Guild and online agent easyProperty merge in £60m deal

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Guild and online agent easyProperty merge in £60m deal previous nextAssociations & BodiesGuild and online agent easyProperty merge in £60m dealGuild and Fine & Country parent company join forces to form hybrid organisation.Nigel Lewis8th June 201702,384 Views The Guild of Property Professionals has struck a £60m deal with online agent easyProperty.com to enable its 5,000 members to use the website’s online sales and lettings packages.The deal, which will complete later this month, also merges the Guild’s parent company GPEA, which also owns 300-branch network Fine & Country, with easyProperty, to be called e-Prop Services.The new company will be headed up by GPEA executive director Jon Cooke(pictured, below) who will also be CEO of e-Prop, while easyProperty founder Rob Elice (pictured, left) will remain with easyProperty.He says the Guild and Fine & Country members will be able to target a wider range of sellers and in particular those at the lower end of the market, who are largely the price-sensitive bread and butter of the online agents.“This deal allows our independent agents to offer more consumer choice with sales and lettings products catering to both the do-it-yourself and the do-it-for-me vendor and landlord preferences.“We recognise the market requires and demands both online products and traditional methods. What I’d like to stress is this newly merged business is the convergence of traditional estate agency and online.“Effectively we are providing independent agents the ability to compete with products targeting each consumer demographic. At the same time, licencees will have full autonomy and flexibility to not only benefit from upfront revenue streams but take advantage of potential lead-generation into their core brand. In the coming months we will be launching the new easyProperty website as well as a new, national brand marketing campaign.”Monthly licenceMembers will be able to access the service through a monthly licence, he said.The move is an unusual one because online agents such as easyProperty have, until now, pitched themselves as an alternative to traditional agents.But Cooke says he now thinks online and traditional methods can work together, saying the merged business was “the convergence of traditional estate agency and online”.Malcolm Lindley, co-founder of the Guild of Property Professionals and now chairman of e-Prop, says: “Certainly the landscape of our industry is changing.  Our clients require more choice, more flexibility, different ways of accessing our services, transparency and value.“The strength of the ‘easy’ brand will provide the platform for us to defensively and aggressively continue to protect our independent agents’ market share.”EasypropertyThe EasyProperty/Guild deal is also a reflection of the increasingly frantic effort among many independent and corporate agents to offer both traditional and online-only models to their customers.As Cooke points out, it’s also in effect a similar commercial play to Countrywide’s recent digital roll-out, and Savills heavy investment in YOPA, although the Guild digital merger deal clearly has pretension to take on Purplebricks and set up a network of local experts.EasyProperty is one of the best-funded online agents after Purplebrikcs and in April 2017 its full-year financials revealed that, as well as raising just under £40m from investors, it lost £11.4 million in 2016, more than its losses in 2015 of £6.8 million.Revenue during 2016 was £874,000, which lead one proptech commentator to wonder how so much money could be spent “with such little market traction”, said Mike Delprete.The deal is being backed by fund manager Toscafund Asset Management, which has offices in London, Manchester and the US. June 8, 2017Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Deadline to Register to Vote in August 18th Primary Approaching

first_imgYour deadline to register or change party affiliation for the August 8th primary election is Monday, July 20, 2020.Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County, Wendy Link told Jen and Bill that mail in ballot voting is very safe.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Wendy-Link-mail-in-safety.mp3Jen and Bill will speak with the chief investigator for Judicial Watch at 8:35 about the concerns over mail-in ballots.IMPORTANT: Florida is a “closed primary” state. That means that only the voters registered within that political party may vote in that party’s Primary Election, unless a Universal Primary Contest (UPC)* occurs. You can change your party affiliation by submitting an updated Voter Registration Application at any time, but the change must be made 29 days before a Primary Election in order to be valid for that election. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote on issues and nonpartisan races during a Primary Election. Your party does not affect your ballot for any election other than a Primary Election.*A Universal Primary Contest (UPC) occurs if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the General Election. Early Voting: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2020 – Sunday, August 16, 2020Vote By Mail: Due by 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020Election Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020During the Primary Election, electors will vote for representatives within their party affiliations. If opposed within their own parties, United States Senators, Representatives in Congress, State Representatives, and State Senators will be on the ballot. The five Constitutional Officers: the Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections, as well as Tax Collector, will also appear on the ballot if they are opposed within their party. Voters may also see County Commissioners and precinct committee men and women depending on their jurisdiction. Because Florida is a closed primary state, voters may only vote within their party. The winning candidates of the Primary Election, who see opposition from another party, will then move on to the General Election in November.Universal Primary: A Universal Primary is a contest in the Primary Election in which all candidates have the same party affiliation, but will not see opposition during the General Election. During a Universal Primary, all qualified electors may vote regardless of their party affiliation.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________last_img read more

Arron storms to Faldo Series win – joy too for Burke

first_img Tags: Dorset, England Men’s Team, Essex 15 Nov 2019 Arron storms to Faldo Series win – joy too for Burke Arron Edwards-Hill produced a stirring final round fightback to win the overall 23rd Faldo Series Grand Final in some style.The England Men’s squad player carded a brilliant six-under par round of 64 to emerge triumphant in the event staged at the Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates.There was also success for Dorset’s Louise Burke in the girls’ under 16 event when she claimed victory in her section thanks to a final round of 66.The course has proved something of a lucky charm for England Golf players in recent weeks. Josh Hill from the boys’ squad became the youngest ever winner of a ranking professional event when he won at the same venue on the MENA Tour last month.Now Edwards-Hill has joined his countryman in writing his own bit of history in the desert.Watched by six-time major champion and series founder Sir Nick Faldo, the Essex golfer started his third round four shots adrift of South Africa’s Dylan Melville.But Edwards-Hill showed no fear as he followed up two rounds of 68 with a 64 to post a winning total of 10-under par.The Chelmsford golfer fired seven birdies in his excellent final round.Five birdies in a row from the 10th hole proved to be the key to his success and allowed Edwards-Hill to motor past Melville and win by two shots.Burke’s four-under par final round blew away the rest of the girls’ field.A run of four birdies in five holes before the turn gave Burke – an England Under 16 player – final round momentum.The Broadstone GC member eventually won by six shots from Japan’s Sakura Kawakami.Photograph credit: Leaderboardlast_img read more

U S CITIZEN RALLIES FROM OFF PACE TO TAKE $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF; DESORMEAUX & O’NEILL TEAM FOR 1 ½ LENGTH WIN

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2015)–U S Citizen rallied on the far outside to take Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature by 1 ½ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 6-year-old gelding by Proud Citizen covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.04.Breaking from post five in a field of seven older horses, U S Citizen was unhurried early and was next to last while five-wide crossing the dirt at the top of the stretch behind fractions of 22.22, 44.52 and 1:07.18.“It’s such an adrenaline race,” said Desormeaux in reference to negotiating the unique hillside layout. “He broke a bit aggressively but once I got him covered he calmed down. That was all the way around the left-handed bend. After getting over the dirt, I presented him and he took off. It was at that point that I became a spectator–just like the fans and (I) was watching the (Infield) jumbo-tron.”The third choice in the betting at 3-1, U S Citizen paid $8.40, $3.80 and $2.60. Owned by Dennis O’Neill and Joseph Besecker, U S Citizen improved his overall record to 21-3-6-4, and with the winner’s share of $34,800, hiked his earnings to $168,635.“He’s so honest, this horse,” said O’Neill. “He likes the hill. Sometimes, on that crossover from the turf to the dirt, horses will overreact, but he just skips over it. It was beautiful seeing Kent get along with him so well.”Ridden by Mike Smith, 9-5 favorite Skylander was just up for the place, finishing a head in front of Conscience and Drayden Van Dyke. Skylander paid $3.40 and $2.60.The second choice at 2-1, Conscience paid $2.60 to show.First post time at Santa Anita on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Preparing for winter with pastured poultry

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producers who raise pastured poultry and want to maintain egg production this winter should keep their birds as warm and dry as possible, according to experts from the Purdue University College of Agriculture.A good first step is to provide indoor accommodations for the flock.“Producers should insulate housing, provide heat, make sure water is kept unfrozen and keep hens inside on extremely cold days to avoid frostbitten combs and wattles,” said Patricia Hester, professor of animal sciences.Providing shelter has a number of benefits, said Delaware County Extension educator Michael O’Donnell, a pastured poultry producer.“The most important thing for laying birds when it’s cold out is to have an area where the birds can get out of the elements so they can get to dry bedding, be able to roost up and not have a draft running through their area,” he said.A small coop, shed or barn are housing options that allow birds to get out of the elements and provide space for them to move around, Hester said. According to the Humane Farm Animal Care poultry housing standards, exits to the outdoors should be placed every 50 feet in large barns and should be 18 inches high and 21 inches wide. These exits may also provide ventilation, but if condensation appears on coop windows, additional airflow is required.Perches are also recommended to keep birds comfortable. Shelters should be kept above single-digit temperatures to avoid frostbite. To minimize the risk of accidental fires, producers should pay close attention to indoor heaters.O’Donnell recommended using straw, wood chips or wood shavings as indoor bedding. Sand, dirt and mulch are good materials for a dust bath, which birds need to keep clean and limit pest infestations.Poultry also need access to water at all times because they are constantly breathing out moisture, using it in egg production or passing it through waste. If the coop temperature dips below freezing but stays above single-digit temperatures, it may be necessary to heat drinking water using a base heater or an electric heater that can sit inside a water dish. O’Donnell advises checking the water often to ensure it does not run out, spill over or become contaminated.Producers may also need to provide more feed for their poultry because birds use more energy in winter to regulate their body temperatures. If the birds don’t have enough to eat, they might lack the energy needed to produce strong eggs and maintain good health. That is why feeders should be kept filled.“Laying hens eat more feed in cold weather,” Hester said. “When they are outside, they have access to roughage in the field. When they are inside, they tend to eat more feed and less roughage due to lack of availability.”It is also important to make sure the birds get enough of the calcium they need to produce strong egg shells. One solution is to provide them with a diet that includes crushed oyster shells.O’Donnell said laying hens may not produce as many eggs as daylight dwindles.“Laying cycles can be triggered by light exposure, so a light source on a timer may be helpful in that case — you can have a light turn on before the sun is up to mimic a longer day,” he said.For more information on poultry management practices, call the Indiana State Poultry Association at 765-494-8517, or visit their website: http://www.inpoultry.com/.last_img read more

5 Takeaways from Andrew Kramer’s AE World Keynote

first_imgVideoCopilot’s Andrew Kramer recently took to the stage at the After Effects World Conference to share his advice for building a creative career.The rise of Andrew Kramer of VideoCopilot.net is an inspiring tale – from helpful internet tutorial creator, to After Effects trainer and bespoke plugins producer, to feature film visual effects specialist. Andrew was invited to present this year’s keynote address at the After Effects World Conference and he delivered a hilarious and informative talk breaking down his insights on how to build a career as a creative artist. The keynote was focused on motion graphic and visual effects creative work, but the lessons apply to many other creative spheres.1. Define prioritiesAndrew made a really great point at the start of his talk, which was that we need to be aware of, and focus on the things that we want to prioritize in life. In the busyness of life our real priorities can slip away and the hindsight revelation for Andrew was that he was focusing on his work more than his family. Many of us we want to be successful at any cost, but if we don’t take the time to figure out what really matters in life we could lose it along the way.2. Cut out the junkA lot of Andrew’s talk has the same point being reinforced in several ways. If you want to get anything good done you’re going to have to cut out the distractions, games and time wasting.3. Learn by doingWith so much knowledge freely available online we can often mistake watching a tutorial for acquiring new experience. Only through trying, making mistakes and solving problems for yourself will you truly acquire experience, knowledge and new abilities. As Andrew kept saying – just get out there and make something.4. Take risks to stand outAndrew’s suggestion would be to spend the time and creative energy to make 25 seconds of really good original content, than to try to recreate a generic showreel demonstrating your core abilities of all the usual things. He pointed to Peter Quinn’s spoof motion graphics showreel as a good example of something clever and a little risky that get’s people’s attention.5. Who knows where you could end up!Be passionate and committed to what you love and you could end up working for JJ Abrams, running a thriving business and growing a family too.last_img read more

Filmmaking’s Magic Words

first_imgAn effective set starts with the right language. Learn these industry terms to maximize your shoots.Cover image from The Way Back (Newmarket Films).“We’re losing the light!” Welcome to the time-honored, mad scramble of a shoot as the sun begins to set. We’ve all been there; some call it “magic hour” — though it rarely lasts that long. I call it “tragic hour” because it sometimes can be. If you’re going to pull off a successful shot or setup in this crucial time period, it will be because you anticipated problems and communicated key concepts to everyone clearly and concisely.Image from The Way Back (Newmarket Films).“Move the saddle bag upstage camera right!” “I’ll get the over — you get the 50-50.”“Jim, you take the big slider — Kate, you go hand held…” Once I give instructions on set, I get out of the way and observe quietly without micro-managing everyone. Needless interruptions can doom the entire effort, and everyone would rather work with a slightly flawed scene than an unfinished one — or worse. So I usually keep quiet once the building process begins.I rarely take time out on set for a photo, but in this case, our camera was ready and we had some time. This picture was taken in Morocco during production of The Way Back. I’m standing with my hand on the camera; Peter Weir watches patiently as the campfire set is being dressed. We’re preparing for a magic hour scene that will require five two-camera setups — fairly ambitious since we had less than twenty minutes to complete the work. The third camera came off the truck, so our DP Russell Boyd could shoot some inserts while we rolled on the scene.All cameras were wearing zoom lenses, so we wouldn’t lose any time to lens changes. We completed the scene with a little time to spare due to good planning, time management, and clear communication.I tell this story because there is no guarantee things will go smoothly. Technical glitches, issues with actors, and all sorts of potential problems might arise. Our job is to move quickly and efficiently so that we can bank a little time in case something does hit the fan. Believe me, you don’t want to be the reason that we’re not shooting. Always be on guard for the dreaded “Murphy’s Law.” What other terms have helped you out on set? Let us know in the comments. Saving Time on SetLearning stage directions and compositional terms is a great way to save time and demonstrate your hard-won experience. I respect people who have a command of technical vocabulary. These descriptive words take the place of a phrase or even a sentence. Over-explaining is frustrating, distracting and time-consuming — three very bad things.Half of the crew on The Way Back didn’t speak English — including my focus puller. Whenever time was an issue, I insisted that we had an AD standing by the camera who was fluent in English and Arabic. Ever the efficient filmmaker, Peter Weir would wisely simplify some of the setups for expediency’s sake.Regardless of your department, learn these basic terms and you’ll contribute to the efficiency of the production. Time saved equals more shots, and everyone wants more shots.last_img read more

Cavaliers sign Turkish talent Osman

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Los Angeles, United States — The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Turkish forward Cedi Osman, the team confirmed on Tuesday.Terms of the deal were not released but local media reports said the 22-year-old shooting guard had inked a three-year contract worth $8.3 million.ADVERTISEMENT View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Cavaliers have also agreed to pay $700,000 to Turkish club Anadolu Efes to help meet his $1 million buyout clause.Osman heads to Cleveland after spending the last five seasons with Anadolu in the Turkish Basketball League first division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 6ft 8in forward averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35 games last season.Osman represented his country at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and the 2016 Manila FIBA World Olympic qualifying tournament. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Gilas enters killer stretch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Teng records 3rd triple-double as Flying V completes eliminations sweep

first_imgLATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games With the Thunder in control the whole game, Batangas threatened to close in and got the lead to as low as 11, 84-73, with 9:53 remaining, but Salamat and Torres torched the nets to once again bring the lead back to 20.New recruit Robby Celiz paced Batangas (6-4) with 15 points off the bench, while Cedric de Joya had 14 markers and five assists.The defeat brought the Batangueños down to fifth-seed, as they will now brace for the fourth-ranked CEU in the quarterfinals, which will start on Thursday.The Scores:FLYING V 116 – Torres 26, Teng 24, Salamat 22, Thiele 13, Paredes 9, Tampus 7, Banal 5, Dionisio 5, Cañada 4, Austria 1, Koga 0.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Perpetual holds off San Sebastian for back-to-back wins View comments MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESJeron Teng tallied a historic third triple-double and led Flying V to a dominant 116-101 blowout of Batangas and complete the team’s perfect 10-0 campaign this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The La Salle stalwart registered 24 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists to lead the romp for the Thunder as it became only the fourth team to reach the milestone previously done by NLEX in the 2012 and 2014 Foundation Cups, and Cagayan Valley in the 2015 Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BATANGAS 101 – Celiz 15, De Joya 14, Isit 13, Ablaza 11, Saitanan 10, Mendoza 8, Ragasa 7, Avenido 6, Anderson 5, Gabayni 4, Dela Peña 3, Bulawan 3, Bautista 2, Laude 0.Quarters: 36-24, 57-46, 84-71, 116-101.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Still, coach Eric Altamirano isn’t putting too much on Flying V’s eliminations sweep as he prepares his team for the semifinals as the top-seed.“We’re happy that we’re able to get it done, but I’ll be happier if we win it all the way,” he said. “As much as we want to win a championship, we can’t look beyond that yet. Our focus right now is the playoffs and we have to hurdle the semis first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThomas Torres caught fire from the outside as he went on a flawless 6-of-6 clip from threes to wound up with 26 markers and five boards.Eric Salamat also had 22 points, six assists, and two rebounds in the win. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more