Although the vacancy rate has tightened, house renters have not been hit by higher rents.In Brisbane asking rents for houses fell over the month by -0.3 per cent to $446.40 and unit asking rents increased by 0.4 per cent to $367.80. DEVELOPER BIDS AND WINS ON OLDER BRISBANE FAMILY HOME The national vacancy rate is currently 2.1 per cent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe Tasmanian capital continues to have the tightest rental market, with a vacancy rate of 0.7 per cent. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Although there are just 219 vacant rental properties on the market in Hobart, managing director of SQM Research Louis Christopher said the situation had improved for renters in the city with the vacany rate jumping from 0.6 per cent the month before. YOUNG COUPLE SNAPS UP RIVERFRONT APARTMENT WITH RECORD BREAKING BID “While vacancies remain tight, this is the sixth straight month of vacancy increases, signalling that the worse now could be over for Hobart tenants,” Mr Christopher said. The vacany rate has tightened across Brisbane according to new data from SQM Research.THE number of empty rental properties in Brisbane dropped below 10,000 as the vacancy rate continues to drop across the Queensland capital.It was good news for real estate investors as data released today from SQM Research showed the vacancy rate falling from 3.2 per cent to 3 per cent from March to April.Brisbane still has the highest vacancy rate of any east coast capital city, and it is still higher than the national average of 2.1 per cent.Currently there are 9774 vacant rental properties across Brisbane.Across the nation, the only capital cities with higher vacancy rates are Darwin on 3.3 per cent and Perth on 4.1 per cent. The Tasmanian capital is still a very tough market for renters. Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES BRONCOS STAR SELLS BRISBANE HOME Asking rents for houses in capital cities fell over the month by 1.6 per cent to an average of $554 a week, while asking rents for units increased by 0.5 per cent to $445 a week.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery have been named in UEFA’s shortlist to win the award of Europe’s Best Player for the 2012/13 season.Football’s governing body published the trio of candidates, which had been reduced from an original list of 10 selected by journalists from UEFA member countries.Ribery was one of four players from Champions League winners Bayern Munich, hoping to challenge the established top two names in European football.The award will be presented on August 29 when the draw for the group stage of the Champions League is made in Monaco.Messi won the inaugural award two seasons ago while his Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta claimed the prestigious honour 12 months ago.
The win also helped solidify another leader, who made history with her second cup victory.Three reasons why the USWNT won the World Cup:The U.S. brought depth and experienceWhen you have an experienced cup player in Megan Rapinoe starting, a veteran presence like Carli Lloyd waiting to sub in when the team’s in a pinch and fresh legs that also have over 70 caps like that of Lindsey Horan, it’s safe to say you have a very strong advantage.The USWNT used its depth and experience to breeze through the group stage and fight through the knockout rounds. In the team’s opening win, a 13-0 victory over Thailand, coach Jill Ellis’ first substitution showed the U.S. could field an entirely different team and still have the same outcome.Horan, who played in six total matches, praised the team then and her words are still relevant now that the tournament has come to an end.”The attack that we have is absolutely amazing and then we have another how many players that can come off the bench and do the same thing and bring something different and new,” she said. “That’s what’s so incredible about this team.”The U.S. was prepared for any situation, even calling on an experienced international player in Ali Krieger to replace Kelley O’Hara in the backfield after O’Hara was at the receiving end of a nasty head-to-head collision in the first half of the finals. It seems like the talent has no end and with Alex Morgan, Crystal Dunn and Christen Press growing into their roles, the U.S. will have the upper hand for years to come.Alyssa Naeher got her confidence at the right timeThe USWNT does have a few weaknesses, and one heading into this year’s World Cup was glaring. The team needed a strong performance in goalie and the US put all their hope into Alyssa Naeher. Well, it payed off.At first, questions surrounded Naeher and if she was really up for the task in her major international tournament debut. While Naeher had some international experience playing in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup — where the U.S. won and Neaher was awarded the Golden Glove — she was in Hope Solo’s shadow during the bigger world competitions, including the 2015 Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.But Naeher quickly proved she was ready for this stage and as the U.S. progressed through this year’s tournament, her confidence increased. She had the performance of her career in the semifinals, where Alex Morgan said “she saved our asses,” by stopping a penalty kick to cement the United States’ victory over England.She became the first U.S. goalkeeper to save a penalty at the cup and carried that confidence into the finals, making a gusty save by coming far off the line in the first half.It’s safe to say Naeher has etched her name into the conversation with some of the USWNT bests.Jill Ellis nixes doubters in historic winJill Ellis received a lot of criticism during the team’s run and even caught the wrath of former USWNT player Hope Solo. But Ellis took it all head on, shrugging off all the negativity and helping the team stay focused.”I feel over the past five years I’ve made a lot of important decisions and I have processes to make those decisions, and I own those processes,” Ellis said in response to Solo. “At this point, everything and every focus is about this group of players that are here and now. Pundits, out there, that’s part of it. And part of the message is always to make sure that the focus is on the internal part of the game. And that’s where we are.”That “where we are now” is Ellis making history as the only coach to win two titles in both the men’s and women’s event. Ellis, 52, took over the national team in 2014 and just months later led the U.S. to a 2015 World Cup win. This year’s final marked Ellis’ 127th game at the helm of the USWNT and during the tournament, she passed April Heinrichs for the most games coached with the United States. While some of her decisions have left some scratching their head, she has proven herself on this big stage. Ellis has never lost a World Cup game in her coaching career, boasting a jaw-dropping record of 13 wins and one draw over the last two tournaments.While Ellis’ future with the team is unclear, she has definitely curbed any talk that she’s not up to lead. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full list of awards winners There was a lot of talk about goal celebrations, the team’s attitude and situations beyond their control off the field. But on the pitch, the USWNT was focused.The U.S. used its veteran leadership to outlast its tough competition, including a Netherlands squad that made the final more nerve wracking than the team would have liked, and even found a new leader in goal. Related News Women’s World Cup: Timeline of every USWNT title Women’s World Cup 2019: Time, route and how to watch USWNT championship parade The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup was the United States’ to lose. The U.S. women’s national team entered as favorites and defending champions, and rode that wave to its fourth cup title.