Signs of change

first_imgPurplebricks, EasyProperty, Hatched – online agents are snaffling all the headlines, giving the Martian, arriving from space in January, the idea that traditional estate agencies have been consigned to history.Purplebricks says it will float on the AIM market for £230 million, easyProperty has now banked funding totaling £39.25 million and Sequence has paid an undisclosed but ‘significant’ sum to acquire Hatched, saving them the trouble of creating their own ‘online’ brand.Traditional agents need to research the competition and maybe adjust their services to survive – and thrive.The figures are eye-watering; massive faith in unproved businesses, dramatic headlines about how much sellers will save, gleeful predictions of the imminent death of ‘rip-off agents.’But is it real? Is that nosy house-hunting Martian going to find defunct estate agencies on every high street? Is he going to find thousands of listings for homes on online agency sites?CEO of easyProperty, Rob Ellice, says, “This new, very substantial investment is a significant step for easyProperty; the most widely recognised consumer brand in a very fragmented estate agency market.” However, since the orange fanfare blew 15 months ago, there has been a lot of noise, but when you visit their website, they have just (on one day in December 2015) 183 properties across the UK.Hatched may grow dramatically with Sequence, but it too has a way to go, with around 320 properties listed.PurpleBricks’ flotation looks likely to be a roaring success, they currently list over 4000 homes for sale, making it the largest in our review of 30 online agencies by quite a stretch, leaving the longer established Tepilo trailing with 1000 listings, a figure that has declined by 30 per cent in recent months.House Network reported that one London homeowner is ‘set to save £172,000 on the sale of his property, listed at £8 million, by selling through them, but if it doesn’t sell, he will lose his ‘few hundred pounds’ – actually a £599 basic plus extras for such things as calls from a negotiator. Established for 11 years, they report sales of 10,000 homes, about 17 homes per week, but few others give any idea of how many homes they have actually sold. Indeed, listings seem to be their main focus, but surely, if they were completing hundreds of sales, they would boast about it? Maybe not, as they make their money by listing, not sales.The threat of disruption is shouted out, but people are asking questions about the services offered; the un-returnable upfront payment; the difficulties in covering the entire country from one base.Any traditional agent who doesn’t research the competition (from any source) has his head in the sand, but good high street agents will adjust their services, their marketing and their fee structures to survive… and thrive.TECHNOLOGYFuture homes in 3DBattersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) has announced the creation of new 3D immersive technology which allows potential buyers to take an interactive walk through the 42 acre development site with 360º views – years before completion.The team used an interactive solution created by Cityscape Digital based on gaming technology to create a first for a large scale London development. The software enables visitors at the marketing suite at Battersea Power Station to discover all that the new town centre will offer including the restored iconic Power Station and new buildings with world class architecture, surrounded by 18 acres of open space.Georgia Sri, Head of UK Residential Sales, said, “Battersea Power Station’s new fully immersive technology allows both potential residents to fully experience this incredibly exciting project, several years before completion. Battersea is a whole new town centre with new homes, shops, restaurants and offices. This unique experience offers our visitors the ability to step into this new world and imagine themselves really living or working at Battersea.”Hatched online agencies Purple Bricks Battersea Power Station technology easy Property future homes January 20, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Signs of change previous nextAgencies & PeopleSigns of changeThe Negotiator20th January 201601,018 Viewslast_img read more

Trouble over bridge

first_imgScottish and Southern Energy (SSE) will restore power to the lights on the Northern side of Magdalen Bridge next week after a power fault which has left it in darkness for more than a month.The company are now in breach of statutory requirements as the repair has not been rectified, despite stipulations that “energy contractors must repair street lighting faults within 20 working days” of the initial referral.As a result of enquiries made by Cherwell and City Councillor Tony Brett, it has been announced that the required works will take place late next week.Tony Brett, a Liberal Democrat Councillor for Carfax, originally made a complaint to the County Council on the 9th December and repeatedly contacted the Council about the problem. Brett expressed concern that there may be “tragic consequences” if “without street lighting a cyclist in dark clothing or lights pulls out and a car, or worse, bus driver, doesn’t see them,” and asked that the matter be given priority.Both female and male students have reported feeling increasingly fearful when crossing the bridge in darkness. “It feels much less safe at night”, Heidi Grek, a visiting student currently living near Cowley Road, told Cherwell. “I try to avoid walking home alone but that’s not always possible.”A number of students also admit to cycling without bike lights or safety measures.A spokesperson for the County Council has confirmed that SSE will be penalised, stating, “We will claim penalty payments at £10 a day, for every day over the 20 working days the fault is outstanding.”The fine seems insufficient to some of those affected. “It just seems to be a nominal penalty”, commented Grek. “£10 per day isn’t a lot to a company whose individual shares routinely trade at ten times that.”Anger remains over the time it has taken SSE to rectify the fault. Councillor Brett commented, “It’s a real shame this repair has taken such a long time, leaving Magdalen Bridge so dangerous at this late-dawn and early-dusk time of the year. “I’d like to know why SSE didn’t repair the fault before term started as I know that many students feel unsafe enough as it is walking over the bridge, without having to do it in the dark.”last_img read more

Bridge of Sigh-cle ride for Hertford Principal

first_imgThe Principal of Hertford College, Will Hutton, will cycle from Oxford’s Bridge of Sighs to Venice’s Bridge of Sighs next July, to mark one hundred years since his college’s building of the famous Oxford landmark.Hutton sent out an email to Hertford students asking for their help in the attempt to carry out the challenge, set to take place over two weeks next July.In the email, Hutton said, “Over the next twelve months we celebrate the centenary of our iconic bridge and in thinking about ways to celebrate, the idea of a sponsored cycle ride from the Hertford bridge to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice was mooted.“This idea has increasingly caught my imagination, and over the last few days I have decided to do it – providing we can make it work. Believe me, at about a thousand miles over a fortnight next July this will be probably the most physically challenging thing I have ever done – and just the preparation is a daunting prospect.”Although Hutton intends to hire a professional company to help with the organisation of the trip, he is also keen for Hertford students to become actively involved. As his email explained, “I am looking for a group of individuals who can share my enthusiasm for this idea and help get it off the ground.“No, you don’t have to commit to ride with me, although you will be most welcome – my aspiration is to tap into the wider Hertford community rather than have the whole project driven by an outside contractor.”About half a dozen students will be asked to help Hutton in four areas – route planning, technical support, accommodation and transport. He says that he already has two possible routes planned.Hutton will formally announce the idea in September, when the centenary of the Bridge of Sighs will be celebrated by Hertford College with a series of lectures on the Bridge’s history, the screening of a short documentary about it, and a drinks reception and party.Hertford’s Bridge of Sighs was designed and built in 1913 and now connects the two main college buildings, spanning New College Lane. It was first opened in January 1914. The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, or the Ponte dei Sospiri, was built in 1602 and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.The distance between them is 757 miles, just under the length of the famous John O’Groats to Land’s End ride in the UK, at about 840 miles.last_img read more


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A Divide on Split-Rail Fences in Ocean City

first_imgIn the soft light of an Ocean City sunrise, new split-rail fences paint a pretty picture as they angle through the dunes and mark pathways to the beach.Storm surf from a northeast gale encroaches on a new split-rail fence at 57th Street in Ocean City less than a week after it was installed.But in the howling winds of a nor’easter with the ocean lapping at their posts, the same fences start to look a less peaceful and a little more like potential battering rams.That’s likely the image the city had when it passed an ordinance in 1993 regulating steps and ramps that provided access to the beach from private beachfront properties.“Cognizant of the potential harm of steps or ramps in the event of rising tidal water, but desirous of providing beach access to privately or publicly owned beach front lots, the City wishes to adopt and enforce rules and regulations governing the manner in which ramps and steps may be installed on the beach …,” the ordinance states.The local law (18-8) goes on to require that all such structures be portable — to be moved and stored safely within 24 hours of any National Weather Service coastal flood or hurricane watch/warning. It also requires that owners register the name of the person responsible for removing the steps and authorizes the city to do the work, if that person doesn’t.Split-rail fencing at the south end of Ocean City.So it’s with a mix of curiosity and dismay that beachfront property owner Jeffrey Monihan looks out on the hundreds of sections of split-rail fence recently installed between 37th Street and 59th Street as part of a massive Army Corps of Engineers beach and dune replenishment project.Monihan owns property on the 5600 block of Central Avenue and said he was arrested in the early 1990s around the time the ordinance was first passed. He had constructed concrete stairs over the rocks that line the bulkhead in front of his home.The case ultimately was buried by time and new sand from a beach replenishment project that took the urgency away from the issue, according to Monihan.But for him, the question remains: How did split-rail fence get approved?An Army Corps of Engineers contractor installs fencing marking dune crossovers between 37th Street and 59th Street.“The primary factor seems to be aesthetics,” Army Corps spokesman Richard Pearsall said. “But split rail also works well. The purpose of the crossover fencing is to serve as a delineation between the dune and the crossovers. It discourages people from walking on and destroying the dune grass, while at the same time allowing sand to pass through and across. The local sponsors pick what they want in terms of the style, and the split rail has become the standard up and down the Jersey coast.”“It’s possible that fence debris could cause some additional damage during a major storm that breaches the dune, but in such an extreme event, any additional damage from floating or projectile fence debris would be relatively minor compared to the primary storm damages that would occur from flooding and direct wave impact,” Pearsall said.The state Department of Environmental Protection Division of Land Use also approved the dune crossovers, according to DEP spokesman Bob Considine.He suggested the relevant permit dates back to 2006 and includes fencing, crossovers and materials — with the city able to decide what fence to use.Julie Baumgardner, who lived on the beachfront at 30th Street at the time, submitted a petition of 40 names in 2013, asking the city to use sand fence instead of split-rail.Superstorm Sandy wiped out a healthy dune at Waverly Beach and demonstrated the potential danger of heavy wooden structures on the beach.She said split-rail is ineffective as a deterrent — with people easily climbing over it and walking on the dunes. She also said it does little to allow new sand to collect on the dunes, as traditional sand fencing does. And she supported Monihan.“They break apart and become projectiles,” Baumgardner said.The city ultimately used sand-fencing in addition to split-rail at 30th Street and some nearby crossovers.With beach replenishment recently completed at the south end of Ocean City and with a new project expected to start at the north end next week, the concern likely will fade with the ocean a safe distance away.But it was three years ago today (Oct. 29, 2012) that Superstorm Sandy leveled dunes at the north and south ends of Ocean City. Earlier this month and again on Wednesday, a strong northeast swell carved into the dunes again at many spots on the north end. New split-rail fence delineates the dune crossover at 24th Street in Ocean City, NJ.last_img read more

High Sierra Music Festival Announces Greensky Bluegrass, Jim James, More For 2019 Lineup

first_imgToday, the deluge of 2019 festival lineup announcements continues, as High Sierra Music Festival has released the initial artist roster for their 29th-annual event set to take place this summer on July 4th–7th. This year’s initial lineup announcement is topped by a healthy mix of fan-favorite jam, bluegrass, and funk acts, including Greensky Bluegrass, Jim James (full band), St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Galactic, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Presents ‘Eat A Bunch of Peaches’.Also performing the 2019 High Sierra Music Festival are The Marcus King Band, ALO, The Polish Ambassador, The Nth Power performing a Marvin Gaye tribute (!!), Jennifer Hartswick Band, Cris Jacobs Band, Cha Wa, Rob Artis II & The Truth, and more to be announced in the coming months.As always, High Sierra attendees will benefit from the beautiful early-summer NorCal climate and scenic surroundings provided by the festival’s Quincy, CA locale. To find more information about the event and the venue, get answers to frequently asked questions, or purchase your tickets to the 29th annual High Sierra Music Festival, you can head to the event’s website.last_img read more

From sea to dining hall table

first_imgHarvard University Dining Services (HUDS) serves an estimated 25,000 meals a day. At that scale, meeting its mission to dish up fresh, healthy food requires creativity. One way it is working to achieve that goal is through a partnership with local fish wholesaler Red’s Best that puts fresh seafood on students’ and faculty members’ plates twice a week. Fish processed at Red’s Best pier in the Seaport District early in the morning is prepared that same day by HUDS chefs and served for dinner on Wednesday and lunch Friday. On a recent Wednesday, Red’s delivered 900 pounds of swordfish for just one dinner. The Gazette follows the catch of the day from pier to plate.last_img

Lindenhurst Students Warned of Distracted Driving Risks

first_imgA driver uses their cell phone while behind the wheel.Jacy Good learned while hospitalized on her 22nd birthday in 2008 that the Pennsylvania crash that nearly killed her claimed her parents’ lives—thanks to a teenage driver talking on his cell phone.The White Plains resident who later dedicated her life to advocating against distracted driving shared those and other painful details during a panel discussion Wednesday at Lindenhurst High School.“We need to change the way we think about this,” Good told students assembled at the school library. “When you are driving, do what it takes to not pick up your phone.”Leading the discussion was New York State Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick), who pointed to studies that found drivers distracted by their cell phones are 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision.“Distracted drivers put everyone’s safety at risk,” said Fuschillo, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Technology enables us to communicate with one another almost whenever and wherever we want, but it endangers lives when drivers pay more attention to a text or email than to the road ahead.”Trooper Frank Bandiero, who was also on the panel, said that distracted drivers—20,000 of whom were ticketed by state police between July 2011 and July 2012, including 1,400 on LI—are easy to spot since they drive erratically. He said that parents need to set an example for their kids by not using their phones while driving.A recent survey found that 58 percent of high school seniors and 43 percent of high school juniors said they had texted or emailed while driving during the previous month, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.“Young people, we think we’re invincible,” said Kristen Curran, a senior at Lindenhurst High School who recently obtained her driver’s license and joined the panel. “We think we have so many more years to come, but that’s not the truth.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Mineola Man Convicted of Manslaughter in Fatal Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A cement truck driver was convicted Wednesday of killing a 45-year-old school bus driver and seriously injuring a 64-year-old attendant in a crash in Locust Valley two years ago.A Nassau County jury found Raymond Ragen guilty of manslaughter and assault, but acquitted him of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter.Authorities said the 45-year-old was driving his truck eastbound on Oyster Bay Road when he crashed into a Long Island Rail Road overpass near Matinecock Court on July 23, 2012.The truck then hit a westbound school bus, killing its driver, 45-year-old Jorge Guevara of Locust Valley. Four boys and a 64-year-old man on the bus were treated for minor injuries.Ragen faces 5-to-15 years in prison on the manslaughter conviction when he’s sentenced May 23 by Judge William Donnino.last_img

It’s the holiday season!

first_imgBack to School is over, Fall and pumpkin spice are in the air, and your members are already thinking about holiday purchases, and it’s only the end of September.  If you have a co-worker who has marked the employee break room calendar with a countdown of the number of paychecks left before the holidays, now is the time for your credit union to create holiday credit and debit usage campaigns to compete for transactions, and capture the projected increase in holiday spending this year.According to the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), Holiday Shopping Intentions Survey, nearly one third of holiday shopping started as early as August. Survey results indicate consumers will spend an average of $728 on gifts this holiday shopping season, with Millennials playing a major role in retail success by spending $554 using their debit cards or cash. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more