New OnTheMarket website gets thumbs up

first_imgHome » News » New OnTheMarket website gets thumbs up previous nextProducts & ServicesNew OnTheMarket website gets thumbs upPROPERTYdrum3rd February 20150484 Views The new OnTheMarket.com website, which requires their member agents to stop advertising on either Rightmove or Zoopla, finally launched last week. But what do property professionals actually think of the new website, including its look, usability and layout?“The website looks simple and effective and I’m looking forward to it becoming the first stop for all landlords and tenants,” said Steve Cook, Lettings Manager, Henry & James.James Bailey (left), also of Henry & James, has found the website “easy to use”, and believes that OnTheMarket’s red white and blue pointer “will become memorable in a short space of time.”Also finding the new website to be “very clear and user friendly”, Carol Peett, Managing Director, West Wales Property Finders, commented: “It’s format is far cleaner and quicker to load than Zoopla and the layout makes searching for suitable properties easier and quicker than either Zoopla or Righmove. I think it will be a great success as, once agents who have not yet subscribed realise its advantages, more and more will join.”OnTheMarket was deemed to be “thoroughly British” by James Wyatt, Partner of Barton Wyatt thanks to its “great colours.”“The site is incredibly quick and very easy to navigate – I am delighted with it,” he added.The new portal “certainly has appeal” according to Jonathan Hopper of Garrington Property Finders.“It is user friendly and the images are much larger than those of the two competitor sites – Zoopla and Rightmove,” he said. “It has a clean, uncluttered feel and is not littered with distracting adverts. The colours used add sophistication and are more in keeping with the contemporary developed websites we are becoming used to.”Adam Day (right), Managing Director of online estate agent Hatched.co.uk, who recently resigned from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), in protest to its continued backing of OnTheMarket, which is refusing to list online estate agents, said that the new website fails to stand out from the competition.“OnTheMarket does appear to be very similar visually to its key competitors Rightmove and Zoopla,” he said. “There is nothing there to say to buyers ‘come back’ and no hook to get buyers to change their searching habits from those big players that have been ingrained within the public conscious for years now.”He continued, “It’s understandable that agents want to market their clients properties without information relating to price reductions and length of time on the market, as do I for my clients. However, in reality we are dictated to by the buyers who will go where the most full version of the information can be found.“There is a plethora of extra information on Rightmove and Zoopla relating to historic prices and more.”Adam Hesse (left) from Aston Mead, accepted that the new OnTheMarket website may not be as “slick as Rightmove” but pointed out that has “taken years to get right”.“We wanted something very simple and easy to use which is what we have [in the new OnTheMarket website],” he said. “It will become polished as it receives feedback from agent members. I think consumers will like the simplicity of it.”Trevor Abrahmsohn of Glentree International, agreed, “As a founder member of OnTheMarket.com I can say with some authority that the site is the most up to date, visually attractive of all the portals offering the freshest properties with the most pleasurable experience.”Ian Springett, CEO of OnTheMarket, said that he was delighted with the “overwhelmingly positive” feedback from agents about Britain’s new major property portal.“We are seeing record expressions of interest from agents who are now considering coming on board,” he said. “We are all looking forward to exciting times ahead.”OnTheMarket.com portal website February 3, 2015The 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 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 2021last_img read more

MMS achieves prestigious national accreditation

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » MMS achieves prestigious national accreditation previous nextAgencies & PeopleMMS achieves prestigious national accreditationThe Negotiator22nd January 20180433 Views Ringwood based Millstream Management Services (MMS), a provider of retirement housing management services, has become one of a prestigious group of residential managing agents to achieve accreditation by the trade body ARMA – Association of Residential Managing Agents.ARMA’s Chief Executive, Dr Nigel Glen, said, “Choosing the right managing agent can be a minefield for leaseholders. The industry is not regulated so they don’t have to belong to a professional body. However, anyone appointing an ARMA managing agent can have peace of mind that they conform to high standards, are bound by a consumer charter and are regulated independently. MMS has shown a clear commitment to providing the best service.”Simon Crewe, Managing Director of MMS, said, “We’re delighted to have achieved this important accreditation, which underlines our dedication to meeting rigorous industry standards, putting customers at the heart of everything we do. This is a significant achievement for MMS.”Dave Ryder, Operations Director of MMS, added, “The assessment process for ARMA accreditation is detailed and rigorous, I’m proud that we met every element of the standards to achieve membership of this important industry trade body.”Millstream Management Services (MMS) ARMA Association of Residential Managing Agents retirement housing management services January 22, 2018The 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 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 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Business as usual at TDS following fire

first_img“I’ve always firmly believed that TDS’s biggest strength is the expertise, dedication and attitude of our colleagues. The fire at our head office just two weeks ago put that theory to the test and confirmed my belief.“If you haven’t heard; at around 4pm on Wednesday, January 9, a serious fire broke out at our head office in Hemel Hempstead. Thankfully all 89 colleagues based there were swiftly evacuated safely and without injury. The fire destroyed the first floor and roof of the building.“It was tough to watch for me personally and our team, but rather than panicking, every single member of staff pulled together to ensure that the vital service we provide to our members and customers continued. We have regularly planned for situations like this and when it came down to it, our business continuity plan stood up to the toughest of tests. Due to our robust systems and planning, our online services continued uninterrupted and all deposits and data remained protected.I would like to recognise the brave firefighters at Herts Fire & Rescue, Dacorum Borough Council and all of our fantastic letting agent members who offered to help and sent messages of support.” Steve Harriot, TDS“As the fire took hold, we were already planning our next move. We informed our members of the situation and continued to provide updates and information through our website, social media channels, member newsletters and the local and property media as we realise that letting agents, landlords and tenants would, understandably have been concerned about the continued protection of their tenancy deposits and data.“By 9am the next day, all of our core services were back up and running, and we brought our telephone and email service on line by 2pm. In fact, many of our customers did not notice any change in our services. Over the weekend we moved into our fully equipped, interim office in Hemel Hempstead and when our colleagues arrived on Monday morning, it really was business as usual. Even more impressively, despite working remotely or in our temporary office space, our customer service teams had their call-answering times back to an industry-beating 28 seconds the day after the fire.“You can plan and drill as much as you like but you never expect something like this to happen. To lose your headquarters to a fire like this and to not miss a step is astonishing. While I wouldn’t wish to go through the experience again, I believe the way our team came together to show composure, resilience and professionalism has served to build an even stronger TDS.“Our premises may change, but TDS is so much more than the building it is the great people and the service they provide. I would like to recognise the brave firefighters at Herts Fire & Rescue, Dacorum Borough Council and all of our fantastic letting agent members who offered to help and sent messages of support. There are too many to name, but all were deeply appreciated. 2019 may not have got off to the start we imagined it would, but we’re here, stronger than ever and focussed on continuing to provide our customers with the great levels of service they deserve and expect.”Steve Harriot TDS TDS fire TDS fire Hemel Hempstead TDS HQ fire Tenancy Deposit Scheme January 21, 2019Grant LeonardWhat’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 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 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Business as usual at TDS following fire previous nextProducts & ServicesBusiness as usual at TDS following fireSteve Harriott, CEO, Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), tells The Negotiator that it’s ‘business as usual’ after the serious fire at the company’s head office and how meticulous planning and a strong team meant that the service continued with barely a hiccough.Steve Harriot, CEO, TDS21st January 201901,200 Viewslast_img read more

Estate agent spends nearly £500,000 financing private prosecution

first_imgThe director of an estate agent business based in Hoxley near Bolton is facing being £277,000 out of pocket after mounting an expensive private prosecution of a former director.The private legal action came about to secure a conviction of the fraudulent colleague who had stolen £76,352 from the company’s bank account and pilfered tenancy deposits from renters.Three years ago estate agent Stephen Laycock, who at the time ran Platinum Properties, took co-director Timothy Shinners to court over the fraud after Greater Manchester Police declined to recommend the case to the Crown Prosecution Service, saying they didn’t have the resources available.Laycock subsequently decided to persevere and took out loans totalling £400,000 to fund a private prosecution, leaving him £277,000 of out of pocket. But he is now awaiting a High Court decision which he hopes will mean the remainder of his costs will be reimbursed. Anyone launching a private prosecution like this should expect to have their costs returned.Prison sentenceNevertheless, the prosecution in 2017 was successful and Shinners was found guilty and given a three-year prison sentence for his crimes, the proceeds of which he used to fund a luxury lifestyle. Shinners was released after a year and has been working recently at Online Estate Agents Ltd. His photo was on its website until yesterday, but has now been removed.Laycock told the Daily Mail that he was determined to ensure that justice was done.The case lays bare the huge financial and resource pressures that many police forces are feeling after years of austerity. Greater Manchester Police told Laycock that part of their reason for not pursuing a prosecution was its ‘stretched resources’.Timothy shinners stephen laycock Platinum Properties bolton February 25, 2020Nigel 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 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 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Estate agent spends nearly £500,000 financing private prosecution previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agent spends nearly £500,000 financing private prosecutionStephen Laycock has spent nearly half a million pounds ‘getting justice done’ after a co-director stole money from the company’s accounts, but is now waiting to hear if he will get the money back.Nigel Lewis25th February 202001,288 Viewslast_img read more

275,000 home movers sign up to Zoopla’s latest online advice course

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » 275,000 home movers sign up to Zoopla’s latest online advice course previous nextMarketing275,000 home movers sign up to Zoopla’s latest online advice courseThe portal claims home buyers and sellers of all kinds are hungry for information in today’s Covid-racked housing market.Nigel Lewis25th August 20200366 Views The need for information among home buyers in the current turbulent climate has been revealed after Zoopla today announced that it has signed up 275,000 people to its latest ‘Zooploma’.The six-week online includes advice on many of the market trends and government measure announced during the Covid pandemic such as the rise of working from home, the Stamp Duty holiday and a reduced need to commute to work.But the advice, delivered via 16 emails, also helps on more mundane matters including how much money they can save when moving home, how to budget and an explanation of how house price estimates work.“It’s often difficult to anticipate hurdles when it comes to a property purchase or sale, and no transaction is the same, but the Zooploma is there to answer and resolve questions that many hadn’t even considered,” says Adam Knight, Head of CRM at Zoopla (left).“Demand for property shows no sign of abating and, with more buyers and sellers coming to the market, appetite to learn more about the complexities of the home moving process has never been more pronounced.This latest Zooploma is the third of its kind to be launched by the portal, which previously has launched versions specifically for renters and first time buyers.“When it comes to the home buying and selling process, knowledge is power, and our new Homemover Zooploma is designed to arm consumers with a guide to every step of the process,” says Knight.zooploma adam knight Zoopla August 25, 2020Nigel 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 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 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Eventer Robbed of National Title Due to Error in Dressage Results

first_img Horse Sport Enews Evelina Bertoli has failed in her appeal to be declared Italian national eventing champion 2020 after it belatedly emerged her dressage marks were miscalculated at the Montelibretti CCI****.Her final score appeared to be 0.1 penalties behind the official winner, the Olympian Arianna Schivo.There is no dispute the error occurred, but the FEI Tribunal dismissed an appeal on the legal grounds that Bertoli did not lodge a formal protest to the Ground Jury within 30 minutes of the final results. While there was an “effect of unfairness,” the inviolability of field of play decisions is set out in FEI General Regulations (GRs), with the principle upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport many times.Montelibretti (which is bidding to host the rescheduled 2021 European championships) ran the CCI**** and national championship event in conjunction with a leg of the FEI Nations Cup from October 22-25 last year.Bertoli, 34, only noticed the error the day after the event, when the dressage score sheets were emailed to her. The paper sheets had not been distributed during the competition in the usual way because of its Covid mitigation protocols, so she could not have protested within the deadline.The Italian Equestrian Federation (FISE) contacted the FEI Eventing Department on October 27 about making “amendments it deems necessary to the classification of the competition.” FEI deemed the email a request from FISE for further instructions, not a formal Protest. Bertoli’s representatives lodged an appeal on November 6, including a request to “modify” the GRs even though the Tribunal has no power to do so.The FEI said the Tribunal may decide on interpretation but that applicable rules in this case “are very clear and do not need any interpretation…..each sport may have within it a mechanism for utilising modern technology to ensure a correct decision is made in the first place or for immediately subjecting a controversial decision to a process of review, but the solution for error, either way, lies within the framework of the sport’s own rules; it does not licence judicial or arbitral interference thereafter.”The results were signed off around 4:00 pm and announced “at the latest” at 4:07 pm, so any protest should have been filed by 4:37 pm.The FEI guidelines for dressage during the pandemic are best practice recommendations, not mandatory rules overriding the GRs. Distribution of score sheets is also not mandatory but can be done at any time during the competition. If Bertoli had requested them directly after dressage on October 22, the organisers would have had “plenty of time to email them” leaving Bertoli “in possession of all necessary information in order to file a protest within the mandatory deadline.” There was no reason to treat the case differently to a pre-Covid-19 situation.The FEI “has a sympathy” for “victims” of such “honest” mistakes, but as the world governing body the FEI is in charge of applying and respecting the sport specific rules, “even if those rules are strict and do not foresee exceptions.”The FEI did not ask for costs, and returned Bertoli’s deposit.The decision notice does not record the detailed results but Bertoli’s dressage good marks can be seen here. Tags: FEI Tribunal, Italian Equestrian Federation, eventing, Evelina Bertoli, Montelibretti CCI****, Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

US Navy Extends Enlisted Early Transition Program

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Extends Enlisted Early Transition Program View post tag: extends April 25, 2011 View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic US Navy Extends Enlisted Early Transition Program Share this article Authorities View post tag: early With the release of NAVADMIN 142/11, April 22, the Navy has extended the Enlisted Early Transition Program (EETP) to Sept. 30, 2013.Due to the Navy’s unprecedented retention and successful recruitment, Sailors are being offered a voluntary early separation option.“Our end strength and our over-manning in certain ratings was a consideration for the extension of this program,” said Mike Dawson, head enlisted community manager, Navy Personnel Command. “Our community managers have also received a lot of feedback from Sailors and the Fleet that they would apply for an early-out if they were eligible.”EETP differs from the Early Career Transition Program (ECTP) which allows Sailors to transition into the Selective Reserve (SELRES) prior to their End of Active Obligated Service (EAOS) by submitting a request three to 15 months in advance. EETP allows Sailors to request early separation up to 24 months prior to their scheduled EAOS or extended EAOS.“The ECTP is a program that regardless of the time a Sailor has left on his EAOS, he or she can transition to SELRES,” said Dawson. “Technically, a Sailor could have just signed a six year contract and decide today that they want to complete the remainder of their commitment in SELRES. EETP, on the other hand, is an early-out.”Qualified Sailors may submit their request for early separation to Commander, Navy Personnel Command (COMNAVPERSCOM) via their commanding officer (CO). Commanding officers have final disapproval authority under this program and should not forward a request they cannot support. COMNAVPERSCOM has final approval authority for requests with positive CO endorsement.MILPERSMAN 1910-102 requirement for “separation by reason” does not apply to this program. Sailors are not required to state a reason for making the request since this is a voluntary program.Approval for Sailors with critical Navy Enlisted Classifications (NEC) will be based on individual community requirements.Early separation requests will not be approved for Sailors:* In nuclear ratings;* In receipt of permanent change of station orders;* Identified to fill or currently serving on a Global War on Terrorism/Overseas Contingency Operation, or Individual Augmentee assignment whose rotation date would be affected;* In the National Call to Service Program;* In any sea warfare combat program;* Sailors serving in a rating and/or holding an NEC listed in any enlistment bonus, Selective Re-enlistment Bonus, or similar special and incentive pay program in effect at anytime within the fiscal year of the request or separation;* Assigned to a Department of Defense area tour and have not completed the tour requirement, including overseas tour extension incentive program for which a benefit has been received; or* Who are retirement eligible.“Sailors who are no longer interested in staying in the Navy are highly encouraged to apply,” said Dawson.(navy)[mappress]Source: navy, April 25, 2011 View post tag: Transition View post tag: Naval View post tag: program View post tag: Japan View post tag: Enlistedlast_img read more

Turkish Prime Minister Describes Israel and Cyprus Offshore Gas Drilling as “Madness”

first_imgTurkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan described offshore gas drilling by estranged ally Israel and Cyprus as “madness” on Wednesday, raising…By Jonathon Burch (reuters)[mappress]Source: reuters,September 21, 2011; September 21, 2011 Authorities View post tag: Turkish View post tag: Prime Share this article View post tag: A/S View post tag: and View post tag: “Madness” View post tag: Gascenter_img View post tag: drilling View post tag: Minister View post tag: Israel View post tag: Cyprus View post tag: offshore View post tag: Describes Turkish Prime Minister Describes Israel and Cyprus Offshore Gas Drilling as “Madness” Back to overview,Home naval-today Turkish Prime Minister Describes Israel and Cyprus Offshore Gas Drilling as “Madness” last_img read more

Russia to Insist on Classification of UAVs, AD Maritime Platforms as Conventional Armanents, Says Rozgin

first_img View post tag: Conventional View post tag: Armanents Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia to Insist on Classification of UAVs, AD Maritime Platforms as Conventional Armanents, Says Rozgin Russia will insist on classification of UAVs and AD maritime platforms as conventional armaments, said on Nov 15 Russia’s ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin.“Undoubtedly, we will stand for entering of new weapon systems emerged in recent two decades such as unmanned aerial vehicles including attack ones used against Libya into the list of conventional armaments”, told Rogozin to RIA Novosti summarizing the NATO-Russia Council session held on Tuesday in Brussels.According to diplomat, such type of arms “is becoming a cornerstone of NATO’s military policy in Europe”. “We consider that sea-based air defense systems currently appearing in European, northern and southern waters should be also classified as conventional arms. We cannot disregard potential threat posed by those military assets“, pointed out Rogozin.He noted that “CFE Treaty causes much more doubts and discords between Russia and NATO than missile defense issues”.Rogozin emphasized that “no discriminatory measures can be taken against Russia”.“We won’t accept any flank restrictions, attempts to deter Russia from troop redeployments within own territory. Any effort to lay hands on our freedom will be perceived as relics of colonial policy and instantly repelled. And today that was told to NATO partners quite clear”, said the diplomat.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 18, 2011 View post tag: Navy View post tag: UAVs View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Classification View post tag: platforms View post tag: Naval Authoritiescenter_img November 18, 2011 View post tag: Russia Russia to Insist on Classification of UAVs, AD Maritime Platforms as Conventional Armanents, Says Rozgin View post tag: says View post tag: Rozgin View post tag: Insist View post tag: Maritime View post tag: ad Share this articlelast_img read more

NRP Corte Real Joins EUNAVFOR

first_img View post tag: EUNAVFOR View post tag: Corte Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: NRP NRP Corte Real Joins EUNAVFOR Back to overview,Home naval-today NRP Corte Real Joins EUNAVFOR Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval March 27, 2012 On Monday 26th March one of Portugal’s largest warships, the Vasco de Gama Class frigate NRP CORTE REAL added its name to the list of EU ships (EUNAVFOR) operating in the Horn of Africa.It will set out immediately on its mission to counter piracy and protect World Food Program (WFP) shipments to Somalia.Commissioned into the Portuguese navy in 1990 the CORTE REAL is no stranger to the Horn of Africa, having previously worked to prevent piracy under the NATO Operation OCEAN SHIELD. With the ability to embark two lynx helicopters her contribution to scouting the seas for piracy will be greatly valued.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 27, 2012; Image: eunavfor View post tag: Real View post tag: joinslast_img read more