Archives for February 2007

Construction Climate – Australia and NZ

In its Construction Cost Commentary for January 2007, the Rider Hunt offices report tendering activity continues to surge in most Australian cities, Sydney being the only location bucking the trend. In New Zealand, sustained levels of Building Consents and the coming on-line of some major projects indicate continued high levels of activity in 2007.

What I’ve done is to bring you some extracts from that report, And you’ll notice that Brisbane, Perth and Darwin are currently the strongest markets.
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Mind Bender #3 : Solution

Last month, a couple of people suggested that I needed to “raise the bar” a little. And, judging from the handful of responses that came back … it seems this Mind Bender may have slowed few of them down.

In fact, I think there were actually only three of you, who managed to finally work it out.

Here is the solution you needed …
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Mind Bender # 3 : The Versatile No. 7

A few people suggested that last month’s Mind Bender might have been too easy. So, here’s something to mull on over the weekend.

A large part of your success in Commercial property investing will come form your ability to combine the familiar aspects of a deal, in a completely new and more profitable way.
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Australia’s Skills Shortage — Relief in Sight

You would have seen a fair amount of publicity about there being a looming skills shortage. And with the Construction industry, it still remains a dominant concern.

However, a recent survey conducted by Davis Langdon suggests there is a “glimmer of hope, with varying degrees of easing recorded across all trades.”
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Would you Treasure a piece of Ashes’ History?

If you’re a bit of a cricketing fanatic like me … you would have been delighted with the recent 5-Nil result.

And you’ve probably noticed how _Baggygreen_ or _Ninemsn’s Sportshop_ are promoting loads of memorabilia, every time you watch the cricket. Much of it is very commercial, and often related to the three retiring members of the Test team.

However, I’ve just come across something a “little different and rather unique”:http://www.collinsfinearts.com.au/cart/affiliates/jrox.php?id=1.
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