first_imgThe Brisbane city skyline looking north from South Brisbane. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.BRISBANE is kicking goals, emerging as the most affordable option for buyers and with the best rental return for investors of all the East Coast cities.The latest Australian Residential Development Review 2018 — out today (Wednesday) — named Greater Brisbane as “the most affordable option for first time buyers” with median house values rising just 0.4 per cent last year to $549,000 and apartment values falling 4.5 per cent to $386,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoCompare that to Melbourne where the median cost of a house was $904,000, or Sydney where it’s upwards of $1.17m. Melbourne’s apartment median was $506,000 (just $49,000 off Brisbane’s house median), while Sydney was even more costly ($737,000).The Knight Frank Research report found Brisbane rental yields leading the East Coast at 4.6 per cent for houses in the December quarter, with apartments at 4.9 per cent. In contrast, Sydney was over a full percentage point lower for both houses (3.1 per cent) and apartments (3.8 per cent).The median rent paid in the Queensland capital has been holding at $400 a week, with apartment rental costs falling 1.3 per cent to $370 a week. Vacancies across Greater Brisbane were at 3 per cent, driven up by the inner suburbs (4 per cent), then the middle (2.1 per cent) and 1.9 per cent in the suburbs 20km-plus away from the CBD.Its tally showed 34,150 houses were sold in Greater Brisbane last year, a 13.5 per cent fall on the previous year, and 11,290 apartments were sold (down 20.2 per cent). FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXlast_img read more


first_imgRussell primarily handled the ball and threw nifty passes no one else could make. Clarkson continued his straight-line progression in which his aggressiveness elevated him last year from a 46th pick to a member on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Randle looked fresher than when the Lakers limited him with restrictions in Summer League, mindful he played only 14 minutes his rookie season before fracturing his right leg. “It felt good because I didn’t feel like I had to force things. All the shots that I missed, I still felt good and comfortable,” Randle said. “Those shots for all of us are shots we usually have been making for a long time. It didn’t fall today. But we have all season where they’ll fall.”Scott dismissed whether his conditioning-heavy practices contributed to the Lakers’ poor shooting numbers as well as conceding 18 points off turnovers. In fact, Scott suggested he will make Monday’s practice harder. “It’s mental,” Scott said. “The running is physical. But from a mental standpoint, you have to think I can’t allow them to be in better shape than I am.”Apparently, those drills affected Bryant’s mindset, too.“My back was a little tight today from all that running,” Bryant said. “We decided to play the first 12 [minutes] and we’ll look to increase it gradually every game.”Scott declined to say how many minutes Bryant would play on Tuesday, let alone in the regular season, after averaging 34.5 minutes last year through only 35 games. But the Lakers hope the younger pieces around him would help him move more off-the-ball and operate largely in the post. The Lakers lacked consistency in doing last season amid both an injury-depleted and unproven roster. “If we can get him into those spots with a live dribble, he’s still very hard to guard,” Scott said of the 37-year-old Bryant. “It’s going to be a very concerted effort to get him the ball to those spots to the best of our ability. We know teams will try to take that away as well. We have to have some alternatives as well to those three or four spots we want to get him to. But for the most part, he’s probably one of the best at making sure he gets to his spot. His setup and footwork is second to none.”That clinic was not on display against Utah. Instead, the Lakers leaned on Lou Williams (14 points on 4-of-12 shooting) and Nick Young (10 points on 4-of-10 shooting).“Out of those two guys, they were the best with the second unit we had,” Scott said. “Our young guys made mistakes. It wasn’t a lack of effort, but it was more used to playing at this level.”Bryant is facing an adjustment period too, leading him to offer more insight on his sarcasm surrounding his own expectations.“I’ll try to be the 93rd best player in the league,” Bryant quipped. “Just be average.” “I thought they were crazy,” Scott said, laughing. “He hadn’t played in 2½ quarters. They didn’t really like I would put him back in , did they?”Bryant sounded more complimentary about the fan reception, calling it “cool” and “great.” Bryant saved his sarcasm on how he thinks he can play in his 20th and perhaps final NBA season.“Nothing,” Bryant said. “Be average.”Few may describe Bryant’s play on Sunday that way where he played the small forward position and mostly deferred to the Lakers’ younger prospects, including D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.Russell (five points), Clarkson (nine) and Randle (seven) all looked rusty and shot a combined 8-of-31 from the field. But they sparked intrigue for various reasons. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img HONOLULU >> The past nine months left Kobe Bryant frustrated over his latest season-ending injury. It left him determined to heal it. And it made the Lakers’ star resolved he can write his comeback story to his liking. But the Lakers’ opening act – a 90-71 preseason loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday at Stan Sheriff Center – featured little compelling drama surrounding Bryant’s return. He scored five points on 1-of-5 shooting and zero assists in 12 minutes, all played in the first quarter. Bryant missed badly on his first field-goal attempt, a contested 3-point jumper over Utah guard Gordon Hayward hitting the right side of the basket. Yet, Lakers coach Byron Scott maintained Bryant “moved well and felt well” before saying he would play more against Utah here on Tuesday.That could provide some solace to the sell-out crowd here that constantly chanted Bryant’s name late in the fourth quarter in hopes he would return.last_img read more