Purplebricks problems: ‘£899 doesn’t buy much expertise and most vendors know that’

first_imgA leading estate agency trade association representing 30 businesses in the East of England has claimed that Purplebricks failed in the US because, like the UK, vendors and landlords pay agents for expertise, and online and hybrid agents struggle to provide that when charging low, fixed fees.Nick Taylor (pictured, above), chairman of the Norwich & District Association of Estate Agents, claims Purplebricks and its imitators within the online market ‘have failed’ because they are unable to offer the expertise vendors want when deciding on who to instruct.“When selling one’s biggest financial asset, most sellers want to employ a fair degree of expertise and the truth is that £899 doesn’t buy much expertise,” he says, referring to Purplebricks’ current fixed fee for its service.Martyn Baum (left), who runs seven-branch Norfolk estate agency Arnolds-Keys, claims online and hybrid agencies have struggled because they only concentrate on a small section of the house buying and selling process, namely the online marketing.“People need help and guidance when selling what for most is their largest asset,” he says. “The hard work really begins once an offer has been agreed between a seller and buyer.“Many online agents just do not offer this service. The issues that Purplebricks are experiencing come down to the missing parts of estate agency that they just don’t cover rather than the ones they do.”But Baum also admits that online agents have helped introduce better ‘disruption’ technology and digital customer communication software into the industry.Nick Taylor is also MD of independent estate agency Hadley Taylor. Read more about estate agents in Norwich.Norwich & District Association of Estate Agents Purplebricks hybrid estate agents Nick Taylor Norwich July 8, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks problems: ‘£899 doesn’t buy much expertise and most vendors know that’ previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks problems: ‘£899 doesn’t buy much expertise and most vendors know that’Regional estate agency association piles into hybrid agency, blaming its US withdrawal last week on basic failing within its service offering.Nigel Lewis8th July 201906,863 Viewslast_img read more

JULY 1, 2017 ‘READERS FORUM”

first_imgWhats on your mind today?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Would you join a positive and non-violent protest in support of the City of Evansville Police and Firemen receiving an increase in salaries and healthcare benefits?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column doesn’t represents the views or opinions of our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Still betrayed

first_imgDear Editor:On March 30, 2014, I wrote what would be my first of many letters to the editor entitled “Betrayed” about the Monarch project that is proposed to be built on the northern waterfront by the Barry family’s Applied Companies. That letter served to inform people about how the Barry family, a long time Hoboken based developer, reneged on a promise they made to our community and decided to exploit our northern waterfront for private use by building two residential towers on a location that they had agreed would be open and public space.For those less familiar, through an extensive, multi-year public process in the late 1990s, the city, the Hoboken Planning Board, and Applied, memorialized and recorded their agreement which allowed Applied to build for-profit developments on six of seven blocks of what is known as the Shipyard Development. And in exchange, the seventh block – the only block that is directly on the waterfront – would be developed as public space in line with Hoboken’s master plan calling for a public waterfront.However, in 2011, ignoring all of its previously (and currently) earned financial benefits from the completed first six phases, the Barry family claimed it no longer wanted to build out the promised community giveback because it was too costly. Instead said they had to build “up” to make it feasible.Almost six years later, six legal cases are being fought, on behalf of all Hoboken residents, by the City of Hoboken, the Hoboken Planning Board, Fund for Better Waterfront, and the Hudson Tea Buildings. And next Tuesday, Feb. 28, oral arguments by these parties will be heard for three of the cases on appeal by the Appellate Court in New Brunswick at 10 a.m.This is a critical day in the history of this battle. These appeals address what we feel are inappropriate rulings by the Hudson County lower courts that favor a well-known and influential developer. Two of these appeals questioning the appropriateness of not just one, but two judges giving the almost never used “deemed approval” as overriding decisions for each the Hoboken Planning Board and Hudson County Planning board decisions. For “deemed approval” decisions, case law requires an intentional effort by boards to delay due process for developers, and in our situations, this could not be further from the truth. The third appeal questions the validity of the precedent setting ruling by the judge that a Developers Agreement is not binding and can be changed by one party. For those interested, “Amerada Hess” and “Toll Bros. vs. Burlington County” are the most relevant cases being applied/misapplied in these appeals.So please let’s remember why we are here. What drives this fight is the unanimous support within our community to preserve our waterfront for its intended use – for the public’s enjoyment, a fight that started over thirty years ago by many of you. A fight caused by an unscrupulous developer and neighbor who betrayed us. Hoboken loses if Applied wins.Tiffanie Fisher Hudson Tea Buildings resident, co-founder of Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfrontlast_img read more

Regulator says Australia must address Google ad dominance

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s competition watchdog says a lack of competition for Google and a lack of transparency in the digital advertising supply chain need to be addressed because they are impacting publishers, advertisers and consumers. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released an interim report on its inquiry into the Google-dominated digital advertising services industry in Australia. Commission Chair Rod Sims says there’s a real lack of choice in the industry and Google often is acting on behalf of both publishers and advertisers for the same ad sale while selling its own ad inventory. A lawsuit in several U.S. states alleges Google engaged in anti-competitive conduct in online advertising and used its monopolistic power to control the prices and eliminate competition.last_img read more

See The Lion King Raise the Roof at the White House

first_img Related Shows The Lion King View Comments The Lion King dazzled First Lady Michelle Obama and special guests at the White House on July 18. The stars of the Tony-winning musical’s national tour were on hand as a treat for the 54 children and other special guests attending the “Kids’ State Dinner.” The event honored winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide contest for children to create an original, delicious and healthy kid’s food recipe, from the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Inititaive. Check out the exciting performance and Mrs. Obama’s priceless reaction below. from $75.00last_img

Route 7 bridge in Clarendon and Route 100 through Granville now open to public travel

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened a storm-damaged bridge along Route 7 in Clarendon. Opening the bridge to public travel removes the last impediment to free-flowing traffic along the entire length of Route 7, which is western Vermont’s most significant highway. VTrans today also opened the storm-damaged portion of Route 100 between Warren and Rochester, eliminating a significant detour around Granville. Tropical Storm Irene swelled the Cold River in Clarendon, which runs underneath Route 7, causing it to wash away the a large section of the roadway’s approach to the bridge just south of Route 7’s intersection with Route 4. The damage severed the roadway, leaving a nearly 30-foot deep opening to the ground below. Crews rebuilt the roadway approach and repaired the bridge damage in little more than three weeks, restoring normal traffic and eliminating the need for detours.Roadway crews today also opened the section of Route 100 that runs through Granville, eliminating the need for a lengthy detour. During Tropical Storm Irene, several miles of Route 100 that is commonly referred to as Granville Gulf received heavy damage by floodwaters. The reopened portion of Route 100 through Granville is not yet paved, but the roadway is now open to the public. Motorists should expect delays as crews continue to make roadway repairs, as well as reduced speeds due to its gravel surface. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for travel updates for their mobile phone, and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter. September 20, 2011last_img read more

Against Trophies: No More Participation Medals

first_imgWhy participation medals are undermining what matters most about sportsWhen it comes to young children, trophies can be a valuable tool. Alarmingly, however, participation trophies are no longer limited to kindergartners’ field day events and kids’ fun runs. Today, adults circle around Monday-morning water coolers across America, proudly wearing their medals bestowed upon them via pre-race schwag bag from the registration tent of the new fad obstacle course race. Others wear shirts from the latest distance running event, during which they never even toed the starting line because the race offered a “Ghost Runner” registration option (they simply paid the entrance fee from their couches and were shipped an event shirt as if they actually ran the race).Awarding adults with trophies for participation in an event sends a mixed message. Given the pervasiveness of this phenomena across all realms of competition, it is not surprising when even adults are disappointed when success does not come immediately in other areas of life.We are blurring lines. We are stealing valor. We are losing our real life folk heroes. True champions are now underground bands, while we treat weekend warriors like major venue headliners. We award any semblance of effort or worse—the mere state of existing in spirited costume—as if it were accomplishment. In this new world, impostery becomes synonymous with mastery.A Brief HistoryWhen I was younger, I earned three state champion titles in what is considered the triple crown of high school distance running: the mile and 2-mile Track & Field races and the 5K Cross Country race (the latter of which I won by running on a broken ankle). As an adult, I won a National Championship title in the niche, ultra-endurance sport of Adventure Racing, but only after topping off five years of heavy involvement and competition with two more of intensive training specifically for the event. During the ten months before the event, I logged over 700 hours of training. Today, everybody gets a trophy, and nobody learns resilience in the face of adversity. There is something depressing about accepting the same award as the guy who rolled off the couch the morning of to accept his. Or consider accepting the same award after a year of training for a competition that you received the year prior sans twelve months of blood, sweat, and tears. The sweat, setbacks, and sacrifices associated with chasing the podium are all part of the eventual success that participants and those stopping after having once or twice “given it their best” will never know.Participation Vs. WinningI want to be clear that there are several laudable accomplishments shy of winning, and jubilation may very well be justified based on the individual, his or her goals, and where these milestones lie on his or her path to attaining them. But, let’s not continue down this path of blurring the lines—participation and earning a spot on the podium are often NOT the same thing. We adults replaced our sense of intrinsic value in challenging ourselves with the extrinsic rewards we once received to encourage endeavoring in the first place. We put away our hearts’ true ambitions and replaced them with what now has become cheap plastic. Misty Copeland, at the age of thirteen, began ballet late in life as a teenager. Her lack of genetics for it, ever-present throughout her career, was immortalized by a viral Under Armour commercial, which retold her rejection by a dance academy because she lacked “the right feet, achilles tendons, turnout, torso length, and bust.” Twenty years after she began, she was promoted to principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African-American woman to hold that role in ABT’s 75-year history. Naturally talented athletes who have easily secured the podium early in life more often than not give it up because they lack the necessary work ethic to retain it of ambitious up-and-coming challengers. With time as a factor, it is not only possible but probable that someone born without innate aptitude but earnestly working toward it climbs the podium–happily, I might add.Being wise in implementation, passionate in execution, and giving it “your actual best” with consistency and perseverance over time are the hallmarks of a champion. Champions present and future disdain participation trophies because people who put in a champion’s effort do not want that effort bucketed with the laziness of someone who simply gets off the couch on a Saturday morning.We have allowed participation trophies to become the norm and accept them as representative of effort worthy of the podium.I get it, though. When it comes to competition, we have a genuine and good-natured desire for equality of opportunity. Nonetheless, we cannot allow it to overshadow the inequality of outcome inherent in the very nature of competition. We cannot lump all effort into the same category. We cannot continue to normalize accomplishment to the least common denominator among us. We have allowed participation trophies to become the norm and accept them as representative of effort worthy of the podium.Not To Be MistakenJohn Wooden, arguably the most successful coach to have ever lived, won ten NCAA Championships during his 12-year stay as UCLA’s head basketball coach. When asked about his “secrets” to success, he famously advised, “Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” Remarkably, we consciously decide to do precisely that: we litter competitors’ mantles with participation trophies and in doing so award the achievement of mere activity. We need to retract this everyone’s-a-winner-mentality ritual, replace it with individual pride in personal accomplishment, and restore a collective sense of scale on what it takes to stand atop a podium and receive a trophy. We need to acknowledge what those on the podium already know–that there is a progression to mastery. Every champion of his or her arena begins by being a participant, but what differentiates a champion from the other participants is that venturing into something new is a foothill, not the summit.Glorifying false summits, as we currently do with participation trophies, has diluted not only the value of the trophy, but the definition of the word. That a trophy, which by definition is “awarded as a prize for victory or success” in competition, should be granted simply for participation has misled us in what is required to truly reach the pinnacle of accomplishment. In our attempt to build confidence and stave off failure, we have set ourselves up for it should we ever need to truly apply ourselves, inside or outside of the sports arena. And so, going forward, let us congratulate those yet in the foothills with a pat on the back, not a trophy.last_img read more

Oceanside Man Shot to Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 36-year-old Oceanside man was shot to death in Valley Stream over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Fifth Precinct officers responded to AL Mini Mart on Ocean Avenue, where they discovered Edwin Lopez suffering from gunshot wounds at 10:40 p.m. Friday, police said.The victim was taken to Franklin General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead and hour later.   Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this incident to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

Calvary Community Church hosts food pop-up

first_imgThe church handed out produce, bread, coffee and paper towels. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Calvary Community Church held a food pop-up in the church’s parking lot at 780 Harry L. Dr. Tuesday. Dominick Langella, Calvary Community member, says that giving to those in need should be the most important. The church has been doing the pop up since the beginning of the pandemic with items from the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse. center_img “I think it’s not important about this church doing this,” Langella said. “I think it’s important that each of us as individuals do what we can.” Calvary Community Church will continue their food pop-up next week.last_img

PSBB flattens COVID-19 curve in West Java: Ridwan Kamil

first_imgThe rate of COVID-19 transmission in West Java has flattened since large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were implemented in the province.“The number of new cases has stayed at around 40 each day,” West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Thursday.As of Thursday, West Java has recorded a total of 1,012 COVID-19 cases — the second-highest after Jakarta, the epicenter of the outbreak which recorded 4,175 cases — and 83 deaths. Read also: West Java plans to operate 24-hour checkpoints to enforce ‘mudik’ banThe Bogor, Depok and Bekasi have been under the PSBB since April 15. The policy was extended for another two weeks on April 29. Meanwhile, Greater Bandung (Bandung, West Bandung, Cimahi and Sumedang) is implementing the PSBB from April 22 to May 6. “I can conclude that the PSBB has been able to reduce the rate of infection because the strict policy has resulted in people refraining from going outside and gathering in public,” Ridwan said. The Jakarta Post still saw people walking the streets around Margahayu in Rancasari district, Bandung, although the number of cars and motorcycles has decreased significantly around the area.Topics :last_img read more