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Outdated house moving process to blame for sluggish sales, says NAEA

first_imgNational Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) Chief Executive Mark Hayward says the creaking house moving process is one reason of the key reasons why sales volumes remains low “despite the fact that the supply of housing is up”.The comments follow NAEA research revealing that 80% percent of estate agents canvassed by the say the house moving process is out of date and just a week after the government announced it wants to reform the home buying and selling process and began a consultation process.Sajid Javid says he wants to hear from estate agents, solicitors and mortgage brokers on a wide range of issues but in particular about how to stop gazumping, reduce time wasting and preventing buyers from pulling out of deals before exchanging contracts.“The Government’s announcement last weekend that it will consult to reform the home-buying process couldn’t come soon enough, and we welcome it,” says NAEA Chief Executive Mark Hayward.“Our findings show that estate agents agree, and would welcome changes to ensure the process for buying and selling is brought into the twenty first century.“The current prolonged process means sales are stagnating despite the fact that the supply of housing is up, and there is growing demand.“Hopefully we will see activity pick up marginally in the short term, when properties which are being marketed now are taken off the market and pushed through, so buyers can be in before Christmas.”The NAEA figures also show an improving situation within the sales market. During September the number of house hunters registered at branches reached the highest level since March, up by over 50 to 394.And the supply of properties increased too, from 37 in August to 41 in moving process NAEA Propertymark Mark Hayward Sajid Javid October 31, 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 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space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Outdated house moving process to blame for sluggish sales, says NAEA previous nextOutdated house moving process to blame for sluggish sales, says NAEAAs it publishes research showing 80% of agents have a dim view of the house moving process, Mark Hayward say it’s partly to blame for slow sales market.Nigel Lewis31st October 20170782 Viewslast_img read more

IMT Simon’s Town Hosts Mine Warfare Show and Tell

first_img May 12, 2015 Authorities IMT Simon’s Town Hosts Mine Warfare Show and Tell View post tag: IMT View post tag: Warfare Share this article View post tag: hosts View post tag: Mine View post tag: africa Back to overview,Home naval-today IMT Simon’s Town Hosts Mine Warfare Show and Tell View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Simon’s Town View post tag: Navy On 6 April 2015 the Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT) Simon’s Town hosted a Mine Warfare and Underwater Security Show and Tell.IMT Acting Senior Executive Manager (SEM), Mr E.C.K. Malan gave a warm welcome to all Fleet Mine Counter Measures (MCM) operators followed by Captain (SAN) T. Stokes from the SA Navy, who gave a presentation on the Fleet context.The Show and Tell is an opportunity for IMT to showcase the defence research conducted to satisfy South African Minister of Defence (MoD) strategic needs for techno-military support, products and services. The newly advanced underwater technology and systems on display promoted and supported the interest of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the SA Navy specifics.Commander B. Short did an introduction on the renewal of the MCM capability. Mr J.P. Schmid from IMT gave an overview of IMT with regard to the SA Navy MCM ships and how IMT can utilise their technology on board SAN ships as well as future predictions and technological upgrades. The presentation was concluded with demonstrations at the Mine Warfare Support Centre, Electronics Demos section and Under Water Security (USEC) hardware section.The Show and Tell is a platform to establish basic MW expertise comprising of essential capabilities required to control or reduce risk associated with an unconventional mine attack against Republic South Africa Ports.[mappress mapid=”15947″]Image: SA Navylast_img read more

Vice-chancellor’s society for donors

first_imgOxford University has set up a new society to recognise those who donate money to the institution.Part of the Oxford Thinking campaign, the donor recognition society known as the Vice Chancellor’s Circle was launched last week with a private reception, debate and dinner hosted by John Hood.The title of the debate was, “Poetry is beautiful, but science is what matters”, and was chaired by the barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC.John Hood said at the launch, “We are delighted to recognise our donors’ generous support in this way. Their support helps to strengthen our colleges, divisions, libraries, laboratories, and every centre, society, club and institution that sustains the intellectual life of the University and carries Oxford’s vital mission into the future.”The society has one hundred founding members and includes college donors, alumni and non-alumni, individuals, trusts and foundations, and corporate organisations. However, the University has not released the names of the members.The Oxford Thinking Campaign yesterday celebrated its first birthday. In its first year, the campaign has raised £713 million, 57% of its £1.25 billion target. However, the project has been facing difficulties due to the economic slow down.Nevertheless, the university and colleges have received some notable gifts in the last year, including a single donation of £1.75 million to Wadham college, £3.25 million to the University’s summer schools and a single donation of $50 million to Christ Church.The Chancellor’s Circle is not the first donor recognition society to be set up at Oxford. In 1990, the late Lord Jenkins set up the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors, which now has 155 members.The University’s Encaenia ceremony celebrates generous donors. Last year, eight men and women were honoured.last_img read more

New Email Shows Brazile May Have Had Exact Wording Of Proposed Town Hall Question…

first_imgNew Email Shows Brazile May Have Had Exact Wording Of Proposed Town Hall Question Before CNNBy HADAS GOLD FOR POLITICOA new email obtained by POLITICO is shedding more light on the mystery of whether and how interim DNC chair Donna Brazile might have obtained the text of a proposed question from a town hall between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in advance, and possibly shared it with the Clinton campaign.And now CNN, which co-hosted the town hall with cable network TV One, is pointing the finger at its media partner for what appears to be a breach of the traditional secrecy surrounding the questions for such events.The email obtained by POLITICO was written by town hall co-moderator Roland Martin on the day of the town hall to CNN producers. But it shows him using word for word the language of a question that Brazile appeared to have sent to the Clinton campaign a day earlier. That email, from Brazile to the campaign, was included in yesterday’s release of hacked emails by Wikileaks of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.Here’s what the record shows: On March 12, Brazile, then vice chair of the DNC and a CNN and ABC contributor, allegedly wrote an email with the subject line “From time to time I get the questions in advance.” It continues:Here’s one that worries me about HRC.DEATH PENALTY19 states and the District of Columbia have banned the death penalty. 31 states, including Ohio, still have the death penalty. According to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, since 1973, 156 people have been on death row and later set free. Since 1976, 1,414 people have been executed in the U.S. That’s 11% of Americans who were sentenced to die, but later exonerated and freed. Should Ohio and the 30 other states join the current list and abolish the death penalty?Jennifer Palmieri, director of communications for the Clinton campaign, wrote back within three hours, seemingly not as worried:Hi. Yes, it is one she gets asked about. Not everyone likes her answer but can share it.She then instructs a copied employee to share the campaign’s standard answer to the question to Brazile.The next day, Roland Martin, a host on the TV One cable network who was co-hosting the town hall with CNN’s Jake Tapper, sent an email to CNN producers with three questions, the third of which dealt with the death penalty. POLITICO obtained that email, and here’s the text of the third question:DEATH PENALTY19 states and the District of Columbia have banned the death penalty. 31 states, including Ohio, still have the death penalty. According to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, since 1973, 156 people have been on death row and later set free. Since 1976, 1,414 people have been executed in the U.S. That’s 11% of Americans who were sentenced to die, but later exonerated and freed. Should Ohio and the 30 other states join the current list and abolish the death penalty?The wording, spacing, capitalization are identical.At the town hall later on the same day Martin sent the question to CNN producers, Martin introduced an audience member who asked Clinton about the death penalty with similar language.“Secretary Clinton, since 1976, we have executed 1,414 people in this country. Since 1973, 156 who were convicted have been exonerated from the death row. This gentleman here is one of them. This is Ricky Jackson, wrongfully convicted of murder in 1975, he spent 39 years in prison. He is undecided. Ricky, what is your question?”Martin said before introducing questioner Ricky Jackson.  Martin initially said in an interview on Tuesday that he did not “share my questions with anybody. Literally. My executive producer wasn’t even aware of what I was going to ask.”In a follow up interview on Tuesday, Martin said that he did send his questions to CNN via his producer and his TV One team.In a follow up email on Wednesday, upon being informed of the email POLITICO had obtained, Martin said he did not believe had had consulted with Brazile ahead of the town hall.“As far as consultation, I don’t believe I did. I know I asked all of my social media followers for their input on what they wanted me to ask. I did the same for the Hillary Clinton town hall we did in South Carolina in 2014. And I know that I called Rep. Clyburn to lock down language on his 10-20-30 amendment. That is an issue I’ve pushed for several years. I also know I called other members of Congress to ask them specific questions about their various bills and their status. All of that informed my questions. That’s called research,” Martin wrote.But he did not explain how Brazile could have had the same exact language of a proposed question a day before he submitted them to CNN producers. CNN, in turn, is pointing the finger at TV One. “As we have said since news of this broke, CNN did not share any questions with Donna Brazile, or anyone else for that matter, prior to the town hall,” a CNN spokesperson said in an email to POLITICO. “Given that our broadcast partners for the town hall at TV One sent this question to us the day AFTER it appeared in Donna’s email, we have every reason to believe it came from them.”In a statement on Tuesday, Brazile, whose contracts with CNN and ABC were suspended when she became interim DNC chair in July, denied receiving questions in advance or sharing them with the campaign, writing, in part, “As a longtime political activist with deep ties to our party, I supported all of our candidates for president. I often shared my thoughts with each and every campaign, and any suggestions that indicate otherwise are simply untrue. As it pertains to the CNN Debates, I never had access to questions and would never have shared them with the candidates if I did.”Brazile also cautioned that the intelligence community has made it clear the Russian government is responsible for cyberattacks “aimed at interfering with our election, and that WIkiLeaks is part of that effort.” The argument seems to suggest that some of the emails may be fakes, but no specific effort to authenticate or deny the authenticity of this email or any others in the most recent Wikileaks release has been made.A Democratic party official suggested Brazile was simply preparing for a panel. She did appear on ABC’s “This Week” the same day as the town hall. But the death penalty was not discussed during that show.Asked about the new email on Wednesday, a DNC spokesman referred POLITICO to Brazile’s previous statement.UPDATE 6:20p.m.:  In a tweet sent on Wednesday afternoon, Brazile defended Martin, saying he “is a solid professional, good, tough no nonsense journalist. I’m sorry that he’s being accused of such non sense. Apologies.”Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on FacebookFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgGREGG REPORTS $3 MILLION RAISED IN 2ND QUARTER; $8.6 MILLION OVERALLCampaign has already surpassed total raised in 2012INDIANAPOLIS –Today, the Gregg for Governor campaign reported raising $3.02 million in the second quarter of 2016, bringing its total contributions for the cycle to $8.6 million.The campaign, which has already outraised the $6.4 million raised in Gregg’s 2012 effort, maintains a $5.8 million cash balance.“Hoosiers are supporting John Gregg and Christina Hale because they want leaders who are committed to doing the job, to advancing ideas over ideology and to making a positive difference in their lives,’’ said Tim Henderson, Gregg for Governor campaign manager. “We are proud to have drawn support from Democrats, Republicans and Independents who are eager to elect John Gregg and put Indiana back on track.”The campaign received 5,454 different contributions (not including in-kind donations), of which 92 percent came from individuals. The average individual donation for the quarter was $212.For more information on John Gregg, Christina Hale or their campaign, please visit or call 317-510-1876.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Foreign Secretary statement on US-DPRK summit

first_imgFurther information Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Email [email protected] Media enquiries We welcome that President Trump and Kim Jong Un have held a constructive summit. This is an important step towards the stability of a region vital to global economic growth and home to thousands of British Nationals and important UK interests. The reaffirmation of North Korea’s commitment in the Panmunjom Declaration to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is a signal that Kim Jong Un may have finally heeded the message that only a change of course can bring a secure and prosperous future to the people of North Korea. There is much work still to be done and we hope Kim continues to negotiate in good faith towards complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation. The UK will continue to support the United States in its efforts to achieve denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: For journalists last_img read more

‘The Truth About Getting Sick in America’

first_imgTimothy Johnson, one of the nation’s leading communicators of medical healthcare information, will deliver this year’s Lowell Lecture May 4, “The Truth About Getting Sick in America: The Real Problems with Healthcare and What We Can Do.” The lecture explores the thorny issue of health care in the United States, and is based on Johnson’s recently released book of the same title.Drawing on his 35 years of experience as medical editor for ABC News, Johnson offers his analysis and recommendations for how to deal with the present health care crisis in America. He approaches the question of health care reform as a scientist using numbers, rather than as a politician trying to sway voters.At ABC News, Johnson provided on-air medical analysis for World News, Nightline, and 20/20, and has provided commentary on medical problems and answers for viewers of ABC News’ Good Morning America since the program’s debut in 1975.Locally, his HealthBeat reports for WCVB’s NewsCenter 5, where he is medical editor, address topics ranging from disease prevention to the latest medical research. He is the founding editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter and co-editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter Book. He has had appointments at both Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.The Lowell Lecture is co-sponsored by the Harvard Extension School and the Lowell Institute of Boston. It takes place Wednesday (May 4) at 8 p.m. in Lowell Lecture Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.last_img read more

US leaders urge military to get vaccine shots

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — With more than half of America reluctant or flatly opposed to getting a COVID-19 vaccine, a VIP-filled video call on Thursday targeted the nation’s military families with an urgent plea: Get the shot. First lady Jill Biden encouraged hundreds of listeners on a call set up by Blue Star Families to “get the vaccine when it’s your turn.” And Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, answered medical questions from the audience.  Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife, Hollyanne, who is a nurse, also offered their own pleas, underscoring  the widespread concern about the reluctance among service members and their families to get the vaccine.last_img read more

Zahm rector issues sudden resignation

first_imgAfter Zahm House rector Scott Opperman resigned Thursday night, confused and concerned residents spent the weekend learning more about the situation and remembering the leadership Opperman provided during his one year and three week term. Associate vice president for Residential Life Heather Rakoczy Russell confirmed Opperman’s departure and said Fr. Tom Doyle will serve as Zahm’s rector “while an active search for a permanent rector is underway.” Opperman replaced former rector Corry Colonna in the fall of 2012. Zahm House resident assistant Connor McCurrie said from the beginning, Opperman emphasized the importance of creating a welcoming community. “[Within] the first week he was here, he changed everything from a hall to a house,” McCurrie said. “He continued that approach throughout his time here and really made sure we knew this that this was our dorm, that it was going in the direction we wanted it to and that we were a community first and foremost.” The hall staff members were the first notified about Opperman’s resignation when they were called to the Main Building for a meeting late Thursday night, McCurrie said. Junior Sam Hyder said his first reaction was disbelief, though a House meeting called Friday partially clarified his confusion. “Scott was a big part of Zahm; he loved Zahm and everybody loved him,” Hyder said. “On Friday, everybody met and they brought in representatives from  [the Office of] Community Standards and [the Office of] Student Affairs to explain the situation.” “As they were explaining it, we still weren’t getting a lot of answers from them. Part of that was because Scott preferred to keep the reasons for his resignation out of the public eye, but it kind of left all of us confused.” Hyder experienced his first year in Zahm with former rector Corry Colonna and his second with Opperman, and he said Opperman brought a change in leadership style. “My freshman year, the rector wasn’t really an influential part of the community,” he said. “He wasn’t a bad rector; he just didn’t fight for us like Scott did. We could really tell that Scott had our best interests at heart.” Opperman’s dedication to the hall and its residents was obvious, Hyder said. “The biggest strength he had was that he put Zahm first and that he cared for the men in Zahm and the overall community of Zahm,” he said. “At times, he acted as an intermediary between the administration and Zahm, but the bottom line was that we knew he would fight for us … and that he would give his all to this community in every way that he could.” Freshman Norbert Kuc said he already had a sense of this bond between Opperman and the residents after only three weeks living in the hall. “I only knew Scott for about three weeks, but I saw him as like a father figure to us. I’m sure the upperclassmen will vouch for me when I say that,” Kuc said. “There were some upperclassmen here who would call him ‘Dad.’ He always had his door open, so if anyone had a problem, he was like your dad away from home, basically.” “If any of us had something going on, we’d be down there to talk to him in a heartbeat. He really felt approachable, and it seemed like he wasn’t as much of a ‘rector’ as he was someone from your family who cares about you and was on your side.” From his perspective as a member of the hall staff, McCurrie said the community will miss Opperman, although interim rector Fr. Tom Doyle “will keep moving us forward.” “Clearly, we’re all a little bit sad that Scott is gone,” McCurrie said. “He was great for the community … and we hope that he’s doing well now. “[Scott] was very personable and very pastoral in his approach. He was a huge help to many of the guys here, and he was everybody’s good friend. I think he did a great job of balancing our dorm traditions with the University policy … and he really helped us solidify our community while he was here.” McCurrie said residents wore Zahm apparel throughout the weekend to show support for Opperman, and more than 100 people went to the Grotto on Thursday night after hearing the news. “We have not had any communication with Scott, but we know he has received hundreds of texts and emails from people in the dorm making sure he’s okay and that he knows he’s in our thoughts and prayers,” he said. Hyder and Kuc both said Zahm’s annual “Hesburgh Challenge,” an event first organized by Opperman, was one of the former rector’s greatest contributions. “[Opperman] wanted to do something last year to honor [University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore] Hesburgh for Hesburgh’s 95th birthday and Zahm’s 75th anniversary, so he organized this challenge to build community and fight for better camaraderie,” Hyder said. The second iteration of the Hesburgh Challenge took place the first weekend in September this year, during which the dorm decided to partner with an elementary school in Haiti to raise money and build a lasting relationship, Kuc said. The sense of a “community within a community” that Opperman created helped Kuc become comfortable with the transition to college in his first weeks here, Kuc said. “He said that all of Notre Dame is your home, but Zahm is specifically your little area of this broader place,” Kuc said. “Even if you don’t feel comfortable going to the advisors or anyone else who is supposed to act as a family figure for you, you can always go to the other guys here at the dorm for support. “He would always say ‘watch out for your brothers.’ We were all expected to watch each other’s backs because we’re all in this together. That was a big thing for him, that you can’t leave your brother behind.” Doyle will serve as interim rector effective immediately until a replacement is found. Doyle served as the University’s vice president for student affairs from 2010 to 2012 and is a fellow with Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives.last_img read more

Early Voting Tips Off Today

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE — Registered voters in Chautauqua County can vote early at any of the three designated early voting sites starting today and running through Nov. 1, two days before Election Day.Chautauqua County’s early voting sites are the Chautauqua Mall, Lakewood; County Fairground, Dunkirk; or at the Board of Elections, Mayville.Hours for early voting vary by county. Chautauqua County voting is Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, this weekend and next. Noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.“Voters can look up personal voter registration information at If a voter is not in the lookup system, is designated as an inactive voter, or has recently moved into the county; they can vote at any early voting site by affidavit ballot,” said Democratic Election Commissioner Norman P. Green. With a voter roll of about 80,000 voters, Chautauqua County is only required to have one early voting site. However, Commissioners Green and Brian Abram determined last year that the county is best served with at least three poll early voting poll sites.“Voting early is an extension of the Nov. 3 General Election and once an early vote is cast, the voter will not be allowed to vote again. An absentee voter however may go vote at the polls now or on Election Day if they choose and then the absentee will be set aside by county election officials and not counted,” said Republican Election Commissioner Abram.Voters at all early and Election Day poll sites will be signed in to vote by way of an electronic poll book working much like a retail credit card terminal to capture signatures.If voters choose to vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, all poll sites will be open on Election Day Nov. 3rd from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.last_img read more