Home » News » Leading solicitor savages online agencies for their sales progression shortcomings previous nextProducts & ServicesLeading solicitor savages online agencies for their sales progression shortcomingsReport by Rix & Kay based on interviews with agents operating 127 branches across SE finds traditional agents are “filling in” to stop chains collapsing.Nigel Lewis26th February 201804,695 Views A leading conveyancing solicitor has jumped head first into the online agency debate with a report that heavily criticises them for not providing enough sales progression support for their clients.South East solicitors Rix & Kay, which has offices in Sussex and Kent, has published the report today after six months spent interviewing 16 of its high street agency clients face-to-face, who between them have 127 branches.One of the key findings of the report is that many traditional agents are having to “fill in the gaps” left by online agents to stop chains collapsing.This is driving up costs for traditional agents who are then – in effect – paying to provide the service online agents cannot afford to, the report suggests.It also highlights how the public have little awareness of what sales progression is, how skilled agents need to do it well, and how critical it is to keeping chains in one piece.“During the last six months I’ve witnessed unrivalled passion for an industry which has suffered for decades from a tarnished reputation,” says the report’s author Scott Garner from Rix &Kay (pictured, left).“The traditional agents I spoke to have been central to their communities for a long time and their primary concern is helping local people move home.“The challenge for them is to be seen as a key advisor to the home buying and selling process and not an unnecessary expense.“That challenge is now even harder as new entrants continue to de-value the profession and increase pressure on margins.”James Baring of estate agent Ibbett Mosely (pictured, right), which has offices in Kent, Surrey and East Sussex, and which contributed to the report, says that although there is a market for low-fee online agents, they come “at a price for the client [who are] left to fend for themselves”, he says.“Ultimately, this only serves to slow the whole process down, making it more expensive and more stressful, not just for them, but for everyone else who happens to be in the chain.”James Baring Ibbett Moseley property chains Rix & Kay Sales progression Scott Garner conveyancing February 26, 2018Nigel 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
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We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that former two (2) term Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel recently announced that he is a candidate for Indiana Attorney General? …that former two (2) term Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel has raised about $125,000 from supporters, the bulk of his war chest comes from his own political action committee, which contributed about $487,000 to his AG bid? …in a recent email sent to Indiana Lawyer, Weinzapfel said: “he created the Weinzapfel for Indiana PAC after he decided not to seek a third term as Evansville Mayor in 2011?” …he transferred all of his PAC’s funds to his AG campaign last month?IS IT TRUE that former Mayor Jonathon Weinzapfel had an exclusive fundraising circle of friends that were members of his big-ticket fundraising machine? … members of the Weinzaapfel “Apple Club” had to pay a $5,0000 each to become members of this elite group? …we are now told that Mayor Winnecke has a similar exclusive big-ticket fundraising club? …we have been told that it cost $10,000 per person to become an elite member of Mayor Lloyd Winnecke exclusive “WINNING CIRCLE CLUB”?IS IT TRUE we been are told that the highly respected attorney Tom Massey is being encouraged by many people to seek retiring Superior Court Judge Robert “Jeff” Tornatta’s seat?IS IT TRUE we are told that it may be time for the former Evansville City Councilwomen Connie Robinson to give newly elected City Council President Alex Burton a lesson on “How To Win Friends And Influence People?”IS IT TRUE we are told that GOP party Chairman Wayne Parke is working overtime to find someone to challenge the extremely popular and well funded Vanderburgh County Commissioner Ben Shoulders?IS IT TRUE we are told that State Representative Ryan Hatfield (D) has never taken the time or opportunity to seek the wisdom and guidance of former State Representative Gail Riecken?IS IT TRUE that Gabriel Whitley (R) has just resigned as a candidate for the Vanderburgh County Commission to serve as campaign manager for Ronald Chapman (R) who is running for County Commissioner against incumbent County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave (R) in the Republican primary?IS IT TRUE we still stand by our prediction that Republican Ron Beane will be appointed by newly elected Democratic City Council President Alex Burton as the next Finance Chairman of City Council? … that “Politics Make Strange Bedfellows”?IS IT TRUE we been told that a well-known businessman is seriously considering running against the authoritative right-wing conservative County Councilmember Tom Shelter, Jr.?IS IT TRUE we been are told that the highly respected conservative attorney Tom Massey is being encouraged by many people to seek retiring Superior Court Judge Tornatta’s seat?IS IT TRUE recently the Vanderburgh County Council’s voted 7-0 to give a $750,000 check from the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau funds to build the Deaconess Aquatic Center at Garvin Park? …we thought the money to build this Aquatic Center was coming from only the North Main area TIF funds and the naming rights of a corporate sponsor? …it looks like another backroom “Bait And Switch” deal orchestrated by the Winnecke Administration?IS IT TRUE we hope that one day soon that another Charles Berger type will come forward and demand that the Evansville DMD, VenueWorks and the Evansville Redevelopment Commission make all the financial transactions pertaining to the funding of the Evansville Thunderbolts from day one public? …only a Freedom of Information Act request will provide us with the real truth?IS IT TRUE we been told that that the new President /CEO of the not-for-profit Evansville CVB is being paid $175,000 a year not including benefits? …if this information is correct he’s being paid more than the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Vanderburgh County Sheriff, Director of DMD, Evansville Fire and Police Chiefs? …we wonder what kind of marketing superpower does the new CEO/President of the CVB have to warrant this type of unreasonable starting salary minus benefits?IS IT TRUE we wish former Vanderburgh County Commissioner Dave Mosby the best of luck today? …Mr. Mosby will be having triple bypass surgery?IS IT TRUE when the people fear the Government we have Tyranny! When the Government fears the people we have LibertyToday’s “Readers Poll” question is: How do you rate the overall performance of State Senator Vaneta Becker?
What is the secret of making successful double chocolate-chip muffins? Bakery specialist Kluman & Balter (Waltham Cross, Herts) says it has the answer – good quality American-style ingredients and a foolproof recipe. As well as supplying the Multifoods Creme Cake Base, which makes muffin batter, and three types of chocolate chips to add to the mix, the company stocks other muffin ingredients, and helps with customers’ ideas and recipes, it says. “Over the years trans-Atlantic travel has become commonplace and consumers know exactly what an American muffin should taste like,” says Danny Kluman, commercial director. “It’s vital to get not only the ingredients but also the recipes absolutely right.” Both of which the company says it can supply.
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) will rise to £5.80 per hour from October, for workers aged 22 and over, the government has announced this week. It is a 7p increase per hour on the current rate of £5.73 – a rise of 1.2%.For 18- to 22-year-olds the rate will increase by 6p to £4.83, and by 4p to £3.57 for 16- and 17-year-olds.Gill Brooks-Lonican, chief executive of the National Association of Master Bakers, said the increase “won’t do craft bakeries any good at all”, and favours a freeze on wage increases during the recession. “So many bakeries are really feeling the results of the recession; it’s absolutely crazy,” she added.The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has also said an NMW freeze would have been more helpful for businesses. “We pressed for a freeze to the minimum wage because of the severity of the downturn and the daily loss of jobs,” said director general of BCC, David Frost.“We are pleased that the increase is only a modest one, and it shows that the Low Pay Commission and the government have largely understood the seriousness of the situation.”The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) however, has welcomed the hourly rate change. John Cridland, CBI deputy director-general, said: “This moderate increase recognises that many businesses are struggling, and helps protect jobs at a time of rising unemployment.”From October 2010, the top NMW rate will be extended to include 21-year-olds.
Academic standards are rising in our schools thanks to our reforms and the hard work of teachers, with 1.9 million more pupils in schools rated good or outstanding than in 2010. It is important to have an assessment system that continues to drive this improvement. Just as the phonics screening check helps children who are learning to read, the multiplication tables check will help teachers identify those pupils who require extra support. This will ensure that all pupils leave primary school knowing their times tables by heart and able to start secondary school with a secure grasp of fundamental arithmetic as a foundation for mathematics. A select number of schools across the country will start trialling the multiplication tables check from next month, the Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb has announced today (Wednesday 14 February).The multiplication tables check is designed to help ensure children in primary school know their times tables up to 12 off by heart. As well as being critical for everyday life, knowledge of multiplication tables helps children to solve problems quickly and flexibly, and allows them to tackle more complex mathematics later on in school.In the primary assessment consultation run by the government last year, the majority of the sector said that Year 4 would be the best point to run a check on progress being made.The check follows the successful introduction of the phonics screening check in 2012. There are now 154,000 more six-year-olds on track to become fluent readers than in 2012 and England’s recent rise up the international PIRLS rankings puts the success of the government’s reforms on a global scale.School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: The new on-screen check will last no longer than five minutes and is similar to the checks many schools use already. It will enable teachers to monitor a child’s progress in a consistent and reliable way but has been carefully designed to avoid causing additional stress for children and teachers.It will be sat by 8 and 9 year olds in Year 4, after teachers and schools told the Government this was the best point for it to be introduced. Results from the check will not be published at school-level, and will not be used by Ofsted and others to force changes in schools.The system is being developed in active partnership with schools, with two trials already completed. This consolidation of basic mathematical knowledge is in line with the principle of the maths ‘mastery’ pedagogy, which is successfully practised by world leaders in mathematics, Shanghai and Singapore and is now being introduced to schools in England.In the most recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), England’s mean score was 546, compared to Singapore which scored 618, topping the study for maths at both year 5 and 9. Approaches like this aim to close that gap and raise national standards in mathematics.The multiplication tables check was announced as part of the government’s response to its primary assessment consultation last year. This consultation proposed a number of other changes to make assessment in primary schools more accurate and reduce the burden of tests on teachers and children.This trial comes ahead of the national voluntary roll out of the multiplication tables check for all Year 4 pupils from June 2019, before it becomes mandatory in June 2020. A national sample of schools has already been selected to participate in the trials and they will soon receive their invitation to participate. The trials will ensure the check is robust, accessible and minimises any additional burden on schools as a new assessment.The trials follow a recent commitment from the Education Secretary to continue to improve academic standards in order to deliver a truly world-class education that not only inspires young people to make the most of their lives but also gives them the opportunity to fulfil their ambitions, no matter where they live.Multiplication tables trials will make a positive contribution to the government’s commitment through the Industrial Strategy to drive up the study of maths, ensuring that more students leave education at age 18 with a basic level of numeracy, improving the take up of maths qualifications and tackling STEM skills shortages in the economy.
It’s been a rough week, and our friends at Pigeons Playing Ping Pong decided they wanted to give everyone all the smiles. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you watch this new animated music video for their happy-go-lucky song “Penguins”.The video features a pair of paper cut-out penguins having the time of their lives. Watch the penguins as they jump into water, play soccer, walk hand-in-hand, fly through space, ride the rings of Saturn, use each other as skateboards, tumble through the snow, and generally have the best time ever. Eventually, the penguins come across some Penguins Playing Ping Pong and they all rock out together on stage. It is silly and fun and just what the doctor ordered in these dark times.Says Greg Ormont, “We’ve had this music video in our back pocket for a while now, and now seems like the perfect time to give people something to smile about!!”Check out the video for “Penguins” by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong below.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong continue their tour with Dopapod tonight in State College, PA, before moving on to Charlottesville, VA, Baltimore, MD, and Stroudsburg, PA. For full tour information for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, check out their website.
Blondie singer Debbie Harry has announced the forthcoming release of her first-ever memoir. The book will be titled, Face It, and is scheduled for an October 1st arrival via Harper Collins.According to reports, Face It will share Harry’s take on Blondie’s rise to fame in the late-1970s out of New York City’s then-blossoming punk-rock scene. The book’s format will be made up of a mix of essays written by Harry, interviews with journalist Sylvie Simmons, along with never-before-seen photos and fan art. Harry has always been involuntarily regarded as the leader of Blondie, with fans often mistakenly referring to her as the band’s namesake thanks to her trademark blonde hair.Related: Blondie Shares Psychedelic Space Rave Music Video From Upcoming Album“I didn’t want to [write it], but I did,” Harry mentioned in a statement to go with the book announce. “There are many more stories for me to tell, some funny, some scary, some warm, some chill to the bone, and if ‘Face It’ appeals to people then I will get to telling more of the anecdotal bits of the story of Blondie – like the time I met Rita Hayworth and Penny Singleton backstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles … I have led a very full life and couldn’t possibly cover everything in just one volume.”Harry also added, “I’m prepared for the best and the worst comments, much like when I have released an album or done a big show. I don’t have a thick skin, but I do have a pretty good sense of humour.”Speaking of albums, Blondie recently celebrated the release of their 11th studio effort with 2017’s Pollinator. The rock band continues to tour in promotion of the album as they’re scheduled to hit the road for a run of performances alongside Elvis Costello & The Imposters this summer.For tickets to the band’s upcoming 2019 performances, head to Blondie’s official website. Fans can click here to pre-order Face It.[H/T The Guardian]
The Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP) selected an experienced group of individuals for resident fellowships this fall. The announcement was made June 24.The resident fellows include Dennis Archer, mayor, Detroit, Mich. (1994-2001), president, National League of Cities (2000-01), and president, American Bar Association (2003-04); Susan Milligan, national political reporter, The Boston Globe; Michèle Pierre-Louis, prime minister of Haiti (2008-09); Ophir Pines-Paz, Israel’s minister of interior (2005), minister of science, culture, and sport (2006), and Knesset member (1996-2010); Margaret Spellings, U.S. secretary of education (2005-09); and John Timoney, former Miami, Fla., chief of police, Philadelphia, Pa., police commissioner, and New York City first deputy commissioner.“Inspiring interactions with top public sector leaders is a key reason student engagement in the field continues to grow,” said IOP Director Bill Purcell. “This fellows class is an ideal group of leaders who can help turn interest in public service into a career and commitment to making a difference.”Over the course of an academic semester, resident fellows interact with students, participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community, and lead weekly study groups on a range of topics.For more information, visit the IOP Web site.
The Harvard Global Health Institute has announced the selection of the second annual Burke Global Health Fellows.Joshua Salomon, associate professor of international health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), has been awarded a fellowship to support original research. Three Harvard junior faculty members have been awarded fellowships to support innovative education: Daniel Shapiro, assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School (HMS); Matthew Miller, associate professor of health policy and management at HSPH; and Kim Wilson, assistant professor of pediatrics at HMS and Children’s Hospital Boston.The Fellowships are made possible through the support of Katherine States Burke ’79 and her husband, T. Robert Burke. The fund aims to launch and advance the careers of promising junior faculty in global health from across the University by providing support for innovative research and development of undergraduate courses and/or mentorship focused on global health.For more on the fellows and their research.
In the next year, Notre Dame will have the power to save the equivalent of 18 trees, water from 130 showers and 453 gallons of gasoline ⎯ all by switching to recycled paper. Office of Sustainability Programs Manager Erin Hafner said the change, which will begin Nov. 1 and take full effect Jan. 1, 2012, is part of an initiative several years in the making. “We asked about this change a couple of years ago, but it wasn’t feasible,” she said. “When the Office of Public Affairs and Communications changed the Notre Dame brand standards, we saw this as an opportunity to update the paper.” The change will affect University letterheads, business cards, envelopes and other paper items printed from Express Press, a South Bend printer. As a result of an agreement between the University, the printer and the paper supplier, the change will come with zero cost increase, Hafner said. “We pick and choose our initiatives based on the greatest impact,” she said. “This is a centralized change.” Javier Hernandez, a procurement specialist who worked on the project, said Express Press was an excellent partner to work with on the change. “Express Press made this transition easy,” Hernandez said. “We’re trying to be a leader with this initiative,” he said. Hernandez said the stationary will look slightly different. Although the paper will still come from the current stationary provider, Neenah Paper, the new stock will be a brighter white than the current stock. In an announcement through Procurement Services, Hafner said Neenah Paper advocates the green sentiments of its paper products through its company practices. “Neenah Paper is truly dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint,” she said in the announcement. “They generate their own hydroelectric power at their mills in Wisconsin and Germany, they are one of the largest purchasers of [independently certified] renewable energy in Wisconsin and they are putting major efforts into energy conservation. As a result, their North American mills have cut their [carbon dioxide] emissions almost in half over the last decade.” According to the announcement, six out of seven Neenah Paper company mills have achieved a company-wide goal of zero landfill waste.