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The VERY surprising suburbs where homeowners are making $1million profit

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Homeowners selling up have been making up to $1million profit in unexpected areas while sea-changers leave bigger cities behind for suburban family homes.

Examining the difference between what Sydneysiders paid for their properties and the resale price has revealed the biggest earners of 2020 so far.  

Resellers made some of the largest profits in the Northern Beaches, Blacktown and Sutherland Shire according to a CoreLogic Pain and Gain Report. 

Homeowners were revealed to make the largest resale profits in Sydney on the Northern Beaches (pictured, Manly Beach) with an average gain of $1.31 million

Homeowners were revealed to make the largest resale profits in Sydney on the Northern Beaches (pictured, Manly Beach) with an average gain of $1.31 million

Homeowners were revealed to make the largest resale profits in Sydney on the Northern Beaches (pictured, Manly Beach) with an average gain of $1.31 million 

Resellers also received almost $630,000 average profit around Blacktown council (pictured)

Resellers also received almost $630,000 average profit around Blacktown council (pictured)

Resellers also received almost $630,000 average profit around Blacktown council (pictured) 

Sales were monitored over the first three months of this year and homeowners saw the largest gains on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.   

The average length of ownership was just under nine years and resellers made a hefty median profit of $1.31million.

While the city’s north is known for its high property prices, sellers also received massive earnings in Blacktown council, western Sydney.

Median resale profit in Blacktown was almost $630,000 and average ownership lasted eight years. 

Other high resale areas included the northwestern Hills Shire, the Sutherland Shire, and Woollahra council in the east.   

These councils all raked in an average median profit more than $500,000.  

Head of research at CoreLogic, Eliza Owen, said coronavirus support payments from the government had helped to maintain profitable home sales. 

She also explained that sales had marginally decreased due to the pandemic.  

‘The pain and gain results over the second half of 2020 could see an increase in the portion of loss-making sales but the volume of sales activity may be more subdued,’ Ms Owen told The Daily Telegraph

Other high resale areas included the northwestern Hills Shire, the Sutherland Shire (Cronulla beach pictured), and Woollahra council with a median profit over $500,000

Other high resale areas included the northwestern Hills Shire, the Sutherland Shire (Cronulla beach pictured), and Woollahra council with a median profit over $500,000

Other high resale areas included the northwestern Hills Shire, the Sutherland Shire (Cronulla beach pictured), and Woollahra council with a median profit over $500,000

Sydney regions where homeowners sold at a loss were western areas, predominately made up of units and apartments, as buyers had room to negotiate prices down.  

Homeowners were most likely to lose profit on their properties in Burwood, in the inner-west, where a fifth sold for less than what the owners paid.  

One in eight properties also resold for a loss in Parramatta, Ryde and Strathfield.   

New housing prices have revealed an increase in city-dwellers making a move to regional areas, according to a Domain report. 

Experts say this is because of a rise in working from home, thanks to lockdown, with workers now seeing it is possible to live away from big cities as they don’t have to commute. 

The median value for homes in all Australian capital cities combined fell by 2.1 per cent in the most recent June quarter down to $734,334.

In comparison, the median dwelling value for regional Australia increased by 0.1 per cent to a median of $417,608.     

Prices rose the most in regional Tasmania, by 3.4 per cent, regional Victoria by 1.6 per cent and regional NSW by 1 per cent. 

Domain senior research analyst, Nicola Powell, said regional markets were less reliant on overseas and interstate migration that was halted during coronavirus.

She said agricultural areas offered employment opportunities and a lifestyle change for those seeking tree and sea-change destinations.

‘I think the pandemic has made us all evaluate where we are, the lifestyles that we live and what we’re offering in terms of bringing up our children. 

‘It’s forced many of us to work remotely, forced business to be more open-minded to a remote workforce and I think that could lead to a change in buying behaviour from homeowners,’ Dr Powell said. 

The value of property in regional Australia has also increased reflecting a move away from cities (Woollahra in east Sydney pictured) in favour of a sea change lifestyle

The value of property in regional Australia has also increased reflecting a move away from cities (Woollahra in east Sydney pictured) in favour of a sea change lifestyle

The value of property in regional Australia has also increased reflecting a move away from cities (Woollahra in east Sydney pictured) in favour of a sea change lifestyle  

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Texas couple arrested after baby found dead in bucket of tar

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Police in North Texas arrested a mother and father Saturday after discovering the body of their one-week-old baby boy hidden in a five-gallon bucket of tar. 

Roland, 42, and Donna Grabowski, 41, are charged with child abandonment and tampering with evidence, with more charges anticipated as Collin County Sheriff’s Department investigate the death of their child. 

Roland, a registered sex offender, and his wife are said to have told detectives ‘numerous lies’ when they attempted to check on the welfare of the baby.  

The Princeton couple claim they awoke on the morning of July 29 to find baby Micah had died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in their bed.   

Roland Grabowski

Roland Grabowski

Donna Grabowski

Donna Grabowski

Roland, 42, and Donna Grabowski, 41, are charged with child abandonment and tampering with evidence after the body of their one-week-old son Micah was found hidden in a bucket of tar at their home in Texas Saturday. The couple claims the baby died on July 29 of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome but they initially lied and claimed the baby was with friends

They then made the decision to hide his body and the baby’s death was not reported to police.  

‘They took the child and wrapped him in a blanket and submerged him into a five gallon bucket of tar and put him in a shed behind the residence,’ Sheriff Jim Skinner told WFAA

‘I’ve been in this business over 30 years and I’ve seen a lot of crazy things but this is the first time I’ve found a dead infant in a bucket of tar…and hopefully the last.’ 

An autopsy is being conducted by the Collin County Medical Examiner to determine Micah’s cause of death. 

The sheriff’s office were initially called to the Grabowskis’ home at 9100 block of Highridge Road on Saturday morning after reports of ‘suspicious circumstances’ and the potential death of a child that had not been reported to police. 

They found the home empty but tracked the couple down in Dallas using cell phone records. 

The couple initially refused to cooperate with authorities about the whereabouts of their baby. 

According to the arrest warrant, the couple lied to sheriffs, claiming baby Micah was staying with friends.  

Cell phone records show they made attempts to convince a friend to allow them to use their child as a ruse to trick cops into thinking that their own baby was safe. 

Police were called to this home at 9100 block of Highridge Road, Princeton, on Saturday after reports of 'suspicious circumstances' and the potential death of a child not reported to police

Police were called to this home at 9100 block of Highridge Road, Princeton, on Saturday after reports of 'suspicious circumstances' and the potential death of a child not reported to police

Police were called to this home at 9100 block of Highridge Road, Princeton, on Saturday after reports of ‘suspicious circumstances’ and the potential death of a child not reported to police

Detectives found the home empty but tracked the Grabowskis to Dallas later that day

Detectives found the home empty but tracked the Grabowskis to Dallas later that day

Detectives found the home empty but tracked the Grabowskis to Dallas later that day

‘I need you to say your baby is ours. Quick in and out. They just need to see,’ one of their texts read. 

Donna Grabowski also attempted to lie about where the baby was born. 

She told detectives that Micah was born at Medical Center of McKinney but the hospital had no record of the mother or any live birth. 

‘There was an attempt to deceive us as to what had happened and the whereabouts of their child Micah,’ Sherroff Skinner said.

‘It’s tragic and its sad enough every time we have the death of an infant but its absolutely reprehensible when you lie and you deceive investigators as to the location of the body.’   

Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner called their actions in hiding the baby's body 'reprehensible'

Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner called their actions in hiding the baby's body 'reprehensible'

Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner called their actions in hiding the baby’s body ‘reprehensible’

After the initial police interview, the Grabaowskis were arrested and charged with Abandoning or Endangering a Child, a 2nd degree felony. 

Following their arrest, they admitted their child died but they had not reported it to authorities. 

A search warrant was secured for their home where the sad details of the baby’s whereabouts were finally revealed. 

Investigators found the body of Micah Grabowski submerged in a bucket of tar in a shed behind the home. 

Roland Grabowski is listed on the Texas Sex Offenders registry. He is considered high risk and must register for life

Roland Grabowski is listed on the Texas Sex Offenders registry. He is considered high risk and must register for life

Roland Grabowski is listed on the Texas Sex Offenders registry. He is considered high risk and must register for life

Roland Grabowski has been charged with Abandoning or Endangering a Child, Abuse of Corpse and Tampering With or Fabricating Physical Evidence and is being held on an $925,000 bond.

Donna Grabowski is charged with Abandoning or Endangering a Child, Abuse of Corpse, and two counts of Tampering With or Fabricating Physical Evidence. Her bond was set at $1,075,000. 

They are both being held in the Collin County Detention Facility. 

The sheriff’s office say they anticipate further felony charges. 

Roland Grabowski is listed on the Texas Sex Offenders registry after being convicted in 2008 of sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

His victims were 12 and 14 years old and the offenses took place in September 1995 and October 1996, according to Dallas News

He was sentenced to two years in prison and released in May 2009 but arrested again in June 2010 when he failed to register as a sex offender. 

When he later registered at an address in Garland, police went to verify the address but found it was vacant. 

He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2011 for these offenses. 

Grabowski is considered high risk and must register for life.  

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Man charged with sexual assault of two girls, 15 at sex parties

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Two teenage girls were allegedly molested by an 18-year-old man after attending organised sex parties.

Police allege the Thornlie man accused of the assaults is also responsible for helping organise the wild parties, which are held at short-term accommodation venues throughout Perth.

Child abuse squad detectives charged the 18-year-old on Thursday as part of an ongoing inquiry into pre-planned parties attended by more than 150 young people recently.

They allege he sexually assaulted the two 15-year-old girls between November 2019 and January 2020.

He was charged with two counts of sexually penetrating a child and one count of aggravated sexual penetration without consent.  

Police allege the Thornlie man accused of the assaults is also responsible for helping organise the wild parties, which are held at short-term accommodation venues throughout Perth (stock)

Police allege the Thornlie man accused of the assaults is also responsible for helping organise the wild parties, which are held at short-term accommodation venues throughout Perth (stock)

Police allege the Thornlie man accused of the assaults is also responsible for helping organise the wild parties, which are held at short-term accommodation venues throughout Perth (stock)

The parties where the alleged abuse occurred are reportedly advertised on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

Police are working to establish whether the events are created to specifically target young girls, and have urged other potential victims to come forward. 

Acting Sergeant Chantal Killen held a press conference on Thursday where we confirmed the two victims were allegedly sexually assaulted at separate parties within the Cannington district.

Police will allege the teenager who was charged was part of ‘linked associates’ who organised the parties using fraudulent credit cards. 

‘The victims have come forward… to feel empowered and to show that they don’t condone this behaviour,’ Acting Sgt Killen said. 

‘The parties are advertised online and target … specific ethnic groups and attract a large number of young people,’ police said in a statement issued on Thursday. 

Police will allege the teenager who was charged was part of 'linked associates' who organised the parties using fraudulent credit cards (stock)

Police will allege the teenager who was charged was part of 'linked associates' who organised the parties using fraudulent credit cards (stock)

Police will allege the teenager who was charged was part of ‘linked associates’ who organised the parties using fraudulent credit cards (stock)

Acting Sgt Killen appealed for young people of any ethnicity who felt they were a victim to come forward. 

‘Although our investigations have uncovered that it is specific ethnic groups that are being targeted by these event organisers, this kind of behaviour isn’t limited to one specific ethnic group or culture,’ she said.

‘So… we would encourage any victims of sexual assault of any group to come forward and speak to police.’

The 18-year-old man is due to appear before the Armadale Magistrate’s Court on August 18. 

Anyone with any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online. 

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Finding Freedom book faces criticism from Amazon UK readers

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive new biography Finding Freedom is facing criticism from Amazon UK readers over its ‘sugar-coated’ and ‘sickly sweet’ view of the couple.

The controversial biography about the Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, and written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, was released earlier this week and was quick to reach the top of the media giant’s bestsellers list as royal fans rushed to pre-order their copy, while it also hit the number one on the UK and US sites.  

However many Amazon UK readers have slated the book online, with one commenting: ‘Confused who wrote this…Biographical autobiography written in the style of Mills and Boon. Sugary love triumphs over adversity story that will be loved by people who love the woke couple and laughed at by the rest.’

It comes after royal experts widely panned the biography, with some saying it ‘choked readers’ with it’s ‘exhausting’ and ‘banal detail’, and calling it the ‘pure and undiluted voice of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’.

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle's, 39, new biography Finding Freedom has faced criticism from Amazon UK readers over its 'sugar-coated' view of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle's, 39, new biography Finding Freedom has faced criticism from Amazon UK readers over its 'sugar-coated' view of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle’s, 39, new biography Finding Freedom has faced criticism from Amazon UK readers over its ‘sugar-coated’ view of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex 

One Amazon reviewer, who had given the book one star out of five, wrote: ‘It’s a hagiography not a biography.’

They continued: ‘Pretty ordinary book because it’s very one sided! It’s a text book guide to settling immature scores.

‘I also find it rather poor that the authors are adamant that neither Harry nor Meghan assisted with this book yet there are some very very personal details that could only have come from either the couple or very very close friends.’

Another called it ‘badly written, self pitying drivel’, while one added: ‘This book is sickly sweet and makes Meg (as H and her friends call her) to be some kind of woke Mother Theresa.

The explosive biography was released earlier this week and quickly hit the global bestseller list on Amazon

The explosive biography was released earlier this week and quickly hit the global bestseller list on Amazon

The explosive biography was released earlier this week and quickly hit the global bestseller list on Amazon 

‘It’s obvious that there has been a huge amount of cooperation with the couple, probably similar to how Princess Diana worked with Andrew Morton.

‘I just hope the authors share some of their profits because as they say in the book, both are careful with money!! Perhaps the book should have been titled Finding Freebies.’

Another said it should be read with ‘a large pinch of salt’, explaining: ‘Quite possibly all true but the spinning wheel must have been on overtime. 

‘I’m amazed that Harry and Meghan say that they haven’t been interviewed. Their friends must have incredible recall of private conversations.’

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Many Amazon readers have left scathing reviews of the biography, with one commenting that the book was a 'sickly sweet' read

Many Amazon readers have left scathing reviews of the biography, with one commenting that the book was a 'sickly sweet' read

Many Amazon readers have left scathing reviews of the biography, with one commenting that the book was a ‘sickly sweet’ read 

However other readers said the book helped them understand the couple further, with a host of reviewers giving the biography five stars.

One wrote: ‘I bought this book thinking that it would be a complete waste of time but I was curious as to what the royal couple wanted the world to know.

‘I started to feel truly sympathetic towards what has been written and I sense that it is an honest portrayal of what really happened. This is a love story (an unusual one) and the circumstances are explained.’  

Another person, who rated the book with four stars, added: ‘I found that the authors actually humanised the couple.’ 

Omid Scobie

Omid Scobie

Carolyn Durand

Carolyn Durand

The book’s writers Omid Scobie (left) and Carolyn Durand (right) give personal details about the Duke and Duchess but insist they didn’t interview the couple for the biography

What the royal commentators say about Finding Freedom 

Richard Kay – ‘Invites the kind of intrusion Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are so quick to deplore’

Valentine Low – ‘The pure, undiluted voice of H&M…not a reliable narrative

Penny Junor – ‘What seems absolutely clear, however, is that they colluded. If not, they would have kicked up a huge fuss about this book.’

Camilla Tominey‘Strangely, touchy-feely Finding Freedom hasn’t brought a word of complaint from the Sussexes’

Victoria Arbiter –No friend would speak without permission as it would be the ultimate act of betrayal’

Russel Myers – ‘When you dive down into the detail it’s no way they didn’t help…some people will see it as fabulously wealthy people having a moan and it won’t go well’

Richard Fitzwilliams – ‘As the details it contains lack sources… it will be of little historical interest other than as a curiosity.’

Andrew Morton – ‘The fall out of the royal princes is biblical, like Cain and Abel…This is Hansel and Gretel, two innocents at large in the big bad world.’

Katie Nicholl – ‘[The authors] They are, perhaps, might be the only winners in this rather sad story.’

Hadley Freeman –  ‘Finding Freedom chokes the reader with banal details…yet it is opaque when it comes to real insights.’

 

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It comes after royal experts delivered scathing verdicts on the book, with Richard Kay saying the biography ‘not only fuels the suggestions that the couple either hand-fed these anecdotes – so precise and so private – to authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand themselves, or allowed others to do so on their behalf, it also invites the kind of intrusion they are so quick to deplore’.

Palace insiders have described the book as ‘score settling’ after Harry and Meghan left the Royal Family for a life in Los Angeles – after suddenly announcing their intentions in January in a move that left The Queen ‘hurt’.  

The book offers new insights into Harry’s falling out with William and how the couple felt ‘thrown under the bus’,  after the disagreements started started when the Prince’s older brother referred to Meghan as ‘this girl’ and voiced concerns that he might be rushing the romance. 

The authors say Harry ‘felt people working with his brother had put things out there to make William look good, even if it meant throwing Harry under the bus’. 

The biography offers new detailed insights into Prince Harry and Meghan's life with their son Archie

The biography offers new detailed insights into Prince Harry and Meghan's life with their son Archie

The biography offers new detailed insights into Prince Harry and Meghan’s life with their son Archie 

Excerpts from the book have already revealed many inside details about the couple’s departure from the Royal Family, including how the couple considered driving straight to confront the ‘devastated’ Queen about Megxit after returning from Canada in January.

Sources close to the couple also claim in the book that royal aides feared Meghan and Harry’s popularity was eclipsing that of the Royal Family itself – and says the couple were jealous of William and Kate getting the best roles and ‘didn’t feel supported’ by the royals.

The author’s note appears to acknowledge that the writers worked with the couple on the biography, reading: ‘We have spoken with close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organisations they have built long-lasting relationships with and, when appropriate, the couple themselves.’  

Among the fresh revelations in the book are: 

  • Meghan Markle formed such a close bond with Prince Charles that she considers him her ‘second father’;
  • Meghan was often ‘seen carrying binders full of research on Royal protocol’ so she didn’t put a foot wrong;
  • The Queen gave Meghan a royal masterclass in protocol and described Meghan as ‘very clever and good’;
  • Harry felt he was ‘thrown under the bus’ by aides working for his brother Prince William;
  • Royal courtiers feared the brother’s falling out ‘could spell the end of the monarchy’;
  • Meghan left the UK ’emotionally bruised and exhausted’ after her last frosty event with William and Kate;
  • Russian hackers stole hundreds of their personal photos in 2018 after gaining access to an online account.

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