CoreLogic’s Tim Lawless said there was some definite softening of property prices.AS price growth has started to drop in Australia’s powerhouse southern property markets, Brisbane prices have held firm.Preliminary analysis of the property market’s performance in January reveals that while Brisbane’s property prices have not gone up, unlike other capital cities, they have not gone down either.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said when the monthly figures were released on Thursday the figures would show a drop nationally in property values of about 0.5 per cent.For the first 29 days of the month, the majority of capital cities recorded falls in dwelling values.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoSydney was down 0.8 per cent, Melbourne was down 0.2 per cent and Adelaide about 0.2 per cent.“Brisbane is looking absolutely flat, I suppose the positive thing to say is we are not seeing a decline over the month, based on the month to date,’’ he said.“We are not seeing a rise either there is a high likelihood it is still the unit market dragging things a bit lower. The detached housing market has seen fairly stable conditions across Brisbane, but there has been this drag down affect from the apartment market, which is likely attributable to concerns around supply and buyer caution.Mr Lawless said at this time of year the market was more volatile due to the low number of sales.“ I think we will get a firmer reading of the market when we see our numbers in February even though we do see fewer observations during January, I think we are still getting a feel based on listing numbers, based on early indicators from the auctions that we have not seen the market move through the bottom of its downturn.“I’d be quite surprised if we were seeing market bottoming out now, if that were the case there would have to be some sort of catalyst being lower mortgage rates or a loosening of credit policies and we are simply are not seeing anything like that.
Next time you see Fred Claire, catch him up with all that.“People ask me about the Dodgers all the time,” said Claire, who lives in Pasadena. “I have to tell them I don’t know.”He has a general idea, but, like most of us, no compelling visual evidence. Claire worked for the Dodgers for 29 years, after he covered them for the Press-Telegram. When they last won the World Series, in 1988, he was the general manager.But unless Claire retreats to his second home in the desert, where he can get Time Warner Cable SportsNet, he is as helpless to watch the Dodgers’ Zero Dark 2014 as the rest of us.For the first time, the Dodgers will not show one single game over the air. And even in areas served by Time Warner, the games are not often shown by cable and satellite carriers. Editor’s note: Mark Whicker has been a sports columnist in Southern California for 27 years. This is his first weekly Sunday column for the Los Angeles News Group.Clayton Kershaw was the National League’s Pitcher of the Month and threw a no-hitter at Colorado.Yasiel Puig is hitting .312 and headed for the All-Star Game.Dee Gordon is leading the league in steals. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Broadcasters Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin don’t get the Dodgers. Organist Nancy Bea Hefley doesn’t get the Dodgers. Seventy percent of the area doesn’t get the Dodgers. Nobody really gets why.You have heard the arguments, especially from DirecTV, which refuses to accept Time Warner’s demand of $4 to $5 per subscribing household. But even if the parties were inclined to agree, larger forces are at work. AT&T’s purchase of DirecTV and Comcast’s merger with Time Warner must be approved by Washington.Meanwhile, Dodger fans pray for a no-hitter or some other dramatic anomaly that will be picked up on the fly by the MLB Network, like the no-hitters by Kershaw and Josh Beckett, Those provided confirmation that the club was still wearing blue.An average of 52,000 viewers caught Kershaw’s no-walk, 15-strikeout no-hitter live on Time Warner, although it swelled to 92,000 in the late innings. Last year on Fox Sports, the Dodgers lured an average of 220,000.This can’t be what advertisers had in mind. “It’s a situation that can cause a lot of heartburn,” said Roger Beahm, who teaches marketing at Wake Forest University. “The advertisers have to find other avenues because they’re not getting the reach or the frequency they hoped for.”Beahm points out that advertisers are usually compensated in situations like this. But will the ad agencies be so eager next year?The Dodgers themselves don’t seem panicked. Their radio ratings have exploded, primarily because the radio is the only source for Scully, at least for three innings. Attendance hit 2 million in the Dodgers’ 43rd home date and projects to 3.741 million, slightly below last season.But Claire worries about the retirement-home inhabitants who looked forward to gathering around their friend Vin every night after dinner. And the kids who are just discovering baseball and are lured, by default, by a magnetic center fielder in Anaheim. The Angels’ ratings on Fox Sports are also significantly higher than in 2013.“You think about the connections that are missing, the allegiances that were once forming,” Claire said. “I think it’s a concern.”It is possible to find the Dodgers in places where everybody knows your name, but call ahead. On Monday night in Seal Beach, an Irish establishment had Time Warner. “Time to turn up the sweet voice of Vin,” said the bartender, hoping to drown out the Yankee game on ESPN.But another Irish place, perhaps a 15-minute jog away, did not carry the Dodgers. “DirecTV,” said the woman who was serving. “If we change, we lose the football.”She was referring to the NFL Sunday Ticket package that fills the seats from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the fall. It is exclusive to DirecTV and, for many proprietors, is too precious to lose just to pick up the Dodgers. Besides, baseball isn’t really a party sport.On Second Street in Long Beach, also known as Breathalyzer Boulevard, a well-established sports bar was showing eight major-league games, none of them Dodgers. A few doors down, the Dodgers were playing, in front of a larger, louder clientele, although few revelers were actually watching — you know, kind of like a live Dodgers game.But it is easy to forget that Dodger TV, as a given, is a relatively new thing.The Brooklyn Dodgers showed most of their home games on TV, and owner Walter O’Malley thought it wounded his attendance. When the Dodgers and Giants moved west in 1958, the Dodgers only showed their games in San Francisco, an agreement O’Malley made with Giants owner Horace Stoneham.Scully was a radio presence then. All the transistor radios in Dodger Stadium turned the place into Scully’s loudspeaker. As the years progressed, the Dodgers expanded their road presence, showing Sunday games, but even in 1975 they telecast only 21 games.On July 17, 1964, an experiment called Subscription TV telecast its first game from Dodger Stadium. Fans could buy the game for $1.50. The Dodgers beat the Cubs, 3-2, and the announcers were Frank Sims, who later became the Angels’ traveling secretary, and former front office executive Fresco Thompson.It only reached a 4-square-mile area, and Subscription TV was later sued. By the time the California Supreme Court ruled in its favor, it was out of business.Various cable channels established beachheads at the stadium. “ON TV,” with Eddie Doucette, became the forerunner to Prime Ticket and then Fox Sports, but even in 1999 you could only see the Dodgers 46 times on the road and 35 times at home.Somehow we did not feel entitled to see everything they did, as we do today. That is why the Dodgers/Time Warner impasse is so disruptive for so many.You mean we can see Costa Rica-Uruguay in the World Cup, 30 college basketball games every Saturday, every single NBA and NHL playoff game, all-day coverage of Wimbledon and the PGA Tour, the minor-league NASCAR tour and even a high school slam-dunk contest … and not the Dodgers?Relief is looming. Provided the Dodgers begin playing up to their price tag, they will be in the playoffs. And then everyone can watch.Until then, the summer of ’14 will be remembered as the time when the Dodgers, and their partners in profit, separated the You from the Tube. read more
Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers As the Lakers have learned in the most painful way this season, being healthy is half the battle. And even in an ugly season that has been marred by unmet expectations, Wagner figures to make the most of it. He’s a big personality waiting for an audience, one that he hopes to find as the Lakers try to fish some upside out of the final stretch.Walton saw some promise against Boston, the kind that he’ll likely lean on as the Lakers continue to limit James’ minutes and turn toward their youth.As Walton put it: “It’s something to build on.” He is sometimes spectacular, such as the possessions when he dashed ahead of the defense in transition against Boston, finishing long alley-oop passes from James and Rajon Rondo. He sometimes has the kind of clips he’d rather fast-forward through, such as when he missed a dunk Wednesday night against the Nuggets, taking off a little too far from the hoop.But the biggest takeaway the veterans had from Wagner’s 22-point, 6-rebound, 3-assist, 1-block night was the energy with which he played. And for Wagner, that seems to be a constant.“He competed, which is what you expect out of young guys,” Rondo said. “But he competed, he took his shots when he was open. He got to the free throw line, knocked ‘em down with confidence.”The element Wagner’s always possessed is charisma and outgoing energy. From his days at Michigan, even as a freshman when he didn’t start, he’s been a trash talker. Even among the Lakers now, he’s one of the mouthiest players on the floor.But without backing up his brashness, they would be empty words. Wagner is a winner too, anchoring the Wolverines’ run to national title runner-up last season. After testing the NBA draft waters after his sophomore year, he came back as a junior even more determined not just to develop as a player, but to win.“I think Moe is a natural leader,” Michigan assistant Saddi Washington said in an interview earlier this season. “He wasn’t ever afraid to speak up. He wanted to excel when the lights came on. He embraced the moment.”As a German native, Wagner knows he’s obliged to talk about the influence of Dirk Nowitzki, whom he does appreciate and respect. He knows because he’s 6-foot-11, white, and can shoot, the comparisons with his country’s greatest basketball hero are somewhat inevitable.But the player he’s always wanted to be is Kevin Garnett, which explains the grittiness, the defensive energy and love of trash-talking. It might also explain why Wagner gets along with Rondo, who followed Garnett as a mentor from his Celtics days.After Svi Mykhailiuk got traded in February, Rondo needed a shooting partner for his post-practice 3-point bouts against LeBron James and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, as well as assistants Miles Simon and Brian Shaw. Wagner volunteered, eager to get in on the game.Rondo joked that since he teamed up with Wagner, the duo is 0 for 10 in the game – “he thinks he can shoot,” he said. But there’s an undeniable warmth there, a sense that Rondo sees in Wagner what Wagner sees in himself. It helps that Wagner has been good about his “rookie duties,” the errands veterans make newcomers run, but Rondo’s admiration is more substantial than that.“I love the way he talks, and how he plays,” Rondo said. “He plays with a chip on his shoulder and he talks a lot of trash, so the more he scores, the more he talks. But that’s Moe. He’s a young rook, you love to have out there because he has energy.”One reason Wagner thinks it has taken him this long to click into the rotation is his knee injury from summer league, which the Lakers have called a bone bruise. But for a bone bruise, it seemed to last a long time, lingering from early July all the way into October, as Wagner sat out all of training camp and the better part of the early season.The mental hurdle was the hardest to overcome.“I think in the beginning of the season, I didn’t trust my body at all coming off that injury,” he said. “That hurts mentally if you work every day to walk without pain and don’t really focus on the game that much. Now I can confidently move the way I want to and just hoop.”Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs LOS ANGELES – Back in December, Moe Wagner stood in the lobby of a movie theater, as a crowd of children stared adoringly upward.All most of them knew about him was that he was a Laker, and that he played with LeBron James. They wanted to know what playing with LeBron was like. They craned their necks to look at him as he posed for picture after picture. Their mouths hung open.One boy guessed Wagner’s height. The 21-year-old forward gave him stern a look of reproach.“C’mon man, six-five?” Wagner said. “That’s a disappointing guess.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBeing underestimated is something Wagner’s gotten used to over the years – as long as the appreciation comes with time.It’s a strange set of circumstances that has led to a sudden ascension into a rotation player for the 25th pick of last summer’s draft: The Lakers (30-36) are all but officially eliminated from the playoffs, with a mountain of injuries besieging the last 16 games of the season. Wagner got his first career start for the Lakers’ fifth straight loss, as most observers have now acknowledged that the team is simply playing out the string and waiting for next year.Don’t tell Wagner that.“As a basketball player, you can’t really waste thought and energy on that,” he said. “You’re doing a job here, and you gotta do it to the best of your ability and the rest doesn’t really matter. The circumstances don’t matter.”It’s not that Wagner is OK with losing – he’s not – but the perils of the franchise are giving him a long-awaited stage. After playing no more than 19 minutes in any of his previous 25 games, the last two contests have seen him take a larger role, to playing 34 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday night. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more