WHEN you are thinking about selling your home, the idea of not paying fees to an agent could seem like a good way to save some money. Many who consider selling their home themselves reason that nobody is more motivated to sell the property than they are. They also suggest that they know the property better than the agent and are the best equipped to answer potential buyers’ questions. So what do you need an agent for? I’m glad you asked!When you sell your property, you are in charge of everything, says Townsville REIQ zone chair Damien Keyes.“That means everything. And even if you’re the kind of person who is really organised, this doesn’t mean you’re the kind of person with plenty of time on your hands to do all the jobs that need doing,” he said. “The list of tasks is extensive. For example, have you booked the photographer, videographer or organised the floorplans?“Do you know how to book the ads in the newspaper or online? Do you know the best package to buy?“When preparing the home for sale — do you know where the best place is to focus your attention for any small renovations or repairs to the home? What are the popular features that are selling homes faster in your suburb?”The reality is that there are myriad decisions that an agent will make as part of the selling process. 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 2020They’ll understand the market better than most because that’s where they operate every day. It’s easy to make a mistake when you’re navigating a completely foreign situation.“Think carefully before you choose to sell your property yourself,” Mr Keyes said. “If you do choose to forego the expertise of an agent, at least make sure you have a legal expert or a legal practitioner on hand who can help with the legal issues.”
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Tomorrow, I think, we’ll take a better look and go from there,” he said.The biggest concern was Paul. He has easily been the best player on the team this season, and was having a fine series. Griffin said he spoke with Paul before Paul left Moda Center.“Yeah, I talked to him,” Griffin said. “I mean, he’s clearly disappointed, upset. But there’s nothing you can do. You try to tell a guy like that, you know, ‘It’s OK, we got you and it’s going to be OK,’ but he’s a competitor and he wants to play, so it’s tough.“It’s not easy dealing with injuries, especially this time of the year, so as his teammates we’ll always have his back and we’ll go from there.”Sixth-man Jamal Crawford spoke in soft tones when assessing the loss of Paul.“Major, major blow,” he said. “I just feel bad for him personally because I know how much he puts into the game and how much he gives himself to the team. We get Blake back,lose Chris. Tough, tough deal.”Griffin missed 45 consecutive games with the quad injury, a fractured right hand and four-game suspension before playing in five of the final seven regular-season games.J.J. Redick dealing with heelJ.J. Redick sat courtside at Moda Center at the morning shootaround.“I just stayed off my feet yesterday,” the Clippers’ shooting guard told reporters.He hasn’t been able to do much between games of late because of a bruised left heel sustained April 12 against Memphis in the second-to-last regular-season game. He had played all three games of this first-round playoff series, and was in the lineup again Monday. He is not himself, though.“It was probably the only time all year that I’ve ever felt tired in a game,” he said, referring to his sub par Game 3 performance that saw him score just five points on 2 of 10 shooting in the Clippers’ 96-88 loss.Redick somehow scored 17 points in each of the first two games of this series on a combined 15 of 27 shooting. But there were times in Game 3 where one could see he was favoring the heel.Redick knows there is nothing he can really do about it for now.“I mean, look, this is something I’m going to have to deal with as long as we’re playing in the playoffs,” he said. “It’s not going to go away.”It might if Redick begged out of playing. Known for his toughness, Redick is not likely to do that.“I think the easiest way to describe it is if I could have two weeks to just lay in bed, I think it would heal,” he said. “Unfortunately, I have to walk to and from things and in a basketball game it requires quite a bit of cutting, planting and stopping, and those things all aggravate it. So every time you play, it doesn’t get better.”Fortunately for Redick, he doesn’t feel it with every step he takes.“Sometimes you get lucky and there’s a plant that’s not on the spot,” he said.Redick had another poor game Monday, scoring just eight points on 3 of 13 shooting.DeAndre Jordan’s poor lineDeAndre Jordan made only 35.2 percent (12 of 34) of his free throws during the first three games. The poor free-throw-shooting Jordan has admitted in the past that sometimes it becomes psychological. Considering he shot just 43 percent this season and has shot 42.1 percent over his seven-year career, that’s understandable.Coach Doc Rivers said at the shootaround he isn’t sure if that’s happening now.“I don’t know if it’s in his head or not,” he said. “But I keep saying for him, every game is individual. You’ve seen games down the stretch he’ll make four in a row, where he’s missed nine straight. I wish I had a crystal ball because I literally don’t know going into the game. One thing I do like, he’s still working on them, he’s watching film of his free throws.“I mean, he’s doing all the preparation that a good free-throw shooter would do – actually, a good free-throw shooter wouldn’t do because you wouldn’t have to, you know, when you think about it. But he’s doing all the right stuff and for me that’s all I can ask as a coach is that he prepares and (does) the right thing.”Jordan said this is not in the front of his mind.“No, I mean, I’m fine. It was only tough because we lost, you know what I mean?” he said of the Clippers’ 96-88 Game 3 loss in which he shot just 3 of 10 from the line. “If we would have won, it wouldn’t have been a problem.”National team in L.A.Team USA’s national team will play five domestic exhibition games as a prelude to the 2016 Rio Games this summer. One of them will be July 24 against China at Staples Center. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers are among the finalists vying for a roster spot. Chris Paul was, but he pulled out. PORTLAND >> To say Clippers coach Doc Rivers and his players were bummed out following Monday’s 98-84 Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center, would be putting it mildly.Not only did the Trail Blazers tie the series 2-2 with Game 5 on Wednesday night at Staples Center, the Clippers lost Chris Paul – probably for the series and the season – when Paul sustained a fracture of the third metacarpal in his right hand during the third quarter.It happened when Paul was guarding Portland’s Gerald Henderson.“Well, I didn’t see the play, I just know he fractured his hand,” Rivers said, glumly. “He’s going to get it evaluated tomorrow, but it obviously doesn’t look very good for him.” That’s not all. Blake Griffin’s partially torn quad tendon is acting up again, and he wasn’t able to play down the stretch. “It doesn’t look great for him, either,” Rivers said. “We’ll see about it tomorrow.”He said Griffin felt it when he planted on the leg.“We’re not sure with Blake yet,” Rivers said. “I would say 50-50 on the next game with him. I expect him to be back, but we don’t know that yet. So I don’t want to say much.”Griffin was asked post-game if he thinks he’ll play Wednesday.
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