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Darwin Market Records Strong Growth

Sales volumes and median prices on the rise in the N.T

By Terry Christodoulou
Thu, Feb 18, 2021 12:35amGrey Clock < 1 min
The December quarter saw the Darwin property market enjoy a spike in sales volumes, up more than 20 per cent alongside rising median property prices.
A new report from the Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory (REINT) detailed the state capital’s strong end to 2020, with ascendent median house and unit prices. 
According to the REINT’s ‘Real Estate Local Market (REALM) Report’, the median price of units outpaced that of housing, up 6.7 per cent against the 4.2 per cent rise in the median price of detached dwellings.  
Growth covered wider Darwin except for the north east. The current median house price in the city is now $500,000, with units at $320,000.
Elsewhere, Katherine saw a surging 73.7 per cent rise in sales volume, with Tennant Creek up 50 per cent and Alice Springs continuing its move along a robust growth corridor, up 36 per cent.

“While it is far from the peaks of 2014, this has been the most positive year in over half a decade and bodes well for continued growth into 2021,” said REINT chief executive Quentin Kilian.

Median rents also increased in the Greater Darwin Area by 6.9 per cent (houses) and 6.6 per cent (units), with rental yields strong for the investor set – house yields rising to 5.3 per cent and unit yields steady at 5.9 per cent.



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Judge Blocks Effort to Auction Graceland

Family of Elvis Presley was fighting the attempted sale, alleging fraud

By TALI ARBEL
Sun, May 26, 2024 2 min

A Tennessee judge on Wednesday blocked an allegedly fraudulent attempt to auction off Graceland, the former Memphis home of music legend Elvis Presley and a major tourist destination in the state.

Elvis’s granddaughter, actress Riley Keough , says a company that had planned a Thursday sale was fake and trying to defraud the trust that owns Graceland.

Judge JoeDae Jenkins in Chancery Court in Shelby County, Tenn., granted the injunction to stop the auction, according to a court clerk. The court had granted Keough a temporary restraining order on the sale last week.

The auction was initiated by an entity called Naussany Investments & Private Lending. It had filed a public notice for a foreclosure sale in Tennessee, alleging Lisa Marie Presley , Elvis’s only child, defaulted on a $3.8 million loan it made to her. The group said it now owns Graceland because Presley defaulted on the loan.

Presley, Keough’s mother, controlled the Graceland trust until her death in January 2023 . Keough then took over as trustee.

Lawyers for Keough said Naussany’s loan documents are forgeries, and the firm “appears to be a false entity created for the purpose of defrauding” the trust that owns Graceland, Presley’s heirs or any purchaser of Graceland.

Elvis Presley Enterprises, which manages Graceland, has also said Naussany’s claims were fraudulent. “There will be no foreclosure,” said Elvis Presley Enterprises spokeswoman Alicia Dean . “Graceland will continue to operate as it has for the past 42 years.”

Keough’s lawyer declined to comment.

Naussany Investments and Kurt Naussany, named in the complaint as acting on behalf of the entity, couldn’t be reached for comment. A phone number listed in the complaint didn’t work, and emails sent to associated addresses weren’t answered. The Wall Street Journal couldn’t separately find contact information for a Kurt Naussany. A lawyer for the entity couldn’t be identified.

The Graceland complex in Memphis, which includes an exhibition center and a 450-room hotel, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

Elvis bought the property in 1957, when he was 22 and an ascendant star. He died in 1977 at the age of 42 and is buried on the Graceland property. Graceland opened to the public in 1982.

Lisa Marie Presley’s mother, Priscilla Presley , reached a settlement in 2023 with Keough over who would control the trust. The settlement came after Priscilla Presley challenged a 2016 amendment to the trust filed by Lisa Marie Presley that removed her mother as trustee.

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