Locrating maps local services – brilliantly!

first_imgWhen people are moving they need all the local information they can get to help in the search for the perfect home. So its good to hear about Locrating, which offers website plugins covering schools, transport and amenities. The plugins are easily integrated to any website in minutes and appear seamlessly alongside other content.The most popular is their schools plugin; which, since 2010 has been running on hundreds of websites, trusted by some of the largest estate agencies.The plugin is an intuitive map, placed on a property details page that displays all schools (state and independent) and nurseries in the area. A wealth of comprehensive, up to date information is available; such as catchment area indicators, oversubscription status, Ofsted reports, exam results, pupil progress measures, parent reviews, and more. It is one of, if not the, most comprehensive source of information available on UK schools.Other plugins include local public transport and amenities; such as bars, restaurants, local attractions, supermarkets etc.When asked questions from potential buyers about the local education available, the agent will have accurate and expert knowledge easily to hand; without the need to trawl numerous sources of information comparing the performance of local schools or their latest Ofsted ratings.The most popular is the schools plugin; which, since 2010 has been used by some of the largest estate agencies.The plugin does all the hard work, automatically showing everything in a clear and intuitive manner on the agent’s own website.Included are over 30,000 state and independent, primary and secondary schools and 28,000 English nurseries as well as almost half a million points of interest, all regularly updated.Having expert and up to date schools information, via the plugin, both online and to hand, helps agents stand out from the crowd and gain those valuable instructions.Clients have said that since integrating the plugins they have noticed significant increases in the time visitors spend on their websites, as well as receiving lots of positive feedback in general, which is likely to have a positive effect on their Google search rankings and perception of their business.www.locrating.com mapping local services intuitive map Locrating plugins May 27, 2019The 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 » Locrating maps local services – brilliantly! previous nextProptechLocrating maps local services – brilliantly!The Negotiator27th May 20190555 Viewslast_img read more

Exclusive: Askporter reveals plans to raise significant ‘Series A’ cash next year

first_imgHome » News » Exclusive: Askporter reveals plans to raise significant ‘Series A’ cash next year previous nextProptechExclusive: Askporter reveals plans to raise significant ‘Series A’ cash next yearArtificial-intelligence based chatbot platform says it has major plans for expansion in UK and overseas as its tech finishes six-month ‘pioneers’ programme with letting agents.Nigel Lewis28th October 201901,198 Views Chatbot property maintenance platform AskPorter is to launch a substantial ‘Series A’ cash raise next year despite admitting that a ‘funding winter’ is on the horizon for proptech firms in the UK, it has told The Negotiator.As the company emerges from its six-month long programme of refining its artificial-intelligence based platform in partnership with four letting agents, it will soon require more cash to roll out a more ‘end to end’ product in the UK but also in Germany, the US and Asia.“I think investors are going to start scrutinising businesses much harder when making funding decisions, but AskPorter’s exciting potential and our track record among investors like Google, puts us in a good place,” says its COO Curran McKay.AskPorter’s platform automates the ‘mundane tasks’ that eat up so much of a letting agent or facility manager’s time by learning to answer the questions tenants often ask, and helping manage repairs, contractual queries and myriad other daily tasks.“What letting agents are most interested in is AskPorter’s ability to significantly increase the number of homes managed by each property manager,” says McKay.“Particularly after the fees bans in England and Wales, agents want to find out how they can increase the ratio from, say, 120 properties per person to 200 or even 250 and therefore reduce costs.”The company has been running its six-month ‘pioneers programme’ with Sussex-based outsourced lettings provider Four Percent Property, Let-Leeds, London firm POD Lettings and residential block management giant Warwick Estates.“This programme is getting very close to being completed – but these things take longer than expected particularly when it comes to block management and the complicated freeholder, leaseholder and tenant relationships it entails,” he says.Curran says AskPorter can reduce a relatively complicated property maintenance task involving several players from a 36-minute process to three minutes via just ‘two clicks’.  Curran McKay artificial intelligence AskPorter October 28, 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 2021last_img read more

New Spicerhaart group MD is former Countrywide mortgages chief

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » New Spicerhaart group MD is former Countrywide mortgages chief previous nextAgencies & PeopleNew Spicerhaart group MD is former Countrywide mortgages chiefPromotion of Antony Lark to the key role is part of recent moves to bring new blood into the top team at the seven-brand estate agency corporate.Nigel Lewis11th November 201901,202 Views The Spicerhaart group of estate agencies has promoted a former Countrywide chief to be its new Group Managing Director as it brings fresh blood into the senior team.Antony Lark (top, right) joined the company seven years ago from Countrywide where he headed up its regional financial services division for just under 17 years.“I am over the moon to have been given this great opportunity. Spicerhaart is a very special business,” says Lark.He joined to head up the company’s Just Mortgages broker division in Colchester, Essex, which distributes mortgage products both direct to other agents but also through the company’s branch network. It has 200 employees and was established in 2012, growing to be one of the stars of the Spicerhaart group.As we reported last month, he has overseen the Welsh pilot of a new online service at Just Mortgages that offers both its own and competing estate agents a ‘no ties’ mortgage broker hub, and also launched a service for Prime London agents.Up the ranks“He’s roared up our ranks into our most senior role and now responsible for delivering our five-year plan,” says CEO Paul Smith (top, left).“Congratulations and I know you’ll make the role a roaring success; just a shame you’re a gooner!”.Lark is not the only recent internal promotion. Spicerhaart’s Sales Director, Steve Williams, was promoted to be Managing Director of its Chapter division.“One of the most important roles of a CEO is to nurture talent and promote the very best people in your company,” says Smith.Spicerhaart’s agency seven brands include haart, Darlows, Chewton Rose, Felicity J Lord, Haybrook and butters john bee. haart Haybrook butters john bee Chewton Rose spicerhaart Darlows Felicity J Lord November 11, 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 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

Proptech giants join forces to offer agents free tenant pre-screening

first_imgHome » News » Proptech giants join forces to offer agents free tenant pre-screening previous nextProptechProptech giants join forces to offer agents free tenant pre-screeningLetting agents who use the Teclet platform can now check out prospective applicants in under 60 seconds using Canopy’s system.Nigel Lewis20th July 20200967 Views Two of the UK’s leading proptech firms Teclet and Canopy have joined forces to offer letting agents a free tenant pre-screening service that, it is claimed, lowers on-boarding costs for agents and reduces void periods for landlords.Letting agents who use Teclet’s digital proptech platform to automate their lettings, renewal and property management tasks can now pre-screen prospective tenants via Canopy’s system via Teclet.Canopy says this is achieved by its RentPassport system which verifies a tenant’s Experian credit profile including adverse financial history in approximately a mi ute, saving time and enabling faster lets.Open bankingOnce tenants pass this hurdle, Canopy’s Open Banking technology is used to verify tenants’ income, rental affordability, and historical rental payments.John Evans, Commercial Director at Teclet, says: “We are delighted to be able to announce our partnership with Canopy whose suite of products deliver real and tangible value to letting agents.“Canopy are FCA regulated and their products provide an ability to obtain highly cost-effective deposit insurance, rent tracking, Experian credit rating management and access to desirable and low-cost financial products that are uniquely suited to the renters of today.”Former Foxtons and Marsh & Parsons chief Peter Rollings (left), who recently became a Canopy Advisory Board member, says: “What I love about Canopy and why I got involved is that it not only provides some great and easy to use technology to help the agent do their job quicker and more efficiently.“It also provides lots of clever and helpful stuff for the tenant. As we know, a great deal is where everyone wins and, coupled with the other benefits of the teclet platform, this delivers that outcome.”Read more about Teclet. proptech Peter Rollings Canopy teclet July 20, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Taylor Wimpey shares fall 8% as profits plunge and home completions plummet

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Taylor Wimpey shares fall 8% as profits plunge and home completions plummet previous nextLand & New HomesTaylor Wimpey shares fall 8% as profits plunge and home completions plummetBut better news on the horizon for housebuilder as completions for 2020 forward sold by 97% – but pipeline has slowed.Richard Reed31st July 202002,938 Views Shares in housebuilder Taylor Wimpey fell 8% in trading yesterday when it announced a massive drop in profits due to fallout from the Covid-19 lockdown.The company’s half-yearly results for the period ending 28 June make grim reading – and not just for investors.Gross profit for the half was £91m, compared with £409.6m in H1 2019, with a gross profit margin of 12.1% (H1 2019: 23.6%). Group operating profit fell to a loss of £16.1m compared with £311.9m profit in the same period last year.And in bad news for the property pipeline, total home completions (excluding joint ventures) dropped by 58% to 2,713 from 6,432 in H1 2019. This included 637 affordable homes (down on 1,594 in H1 2019), equating to 23.5% of total completionsPositive newsHowever there was some positive news in the company report.In the nine weeks since Taylor Wimpey’s sales centres reopened in England, the sales rate increased from 0.3 (during shutdown) to 0.7 and there has been a 206% increase in appointments booked and a 50% increase in website visits, year on year.As at 26 July the company was roughly 97% forward sold for private completions for 2020 compared with 87% in the same period last year but with very limited availability of homes for customers to move into in 2020.Reduced availability is likely to mean that sales rates remain below normal until construction catches up.Strong order bookForward indicators remain strong and the order book has increased in both value and number of homes. The total order book, representing represents 12,014 homes, stands at £3.0bn, compared with £2.5bn the same period last year, when 10,558 homes were on the order book.Chief executive Pete Redfern said: “I am pleased with Taylor Wimpey’s performance during a very challenging time and am proud of the resilience, principled approach and agility that our teams have shown.“Our performance for the first half of 2020 has been impacted by the closing of our sites and sales centres but we have now reopened all sites successfully and safely and have returned to a sustainable level of sales and build. We are delighted that our NHS and care workers discount scheme has been taken up by over 1,200 households to date.“Looking ahead, balance sheet strength, a long order book and our high quality and growing landbank gives us confidence in our ability to navigate the challenges and emerge stronger from the pandemic. While uncertainties remain, we are confident in the underlying fundamentals of the housing market.”New home completions fall new homes Taylor Wimpey July 31, 2020Richard ReedWhat’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

Estate agent turned auctioneer found dead at York apartment

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Estate agent turned auctioneer found dead at York apartment previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agent turned auctioneer found dead at York apartmentInquest hears that Charlie Lancaster, who in 2018 set up auction platform MyBid4It, had been harbouring suicidal thoughts during lockdown.Nigel Lewis18th November 202001,642 Views An auctioneer and former estate agent took his own life after becoming depressed during lockdown, an inquest has been told.Charlie Lancaster, who last year attended The Negotiator Conference & Expo with his company MyBid4It.com and met John Bercow, established the auctions platform in 2018 after working for Lancaster Simms, an estate agency he founded in 2012 in York.Lancaster was found dead at his apartment in the city by his girlfriend on August 18th after she returned from work, and said that she had been supporting him with mental health issues.The inquest at County Hall in Northallerton earlier this week that auctioneer Lancaster had battled with anxiety and depression since his early 20s and saw a therapist regularly.Finding things hardGemma Stanham, who had been with him for three years prior to his death, told the inquest that he had been ‘finding things hard’ during lockdown, the Yorkshire Post reports.During the months running up to his death, Lancaster had told his therapist that he had entertained thoughts of suicide, and his bloodstream was found to contain both alcohol and anti-depressants, although not enough to kill him.Recording a conclusion of suicide, assistant coroner for North Yorkshire John Broadbridge, said that although Mr Lancaster’s background meant he was not in the ‘at risk’ group for male suicides, he had taken his own life.“He was known to be suffering from depression,” he said. “He gave no signs that he was planning suicide, though the thought had entered his head. Everything seemed normal – he left no note and had no severe mental illness.”Read more about MyBid4It.Charlie Lancaster death agent suicide MyBid4It Charlie Lancaster York November 18, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

‘Lettings agency sector will consolidate into a handful of players in ten years’

first_imgLettings agency business acquisitions expert Adam Walker has predicted that the sector will eventually go the way of supermarkets during the 1970s and consolidate into a handful of major players.Speaking with The Negotiator for a feature in the April issue of our magazine, Walker (pictured, below) said the current wave of mergers and acquisitions seen within the industry in recent months was just Covid helping to accelerate an existing trend.“It will take another ten years but I can see the lettings industry consolidating into approximately 20 large lettings agency players who will snap up 90% of the market, leaving the remainder to smaller players,” he says.Walker, like many other industry commentators recently, says factors include the extra costs of compliance with a growing number of laws and regulations, the tenant fees ban, lower transaction levels during Covid, fierce competition, the evictions ban and the long hours required to manage a portfolio.He says profit margins are being squeezed regardless of whether an agency is large or small, but that agents who can hoover up competitors and build their portfolios significantly are able to make higher margins than smaller agents with more modest ones – and this is helping drive the surge in business acquisitions and sales.“Another part of the picture is that lettings agencies are much more difficult to set up than sales agencies,” says Walker.“This deters new entrants – while letting agencies can take a long time to establish, someone setting up a sales agency can be up and running and into profitability in a relatively short period.”Read more about industry consolidation.covid mergers and acquisitions lettings industry Adam Walker March 31, 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 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 » Agencies & People » ‘Lettings agency sector will consolidate into a handful of players in ten years’ previous nextAgencies & People‘Lettings agency sector will consolidate into a handful of players in ten years’Prediction is made by industry business acquisitions expert Adam Walker, who says he has seen huge surge during Covid.Nigel Lewis31st March 20210942 Viewslast_img read more

Survey: CBD Use Among Horse Owners in Canada

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Email* Horse Sport Enews Dawn Ianson, a Canadian student living on Vancouver Island who is doing her Masters out of the University of Edinburgh, invites horse owners to take part in a survey about cannabinoids (CBDs) in relation to use in their horses.“Vets cannot prescribe cannabinoids [the non-psychoactive derivative of the Cannabis plant] and they are being used and marketed throughout the country with limited scientific evidence of their effectiveness,” notes Ianson. “The Canadian Government still has them listed as a schedule 2 controlled substance, making research very difficult. There needs to be a greater awareness on the limitation and the current equine-related studies.”The study, entitled Cannabidiol (CBD) Use Amongst Horse Owners in Canada has been approved by the Human Ethics Research Committee, R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh. Dr. McBride is a professor at the Aberystwyth University and supervisor of MSc Graduate student Dawn Ianson at the University of Edinburgh The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Together they are trying to understand the prevalence of, and outcome satisfaction of, CBD use in the Canadian equine community and to understand if it is being used as a primary or alternate therapeutic option for either physiological or psychological conditions in horses.All horse owners who live in Canada who are 18 years or older are invited to take part. You will be asked to complete a series of questions as honestly as possible and there are no ‘right or wrong’ answers. The questionnaire should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed HERE.(Link to French language version HERE) Tags: CBD, University of Edinburgh, cannabinoids, More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

Russia: Large Landing Ship Minsk Sails off BF Main Naval Base Balistyk

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: ship Large landing ship Minsk sailed off Baltic Fleet (BF) main naval base Baltiysk on June 1 under the flag of BF Landing Ship Division executive officer Capt 2 rank Igor Smirnov to participate in the BALTOPS-2011 joint naval exercise.The farewell ceremony was attended by BF Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Sergei Farkov, representatives of Baltiysk city administration, and families of the crew. In their speeches they wished the crew success in the exercise and expressed hope that BF mariners would worthily represent the St. Andrew’s flag at the international maneuvers.According to the cruise commander Capt 2 rank Igor Smirnov, the exercise will consist of three phases in June 3-20; the ship will practice joint activities within the task force to be formed in the Baltic Fleet.It should be noted that it is going to be 39th BALTOPS exercise and 18th with Russian Baltic Fleet attended.Apart from Russian mariners, naval servicemen of 13 countries will participate in the BALTOPS international exercise – the US, France, Germany, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Estonia. In addition, for the first time British and Finnish warships as well as Georgian search team will attend the exercise. Totally, over 20 surface ships, 14 aircrafts and 8 helicopters will be involved.Pre-cruise conference and commanding officers briefing will take place in German port Kiel in June 3-5.During sea phase the ships will perform gun firing drills at air and sea targets, practice joint maneuvering, rendering assistance to distressed ships, and life-saving at sea. Besides, the participants will search and “destroy” a submarine, inspect a suspect vessel, and conduct joint anti-terror drills.Upon termination of the active phase, the exercise results will be summarized in the Kiel port (Germany); then the ships are to take part in traditional Kiel Week festival.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, June 3, 2011; Training & Education View post tag: Russia View post tag: Navy View post tag: Balistyk View post tag: main Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Large Landing Ship Minsk Sails off BF Main Naval Base Balistyk Russia: Large Landing Ship Minsk Sails off BF Main Naval Base Balistyk View post tag: Landing View post tag: large View post tag: Sails Share this article View post tag: BF View post tag: Minsk View post tag: Naval June 3, 2011 View post tag: Baselast_img read more

USA: IKE CSG Departs for Deployment

first_img View post tag: Departs USA: IKE CSG Departs for Deployment View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: IKE CSG Departs for Deployment View post tag: Naval June 21, 2012 Share this article Training & Educationcenter_img View post tag: IKE View post tag: News by topic View post tag: For Nearly 6,000 Sailors operating on ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group Eight departed June 20 for a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and build on maritime partnerships.They are deploying to the 5th and 6th fleet areas of responsibilities, as part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe.“This is a flexible, agile, and ready strike group,” said Rear Adm. Michael C. Manazir, CSG 8 commander. “I’m extremely proud of every Sailor in this strike group. They have contributed to the readiness so that we can meet all tasks set out for us by the fleet commanders under which we will operate. We look forward to playing a part in keeping international waterways safe and building relationships with our partners.”CSG 8’s flagship, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE), with the seven squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 7 embarked, departed Naval Station Norfolk, along with the guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109).The Mayport, Fla.-based guided missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) and the guided missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) left their homeport in Mayport, Fla., as well, and will join Eisenhower as the strike group transits the Atlantic Ocean.Carrier Strike Group Eight has spent the last few months successfully completing a series of complex training events and certifications.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 21, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: CSG View post tag: Deploymentlast_img read more