, boats to paddle around a lake (in the cave), kids playground and even a bar to grab a drink. Apparently doctors over there often tell patients with respiratory or skin conditions to go spend a day at the caves.

https://www.wheretwogoto.com/fun-and-therapy-in-a-romanian-salt-mine/
 

Lols

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Geez Greg and John...that salt mine in Poland and Romania!
OMG!!
Wow factor!

I do think my stuffy sinus had improved since that hour in the Himalayan salt room in the Gold Coast.

might look for one around home here.
 

Lols

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Real estate has gone absolutely nuts nuts. For the last 6 months, any property in my area has sold within the first week. Agents can't keep up with demand.
I don’t get it... except that it’s cheaper for renters to now get loans at very low interest rates, cheaper than paying rent.
Cheap money is the driving force.
Up on the Gold Coast.... anything up to $1.5 mil sells quick.... but getting to over $2 to $2.6 mil isn’t getting sold.
Passed in at auctions etc.
One place we had a sticky nose in wanted $2.6 mil and were offered $2.25 mil.... the offer is for land and position value only... the place is getting knocked down if the would-be-buyer gets the deal.
Sad to see this place neglected and no one going there for some time.
Amazing views from upstairs lounge, dining and kitchen area of the Broadwater.

1 Jennifer Avenue, Runaway Bay, Qld 4216
https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-qld-runaway+bay-135694526
 

HBS Guy

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I finally sold that bloody block I bought after selling the GT one. Get out of it without losing much.
 

SethBullock

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Real estate has gone absolutely nuts nuts. For the last 6 months, any property in my area has sold within the first week. Agents can't keep up with demand.
Same here. According to Zillow.com my home has gone up in value 5.3% in the last 30 days. If I were to put it on the market, it would probably sell on Day 1. There is a severe housing shortage in this area. Even very expensive homes, $1 million+, are getting sold immediately, often after a bidding war between potential buyers.
 

johnsmith

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Same here. According to Zillow.com my home has gone up in value 5.3% in the last 30 days.
House across the road from me sold at auction yesterday. It is slightly smaller than my place and I have a pool and they didn't, but otherwise the houses are similar in that they are both 3 bedrooms and need modernising. It sold at 21% more than I paid for my place 2 years ago. By the time I finish my renovations I hope to push that up to a 40% increase although at the rate I'm going who knows what the market will be doing by then.

I don’t get it...
30 000 (net) people have moved to SE qld in the last year ... supply is short. Even rentals are difficult to find now. A friend of mine has a property that his father listed and within 24 of listing he received 130 applications for it.

The only thing not going up on the GC is unit prices (for our American friends, I believe you call units 'condominiums). And thats because there are over 80 000 units for holiday rentals alone on the GC and tourism has crashed with covid.
 

HBS Guy

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About 20,000 more people enter Tassie than leave it. Not sure of the very recent numbers.
 

Lols

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30 000 (net) people have moved to SE qld in the last year ... supply is short. Even rentals are difficult to find now. A friend of mine has a property that his father listed and within 24 of listing he received 130 applications for it.

The only thing not going up on the GC is unit prices (for our American friends, I believe you call units 'condominiums). And thats because there are over 80 000 units for holiday rentals alone on the GC and tourism has crashed with covid.
Hey John, surely not last year as there was a border lockdown only open in December.
I would say, since December to now there’s been a huge escape to Qld of 30,000 ppl.
That means more than usual!
Hence makes sense why property prices have sky rocketed. And why in our area in Coombabah, hardly any homes for sale as couple years ago.
I see in real estate windows “sold” sticker on two thirds of flyers.
Glad we bought when we did 14 years ago for $285K
And it hardly moved up... until 3 years ago was worth barely $100k more after all those years!
That bs about doubling every 10 years....
Well, now it’s worth $550K but.... trouble is, every other property has gone up too.
And money is worth crap at .7% in the bank.
We like that house, it’s good and solid, just got new fence (colourbond steel). It’s got new carpets, new rev cycle 7kw air con. Easy maintenance small block, no body Corp.
This is what we always liked, something with no body Corp, sinking fund etc.
 

johnsmith

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Hey John, surely not last year as there was a border lockdown only open in December
In the last 12 months Lols ... even with the border closure people were buying properties up here in preparation, sight unseen.

That bs about doubling every 10 years....
It's an AVERAGE lols .... on average, property prices in Australia double every 7 years (not 10). Of course, what happens in Sydney and Melbourne has a huge effect on the average that might not always be evident in prices elsewhere. The GC property market is very volatile ... it has huge rises in price, but it also has some of the biggest falls in property prices ... especially so with the 'unit' market.

Well, now it’s worth $550K but.... trouble is, every other property has gone up too.
you can only ever cash on on property booms if you don't have to buy again or if you sell and move to a new cheaper area. Otherwise you're just exchanging one overpriced property for another
 

Lols

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In the last 12 months Lols ... even with the border closure people were buying properties up here in preparation, sight unseen.



It's an AVERAGE lols .... on average, property prices in Australia double every 7 years (not 10). Of course, what happens in Sydney and Melbourne has a huge effect on the average that might not always be evident in prices elsewhere. The GC property market is very volatile ... it has huge rises in price, but it also has some of the biggest falls in property prices ... especially so with the 'unit' market.



you can only ever cash on on property booms if you don't have to buy again or if you sell and move to a new cheaper area. Otherwise you're just exchanging one overpriced property for another
That’s a given.
Speaking of property booms .... back in the early to mid 80s, a 3 br brick home was about $60k
A friend had sold her home, and put money in bank for a while... then within a few months, while she was in limbo, property went up double, just like that!
And her money in bank was still worth $60k yet house she sold was then worth $120k
Boy, was she spewing she missed that boom.
And was never able to buy another house since!
 

pinkeye

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ah yes... luck plays a big role in our lives.

the 'what if's ?' in every individual life happen continually.. every second as a matter of course.

Literally anything can happen.. many of us seek succour and perceive safety in our daily routines. In numbers, and lists, and plans.

Really tho deep down we know we are creatures of chaos, and chaos is when we are truly alive. The rest of our days are spent pretending everything is fine.. while chaos exists all around us.
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
chaos indeed includes change.... but uncontrolled change, not a manageable process for us , it may well provide benefits... and also , unforeseeable consequences that ALL our actions precede.

We act with no clear idea of the outcomes. We see it every day.
We do it every day.
 
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pinkeye

Wonder woman
We go shopping in the car.

We get t-boned at an intersection when another car goes through a Red light. We are seriously injured, can't work and lose our job and our home. No reliable witnesses...Insurance Co. plays hardball, delays delays.. lots of rehab and lots of Court..!!

Chaos.....it happens all the time every day, everywhere. If YOU think you are living the good life? treasure every moment.
Tomorrow is another day.
 

HBS Guy

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I went through that, Pinky, March 1986.

A lying son of a bitch said it was my fault.

I reached the intersection, green light, looked to the right—always some idiots about—looked to the front again, blue streak, BANG!

My joint problems date to that, I think.

But stasis is death. Chaos, change offers solutions.
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
It happens every day Monk.
Sorry to hear about your experience. I suspect every one has a story....
I agree that stasis = death.
Brain dead, ignorant and bellicose, and basically ineffectual.

We either learn from our experience, or we repeat it.
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
Just finishing what may well be my first Grisham novel.
Can't remember reading him before, altho I like courtroom drama/mysteries.

It is pap, but .. it isn't a bad read.

A Time for Mercy.
 
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