Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Clare Valley Riesling Race Day

The Clare Valley Riesling Race Day to be held on Sunday 11th March is an exciting event on the SA racing calendar forming part of the new March Adelaide Cup Carnival long weekend. In preparation for the Adelaide Cup the following day the Clare Valley Race Club allows race goers the opportunity to experience the beautiful Clare Valley Region in a relaxed, sociable environment.

The Clare Valley is world-famous for its sensational Rieslings, so what better way to celebrate these fine wines than at a race day ? Clare Valley Racing Club General Manager, Brett Woodhouse is very excited about the prospects of this event “Long weekends in the Clare Valley are always popular and this will be no exception. Early hospitality bookings are strong with the club fielding a number of enquiries from various parts of South Australia and interstate” he said. “We will be running buses from Adelaide for people who are here for the Adelaide Cup Carnival therefore exposing the Valley to a number of new visitors”.

Trackside will be brimming with excitement, with The Air @ Clare Marquee sponsored by Toop&Toop, the Clare Valley Wine Marquee and a full program of racing including the Armagh Financial Services Apprentice Series. There will also be free childrens activities. In years to come there is no doubt that this day is set to become part of a long tradition similar to the Clare Easter Saturday races which now regularly attracts over 8,000 people.
What a great way to get away and warm-up for the SKYCITY Adelaide Cup.
For more information
Brett Woodhouse
General Manager
Clare Valley Racing Club
Ph: 0411 877479 or email: cvrc@bigpond.com


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Monday, February 12, 2007

Look on the bright side and you’ll find a real-estate hot spot

Date: February 6, 2007
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Author: David Potts
Still, it’s not bleak everywhere. While it might be going a bit far to talk about hot spots, there are certainly some thermal springs around.
One of which isn’t Perth, the star performer of recent years thanks to the resources boom.
“The next year for the west coast will look very different,” Rod Cornish, head of property research at Macquarie Bank warns.
While prices in the outer suburbs are expected to drop, others will “revert to the long-term average this year” - which will still be quite a slowdown.
Where will this year’s winner be then?
Adelaide, says Michael McNamara of Australian Property Monitors.
You’re not the only one who didn’t pick that. Just remember you read it here first, and possibly last. It’s not as if Adelaide prices have been shooting up while we weren’t looking, but they’ve certainly been rising.
“It’ll be the star performer of all the capitals,” McNamara says. “It’s only had modest growth despite its proximity and the resources boom.”
As well, the Adelaide-Darwin rail link, he predicts, will “boost the military infrastructure”. And even though Perth and Darwin have shot ahead, Adelaide “is so well located for mining executives who want easy access to Mount Isa, Broken Hill, Olympic Dam and Perth,” he adds.
Parts of Sydney and Melbourne - the top end, inner city and beach suburbs where there tend to be “supply issues” - are also tipped to do well in the next year or so. But the most other, more interest-rate sensitive, suburbs can expect is stagnancy.
The map below shows other hot spots identified by Australian Property Monitors. But I can let you into a little secret . . . you can still get a three-bedroom place with an ocean view for under $300,000 on the Bass Coast, east of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
The mini metropolitan cities of Newcastle, Wollongong and Geelong also appear to be offering better value, having experienced lower price rises and having shown more resilience to the slowdown than in their nearby mother capitals.
And the gentrification of Fortitude Valley is one to watch in Brisbane.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Does photography capture your home?

At Toop&Toop we believe how we portray your home to potential buyers can make all of the difference in capturing their imagination, as to how they could make your home their own!

To provide this support to our clients we have invested in the latest camera equipment and have an amazing photographer as part of our team.

List with us and you will be able to spend time with Brad as he captures the essence of your home.

What has been special to you will no doubt be what makes buyers dream of sharing the same experiences.

We don’t believe that taking second rate images puts your home in the best possible light.
Don’t settle for second best!

Karen Raffen, CEO


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