OnTheMarket.com highlights ZPG ‘inconvenient truths’

first_imgOnTheMarket.com chief executive Ian Springett has countered ZPG CEO Alex Chesterman’s assertion this week that the Agents’ Mutual portal is a ‘failed experiment’.Springett says that while it ‘clearly suits’ ZPG to position his portal this way, he challenges some of the ‘inconvenient truths’ for Zoopla.“The number of UK agents listing on the Zoopla platform remains 22% down compared to the period prior to the launch of OnTheMarket.com,” he says.His comments are based on ZPG’s own Annual Reports for 2014 and 2016 which show that the number of agents advertising on the site has dropped by 3,000 to 13,373 since OnTheMarket launched.Springett also says that he believes Zoopla has, unsurprisingly, been using price to try and wrestle agents back off OnTheMarket.“Our direction of travel remains clear. While Zoopla Property Group claims to have increased the number of UK agents listing on its portals by 5% year-on-year, meanwhile the number of offices listing at OnTheMarket.com at the end of October 2016 had increased by 15% year-on-year,” says Springett.“The consumer appeal of the service is clear from record-breaking traffic in September of more than 10million visits, an increase of 79% year-on-year. These are not the achievements of a ‘failed experiment’.“ZPG’s somewhat sensationalist suggestion today that this is ‘the beginning of the end for OnTheMarket.com’ is similarly lacking in substance and credibility.“For the record, OnTheMarket.com is at an early stage of a long-term strategic journey to create a genuine alternative market-leading portal for agents and consumers alike.“ZPG under-estimates the acumen, determination and support of the overwhelming majority of agents listing their properties at OnTheMarket.com to achieve its long-term goals.”Ian Springett OnTheMarket.com OTM Zoopla December 2, 2016Nigel 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 » Marketing » OnTheMarket.com highlights ZPG ‘inconvenient truths’ previous nextMarketingOnTheMarket.com highlights ZPG ‘inconvenient truths’Chief Executive Ian Springett says ZPG figures hide real positionNigel Lewis2nd December 20160756 Viewslast_img read more

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Rent records and mortgage petition

first_imgIt’s often advertised that a mortgage payment can be less than an equivalent rent, but many tenants still have difficulty in securing a mortgage as even a perfect rental payment record is no guarantee of a mortgage offer.Jamie Pogson, a frustrated mortgage applicant set up a petition for his record of £70,000 in rent on time to be recognised as evidence that his mortgage payments would be paid – and he has (as of 14th March) received 143,845 signatures. This means that Parliament must consider the petition for debate. You too can sign this petition to help more tenants get a mortgage:https://petition.parliament.uk/ petitions/186565mortgage lending mortgage petition petitions rent records April 19, 2017The 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 2021 Home » News » Rent records and mortgage petition previous nextProducts & ServicesRent records and mortgage petitionThe Negotiator19th April 20170509 Viewslast_img read more

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SDL Group takes pivotal role in Sheffield PRS scheme

first_imgSDL Group is to be the partner for all associated lettings and property management of 250 new homes in Sheffield.Sheffield City Council has approved the plans for the development on Prince of Wales Road, to the south east of the city centre. Known as Manor Boot, the site will span 28.6 acres and consist of a mix of three and four-bedroom properties.The scheme is being led by residential and urban regeneration specialist Sigma Capital Group, alongside Sheffield Housing Company.SDL Group’s appointment marks the continuation of a longstanding partnership with Sigma, as the two companies launch and manage high profile PRS schemes across the UK.Paul Staley, Director of PRS at SDL Group, said, “We have played an active part in the planning stage for Manor Boot, advising on the viability of the scheme and helping with the design and layout of the proposed site.It’s great that we will now be working alongside Sigma as the development comes to life, we look forward to helping people to move into their new homes and ensuring that residents at Manor Boot have the very best experience.” September 11, 2017The 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 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » SDL Group takes pivotal role in Sheffield PRS scheme  previous nextLand & New HomesSDL Group takes pivotal role in Sheffield PRS scheme The Negotiator11th September 20170430 Viewslast_img read more

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Court freezes assets of family behind collapsed holiday home firm

first_imgThe dramatic collapse of a holiday home park moved to the high court yesterday when an assets freezing order was issued against the family who formerly ran the company behind it.In April this year it was revealed that Dream Lodge Group, which is the trading name of Walsham Chalet Park Ltd, had collapsed into administration leaving 1,150 people owed a combined £25.6 million. Only £5 million of this is expected to be recouped following the company’s liquidation.The company operated three large lodge parks in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge and had expanded by selling properties for up to £165,000 each including via part-ownership structures.It also offered investors rental deals that returned 8% per annum over three years.UnstuckBut receiver Deloitte says the company came unstuck in September last year when it could no longer keep up with payment. At the time it owed lodge-owning investors £5.3 million. The company also owes some £14.3 million to buyers who had paid in advance for lodges which were never built.Walsham Chalet Park Ltd also owes HMRC £340,000, suppliers £2 million as well as substantial sums to people who had paid in advance to book holidays at their parks and chalets.Two of the aggrieved investors in the holiday home parks have successfully applied to the High Court of Justice to have the assets of four people connected to the company frozen. They are all members of the Moir family.This includes two houses, land, the £574,000 estate of a deceased relative, a Range Rover Sport, a Porsche GTS and two bank accounts.Read more about holiday home parks.Walsham Chalet Park Ltd Moir family HMRC Deloitte October 22, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 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 » Court freezes assets of family behind collapsed holiday home firm previous nextRegulation & LawCourt freezes assets of family behind collapsed holiday home firmHigh Court of Justice says assets including a Range Rover, Porsche and two family homes cannot be moved or sold until the end of October.Nigel Lewis22nd October 201903,125 Viewslast_img read more

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Government launches ‘risky’ plan to link EPCs to mortgage lending

first_imgEstate agents have reacted with caution to government proposals that would incentivise mortgage lenders to include EPCs in their lending decisions.The Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy (BEIS) wants to force lenders to reveal how green their mortgage portfolios are and, as a result, ‘support them to improve the average energy efficiency of the properties they finance’, the consultation document says.In practice, this means the government hopes to shame lenders into ensuring the homes they grant mortgages for meet minimum EPC standards and persuade them to offer ‘green mortgages’ to reward compliant home owners.“We need to be careful however to not financially penalise those seeking to sell their homes,” says Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark (left).“If lenders change their lending criteria to take into account EPCs there could be unintended consequences, ultimately making older homes harder to sell.”The consultation document also suggests that the current requirement for all sales properties advertised by agents to have an EPC will be much more heavily policed in the future as the government uses EPCs as a key tool to reach its 2030 carbon neutral targets.EPCs are already a feature of the buy-to-let mortgage market; mortgage lenders are currently required to ensure properties they lend against have reached at least an ‘E’ rating.The consultation was published at the same time Boris Johnson announced the government’s Green Homes Grant it to be extended by a year to give landlords and home owners 12 months more to complete their upgrade projects.Read the consultation in full.Read more about EPC regulation.NAEA Propertymark NAEA BEIS EPCS November 19, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsJohn Socha, Orchard BMS Ltd Orchard BMS Ltd 19th November 2020 at 7:39 pmHMG has a time horizon of December 2023, the latest date for the next election.Do not expect any joined up thinking from politicians of any political stripe.Log in to ReplyPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 19th November 2020 at 9:38 amI’m all for making homes ( that Has to be ALL homes, not just focusing upon and penalising just the PRS, again ) more energy efficient.Caution is needed in not going at too fast a pace.Its only this year that the requirement for All privately rented ( only ) property to be of E grade and Govt is now talking of going up to C grade in another 5 years.One has to wonder how much more energy efficient PRS property would be if the Tax allowance on energy efficiency wasn’t removed by Govt back in 2014Shows a lack of co-ordination and forward planning by Govt in regard to Housing.Tax allowances for ALL energy efficiency improvement should be reinstated, as well as subject to a cap on spending of Less, that £10 kThe Technology for energy efficiency is improving, but not as fast as the Govt targets for energy efficiency to be achieved at a proportionate cost.Better to fund more development and get more affective and financially efficient improvements 3 – 5 years later.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Government launches ‘risky’ plan to link EPCs to mortgage lending previous nextRegulation & LawGovernment launches ‘risky’ plan to link EPCs to mortgage lendingNAEA boss Mark Hayward says proposals to make lenders put EPCs at heart of their lending would endanger housing market.Nigel Lewis19th November 20202 Comments1,425 Viewslast_img read more

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New Suzy Lamplugh documentary to offer fresh evidence on her whereabouts

first_imgA new two-part documentary that recounts the infamous disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh is to be broadcast next week including both new interviews with her surviving family and claims made by a new witness.Episode 1 is due to be broadcast on Sky on 14th March and, its producers promise, will use compelling new evidence to ‘unravel Suzy’s case and her disappearance’.Fulham, London-based sales negotiator Lamplugh was just 25 when she disappeared on July 28th 1986 after leaving her Sturgis Estate Agents branch to meet a ‘Mr Kipper’ to view a property on Shorrods Road.She was last seen getting into her car with a man before disappearing into thin air. Lamplugh was declared ‘presumed dead’ in 1993. She would have turned 60 this year.Multiple official and unofficial police, newspaper and TV investigations have failed to either definitely prove who killed Lamplugh or discover the location of her remains, although serial sex offender John Cannan has been named as the most likely candidate.The recent TV investigation came just three months ago; the December, 2020 Channel 5 documentary, ‘The Vanishing of Suzy Lamplugh’ (pictured above).Jim LamplughBut the new and longer Sky documentary revisits the story of her disappearance and the ensuing police investigations in gripping detail, as well as featuring an interview with her brother, Jim.He claims to have spoken to a woman who has credible evidence that Cannan was seen struggling with suitcase at 5am in the morning at the side of the Grand Union canal in Brentford a few days after Lamplugh disappeared.The Suzy Lamplugh Mystery will begin at 9pm, 14th March on Sky Crime.Pic credit: Channel 5John Cannan Channel 5 Sky Suzy Lamplugh March 7, 2021Nigel 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 » New Suzy Lamplugh documentary to offer fresh evidence on her whereabouts previous nextAgencies & PeopleNew Suzy Lamplugh documentary to offer fresh evidence on her whereaboutsSky Crime says its two-part contribution to the growing oeuvre of TV shows about her disappearance offers new insights and family interviews.Nigel Lewis7th March 202106,187 Viewslast_img read more

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Australia: ‘Predatory Culture’ on Board HMAS Success

first_img View post tag: board Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: ‘Predatory Culture’ on Board HMAS Success View post tag: Naval View post tag: Australia February 22, 2011 View post tag: ‘Predatory culture’ Share this article Australia: ‘Predatory Culture’ on Board HMAS Success Equipment & technology View post tag: HMAS View post tag: success View post tag: Navy An Australian report released on Tuesday found that a “predatory” sex culture existed among Australian sailors on the naval supply ship HMAS…(emirates247)[mappress]Source: emirates247, February 22, 2011; last_img read more

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UK: Royal Navy Frigate HMS Lancaster Returns to Water

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy Frigate HMS Lancaster Returns to Water Industry news September 22, 2011 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Returns View post tag: Frigate View post tag: HMS Share this article UK: Royal Navy Frigate HMS Lancaster Returns to Watercenter_img View post tag: Royal View post tag: News by topic HMS Lancaster’s refit reached a key milestone today as the dry dock housing the Ship was flooded for the first time since September 2010.Since entering upkeep in September 2010, HMS Lancaster has received extensive work to her equipment and systems, with both shafts being replaced, a transom flap fitted, a new coating of underwater paint and refurbished diesel generators being fitted prior to the dock being flooded.The replacement of both port and starboard shafts has required precise engineering from BAE Systems​ Ltd to ensure absolute alignment of the intricate shaft components.The Transom Flap, an extension of the hull structure at the stern of the Ship, acts like an underwater spoiler, reducing the drag of the Ship through the water, making her travel faster while using less fuel; a major efficiency improvement to the Ship in the current financial climate.All of this work, in addition to fitting four refurbished diesel generators will provide a more robust power and propulsion plant, making HMS Lancaster ready for any operational tasking required of her.Her Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Andy Foote, said:“The return of HMS Lancaster to a floating condition is the first of a series of key events as she begins her return to the Fleet. It’s a real morale boost for the Ship’s Company to see her in the water again.”“Today’s flood-up clearly demonstrates the successful partnering relationship between BAE Systems and the Ship. I am most pleased with the extensive marine engineering work that has got us to this important stage of the refit programme.”Work continues inside the Ship with new computer systems, weapon updates and galley refurbishment being just some of the improvements that will bring Lancaster to the forefront of technology when she returns to the Fleet in 2012.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, September 22, 2011; View post tag: Naval View post tag: Lancaster View post tag: water View post tag: tolast_img read more

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Foreign Secretary William Hague Thanks HMS Montrose on South Africa Visit

first_img View post tag: Foreign Foreign Secretary William Hague thanked sailors on HMS Montrose for their efforts when he visited the Devonport-based frigate in South Africa. Mr Hague called on in on the warship in Simon’s Town as she paused her South Atlantic deployment briefly. February 17, 2012 The crew of HMS Montrose has been praised by the Foreign Secretary during his visit to Africa.William Hague visited the Type 23 frigate during her maintenance period in South Africa.Mr Hague spoke with various personnel before writing on his Twitter page: “Met and thanked crew of HMS Montrose, docked in Simon’s Town here in South Africa.”Mr Hague was in South Africa on a diplomatic visit before leaving for Botswana – the first time a British Foreign Secretary has been there in 26 years.While with HMS Montrose he discussed defence co-operation with senior members of the South African military.Cdr Jonathan Lett, HMS Montrose’s commanding officer, said:“It was a real honour to host the Foreign Secretary on board Montrose, and a fantastic opportunity for him to speak to the ship’s company about our work.“With the visit taking place during our maintenance period he was able to see first-hand the close relationship we have with our hosts and the broad range of work being undertaken.“We were able to discuss the UK and South Africa’s common commitment to counter-piracy operations. Montrose’s experience during a 2010 deployment off Somalia allowed us to explore tactics and techniques with the South African Defence Force, with the ship’s Lynx Mark 8 helicopter currently disembarked and working with the South African Air Force on developing their skills in this area.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 17, 2012; Image: royalnavy Authorities View post tag: Visit Share this article View post tag: thanks View post tag: africa Back to overview,Home naval-today Foreign Secretary William Hague Thanks HMS Montrose on South Africa Visit Foreign Secretary William Hague Thanks HMS Montrose on South Africa Visit View post tag: South View post tag: Hague View post tag: HMS View post tag: ON View post tag: Secretary View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Montrose View post tag: William View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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RAN Makes Great Headway to Achieve White Ribbon Accreditation

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today RAN Makes Great Headway to Achieve White Ribbon Accreditation August 28, 2013 View post tag: White The Royal Australian Navy is making great headway in its bid to achieve White Ribbon accreditation, with one in every five Navy members having completed the important White Ribbon survey.White Ribbon Australia seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence against women, by engaging boys and men to lead social change. The White Ribbon campaign is the World’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women.The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has made a commitment to make the Royal Australian Navy White Ribbon accredited by the end of the year.Navy already has many White Ribbon ‘ambassadors’ who lead the campaign by living the white ribbon oath: never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.By striving to become a White Ribbon accredited workplace, Navy demonstrates its commitment to tackling this issue – which is important for Navy and the wider Australian community.The first stage of achieving White Ribbon accreditation involves the completion of a whole of Navy survey, which will obtain a baseline understanding of Navy’s perceptions regarding violence against women. Chief of Navy has asked all uniformed Navy personnel to complete the short 5 minute survey.So far, more than 20% of the men and women in the Royal Australian Navy have responded, with a goal of achieving the 30% target by the end of August.The Program Director, New Generation Navy, Captain Mark Hill, said that ‘violence against women is a significant issue requiring all sectors of the Australian community to take action. Whether it’s at home or at work, violence against women impacts on women’s health, safety, productivity and work capacity. For Navy, that means our capability is degraded and our ability to achieve our mission is compromised’.[mappress]Press Release, August 28, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: makes View post tag: achieve View post tag: Navy Training & Education RAN Makes Great Headway to Achieve White Ribbon Accreditation View post tag: Headway View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Accreditation View post tag: Great View post tag: Defence View post tag: Ribbon View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: Defense Share this articlelast_img read more

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