Weekend reads: Catch up the most interesting articles from this week

There are more interesting articles, commentaries and analyst reports on the Web every week than anyone could read in a month.

Each Saturday morning I like to share some of the ones I’ve read during the week.

Monday will be here before you know it, so enjoy for some weekend reading…and please forward to your friends by clicking the social link buttons.

The Aussie Capital City Where Vacancies Are Climbing And Rents Are Dropping

YIP magazine reported that vacancy rates have continued to fall across the nation, with some notable exceptions

New figures from SQM Research show vacancies fell slightly in August, with a nationwide vacancy rate of 2.3%.vacancy

The vacancy rate dropped slightly in most capital cities, excluding Adelaide, Brisbane and Darwin where the vacancy rate remained steady.

Year-on-year vacancy rates have continued to climb in Darwin, however, with a 2% jump from the same time last year.

Asking rents have also dropped steeply in Darwin. The city has seen a 21.3% decline in asking rents for houses over the last 12 months, and a 17.8% drop for units.

Asking rents also fell in Perth, down 8.1% for houses and 5.5% for units.

In contrast, asking prices have posted a strong yearly rise in Hobart.

Prices are up 6.7% for houses and 8.3% for units. Asking rents in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney have also seen modest rises for the year.

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Dogs Dislike People Who Are Mean To Their Owners, According To Researchers

This article on Lifehack.org has confirmed something we all already knew: Dogs dislike people who are mean to their owners.

A recent study published in the journal Animal Behaviour concludes the idea that dogs can tell when their owners are being mistreated by others, and as such may snub the people inflicting the pain, discomfort, or lack of help toward said owners.dog loyal woman friend pet fun walk

The researchers of the study, from Kyoto University, conducted an experiment on three groups of 18 dogs witnessing 2 strangers being mean, neutral, or helpful to their owners when they needed help opening a box.

The same strangers would then offer treats to the dogs as the researchers noted the reactions of the dogs to the individuals and gesture.

Dog are very social creatures and can pick up on verbal and nonverbal clues, and don’t always act on just self-interest.

If that were the case, the study states, the dogs would have taken the treats no matter the behavior of the person dispensing them.

The study also stated that the behavior these dogs exhibited aren’t seen in children until they are around three years of age, and is a foreign concept to much of the rest of the animal kingdom.

Talk about interesting!

APRA measures to hit lower income suburbs

Pete Wargent takes a look at how the APRA changes to lending will affect lower income suburbs.
CoreLogic-RP Data reported a preliminary auction clearance rate of 75.1 per cent for Sydney on Saturday with more than 1,000 auctions held over the week.
APRA’s cooling measures will hit lower socio-demographic areas first as lower income earners struggle with the deposit hurdle.
The first region to go in Sydney will be the south west, and to a lesser extent the west.
On the other hand the traditionally wealthier suburbs of the lower north shore, the eastern suburbs, and the inner west are poised to hold up much better.
Unsurprisingly further research from the Domain Group showed that auction clearance rates held up to track at exceptionally high levels in the inner west (82.8 per cent), the lower north shore (82.3 per cent), the northern beaches (79.6 per cent) and the city & east region (77.9 per cent).
On the other hand over the past two weeks auction clearance rates have tanked in the west (from 76.9 per cent to just 66.3 per cent), and particularly in the south west (from 69.8 per cent to just 54.9 per cent).
APRA measures to hit lower income suburbs

Doing these 9 uncomfortable things will pay off forever

An article on Business Insider discusses the truth that pushing your comfort zone is the key to self-betterment. 

Here’s 9 things you can try to push beyond your own boundaries.

1. Question everything

The most uncomfortable thing one can do is to question everything that is taken for granted and seek answers.

2. Be honest

Being the most honest you’ve ever been with someone in your life will be one of the most uncomfortable things you can do, but it could also be the most valuable.

3. Wake up extremely early

While everyone else sleeps, waking at 5 a.m. is the perfect, albeit challenging, way to begin the day in silence.

4. Watch your pennies

Keep track of every penny you spend for several months – you’d be surprised how much debt you can pay off.

5. Track what you eatauditorium microphone public speaking leadership success speech

Keeping track of all the food you eat and all the exercise you do in a day can be challenging, but using something like MyFitnessPal app can show what really goes into your body.

6. Eat only nutritious food

This will be uncomfortable for a number of reasons: It’s hard, it’s socially limiting, it can be more expensive, it’s not as tasty when you start, and it takes more time – but it will change your life forever.

7. Practice public speaking

It may be scary to think about, but you never know when you may be called upon to speak in public.

8. Accomplish an almost impossible goal

The most uncomfortable thing you can do is to set and achieve a goal that’s harder than something you’ve ever done before.

9. Pick just one thing to master at a time

Your approach to self-betterment might be trying as many things as possible and seeing what works.

See the full article here

Weekend Video: Welcome Back Heathrow Terminal 5 Flash Mob

Watch arriving passengers be given a welcome home to remember at Heathrow Terminal 5.  

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