Test Drive column: All-new 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 – Business – Austin American-Statesman

Entry price $49,900
Price as tested: $72,780

It’s been 23 years since the last Land Rover Defender was available for sale in the U.S., specifically the 1997 Defender in full 4X4 off-road regalia. Noted for its top line off-road capabilities and unique looks, this Land Rover became a status symbol for the privileged and quickly evolved into cult-like status. Although removed from U.S. dealerships in 1998 due to more safety mandates and its poor government crash test results, those who loved their Defenders were ready and in waiting at Land Rover dealerships when this all-new 2020 Defender arrived.

Our tester Defender is a far cry from the past versions, which ran from 1993 to 1997 in a rugged, rough terrain design that attracted serious off-road consumers. Additionally, the older Defenders cared more about riding up the side of a steep mountain trail more so than a reasonable ride. Amenities that

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Dealers Signal Optimism for Future Franchise Values and Buy/Sell Activity

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Automobile dealers are more optimistic about the valuation of their dealerships this year than last year, according to the newly-released, second annual Kerrigan Dealer Survey. The survey was fielded by Kerrigan Advisors, a leading sell-side advisory firm to auto dealers in the U.S.

The 2020 survey, which queried 680 dealers, found that 33% expect an increase in the value of their dealership – a 27% boost compared to 2019 findings, when only 26% of dealers expected their dealership value to go up. All told, more than 80% of dealers expect the valuation of their dealership to remain the same or increase. Just 14% expect a decrease in valuation.

“Despite the uncertainty and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this survey finds dealers to be optimistic heading into the future,” said Erin Kerrigan, Founder and Managing Director of Kerrigan Advisors. “We aren’t surprised. Our Q2 2020

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less than 10ft wide property with maximalist interiors by award-winning studio

A south London house measuring less than 10ft wide — more or less the width of a single garage — has come up for sale for £775,000.

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The house in Brixton was given a full interior renovation by the current owner, interior designer Ed O’Donnell, and packs a punch with moody colours, clever space-saving hacks and eclectic art throughout.

And although at 9ft 8in it’s seriously skinny, the house still meets the two requirements of our lockdown lives – with a small outside courtyard, and a clever mezzanine providing a dedicated work from home space.

O’Donnell bought the house for £489,000 in 2015 with his partner, advertising copywriter JP Banks, and did a top-to-toe renovation, eking every inch of useable space out of the floorplan at a cost of £90,000.

On the ground floor the dividing wall between the kitchen and living

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Huge patch of Stoke-on-Trent land off the A50 is up for sale

A huge patch of land off the A50 in Stoke-on-Trent is up for sale.

Severn Trent is offloading its former depot off Uttoxeter Road, in Meir, as part of a ‘disposal programme.’

The 4.3-acre site which fronts the A50 is one of four sites across the Midlands – in Stoke-on-Trent, Stone, Sandwell and Nottinghamshire – which is being sold-off by the water and sewage business.

Property company Carter Jonas has been instructed to sell the land on behalf of the company and says it could be used for houses, employment or retail in the future.

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Primary Produce Investors Set To Crack Into Nut-Producing Orchard Up For Sale

Top Road, Patetonga

One of New
Zealand’s biggest commercial macadamia nut orchards and
associated macadamia nut processing and manufacturing
operations have been placed on the market for

The 8.1-hectare Top Notch Macadamias operation
at Patetonga on the Hauraki Plains near the base of the
Coromandel produces more than 15 tonnes of the high-value
hand-harvested nuts annually – all of which are processed
on-site and marketed through an established retail network,
and directly via on-line sales.

Among Top Notch’s
vast product catalogue range are salted nuts, roasted nuts,
chocolate-coated macadamia nuts, honey caramel nuts,
macadamia muesli, sweet macadamia brittle, macadamia butter,
and macadamia dukkha.

Top Road, Patetonga

Top Notch
Macadamias’ orchard plantation is spread over three
landscaped tiers – with the farm employing an organic
approach to both pest control and the health maintenance of
root stock.

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Heritage-based Rural Bed And Breakfast Placed On The Market For Sale

Walton Rd

A totally restored
historic pioneering farm homestead and self-contained
one-bedroom cottage both converted into a commercially-run
boutique accommodation bed and breakfast have been placed on
the market for sale.

The upmarket heritage Villa
Walton bed and breakfast in the Waikato region of Matamata
was built at the turn of the last century. During its
history, there have been many families live in the villa
with each generation adding their love and attention to the

Now operating as a commercial bed and
breakfast accommodation provider, Villa Walton has guest
accommodation consisting of three spacious rooms, plus owner
suite and a stand-alone self-contained one-bedroom

main property’s three guest bedrooms – each with their own
en-suite bathroom – have seasonal night rack rates of
between $295-$375, with the separate cottage running a
nightly rack rate of

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Home sale and listing resurgence extends into the fall

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Home sale and listing resurgence extends into the fall


Home sale and new listing activity remained at near record levels across Metro Vancouver in October.


The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 3,687 in October 2020, a 29 per cent increase from the 2,858 sales recorded in October 2019, and a 1.2 per cent increase from the 3,643 homes sold in September 2020.


Last month’s sales were 34.7 per cent above the 10-year October sales average and stands as the second-highest total on record for the month.


“Home has been a focus for residents during the pandemic. With more days and evenings spent at home this year, people are re-thinking their housing situation,” Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair said. “Throughout this period, REALTORS® have been working to understand and adapt to the latest safety protocols so that they can continue to

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B.C. real estate: 5 private islands for sale offer property buyers escape from raging COVID-19 pandemic

Wealthy people wanting to get away from crowded cities to escape COVID-19 have options other than retreating to their lakeside cottages and country homes.

“An island would be a good place to ride out this pandemic,” realtor Adam Major told the Straight.

Major is the managing broker of Holywell Properties, a realty agency that also owns and operates real-estate information site Zealty.ca.

Major noted that owning a private island has always appealed to people.

“Who doesn’t want to own a private island?” Major asked.

With the raging COVID-19 pandemic, Major believes that the allure of having a private island has increased.

However, this is not for everyone.

“If you live on an isalnd, the cost to maintain it is probably more,” Major said.

One has to get everything to the island by boat, from food to fuel and other supplies.

“It’s not as cheap as it sounds, but definitely

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Contemporary beach house in Sanderling Club on Siesta Key for sale

A contemporary beach house stands out in the lush Old Florida gulf-to-bay enclave of Sanderling Club on Siesta Key

Marsha Fottler
 |  Correspondent

A large chic and understated beach house in the desirable enclave of Sanderling Club on Siesta Key has come onto the market for $5,950,000 through Judie Berger of Sotheby’s International Property. The Siesta Key home has nearly 7,000-square-feet of living space on two floors and has several designated outdoor entertainment spaces including a fire-pit deck near the private beach, a picnic area with wooden table under the palms on the back lawn, a pool deck with heated pool and spa, wide upper balconies and a spacious lanai for outdoor cooking and dining.

The house was built in 1969, but what it looks like today and how it functions is dramatically different from the original structure. The current owners, who have lived on Siesta Key for more than

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In US, Booming Real Estate Market Highlights Rich-poor Divide

The US real estate market is booming even as the coronavirus crisis intensifies, and the seemingly insatiable appetite for new and older homes has sent prices soaring — meaning more and more families with modest incomes are seeing their dreams of owning property shattered.

“It very much is a tale of haves and have nots,” said Dana Scanlon, a property agent in the Washington area.

In a bid to mitigate the economic crisis provoked by the pandemic, the US Federal Reserve slashed interest rates in March to near-zero.

As Scanlon explains, “that gives a very big boost to buying power for those people who still have jobs… where they can work from home.”

For some, it has, perhaps counterintuitively, even meant a “little uptick in savings” as commuting and other costs have been cut due to restrictions on travel and dining out, she says.

That means some families have more

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