Haesley Cush reckons it’s not that hard to find the right time of the year to sell. AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.The Christmas wrapping paper was still in the recycle bin and my kids were already hopping in to soft, doughy hot cross buns. If that’s not bad enough, I have heard agents talking about Easter since February too.The number of home sellers currently waiting until after Easter to start selling is the highest I have ever seen.Their rationale is that people go away for Easter. But Easter isn’t for ages! What about the buyers in the market now?If you look hard enough there’s always a reason why you should wait.I was talking to a friend of mine recently who has sold a considerable amount of property across Brisbane during the past ten years.He was joking with me about all of the different reasons he’d been told as to why his sale campaign wasn’t going well.Here are some of the classic lines he got when open numbers were low:– it was raining, buyers don’t like the rain– it was a beautiful day, everyone went to the coast– they were doing road works in the streetMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago– it’s a long weekend, everyone went away– it’s school holidays, everyone’s still away– they couldn’t get here they had kid’s sport– it was probably too late in the afternoonAnd the list goes on…Based on this rationale, you need to find a fine, but not to perfect day. It needs to be outside of any holiday period and at a time outside of sporting activity that doesn’t eat in to buyer relaxation time. Don’t worry about avoiding Easter when you list, plenty of houses still sell then.My experience with buyers is the opposite. If they find one they like, they won’t let anything stand in their way. They will combat the most torrential weather conditions, cancel previously made plans and would inspect it at midday on Christmas Day if it meant securing the one they wanted.Waiting for the perfect time to launch your property for sale is more about your circumstances and your confidence in the current market than anything else.There are a million reasons as to why it could be better or worse. My advice is if the market is good now and you’re ready to go, then it is ‘Go Time!’..
The proposed network map for the the fiber optic cable. (Image via Arctic Fibre)A Canadian telecommunications company is implementing plans to lay a fiber optic cable from London to Tokyo by way of the U.S. and Canadian arctic, and is readying summer marine surveys to map exactly where it will lay the cable.When complete, several spurs off the main fiber line could mean high-speed broadband internet for many communities in northwest Alaska.Arctic Fibre is the company building the fiber backbone. Anchorage-based Quintillion Networks is the “middle mile” provider in Alaska who will link the fiber optic pipeline to local telecommunications providers in Nome, Kotzebue, and other communities in the Bering Strait and along the North Slope.Despite international complexity and an approximate $650 million price tag, Quintillion CEO Elizabeth Pierce said during a visit to Nome this week that the project is far enough along for marine surveys to start this summer, “which is actually ships in the water using sonar and video to map the whole route of the cable,” she said.“The cable will be built this winter to exactly match that route,” she added, with a timeline of laying the fiber in the arctic by summer 2015.Pierce’s presentation highlighted the sonar equipment Quintillion and Arctic Fibre intend to use in its surveying this summer. The company’s presentation showed the equipment to be similar to what some oil companies use in their undersea mapping process. While the risks mentioned in Quintillion’s presentation in Nome discussed issues that could negatively impact the fiber project, the company did not note what, if any, impact the sonar surveys and eventual subsea construction work could have on arctic ecosystems. The report also made no mention of potential impact on subsistence species.