When Communities Secretary Sajid Javid earlier this week asked the industry for evidence on how to stop gazumping, reduce time wasting and increase commitment, little did he realise there is already a proptech start-up that says it is the answer.Gazeal, a platform that binds both vendor and buyer together when they are ready to agree a deal, prevents either side “walking away or moving the goalposts”, it says.Gazeal says it believes the fall-through for UK property sales is even higher than the government research published by Sajid Javid on Sunday, which pointed to between a quarter and a third of all sales falling through.Stop gazumpingThe government research said nearly 40% of buyers who withdraw do so for personal reasons, while 13% do so because they have been gazumped, 10% becaues the vendor withdrew without explanation and 9% because the chain collapsed elsewhere.But sellers have a different view. The government research revealed that they said of sales that do collapse, 35% did so after the buyer withdrew for personal reasons, while 28% fell apart because the buyer didn’t have sufficient funds lined up.Duncan Samuel, Managing Director of Gazeal (pictured, below), says that gazumping is on the rise in the UK and that his platform’s service would put a stop to it.“Gazeal Seal enables the parties to enter into a legally binding agreement to sell on the terms agreed that neither party can walk away from, subject only to Lenders Valuation and confirmation of Good Title, so giving both parties certainty with appropriate protections,” he says.“We regularly have transactions reach a legally binding position within three days of an offer being made and accepted.”Gazeal also offers an fast-track service for agents that enables them to list properties with a pre-prepared ‘contract pack’ including personal searches and an online property questionnaire which, the company claims, can save “weeks and even months,” says Duncan.Gazeal Sajid Javid chains and gazumping Duncan Samuel October 25, 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 » Want to stop gazumping, Sajid Javid? previous nextWant to stop gazumping, Sajid Javid?Proptech startup says it has the digital platform ready to solve all the problems with house sale transactions.The Negotiator25th October 201701,565 Views
Home » News » Marketing » Zoopla signs up 176,000 wannabe first time buyers to its ‘Zooploma’ previous nextMarketingZoopla signs up 176,000 wannabe first time buyers to its ‘Zooploma’Course is part of huge push by portal to attract traffic to its site by offering buyers and renters free education and information courses.Nigel Lewis27th January 202001,042 Views Zoopla says its first ‘Zooploma’, a guide for first-time buyers to give them support and advice to get on the property ladder along with recommended suitable properties, been a roaring success.The portal says that over 176,000 home hunters have signed up to the initiative since its launch on Boxing Day and that these registrations represent over five times the number of first-time buyer mortgages completed in November 2019.The Zooploma is a series of 30 easy-to-digest emails sent over ten weeks which help guide first-time buyers through their home buying journey.Zoopla plans to follow the success of the Zooploma with other guides for prospective home buyers and renters at different stages in their property journey.The second, set to launch in the coming weeks, will focus on the rental market andthers is also a commercial opportunity for the portal.The Zooploma guides give brands the opportunity to advertise relevant products for each specific audience, such as mortgage calculators or listings for new build homes.Adam Knight (left), Head of CRM at Zoopla, said: “First-time buyers are a significant proportion of the market, accounting for almost 40% of all property transactions.“Understanding their challenges and helping to support and guide them through the process is central to our ethos. These consumers are a crucial business driver for agents and therefore a key priority here at Zoopla as we look to further support agents and drive quality leads to them.”Read more about the Zooploma. zooploma adam knight portal Zoopla January 27, 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 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
WHILST Keble’s hard-fought victory over Magdalen secured a third First Division title in succession on Tuesday, issues at the other end of the table were settled in a more underwhelming fashion.With St. Hugh’s due to face Teddy Hall in what was set up to be a relegation decider, the prospect of the Teddies beginning next season in Division Two was crushed as Hugh’s conceded the points, unable to put out a side. Hugh’s will be joined in the second tier by St. Peter’s, who completed a dismal, pointless campaign by going down 34-0 at home to Catz. The visitors were missing several key players, and will be more than happy with a result that sees them claim second place in the table behind Keble. Hoping to make their mark among the elite next year will be second division champions Christ Church and runners-up LMH/Trinity, who secured promotion after seeing off the challenge of Wadham in their final fixture.Making their way down to Division Three are Exter, who finished rock bottom without a single point, and Corpus Christi/Somerville, who were playing top-flight rugby not too long ago. Both Christ Church and LMH will be looking to fare better than Peter’s and Hugh’s, who were both promoted to the top flight last Hilary.New blood will be a vital injection to a league where the gap between the top and bottom sides this term was truly staggering and, at times, frightening.
Bakers’ Fair Autumn, organised by British Baker, welcomes special guest Shaun Williamson at this year’s event.Williamson is known best for his role as Barry in British soap opera Eastenders, set in the fictional Albert Square, as well as regularly appearing on Ricky Gervais’ hit TV series Extras. He will take to the stage at the second Bakers’ Fair of the year at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on Sunday 7 October.Following the Bakers’ Fair Summer event at Kempton Park Racecourse in June, the Autumn Fair will feature guest speakers presenting and demonstrating live on stage, providing practical and business advice in a programme of presentations.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “This is the second of the Bakers’ Fair events for the year and it promises to pack a punch when it comes to useful hints and tips. Visitors will be able to watch a range of live demonstrations, while providing ample time and opportunity to speak to equipment manufacturers, ingredients suppliers and fellow bakers face-to-face.“We are delighted to welcome on board Shaun Williamson for Bakers’ Fair Autumn in Harrogate, who is sure to entertain the crowds of bakers and their families. Make sure you pre-register online for free entry.”The event, which is run in conjunction with Butchers’ Fair, will also play host to the judging of the ninth Richemont Club of Great Britain’s Annual Competition. Bakers are urged to enter an array of categories, including bread loaves, sausage rolls, celebration cakes, scones, Danish pastries and pork pies.The competition includes a special category for young bakers, aged up to 21 years old, as well as a Christmas-themed class for bakers to submit products such as Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and a chocolate log.The Live Challenge Cup will also take place at the event, and will be competed for by invited teams from the Richemont Club of Great Britain and the National Association of Master Bakers.Trevor Mooney, competition secretary at Richemont and sales director at Chatwins Bakery in Cheshire, told British Baker: “It is great to be involved in these competitions and put something back into the industry. We would really encourage bakers and their staff to come forward, show us their skills and celebrate their craft.”Entries into the Richemont Club Competition must be received no later than Friday 14 September 2012.This year’s Bakers’ Fair Autumn includes a range of exhibitors from across the bakery and food-to-go industry, who will be showcasing new and existing products to improve product quality and business performance.To register for free for this year’s Bakers’ Fair Autumn, and to enter the Richemont Club Competition, click here or visit www.bakersfair.co.uk.
Now in their fourth year, the Tiptree World Bread Awards are open for entries until 4 September.Sponsored by fruit grower and preserver Tiptree and oven supplier Brook Food, last year’s awards attracted 540 entries.The 2016 judging panel includes star of BBC2’s Victorian Bakers, John Foster, as well as Great British Bake Off contestants Luis Troyano, Frances Quinn and Kimberley Wilson.Caroline Kenyon, director of the awards, said: “It is a wonderful coming together of judges, finalists and foodie press to pay tribute to a fantastic industry.”
Get ready for some bass in your face! Three of the most esteemed bassists in the jam world are teaming up for a very special performance at LOCKN’ Festival. Though the set will only be accessible to Super VIPs, the combination of Phil Lesh, Mike Gordon, and Dave Schools is sure to drop the jaws of any bass-loving fan. The three will perform on Saturday of the festival, alongside members of the Hard Working Americans.Gordon and Lesh recently teamed up for the Big Bass Bash at Terrapin Crossroads, where the two bassists performed some Grateful Dead songs with a handful of Phish tunes thrown into the mix. You can watch highlights and check out the full setlist from that show, right here.The “Steal Your Bass” set comes as part of the festival’s Super VIP Performance Lineup, which includes a Thursday night set from Brendan Bayliss & Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee, and Anders Osborne performances on both Friday and Sunday before Phish and during Phish’s set break. There will also be a late night Infamous Stringdusters set for Super VIPs as well on Friday night, and a DJ Logic-hosted dance party on Sunday night.Furthermore, the festival has announced that Anders Osborne will be joining the Phil Lesh & Friends lineup on Saturday. He’ll be playing with Jon Fishman, Page McConnell, Joe Russo and the Infamous Stringdusters.Tickets for LOCKN’ can be found on their official website, and you can see the Super VIP announcement below!
On Thursday, Alabama-born, Tennessee-bred alt-southern rock quintet The Vegabonds announced their plans for a lengthy 2019 summer tour. The new dates will keep the band busy and on the road throughout the months of May, June, and July in addition to a smattering of gigs in March, April, and August.The tour comes in support of the band’s latest album, V, released earlier this year. You can listen to The Vegabonds’ new album below:The Vegabonds – V – Full AlbumYou can see a full list of The Vegabonds’ upcoming tour dates below. For more information and ticketing details, head over to the band’s website here.The Vegabonds Upcoming Tour Dates3/27 – Columbia, SC – White Mule Music3/28 – Greenville, SC – Greenville Special Events “Downtown Alive”3/29 – Isle of Palms, SC – The Windjammer4/4 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre4/25 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East5/4 – Spartanburg, SC – FR8yard “Derby Days”5/5 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City Bham5/15 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Austin5/16 – San Antonio, TX – The Rustic – San Antonio5/17 – Houston, TX – The Rustic – Houston5/18 – Dallas, TX – The Rustic – Dallas5/24 – Isle of Palms, SC – The Windjammer5/25 – Martinsville, VA – Rooster Walk5/26 – Martinsville, VA – Rooster Walk6/1 – Minden, WV – Mountain Music Festival6/4 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl6/5 – Boston, MA – Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub6/6 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy6/7 – Baltimore, MD – Harbor Point Central Plaza6/8 – Washington DC – Hill Country LIVE / Hill Country Barbecue Market6/14 – Roanoke, VA – Martin’s Downtown6/15 – Richmond, VA – Jam Sandwich RVA6/16 – Mills River, NC – Sierra Nevada Mills River6/22 – Charlotte, NC – River Jam at U.S. National Whitewater Center6/29 – Lexington, KY – The Burl7/13 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s7/17 – Colorado Springs, CO – Front Range BBQ7/18 – Eagle, CO – Showdown Town Series7/19 – Buena Vista, CO – The Lariat in Buena Vista7/20 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake8/16 – Sandy Springs, GA – Sandy Series Series8/31 – Seaside, FL – Seaside AmphitheaterView Upcoming Tour Dates
Former Notre Dame basketball coach Richard ‘Digger’ Phelps has seen it all at Notre Dame. He recorded an NCAA-record seven wins over No. 1 teams as a head coach and guided the program to its only Final Four appearance. This weekend, he’s challenging the student body to show the enthusiasm it displayed for so much of his coaching tenure when ESPN’s “College GameDay” visits campus. Phelps currently serves as an analyst for “GameDay” and other ESPN programming. “GameDay,” which visited Notre Dame on Oct. 13 prior to the 20-13 overtime victory over Stanford in football, will broadcast from inside Purcell Pavilion on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Notre Dame is just the seventh school to earn a “GameDay” visit for each sport in one academic year. “When you’re here for four years, you have certain moments,” Phelps said. “For a student body at your 20-year reunion, it will be ‘Hey, remember Louisville week? It was snowy and cold and it was a must-win for us.’ Here we are cracking the top-25 again and looking to make a statement.” Phelps visited both dining halls Wednesday to promote the game against Louisville and ESPN’s on-campus appearance. “To have it here for our student body, it’s second to none. I just want the student body to know that we’re unique,” Phelps said. “‘GameDay’ is about the enthusiasm of the student body. “What I want is like when we played San Francisco here and they were No. 1 and 29-0 and we had the pep rally the night before and the chant for an hour was ’29-1.’ Then with 30 seconds to go we were up by double figures. NBC made the announcement that the most-valuable player was the student body.” Phelps said the atmosphere for Saturday’s 9 p.m. tip-off begins during “GameDay.” He said it was evident Indiana fed off its student body last week prior to knocking off No. 1 Michigan. “The [players] were on the court [at GameDay] and said, ‘Wow’ when they saw the student body and how GameDay was going,” Phelps said. “I look at our student body as unique. That’s why we are Notre Dame. I’m very, very happy.” Four years ago, “GameDay” made its only other appearance at Notre Dame for a basketball game. The Irish fell to Connecticut and Notre Dame’s 45-game unbeaten streak at home was snapped. “It was a great ‘GameDay.’ Great atmosphere. A lot of things went on,” Phelps said. “We stood our own with the rest of the ‘GameDays.’ That’s what I want the students to realize – it’s your game. You’re the sixth man. You can’t let up for 40 minutes. We beat [North] Carolina here in ’87. We were down 16 in the first half. Same thing with UCLA – we were down 17.” ESPNU will broadcast the first hour of “College GameDay” on Saturday, while the second hour will be shown on ESPN. Students can enter the Joyce Center anytime between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Friday night to get into Saturday’s broadcast before the rest of the student body.
I’M IN LOVE! View Comments I HATE THAT JERK! Brace yourselves, Broadway fans, because the most romantic day of the year is almost here! No, not the day the Broadway Bares calendar comes out (although we admit we swoon pretty hard then, too). It’s Valentine’s Day! If you’re “So In Love,” February 14 is a blast. On the other hand, being alone on V-Day sucks. But don’t worry, even if you wanna “Forget About the Boy,” we’ve got you covered! Listen to our Valentine’s playlist below, and scroll down for our Anti-Valentine’s Day list, featuring our favorite breakup and unrequited love songs.
By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo September 04, 2018 U.S. Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) and Colombia’s Joint Special Operations Command (CCOES, in Spanish) hosted a seminar to design a joint development program for noncommissioned officers (NCO) in special forces, in Bogotá, Colombia, July 8-14, 2018. The goal of the seminar was to create a syllabus to train NCOs and optimize their capacities to provide information to their superiors, paramount in decision-making. “Analyzing the educational programs for NCOs who join the armed forces, compared to the needs of CCOES NCOs is very important, since the newly admitted personnel have different strategic, operational, and political mission requirements,” U.S. Army Sergeant Major Amir Álvarez, SOCSOUTH’s educational program coordinator, told Diálogo. “Our mission is to help identify what should be done to fulfill these requirements.” A four-year program The seminar led to the design of a four-year syllabus to begin February 2019 at the Commando Training Battalion at Tolemaida Military Fort in Cundinamarca, Colombia. The program will consist of two courses with 19 modules, including ethical decision-making, critical thinking, geopolitics, leadership, multinational operations, high management, strategic communication, negotiations and agreements, human rights, international humanitarian rights, and multi-domain operations. The program will train 200 NCOs per year. SOCSOUTH, which will fund the course for the first two years, will initially provide instructors as well. Colombia will then take over instruction and funding. The basic level consists of four two-week courses a year in February, May, June, and August for 25 students of the following ranks: staff sergeant, specialist, private first class, private, senior airman, airman first class, and class airman. The advanced level will have two 14-day courses in March and September for up to 25 students of the following ranks: command sergeant major, master sergeant, first sergeant, sergeant first class, chief master sergeant, and senior master sergeant. SOCSOUTH NCOs, experts from the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), U.S. Special Operations Command, and the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), served as advisors for the seminar. Twenty-five Colombian NCOs of all branches of the military training schools participated as well, learning about instruction requirements and analyzing improvements for CCOES NCOs. The importance of NCOs The training, operational, and tactical performance of NCOs assigned to CCOES led to the decision to develop a special training course. Officials identified a gap between the transformation posited for the armed forces and the need for NCOs assigned to special operations to be equipped with solid tools to better deliver information to commanders. “The sergeant major gained importance within the armed forces. The higher ranks see us as references. They know we help them, advise them, and understand the forces’ structure,” Colombian Army Sergeant Major Mario Villamizar, command advisor at CCOES, told Diálogo. “In the last 12 years, the sergeant major rank has gained relevance; it’s an important rank within the unit. That’s why it’s important to train them in areas with a significant gap between training and information.” Analyzing education To be able to advise a colonel or general, a command sergeant major or equivalent, must rely on the proper structure to process information and issue reports. “We want NCOs to understand all the effects and reach of an operation, to have the tools to determine if objectives were met,” Sgt. Maj. Álvarez said. “For that, we need to stimulate their critical thinking to understand national security policy [and] the geopolitical environment, and acquire useful knowledge to contribute during analysis.” Participants’ experience with educational programs for NCOs assigned to special operations at JSOU and WHINSEC helped create a solid curricular network. “It’s first achieved by listing what the forces need, based on their own structure and reality. They then have to be able to sustain the whole program,” said U.S. Army Master Sergeant (R) Blake Edwards, head of the International Noncommissioned Officer Development Program at WHINSEC. A solid program After five days of sessions, local and international experts submitted modules and educational programs before Colombian Army Brigadier General Juan Pablo Forero Tascón, director of SOUTHCOM’s Exercises and Coalition Affairs division (J7/9). “One of the priorities of U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of Southern Command, is professional development. I’m pleased to be part of the syllabus development process,” Brig. Gen. Forero said. “I see that they designed a well-supported, necessary program, because there is a significant gap for Colombian NCO training on these issues, and this can affect the whole evolutionary process of the armed forces. We seek to have more professional sergeant majors; it’s something we owe them.” Upon completing the four-year program, Colombian NCOs will be expected to have solid and wide-ranging knowledge. “We have two years to look at profiles, train our own instructors, and create our own sources of funding. The opportunity is huge, and we understand it. It’s the step our enlisted personnel waits for and needs,” Sgt. Maj. Villamizar concluded.