Property prices set to rise in July and August, survey predicts

first_imgThe property market remains buoyant after the lifting of the lockdown, with price rises in July and August set to be above last summer’s levels, according to a new survey.However, the report says the market remains much quieter than last year, with the underlying sales volume this summer expected to be nearly a third less (29%) than last year.The findings come in a new survey from property website and are based on statistical analysis of the views of site visitors.North showing most interestThe site’s Market Activity Predictor report predicts:Prices will rise in July and August to put them 1.4% ahead of the same time last year.Transaction levels this summer will bounce around unpredictably as the loosening of lockdown restrictions means a backlog of sales are processed in quick time. But the underlying level of transactions will be stable.The North of England is reporting the highest levels of interest in moving home, while London appears to be the weakest region in terms of buyer interest coming out of lockdown.Lockdown ‘turning point’Mark Pragnell, economics advisor to and director of strategy research consultancy Pragmatix Advisory, said: “Interest in moving home had been on a steady downward slide since summer last year, well before coronavirus. In the days before lockdown, requests for valuations had fallen to 70% below their four-year average.“Lockdown has been a turning point. The numbers of online valuations have swung back quickly, and in the most recent weeks have returned to or are above the recent years’ norm.“Renewed interest during lockdown will be partly the result of people having more time at home with their computers and smartphones, and some will reflect more households in financial distress. But this recent rebound is in people saying they want to move – so the interest is more than casual.”However Mr Pragnell warned the Covid pandemic could still derail the property market recovery.“Getting the ‘unlock’ of the economy right will be crucial,” he added. “All eyes will be on Rishi Sunak and his emergency budget to see if he can bolster families’ confidence in their financial circumstances and get the country moving again.” House price rise Housing market recovery property prices July 7, 2020Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Property prices set to rise in July and August, survey predicts previous nextHousing MarketProperty prices set to rise in July and August, survey predictsPrice rises in July and August set to be higher than last summer’s levels, with most activity in the North while London reports the weakest.Richard Reed7th July 202001,652 Viewslast_img read more

Questlove-Curated Prince Tribute Symphony, 4U, Announces Debut Tour Dates

first_imgToday, Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment had big news for Prince fans, announcing a new agreement with The Prince Estate for the first and only Estate-approved Prince symphony. Celebrating the music of The Purple One, 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince will present beloved Prince cuts with a full symphony orchestra paired with a full live band featuring world-class musicians and vocalists.As highlighted in a press release, 4U “will draw from Prince’s singular and extensive music catalog, highlighting many of his hits that captivated generations of fans, alongside lesser known gems.” Questlove, drummer and joint frontman for The Roots as well as an avid and vocal Prince lover, worked on the creation of 4U, helping curate the music and orchestral arrangements for the show.As noted in a press release, the 4U tour will start officially on September 8th, kicking off at Washington D.C.’s Wolf Trap with the Wolf Trap Orchestra, though the tour dates listed include one show before that at New Brunswick, New Jersey’s State Theatre on September 6th. From there, the massive Prince tribute symphony will embark on a massive cross-country tour spanning through to October 21st.Notes Troy Carter of The Prince Estate in a press release, “We’re looking forward to working with Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment on this production and giving fans a unique experience.”Shawn Gee, President of Live Nation Urban, added,It’s such a blessing to be able to pay homage to and celebrate the music of a creative genius like Prince. One of the goals of Live Nation Urban is to create unique live platforms and to redefine what the norms of the live experience are. We are beyond excited to be working alongside the Estate in creating what we hope to be a long-standing artistic celebration of an artist who inspired so many.As a follow-up, Stephen Cook, President of TCG Entertainment, echoed these sentiments, offering,TCG Entertainment is honored to be working with The Prince Estate and Live Nation Urban to create 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince. 4U will entertain audiences globally and we are humbled to work on a show based on Prince and his music given how important he is to people around the world. You can check out the full list of 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince tour dates below, with more dates expected to be added in Europe and more. Head to the project’s website here for more information.4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince:September 6, 2018 New Brunswick, NJ State TheatreSeptember 8, 2018 Washington, DC WolftrapSeptember 9, 2018 Richmond, VA Altria TheatreSeptember 11 2018 Norfolk, VA Chrysler HallSeptember 12, 2018 Charlotte, NC Metro Credit Union AmphitheatreSeptember 13, 2018 Raleigh, NC Red Hat AmphitheatreSeptember 14, 2018 Asheville, NC Cellular CenterSeptember 15, 2018 Atlanta, GA Verizon AmphitheatreSeptember 19, 2018 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Center for the ArtsSeptember 20, 2018 Brooklyn, NY Kings TheatreSeptember 21, 2018 Binghamton, NY Anderson CenterSeptember 22, 2018 Lynn, MA Lynn Memorial HallSeptember 24, 2018 Cincinnati, OH Taft TheatreSeptember 25, 2018 Columbus, OH Ohio TheatreSeptember 26, 2018 Nashville, TN Jackson Hall (TPAC)September 27, 2018 Nashville, TN Jackson Hall (TPAC)September 28, 2018 Detroit, MI Fox TheatreSeptember 29, 2018 Cleveland, OH State TheatreSeptember 30, 2018 Chicago, IL Chicago TheatreOctober 2, 2018 Huntsville, AL Von Braun CenterOctober 3, 2018 Gainesville, FL O’Connell CenterOctober 4, 2018 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Broward CenterOctober 5, 2018 Tampa, FL Sun DomeOctober 6, 2018 Jacksonville, FL Florida TheatreOctober 7, 2018 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips CenterOctober 10, 2018 Grand Rapids, MI 20 MonroeOctober 11, 2018 Milwaukee, WI Riverside TheatreOctober 12, 2018 Louisville, KY The PalaceOctober 13, 2018 Indianapolis, IN Murat TheatreOctober 14, 2018 St. Louis, MO Fox TheatreOctober 16, 2018 Midland, TX Wagner NoelOctober 17, 2018 Dallas, TX Music FactoryOctober 18, 2018 Houston, TX Smart Financial CentreOctober 19, 2018 San Antonio, TX Majestic TheaterOctober 21, 2018 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The MidlandView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Cogongrass, new kudzu

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaMove over, kudzu — there’s a new weed around, and it’s headedour way.The highly invasive cogongrass is being called the new weed toreckon with, according to scientists across the Southeast.A perennial that spreads from wind-blown seeds and scaly, whiterhizomes, cogongrass was introduced into the United States bothaccidentally and intentionally.”It made its way into the country on ships that ported inAlabama,” said Tim Murphy, an Extension weed scientist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. Came in on ships”It was used as a packing material,” Murphy said. “Then it wasevaluated for soil erosion control and as a forage grass.Unfortunately, cattle won’t eat it.”Now found in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida,South Carolina and Virginia, cogongrass has been added to theFederal Noxious Weeds List. It has also been identified inBainbridge, Ga. and a few other spots in southeast Georgia,Murphy said.”It hasn’t spread across our state yet, but it’s just a matter oftime,” he said. “We’ve just got a small infestation now. But it’sa highly evasive weed that can quickly displace nativevegetation.”Cogongrass produces upright, smooth stems that grow 2 to 4 feethigh and form compacted stands. It normally flowers in March toMay, producing silvery or white, silky hairs that look likeplumes. Fire hazard, hard to manageBesides taking over other plants, cogongrass is a firehazard.”It creates an extremely hot fire which can easily destroy smallpine stands,” Murphy said.Cogongrass isn’t a weed that can be easily managed. Researchersin Florida, Alabama and Mississippi are trying to find ways tocontrol it.”Kudzu can at least be managed, and it has some redeemingqualities,” Murphy said. “Animals graze it, and some people cookwith it.”Cogongrass isn’t a major problem in Georgia yet.”It will eventually move into the southern portion of our state,”he said. “It will take a coordinated effort among privatelandowners and various state and federal agencies to prevent itfrom becoming a major problem.”last_img read more