Is Darwin The Next Dubai?

Dubai has done it, now Darwin could be next. Plans to build homes on a futuristic island off the Nightcliff Foreshore are evidently more than just a drop in the ocean, with geotechnical studies underway, Peter Kafkas says.

Darwin-based developer Halikos Group has confirmed it will begin drilling offshore this weekend to gather geotechnical samples. "The samples are part of preliminary studies for a possible offshore residential development," Halikos said in a statement yesterday. "Should the project proceed, the Halikos Group expects to do detailed environmental studies, lodge a development application ... and do comprehensive community consultation." environment-centre-nightcliff-island With Darwin growing rapidly, the island plan would provide an unconventional step to ease to the Top End property squeeze. The concept was first revealed by Planning Minister Peter Chandler during a Budget Estimates hearing last year. At the time he said a proposal for a man-made island, which would be built about 200 metres offshore roughly from the point where Progress Drive turns into Casuarina Drive, had been referred to the NT Planning Commission.   PalmIsland_ The Palm Islands are two artificial islands in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in the shape of palm trees. The Belgian and Dutch dredging and marine contractors Jan De Nul and Van Oord, were hired to complete construction.

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“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” Home Hits the Market This Year!
If you are trying to keep up with the Kardashians, you definitely know this home. It was featured as the Kardashian house for the latest season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” but the K family didn’t really live in the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom Los Angeles estate. This property was just used for the show’s exterior shots. The estate is currently on the market, so if you are interested in looking like you are keeping up, it will cost you $6.25 million. KARDASHIAN-MODERN-INTERITO kardashians-house

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Ellen Finds The Funniest Real Estate Listings EVER (VIDEO)
Here at Kis Property we love making fun of zany classified ads, and apparently Ellen DeGeneres is no different. On her show, she dug up the funniest real estate listings she could find. One listing in particular had Ellen and the audience rolling in laughter. Let's just say it starts with a male sex organ and ends with Ellen politely saying, "No, I'll pass thank you."

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Do This, Not That: Tips for Staging Your Home
You never get a second chance at a first impression. It is important that potential buyers get a great first impression when they come to your home for an open house or see your listing online. Factors like cleanliness, brightness, and furniture placement all make a big impact on the home’s overall appearance. Making buyers feel comfortable in a new space is key to selling a home says sales manager Peter Kafkas. We also asked our Facebook fans for their best tips for staging a home to sell. Here are 5 tips for staging your home: “Make sure all furniture is about one and a half inches from the wall, this creates the illusion of more space. Clear all personal pictures. If the front door is worn, paint it an interesting color that is inviting and make sure the path to the home is welcoming.” – Michael L. “You hope that you will have a lot of people in short period of time, freedom of movement is essential.” - Leesa B. “Good photos get action. Make sure the lights are on and that you are using a good camera. Don’t use your cell phone!” – Kristy W. “Everything off the counters! Toilet seats down. Blinds all the way up to show off recently cleaned windows.” – Wayne F. “Stage with smaller furniture to make rooms bigger and go with light colored furnishings unless the area dictates darker classy designs.” – Peter C.

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