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It can be easy to fall in love with a property and pay too much – here’s how to negotiate like a pro

first_imgFollow these five tips for negotiating so you don’t pay too much.THE majority of home buyers are only in the market a few times in their lives, so negotiating on a property price can bit a bit awkward if you aren’t used to it.According to Darren Piper of Universal Buyers Agents said there were five things all buyers should do to help them negotiate like a pro.ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT“Successful negotiators are assertive and challenge everything – they know that everything is negotiable,” Mr Piper said.He labelled this “negotiation consciousness’’ and said this was what made a big difference between negotiators.SHUT UP AND LISTENMr Piper said he was amazed by all the people he met who couldn’t stop talking.“Negotiators are detectives – they ask probing questions and then shut up. The other negotiator will tell you everything you need to know – all you have to do is listen.”DO YOUR HOMEWORKDo your home work well before the negotiating starts.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoIt was important to gather as much pertinent information as possible before you start negotiating.“What are their (the sellers) needs?’’ he said“What pressures do they feel? What options do they have?’’Mr Piper said this was vital information and you couldn’t make accurate decisions without understanding the other side’s situation.WEIGH up these three things before buying an investment property“The more information you have about the people with whom you are negotiating, the stronger you will be. People who consistently leave money on the table probably fail to do their homework.”ALWAYS BE WILLING TO WALK AWAY“When you say to yourself, ‘I will walk if I can’t conclude a deal that is satisfactory’, the other side can tell that you mean business,’’ he said.DON’T BE IN A HURRY“Your patience can be devastating to the other negotiator if they are in a hurry because they start to believe that you are not under pressure to conclude the deal,” he said.last_img read more

Mourinho makes case for defence

first_img Press Association Azpilicueta, who has displaced Ashley Cole at left-back, received particular praise. “We know that to win matches you need to score more goals than the opponent, but one of the ways you have to score more is if you don’t concede,” said Mourinho, whose strikers have been much derided this term. “We work, we prepare matches, we analyse opponents. You try to find the best balance. “Defensively you try to make a shape, you try to find a balance. I like Ivanovic playing right-back more than as a central defender. “I like a lot the stability of Cahill and the understanding of Cahill with John. “And I think at this moment Azpilicueta is unbeatable. For many, many matches I haven’t seen one player beat Azpilicueta in an individual duel. “The team is compact, we have a good balance, we are playing well defensively.” While Mourinho was dishing out plaudits, Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood was less than complimentary about some members of his squad and will hope for a reaction in the Europa League on Thursday. A 4-0 defeat of Spurs on Saturday saw the Blues claim a seventh clean sheet in their last 10 league matches and extend their advantage over Mourinho’s title pick Manchester City to nine points, although the 2012 champions have three games in-hand. Goalkeeper Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and captain John Terry are established as Mourinho’s favoured back four, much to the Portuguese’s satisfaction. “This is another blow to us,” said Sherwood, who was unable to end Spurs’ 24-year wait for victory at Stamford Bridge. “We play Benfica now on Thursday and have to bounce back very quickly. “We don’t have time to dwell on this now. But I’m gutted, massively disappointed.” Tottenham “capitulated”, to use Sherwood’s own words, in the second half, with Jan Vertonghen gifting Samuel Eto’o the first and Younes Kaboul sent off for the foul which allowed Eden Hazard to convert a penalty. Sherwood was uncertain if Spurs would appeal the decision. It did not help that captain Michael Dawson departed early with a hamstring injury which leaves him doubtful for Thursday’s Europa League last-16 first leg with Benfica. “We’re hoping there’s a miracle, but I’m not going to hold my breath,” added Sherwood on Dawson, whose departure was followed by a quick-fire Demba Ba double. Ba last started a Premier League match for Chelsea on October 6 at Norwich. He has struggled to take his limited opportunities off the bench since, but will hope his double strike earns further chances, especially as Fernando Torres faces a spell out with a groin injury. “That was a great day for the whole team and the whole club,” Ba told Chelsea TV. “I try to deal with what I’ve been given and it’s not always easy, but I just do what I have to do. I just take the chance to score and I did.” Tottenham had Chelsea under pressure at times in the first half, in particular, but Mourinho was unfazed. “We were all calm,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “No mistakes, no defensive mistakes. They had control of the ball and of the game but they didn’t scare us. That’s a good feeling. “We were very mature. You have to cope with what the game has to give you and sometimes the game gives you a fantastic game, sometimes the game gives you a difficult game and we coped very well with a difficult first half. “When you are not on the top of your game, but you feel they are not very dangerous, keep calm and you wait for your moment.” The comments could equally apply to the title race, but Mourinho insists the table is not accurate as Arsenal, Liverpool and City, in particular, have games in hand. Jose Mourinho lauded Chelsea’s defensive resilience after his side moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League. last_img read more

WWE Smackdown: Blockbuster show on the cards as big guns are back

first_img WATCH US LIVE FINALLY…I come back home to my @WWE universe.This FRIDAY NIGHT, I’ll return for our debut of SMACKDOWN!LIVE on @FOXTV.There’s no greater title than #thepeopleschamp.And there’s no place like home.Tequila on me after the show 😈🥃#IfYaSmell🎤 #Smackdown#RocksShow #FOX— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 30, 2019 First Published: 3rd October, 2019 23:17 IST COMMENT LIVE TV READ | WWE Crown Jewel 2019: Team Hogan to square off against Team FlairThe big matchesApart from the blockbuster returns of various stars, the 20th anniversary of Smackdown has also got a blockbuster match card as well which consists of some nail-biting contests. The ‘Big Dog’ Roman Reigns will go one on one against Erick Rowan while the star divas Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch will be up against  Bayley and Sasha Banks in a tag team match. Shane McMahon faces  Kevin Owens in a ladder match where the loser must leave WWE. The most eagerly anticipated match of the night will be between Kofi Kingston and the ‘Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. The event will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. READ | WWE Hell In a Cell: Will Seth Rollins slay ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt?READ | Iconic WWE Superstars who won hearts and made our childhood memorable SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Written By Karthik Nair Last Updated: 3rd October, 2019 23:17 IST WWE Smackdown: Blockbuster Show On The Cards As Big Guns Are Back WWE Smackdown’s 20th-anniversary episode would see the likes of Stone Cold, Rock, Undertaker and Hulk Hogan under one roof on October 4; it will be held in LA Smackdown will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on October 4. From that day onwards Smackdown will officially drop ‘Live’ and will be known as ‘Friday Night Smackdown’. The logo was unveiled by both WWE and Fox. The video featured superstars and divas including the likes of  John Cena, Randy Orton, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and her legendary father Ric Flair, etc. However, the blue brand will not only have some good matches but it will also witness some blockbuster returns on that all-important night as some highly popular as well as the most loved megastars will be under one roof for the occasion.READ | Brock Lesnar: The journey of the Brock from ‘Conqueror’ to ‘Beast’A blockbuster eventUnlike the Raw Reunion which was held over a couple of months ago, Smackdown will see the return of the Attitude Era stars including The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker. To make things more interesting, the legendary Hulk Hogan will also make his presence felt on Friday Night Smackdown as ‘Hulkamania’ will be running wild. Even the WCW legend ‘Scorpion Sting’ has confirmed that he will be a part of the show. Apart from these megastars, others who will be making it to the blue brand this Friday include Mick Foley, Booker T, Mark Henry, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, Trish Stratus, Lita, Kurt Angle, and Goldberg. Meanwhile, ‘The People’s Champion’ Rock a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that he is indeed coming to Smackdown to electrify his fans. FOLLOW USlast_img read more