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Sax sells: homebuyers serenaded as Westmead auction goes $105,000 over reserve

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Auctioneer Chris Scerri brings the gavel down on the Moree Ave home. Picture: Julian Andrews


House sales in Westmead continued a recent hot streak, with a dated property on Moree Ave selling under the hammer Saturday for $1.605 million.

The price was $105,000 over the $1.5 million reserve, which was reported to have been inflated just prior to the auction on account of heavy buyer interest.

Selling agent Ramez Riad of Hunters Agency and Co. issued more than 40 contracts of sale prior to the auction and 20 buyers registered to bid for the three-bedroom house.

Mr Riad said the market in Westmead has been strong despite the pandemic and weak economic climate because of local infrastructure improvements, including upgrades to the nearby…



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More fierce weather on the way for NSW

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More miserable weather is on the way for parts of the NSW coast as a low pressure trough moving across the state brings storms and heavy rain.

NSW has been lashed by wet and windy conditions all week, with Sydney and the Central Coast on Monday copping a downpour that caused flash flooding and a landslide, and Tamworth on Thursday being pelted with tennis ball-sized hail.

Another low pressure system was forecast to hit south-west NSW on Thursday afternoon, with the trough expected to deepen on Friday.

That low will head east during Saturday, bringing showers to many areas, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

“We could see some heavy falls, particularly on the central and southern coast of NSW, as that low moves out…



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50-Cent Cheeseburgers at McDonald’s, Sydney

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On a couple of occasions this year, McDonald’s has spread some lockdown cheer by offering burger-loving customers free delivery. Now, with stores open for in-person dining around the country, it’s doing something different — serving up daily specials for the entire month of November.

This isn’t the first time that the chain has run its 30 Days 30 Deals promotion — but it’s kicking it off for 2020 with quite the offer. On Sunday, November 1, burger lovers can pick up 50-cent cheeseburgers. All you need to do is order through the MyMaccas app, select the deal, then mosey on down to your closest McDonald’s to pick it up.

Throughout the rest of the month, a new special will pop up each day. Think $2 Big Macs, $1…



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Merino Sisters head marketing campaign as Australian wool trade becomes more reliant on China

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Three sheep are helping round up a retail revival for Australian wool in China.

So far, 230 million people have seen the quirky commercial of ‘the Merino Sisters’ spruiking the prestigious and versatile fibre.

The marketing campaign is the work of woolgrower-funded Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) The Woolmark Company.

AWI chief executive officer Stuart McCullough said it was providing the certainty the industry needed given…



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