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first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » ‘Hybrid and high street agency fees will soon meet in the middle’ previous nextAgencies & People‘Hybrid and high street agency fees will soon meet in the middle’Claim is made by Emoov boss Russell Quirk as he proposes merger with Countrywide but only if PLC drastically slims down its footprint and embraces technology properly.Nigel Lewis3rd August 201802,840 Views Hybrid and traditional estate agency fees are likely to meet in the middle as many high street operators reduce their fees and hybrids increase theirs, it has been claimed.Russell Quirk, in an exclusive interview with The Negotiator, says that while his business has increased its fees by 300% from £295 in 2010 to £895 today, traditional agents including Countrywide have seen their average fee level reduce from 1.7% to 1.2%.“Hybrid agents like Emoov deliver the same results as their traditional competitors including similar sell-through rates and percentage of asking price, so all we’ve got to do now is communicate this to consumers,” he says.Quirk also says that while he maintains that hybrids will take 30-35% of the sales market, he admits it’s going to take longer than he first thought.“Many academics have already predicted that the tipping point for tech firms is 20% and at the moment we’re almost half way there.“The problem for us is that it’s not a sticky industry,” he says. “People don’t jump in and buy a property but instead move every seven to 12 years so even if they understand the hybrid proposition, it may be a long time before they need that service.”CountrywideQuirk also confirmed to The Negotiator that he had not talked to Countrywide about a potential purchase but that he might consider a merger or buy-out.“I think bringing a business like ours and Countrywide’s together is the future,” he says. “The high street model isn’t sustainable as fees come under pressure.“I think utopia would be a company with some branches that allows that them to have a regional presence but not be slave to those overheads as the high street is currently is, and with different fee choices via different brands.“My vision for Countrywide would to sell off a lot of their brands, consolidate their branch footprint, use tech like ours to delight the customer and reduce the cost of servicing, and offer a challenger fixed-fee brand that is separate, not based in the same branches as traditional staff.”  Russell Quirk Countrywide Emoov estate agency feees August 3, 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 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


first_img View post tag: countries Twenty Five Countries Led by US to Hold 12-Day Long Naval Exercise Nearby Iranian Waters View post tag: Twenty View post tag: Iranian Twenty five countries led by the US will hold a 12-day long naval exercise nearby Iranian waters, said sources in the British military…(rusnavy)[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, September 10, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Navy View post tag: waters View post tag: US View post tag: hold September 10, 2012 View post tag: 12-Day View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Long View post tag: Nearby View post tag: five View post tag: LED Back to overview,Home naval-today Twenty Five Countries Led by US to Hold 12-Day Long Naval Exercise Nearby Iranian Waters last_img read more


first_imgMembers of the Phillies 1915 Pennant Winning baseball team fish off a dock during Spring training in St. Petersburg, Florida. A colorful story about how spring training was held in those bygone days will be told by Baseball Historian, Author, and artifacts collector Bob Warrington of Feb. 21 at the Ocean City Community Center.The following is from Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer:This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Phillies winning their first National League pennant. I know this is true because Bob Warrington told me so. Bob is a nationally recognized historian, author and long-time collector of artifacts related to the Phillies and former Philadelphia Athletics baseball teams.He has been published in many national baseball periodicals. His most recent article about the Phillies appeared in the Society for American Baseball Research Magazine. Yep, baseball is a well-documented sport.Bob saw the notice about the Old Year’s celebration we are currently organizing with the Ocean City Historical Museum and Ocean City Free Public Library. And because he visits Ocean City and admires our interest in preserving the past, he has made us an offer we cannot refuse. And that’s to come here on February 21 to talk about the Phillies’ spring training program of 1915, the year they won the pennant.Bob recently presented displays on this subject at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Banquet and the Baseball Research Association’s Connie Mack Chapter meeting. Both were very well received.Warrington will describe how the Phillies 1915 spring training experience in St. Petersburg, Fla. differed sharply from spring training today, on the baseball diamond and off. Some colorful events included confrontation with a British war ship (the team traveled to Florida by boat), hiding Phillies players from a lynch mob, members almost drowning in a major storm, player holdouts, terrible food, leisure-time “high jinks” and the strict discipline imposed by new manager Pat Moran.A series of photos taken during spring training in St. Petersburg a century ago will be shown. And you are invited to have your photo taken holding a bat used by the Phillies 1915 first baseman Fred Luderus. Other Phillies artifacts from that season will be displayed.The star pitcher of the pennant winning team was the legendary Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, affectionately known as “Old Pete.” His record was 30 wins and 10 losses that year. This was in an era before relief pitchers and ninth-inning closers became common. Old Pete won an astonishing 373 games during his playing days, exactly the same number as the great Christy Mathewson.Warrington’s presentation is set for 1 p.m. at the Community Center’s Christopher Maloney Auditorium on Feb. 21. Admission is free. I have some special memories of the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Athletics games played in the late ’40s and early ’50s when both teams shared Shibe Park. I was brought up in Chester, Pa. 20 miles from Philadelphia. A bunch of us kids would take the train to Philly, the subway to Lehigh Ave. and then walk to Shibe Park past the boarded up Baker Bowl, the original home of the Phillies. We would never go to a single game, it had to be a doubleheader.We saw Connie Mack direct his team in a business suit from the dugout, Hank Greenberg hit a home run that banged off the left field roof and Joe DiMaggio line one into the leftfield bleachers. It was a lifetime thrill to meet Joe DiMaggio when he was grand marshal of the Ocean City Baby Parade in 1983.last_img read more


first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Daniel Ojeda Progessive rockers TAUK are in the middle of a massive spring tour spanning January until April and traversing all regions of the country. They will have done a couple of shows supporting bands such as Lettuce, Railroad Earth, and STS9. Nonetheless, this spring tour is about TAUK exhibiting their brand of improvisational rock. Last night they stopped in Madison Wisconsin’s Majestic Theatre. It was a concert that demonstrated why TAUK is a band that is steadily on the rise.Before TAUK could get started Minneapolis funksters PHO opened. All things considered PHO lived up to the recommendation given by the legendary Prince. They play a very infectious funk that filled every minute of their opening hour-long slot with seemingly limitless energy.Then it was all TAUK. In honor of the 20 year anniversary of the untimely death of rap superstar Notorious B.I.G., the band members of TAUK came out to the tune of “Big Poppa” blaring over the speakers. As they marched on to the stage, they passed out cake to members of the audience. As fans and band members alike enjoyed the sweet dessert, the band exemplified the lyric of, “Believe me sweety, I got enough food to feed the needy, No need to be greedy.” It was a cool way to begin the show.What followed was what TAUK does best – some serious progressive rock. They opened with a bouncing “The Drop.” They followed it with a cascading “Rainwalk.” If one was observant, one could see a demonstration of the unbridled enthusiasm for life of drummer Isaac Teel. As they meandered into the introduction of the song he began to hit his electronic drum producing a sample that said, “Go, go, oh yeah!” Teel moved his mouth in unison, and then cracked his trademark smile. It was funny and fun.Other highlights of the concert included covers of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” as well as The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” The highlight of the night was “Mindshift.” The song featured some very ambient improvisation for the band before eventually arriving to the blistering peak. Guitarist Matt Jalbert really took to the spotlight to showcase his shredding skills for the end of the song. The encore included “The Chemist” before ending the night with the fan-favorite “Collateral.”TAUK continues to produce high quality concerts that display how tight the band has become. With many more tour dates in March and April, it would be a crime to miss them if they swing through your area. Tonight they will be co-headlining a show in Minneapolis with Papadosio.Setlist: TAUK | Majestic Theatre | Madison, WI | 3/9/17Set: The Drop, Rainwalk, Flashback, Premises, Hello Narwhal, Carpentino’s Rebirth, Waver, No Quarter, Mindshift, When In Doubt, Eleanor Rigby, In the Basement of the AlamoEncore: The Chemist, Collaterallast_img read more


first_imgEarlier in the month, Galactic hit Quincy, California, for High Sierra Music Festival ahead of 4th of July. While they were on the West Coast, the whole crewe—including Erica Falls, a longtime collaborator and vocalist who has recently been on tour with the group—found the time to visit Jam In The Van and record three tracks for the online web series. Galactic offered two originals and one cover during their session. In addition to their cover of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” the New Orleans funk act also offered renditions of a recently debuted tune, “Chasing Rainbows,” in addition to “Does It Really Make A Difference” off their 2015 album, Into The Deep. You can check out Galactic’s sessions from Jam in the Van below.last_img


first_imgIt looks as though the “Luck o’ the Irish” will be ever-present in Chandler, AZ this coming St. Patrick’s Day weekend, as the Pot Of Gold Music Festival has arguably one of the best lineups of the early 2018 festival season. The festival, which is scheduled for March 16th through 18th, has a little bit of something for everyone, bringing both old-school staples and some of music’s hottest new acts to the sunny Southwest. (Get tickets here).For headliners, Pot Of Gold Festival has signed on big-draw names like Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Sturgill Simpson, Russ, Rebelution, and Dirtyheads. However, the down-bill is equally as notable, with artists like St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, TAUK, The Infamous Stringdusters (who are coming off a Grammy win this past week), Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Pepper, Boombox, Midnight North, G. Love & Special Sauce, and more representing a huge range of genres and making for a truly impressive lineup. Phil Lesh & TTFB “Uncle John’s Band” from Jam In The Van:[via Jam In The Van]Pot of Gold Music Festival has tapped favorites from the jam, country, hip-hop, and reggae scenes.  On Saturday, jamfather Phil Lesh will lead his son Grahame Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band down the golden road with plenty of choice selections from the Grateful Dead catalog, while roots-rock singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winner Sturgill Simpson will inject some outlaw country into the mix. Hip-hop producer Russ has been a hot ticket as of late and will headline Friday night’s festivities, while Cali’s Rebelution will deliver the roots-rock-reggae vibrations on Sunday.Rebelution “Sky Is The Limit” Live at Red Rocks:[via RebelutionMusic]Outside of the headliners, there truly is a little bit of everything for attendees to enjoy. The Infamous Stringdusters—who also won a Grammy Award this past week for Best Bluegrass Album—are on-hand to offer up their high-octane bluegrass stylings. St. Paul and the Broken Bones’ will see the band perform soul-inspired R&B, and the quickly rising ensemble Con Brio, featuring the group’s charismatic frontman and vocalist Ziek McCarter, will perform what might be best described as “sex funk.” On the other end of the spectrum, TAUK not only rocks, but fuses hip-hop, funk, and jazz for their mind-warping instrumental blend, and Boombox will host a psychedelic disco dance party of their own during their late-night set on Saturday night. Denton, TX’s Cody Jinks will be a highlight set, with tracks from his 2016 album I’m Not the Devil, which reached #4 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.The Infamous Stringdusters “Fearless” (Pink Floyd cover):[via The Infamous Stringdusters]To go along with a truly stacked lineup, Pot Of Gold has teamed up with CID Entertainment to offer attendees a little extra comfort with VIP Experiences. Those that purchase VIP options can enjoy VIP lounges, premium full-service bars, a steakhouse-quality dinner, and access to special viewing areas, private restrooms, and VIP hosts. Hotels accommodations are also being offered through the festival, with a wide range of options to choose from. Check out hotel options at Curadora.com.Sturgill Simpson “Keep It Between The Lines” (Live On SNL):[via SturgillSimpsonMusic]While music is obviously the huge draw for the Pot Of Gold Music Festival, when not enjoying the festival’s diverse spread of tunes, there are plenty of amenities and activities to keep you busy, including a number of tasty local food vendors. During downtime, attendees are invited to visit Shady Lane and Arcade Alley, with the latter offering up traditional arcade games for attendees to enjoy. Other choice spots to check out during the festival is the Space Lab Area, which features various audience interactive areas that will brings a smile to your face, Art Land featuring local and regional artists showing you how it is done, free water refill stations, huge selection of  products for sale in the vendor village, local and national sponsored with product giveaways and promotional items, locker rentals, and charging stations.Russ “Flip” (Official Video):[via RussVEVO]Tickets for Pot of Gold Music Festival are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. To check out VIP Experience options via CID Entertainment, click here.Pot of Gold Music Festival 2018:https://twitter.com/PotOfGoldAZhttp://potofgoldaz.com/http://instagram.com/potofgoldazlast_img read more


first_imgFollowing public requests from students and faculty asking Notre Dame to improve inclusion of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community, the University announced Wednesday it would not add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination clause. University Spokesman Dennis Brown declined to provide an explanation for why sexual orientation would not be added and would not say who made the final decision. The announcement came in the wake of increased pressure to create a more inclusive atmosphere for LGBTQ members of the Notre Dame community. Student and Faculty Senates recently passed resolutions asking for sexual orientation to be included in the non-discrimination clause. The Student Senate resolution also asked that the University publicly address why the phrase is not included. When asked when and if the University would provide such a public response, Brown declined to comment. However, Notre Dame announced in a press release it would take other steps to enhance inclusion of LGBTQ members. For example, the University plans to reaffirm and spread awareness about the University’s existing non-discrimination policies. The University’s handbook, du Lac, includes a “Spirit of Inclusion,” which states that Notre Dame welcomes its LGBTQ community and seeks to create an environment in which “none are strangers and all may flourish.” University President Fr. John Jenkins affirmed the Spirit of Inclusion in the press release. “In all of our efforts, we seek within the context of Church teaching to better realize the ideals expressed in the University’s ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ statement – to create an environment of mutual respect, hospitality and warmth,” he said. The University also condemns harassment and discrimination toward LGBTQ individuals in its discriminatory harassment policy, which is designed to protect current students and employees. The non-discrimination clause primarily addresses discrimination against prospective students and employees in areas such as admissions, employment, scholarships and athletics. The current clause states that the University “does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, veteran status or age.” In response to student suggestions, the University will make ally training more widely available, improve hall staff training and continue communication between administration and student leaders regarding LGBTQ issues, according to the press release. Notre Dame also plans to improve the structure and functioning of the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students, a group comprised of administrators and students that advises the Vice President for Student Affairs on LGBTQ needs. Brown also said some changes have already been made to improve inclusion of LGBTQ students, such as providing Core Council with permanent space in the LaFortune Student Center. “There have been some things that have been done,” he said. “That’s an example.” Brown said the University plans to solidify a specific plan for enhancing inclusion of LGBTQ students in the upcoming months. “Those are going to be things that will be in discussion with students over the summer and early in the fall semester to put details in place,” he said. Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle said Notre Dame has made progress over the past 15 years in its support for LGBTQ students and said the University appreciates student input on the subject. “We’ve always emphasized the desire to continuously improve and to be responsive to student concerns,” he said in the press release. “The conversations between students and the administration both recently and over the past several years have been very important.” Sophomore Alex Coccia, co-president of the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA), said the University’s release is a step in the right direction. “With such a statement from the University, it is important that each individual respond according to his or her own vantage point,” he said. “I believe that it is important to acknowledge the initiative of the administration both to release a public statement regarding first steps for inclusive and to recognize expressed student suggestions.” Coccia, who is also a columnist for The Observer’s Viewpoint section, is actively involved in the 4 to 5 Movement, an initiative of PSA in which allies promote an environment of inclusion for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff. “I want to commend all of the students, faculty, and staff who, through the 4 to 5 Movement, have worked tirelessly and at much personal expense this entire year for full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning members of the community,” Coccia said. The 4 to 5 Movement released a video in February titled, “It Needs To Get Better,” in which students, faculty and staff call for a more inclusive environment for the LGBTQ community. The video has over 20,000 views on YouTube.   The video specifically asks that Notre Dame include sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination clause and that the University approve a gay-straight alliance (GSA) as an official club. AllianceND, which is currently the campus’s unofficial GSA, applied for official club status in February. Brown said the University’s decision regarding the nondiscrimination clause is separate from a decision regarding a GSA, which will be made through the Student Activities Office (SAO).   Director of Student Activities for Programming Peggy Hnatusko, who makes the final decision regarding club status, told The Observer on Tuesday that all applications for new clubs were still under review. Hnatusko said she hopes all decisions regarding new clubs will be made by the end of the summer and will send letters to prospective clubs when the review process is finished. However, Coccia said he received verbal commitment from an SAO representative earlier in the semester that a decision regarding GSA’s club status would be made by May 1. Kristen Durbin contributed to this report.last_img read more


first_imgTo clean feeders, dump the leftover food. Wash thoroughly by rinsing three or four times before refilling. If really dirty, place feeders in boiling water for a few minutes. Never use bleach. “You have to be a good steward with feeders, so be very consistent, and your hummingbirds will reward you with a healthy population and many more birds that return each year,” Thomas said. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Hummingbirds will soon make their way back to Georgia after wintering in Central America. Welcome them to your house by providing their favorite plants and the right food in the right places. Attract, then maintain “Think like a hummingbird,” said Paul Thomas, a floriculture specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.They spend a great deal of their life in the tropics living in the tree canopies. Providing them a similar habitat will increase the chances of them setting up housekeeping in your backyard. Remember, they can be spotted as late as January in some areas. They usually return in March.If a male hummingbird sees the native plant horse chestnut, or Aesculus glauca, he knows the area is suitable habitat. Males are attracted to bright red flowers like those on Lonicera sempervirens, or the native honeysuckle.Later in the summer, babies prefer flowers such as Salvia guaranitica, or blue sage, which are blue. Planting a variety of flowers that provide nectar all summer long will ensure an appropriate area for breeding.Other recommended plants are red flowering chestnut, abelias, summer phlox, chaste tree, columbine, cardinal flower, bee balm, red hot poker, hibiscus and most salvias.In addition to planting appropriate flowers, provide stable artificial nectar sources. “Have a feeder present and ready during migration, or they will fly right by,” Thomas said.Place a few feeders in the open for males, but put twice as many in the tree canopy for females, he said. “That way the females don’t have to compete with the males for food and then are usually very successful at raising a new brood.” Female hummingbirds naturally look for wooded areas near nectar sources for nesting. Nests are usually found between 12 and 18 feet above the ground. Feeders should be placed this high from the ground just inside the canopy. Take a wire shaped in an “s” and hang it on a tree branch. Attach a large wire loop to the feeder for easy hanging. Use a pole with a coat hanger hook to hang it, he said.Put a shallow ceramic bird bath with a water level less than half an inch at any time five to six feet off the ground in full sun, too. Feeder etiquetteFeeders should be kept up year round in Georgia. Birds will leave an area where feeders are not maintained. A sugar solution made of four parts water and one part table sugar is the best mix to put in feeders. The mix should be boiled for a few minutes and then cooled. Never add fruit juice, honey or red dye. Hummingbirds get their daily protein from eating gnats and tiny flies, so they really don’t need any extra in the nectar solution. “A clean feeder is a welcome sight to hummingbirds,” Thomas said.Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned every two to three days. Insects introduce bacteria to them. This can sicken or kill the birds. To limit this problem, only fill feeders half way and replace solution every other day. center_img By April SorrowUniversity of Georgialast_img read more


first_imgThis house at 9 Joseph St, Sherwood, has sold.“There is not a lot of stock around and once people see quality property on the river, they’re making their move and they’re buying it.”The four-bedroom, three-bathroom property sits on a huge, 1073 sqm block, with a private jetty. MORE: Prime waterside living Anthony Russo, founder of Pizza Capers, has sold his Sherwood home. Photo: Campbell Scott. BRISBANE’S hunger for riverfront property is showing no signs of waning, with the home of a local pizza king selling for $2.345 million.Pizza Capers founder Anthony Russo has offloaded his home at 9 Joseph Street, Sherwood, to a local family, who snapped it up after just a 20-minute inspection. “They checked out the property online, then came and looked at it for 20 minutes and then bought it,” Mr Adcock said.“It’s good to know the old (for sale) sign still works!” The pool and river view from the house at 9 Joseph St, Sherwood.Mr Adcock said Mr Russo had downsized to a riverfront apartment in St Lucia. “It is the dearest sale in Sherwood in the last two years,” he said.“It sold for $435,000 more than what they paid six years ago, so that shows (the market’s) definitely having some growth. This property at 9 Joseph St, Sherwood, has sold.Selling agent Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige said the buyers had been renting on the other side of the Sherwood Arboretum when they discovered the property on one of their afternoon walks. RELATED: Just how valuable is a view? More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe kitchen in the house at 9 Joseph St, Sherwood.Mr Adcock said the family was sold on the home’s position and absolute river frontage.The house was ready to move in to as it had recently been renovated.“It doesn’t have a pizza oven, but it does have a spectacular kitchen!” he said.“And it has that incredible boat shed at the back, which you would never be allowed to build now — it’s bigger than a double-car garage.” The view from the deck on the house at 9 Joseph St, Sherwood.last_img read more


first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — A Rushville resident was airlifted after a single vehicle accident in Franklin County.According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Janiel D. Jones, 30, was traveling westbound on US 52 near Quarry Road, when for an unknown reason, the vehicle went off the north side of the roadway.Once off the road, the vehicle continued west striking a mailbox and a rock retaining wall before rolling over. The vehicle came to a rest upright.Jones was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of injuries.last_img