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A passenger waiting for a flight at Pucallpa Airport in the east Peruvian department of Ucayali filmed these baggage handlers unzipping and rifling through a passenger’s luggage as they got ready to transport it.

Ruben Sanchez, who took the video, shared the footage on Facebook, sparking outrage at the audacity and dishonesty of the workers.

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LAN, the South American airline whose passenger was victim to the intrusion, said the men have been identified – they work for companies contracted to provide services for the airport.

“The men are being detained and we will be pressing charges so that the authorities may take appropriate action,” said a representative for LAN.

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According to the Daily Mail, the men have reportedly apologised and plan to make things right with the victim.

A 21-year-old Melbourne woman is challenging insurance giant QBE over its blanket exclusion of mental illness in its travel insurance policy, in what could be a watershed legal case for the industry.

Ella Ingram, who developed depression when she was 17, was refused reimbursement for a 2012 school trip to New York, after she became too mentally ill to travel.

QBE’s travel insurance does not cover trip cancellation due to mental illness, even if the mental illness is not a pre-existing condition.

QBE declined to comment to 7.30, and attempted to delay reports on the matter by pursuing an injunction, which was denied late on Monday .

PROPERTY investors on the lookout for bargains are eyeing the sunshine state, with a national buyer’s agency reporting a boom in Queensland inquiries, especially those from interstate residents who can’t afford to buy in their own cities.
Cohen Handler buyer’s agent Jordan Navybox says there are big profits to be made in Brisbane, especially in established suburbs close to the CBD.
“You throw a dart at Brisbane in the next three years and you’ll make money,” he claimed.
But other commentators warn to proceed with caution, as the state’s rebound after floods, economic turmoil and the mining downturn is far from guaranteed.
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Mr Navybox, who heads up Cohen Handler’s Queensland operations, told news.com.au that investor inquiries were up 40 per cent nationally over the past twelve months, and “of that, 41 per cent is for Queensland”.
“Buyers looking for an option outside Sydney and Melbourne, purely because of how unaffordable it has become,” he said.
Brisbane has a median property price of $504,390, compared with Sydney’s $935,250 and Melbourne’s $755,510.
Mr Navybox said Queensland had “had a bad rap” but that “recovery is underway” and that the city was yet to be restored to its rightful place in Australia’s property market.
“Brisbane is the third largest capital city but it’s sixth in median price,” Mr Navybox said.
“It’s an anomaly that will be corrected … Its logical spot sits under Melbourne and above Perth.”
He recommended investing in established properties in high-demand suburbs such as New Farm, Paddington and Hamilton, where two bedroom units.
“We’re steering clear of infill developments on the outskirts of town,” he said.
“You can get a house only 10km away for $500,000; however, we’d prefer to buy a good unit over a poor house.”
He claimed that searching for bargains within suburbs where new developments were limited could deliver capital gains of 30 to 50 per cent within three years.
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New Farm is one of Cohen Handler’s hot picks for Brisbane investment properties. Just a few streets back from this luxury waterfront apartment block, you can pick up an affordable unit for $400,000.Source:Supplied
But not everyone is as optimistic about Queensland’s prospects.
Property analyst Louis Christopher of SQM Research said the state’s comparatively sluggish economy meant “buying activity hasn’t been strong”.
“If Brisbane is so good, why aren’t we seeing capital gains now?” he challenged.
“Yes, we are bullishly positive on the southeast Queensland market, and it’s a lot more affordable than Sydney — but there are reasons for that,” Mr Christopher said.
He said that the Queensland economy was still suffering from the austerity of the former Liberal Government, along with the mining downturn.
But there were hopes the new Labor Government would “open up its purse strings” and kickstart a recovery.
“There’s still a lot of stock about, and the economy is still quite patchy,” Mr Christopher said.
“Nevertheless, we are a little bit more positive on the market. We do agree it’s more affordable, on a rental basis and on an absolute price-to-wages basis.”
He said the Gold Coast was likely to see capital gains of between seven and 11 per cent over the next 12 months, but that Brisbane would be more restrained.
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The Gold Coast property market is warming up.Source:Supplied
“We note that over the last twelve months, Brisbane has not performed that well. And there are no indicators that Brisbane is about to boom,” Mr Christopher said.
“However, on the Gold Coast — and, to a lesser extent, the Sunshine Coast — buying activity has picked up.”
Mr Christopher has advisd buyers to proceed with caution and do their research.
He expected prices would continue to rise in Sydney and Melbourne.
One area of agreement is that Brisbane offers good rental returns, with the city currently a landlord’s market.
But this might not last for long, with a BIS Shrapnel housing forecast predicting that rents will be forced down by the slew of new apartment developments underway.
The Residential Property Prospects 2015 to 2018 predicted a 13 per cent rise in Brisbane’s median house price over the three years to 2018, and a six per cent rise in the median unit price — substantially lower than Mr Navybox’s ambitious 30-to-50 per cent goal.
“Because the market has been so weak, it’s not suffering the affordability issues of Sydney and Melbourne,” the study’s author Angie Zigomanis told Fairfax Media.
“We don’t expect the economy to be weak forever, it should eventually start improving and we expect to see migration improving and prices increasing.”
“It will be more of a seller’s market … but we won’t see a Sydney style boom,” he said.
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Alongside its capital Brisbane, Queensland’s broader south-eastern housing market has popped up as a potential bright spot in an otherwise fairly flat medium-term outlook for Australian property prices.
BIS Shrapnel’s Residential Property Prospects, 2015 to 2018 report forecasts price growth of 13% on the Gold Coast over the three years to June 2018.
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While the report also cautions that anticipated interest rate rises and new building throughout this period will slow things down slightly, local economic growth, event-related tourism and renewed enthusiasm from sellers is set to drive a pick-up in activity.
Infrastructure boom
The Gold Coast is in the midst of major infrastructure projects as it prepares to host the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
The G:link light rail, which links Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus toBroadbeach, has been open to the public since July 2014, adding to a network of local buses and train routes connecting Gold Coast to Brisbane and beyond.
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre is currently undergoing a $670m transformation that will see it become the largest mall in Queensland.
The site of the former Gold Cost Hospital in Southport is also being redeveloped, while Broadwater Parklands, a master-planned community space that includes the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, is in its final stages.
Meanwhile, the $1bn mixed-use Pacific View Estate, green-lit to be built in the Gold Coast suburb of Worongary, has the potential to contribute up to $3.2bn to the local economy as well as create 3,500 houses and apartments and more than 2,700 jobs, according to figures quoted by the Queensland Government.
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“There’s lots of activity going on around the coast – plenty of infrastructure going in or being upgraded that will benefit us after the Games have finished,” says Tony Coughran, buyers’ agent with VFM Property Advisors.
“My advice is to buy in and around the key infrastructure projects and areas, as well as one of the many popular schools here.”
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A slow and steady return to growth?
Coughran summarises Gold Coast property values as being on a “gentle, sustainable incline that’s not out of control”, driven at the more affordable end by investors, first home buyers and existing residents looking to upgrade.
Overall, house median values were up 4.8% in the 12 months to March and unit prices up 3.9%.
This level of growth is “especially significant considering [the Gold Coast market’s] lacklustre performance since the financial crisis, when both capital growth and sales volumes across the region were declining”, says CoreLogic RP Data.
At the individual suburb level, however, property price trends over the 12 months to 31 March have been somewhat mixed.
House and unit median prices in Surfers Paradise, for example, have actually fallen. So too have unit medians in Southport, based on the CoreLogic RP Data figures. Southport houses, on the other hand, have seen healthy increases in value, as have units in Broadbeach.
Coughran believes the city has been “feeling the supply pressures. There is a shortage of quality stock on the market and vendors are holding out selling their properties with the hope of capitalising on expected growth.”
Earlier this year, Louis Christopher, managing director at SQM Research, similarly commented on a rise in the number of real estate listings in the region, but noted the likelihood of this including sellers finally putting their properties up for sale after waiting years in an underperforming market.
BIS Shrapnel’s latest report also corroborates the idea an “extended period of weak construction” and subsequent undersupply in the Gold Coast market are starting to flow through to some moderate residential property price growth.
Diverse price points
As of 31 March, median Gold Coast suburb prices range from $315,000 for units inSouthport up to more than $1.1m for houses in Surfers Paradise.
Median house prices for the city overall sit at $515,000 and $365,000 for units.
And those medians are in the middle of a very wide affordability spectrum. A one-bedroom non-beachfront apartment in Surfers Paradise, for example, sold in July for just $168,000, while at the upper end a seven-bedroom riverside house also in Surfers went in March for $6.6m.
“Properties below $500,000 are in the highest of demand,” Coughran observes, saying first home buyers are taking advantage of stamp duty concessions up to this level.
“We’re also seeing a bit more movement in the $500,000–$1.2m range, slowing after $1.5m”.
A recent report by The University of Sydney China Studies Centre, in conjunction with KPMG and Knight Frank, identified the Gold Coast as a “new destination where Chinese high net worth investors and developers are looking to”.
Coughran argees Chinese investors are “creating another unforseen level of interest in the Gold Coast market”.
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Not all about the units
The Gold Coast is well known for its many high-rise apartment buildings situated only a few hundred metres back from its famous coastline. And the combined Brisbane–Gold Coast market continues to offer the highest gross rental yields for units of all the capital cities, according to CoreLogic RP Data.
But Coughran is keen to highlight “the Gold Coast isn’t all just about high rises and off-the-plan apartments. There’s plenty of other good ‘second-hand’ stock, such as established houses, duplexes and boutique townhouse developments with low or no body corporate fees, that I believe should be considered”.
The supply for such properties, he says, isn’t likely to outweigh the demand for them, as it may with brand new high-rise units.
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“If you do decide to buy brand new [or off-the-plan], make sure you always do your due diligence. Find out if the developer has the land title, if their financial position is sound and the appropriate permissions and certifications are in place. Ideally they will have already delivered quality developments,” Coughran says
By Sam Butler
From https://www.mywealth.commbank.com.au/property/sunny-outlook-for-gold-coast-property-market-hottopic201507

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