Agents don’t get proptech

first_imgHome » News » Agents don’t get proptech previous nextProptechAgents don’t get proptechThe Negotiator1st June 20170745 Views Just five per cent of property businesses consider themselves technologically advanced, according to research by Qube Global Software.As the technology landscape continues its rapid pace of change, the research suggests that a large proportion of property companies will be playing catch up, rather than taking up the mantle of technology trailblazer.The survey of 960 real estate and FM professionals, conducted in autumn 2016, set out to discover where businesses see themselves on the journey to technological maturity, how they’re using the software already available to them and how they are preparing for future advancements in technology, including robots and AI (Artificial Intelligence).While largely aware of the role technology can play in improving the way their businesses are run, the survey highlighted that only a small proportion believe they are currently harnessing it successfully. Only 5 per cent of businesses see themselves as tech pacesetters, with a further 20 per cent believing they are proficient in their use of technology. That leaves a remarkable 75 per cent of the Real Estate/ FM industry believing themselves to be at the early stages of their technology journey.John Cuppello, CEO of Qube Global Software, said, “This research shows that the property industry believes itself to be slow to adapt to new technology. While it’s certainly true that a proportion is resisting transformative change, partly due to budgetary constraints and partly because of a lack of understanding about its potential, I believe more property professionals may be using advanced technology regularly in the workplace than they realise.The White Paper ‘Embracing Transformative Change: Insights into Technology and the Real Estate Sector’, exploring the research in full, is available for download at wpcontent/uploads/ sites/5/2017/01/Embracing- Transformative-Change-1.pdfConveyancing revolutionMy Home Move says that it is “leading the conveyancing revolution” with Voice biometrics – as it moves forward with ‘Nuance’.The Nuance Biometrics Platform aims to make conveyancing quicker, easier and safer for its clients.Once integrated into My Home Move’s existing telephony systems, the voice biometrics system will ensure clients no longer have to answer a series of security questions when they call to speak to their conveyancer. Instead their voice will be matched to a recording, or print, taken during the company’s initial ID verification process.The screening process, which will take only a few moments, identifies over 100 points of measurement within the voice print, and when every point is matched the caller’s identity is verified, routing their call directly to the conveyancer with confirmation of the verified status. If the voice match fails then other factors, such as additional security questions, will be used to authenticate the client before they can proceed to talk to the conveyancer about their case.Doug Crawford, CEO of My Home Move said, “We have been at the forefront of delivering cutting edge technology to our clients for over a decade. Voice biometrics are another important protection against a variety of fraud types that are on the increases so we have proactively sought and invested in a solution to ensure the protection of our client’s data from such threats.”Nested gets new fundingAs if agents needed more competition from digital start-ups, a company called Nested that offers to buy a client’s home if a buyer can’t be found has won a fresh £8 million injection of cash.Launched 14 months ago, Nested promises vendors that it will sell their homes via its own listings on Rightmove and Zoopla within 90 days or provide them with an interest-free loan to buy their next property.Nested is chasing the 40 per cent of home movers in the UK who do not have a mortgage and therefore find it frustrating when they caught in lengthy buying chains.If the sale price is more than the valuation range the profit is splitThere are some catches to the deal. Nested guarantees to sell a vendor’s property, but only for 95-98 per cent of the asking price in return for a hefty 2.5 per cent sales fee. If the property is sold for more than the valuation range, it splits any ‘profit’ 70/30 in favour of the lender.But if the property does not sell, Nested then takes out a first-charge mortgage on the property and advances the necessary cash to enable the vendor to move home. When the property sells, the ‘bridging’ mortgage is then cleared.Matt Robinson“There are lots of people in this situation and we think we can build a very big business which helps a lot of people,” said Chief Executive of Nested Matt Robinson.But despite the ambitious claims, Robinson admitted that Nested is completing only five deals a month at the moment, although he says the company will eventually reach 10,000. “Based on what we’ve seen so far, I believe we can,” he said.Goodlord raises further £7.2mGoodlord, the rental transaction platform, has attracted the attention of leading Silicon Valley fintech investor Ribbit Capital, raising £7.2 million from the Palo Alto team, alongside new money from existing investors LocalGlobe and Global Founders Capital. This is Goodlord’s second major fundraising in seven months and will enable the proptech business to improve the technology behind its service and continue its goal of revolutionising the rental market.Goodlord, which has already processed tenancies worth more than £200 million, sells its cloudbased platform to some of the UK’s biggest estate agencies, including Strutt & Parker, Life Residential and Remax.The platform is designed to make the rental transaction quicker and more transparent: agents can smooth the process of finding and securing a home for tenants, ensure landlords receive tenants’ references quickly and collect deposits and rent online.With Goodlord, the letting can be completed in hours and saves agents 50 to 75 per cent of their administration costs.Richard White, CEO, said, “More and more people will be renting their homes for longer. They want to see quick, professional and efficient service from both agents and landlords.Goodlord can provide this in a way that is familiar to a generation that expects to complete purchases, order takeaways and hail a taxi using their phone in seconds.”Virtual Reality arrives in WalesCardiff property agent, Jeffrey Ross, now offers its customers a new way to view properties with the launch of its virtual reality (VR) platform. Jeffrey Ross is one of the first property agents in Wales to introduce VR, meaning that prospective buyers can now view homes through VR headsets without having to leave the comfort of their own home.Ross Hooper-NashRoss Hooper-Nash, Director of Jeffrey Ross, said, “We are always looking for new ways to help our customers view properties, we know how much time it could save both buyers and sellers if an initial viewing can be done via a platform such as VR. It’s particularly beneficial for prospective buyers who aren’t based locally and want to view a property quickly.“That first viewing of a potential new home can be quite daunting for all parties involved and whilst video tours and photographs do an excellent job of providing an overview of a property, a VR tour can actually make you feel like you are walking around the rooms and hallways – it’s a completely new experience. The technology is so good that you can see the intricacies of each room and really feel like you are already in the property.Jeffrey Ross already has over 50 homes set up with VR tours which can be viewed at uk/JRVR. It will be offering the service to all its clients and the cost will be included in their overall fees. Ross continued, “We want to offer this service to all of our clients, regardless of the size or value of the property. We’re really proud of this new service and hope that it will set us apart from the competition.”The platform uses Matterport technology and each home takes less than two hours to film, using a 3D camera.View My Chain launches its Consumer ViewView My Chain has started allowing home movers across the UK access to an early beta version of its game changing consumer view.The tool was launched in October 2016 and delivered an immediate benefit to early adopters by reducing their transaction times by a very significant two weeks compared to the rest of the market.The PropTech startup was also recently highlighted in the recent report by Exane BNP Paribas on the property market, which described it as a tool that “reduces the friction of the home buying process” which “has been neglected in many other products we have explored”.Sohall RashidSohail Rashid, Founder & CEO claims that the tool is unique, “There is no other software solution on the market which offers agents instant visibility of the progress of all of the properties connected in a chain.“View My Chain empowers agents to be more pro-active which clearly delivers an immediate benefit to consumers: faster completions and less fall-throughs.”Martin Taylor of Taylor Hill & Bond, based in the South of England is very impressed with the system.He says, “View My Chain gives us a competitive advantage over other local agents. The visibility and transparency that we can share with consumers throughout the home moving process gives them more assurance of the work we are doing to ensure a prompt completion.”goodlord proptech software Nested new technology MyHomeMove Qube Global Software conveyancing View My Chain ViewMyChain virtual reality VR June 1, 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 2021last_img read more

BAE Systems, UK MoD Ink Support and Maintenance Contract

first_img View post tag: Naval Share this article Industry news View post tag: contract View post tag: Ink View post tag: Systems A £46M contract to support and maintain a new sophisticated combat system across the Royal Navy’s world class submarine fleet has been awarded to BAE Systems.The Design Services Arrangement (DSA) contract will ensure that the system, which is used to navigate vessels as well as gather intelligence and defend against attacks, is maintained and developed over the next decade.The Royal Navy operates three classes of submarine totalling 10 vessels, which are used to safeguard the UK’s interests around the world.Currently different combat systems are used across the fleet.This new contract will help drive adoption of a Common Combat System across all current and future Royal Navy submarines, with considerable benefits to training, maintenance and updating costs.The contract has been awarded to BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines and will safeguard around a total of 30 jobs at the company’s sites in Ash Vale, Surrey, and Weymouth in Dorset.Minister for Defence, Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:“The UK’s submarine fleet is second to none and plays a key role in protecting our waters and interests both at home and abroad.“This latest commitment to maintain and develop this vital technology throughout the fleet will ensure that we can continue delivering first class capability for many years to come.” Rear Admiral Simon Lister, MoD Director of Submarines, said:“Command Systems on board our submarines contain many vital technologies and it is very important that our submarines retain their technological edge, both now and in the future.“This contract will help secure that position for the MOD and UK industry.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 7, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: maintenance View post tag: Navy View post tag: MoD View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems, UK MoD Ink Support and Maintenance Contract View post tag: UK View post tag: BAE View post tag: Support BAE Systems, UK MoD Ink Support and Maintenance Contract December 7, 2012last_img read more

Union presidential candidates submit flawed nominations

first_imgThe lead-up to the presidential elections for the Oxford Union has proved controversial after two of the three candidates submitted flawed nomination material.Tom Hartley, the current librarian, turned in his nomination forms without the mandatory fee of £40, whilst James Dray, a member of the standing committee, failed to mark the office he is running for.However, Niall Gallagher, the society’s Returning Officer, has declared both candidates’ nominations valid.He explained that he decided to accept Dray’s nomination because he had submitted the “right amount of money for the President-Elect position.”Despite the society’s rules that the “nomination shall not be accepted” of a candidate who does not have “sufficient or authorised means of payment.”Gallagher has since explained that he decided to declare Hartley a valid candidate because he could not “be satisfied that the rules are clear enough to render his nomination unambiguously invalid.”He added, “on the basis of the evidence I have seen, I feel I must give credence to the Librarian’s declaration (both oral and written) that he had sufficient means of payment on his person at the time of nominating.”This decision has led to concerns that a tribunal will be called if Hartley wins the election. The Standing Committee already discussed the possibility of such situation and one member has commented, “If Tom wins, there definitely will be a tribunal.”Another student stated that if a tribunal was called after the election, it would “almost certainly rule his nomination invalid.”Daniel Johnson, the ex-Returning Officer of the Union stated that such situations “made the Union look bloody stupid and re-polling was necessary.”However, he commented that “the Union is democratic, and it’s up to the members to decide who becomes President – and I’m glad that we can continue to offer the only properly run cross-campus election in Oxford.”Members of the Union have criticised failure of Dray and Hartley to submit their applications properly. A member of the Society said, “It was an exceptionally stupid thing to do for someone who wants to be President of the Union.”Another said, “I’m sure the role of the president involves more difficult things than nomination. How they are going to manage everything else?”last_img read more

St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children Birth Records

first_img Jennifer Bretz and Peter Taylor, Evansville, daughter, Waverly Rose, Oct. 1Juliet and Dustin Graham, Albion, Ill., daughter, Raylee Melinda, Oct. 3Juliet and Dustin Graham, Albion, Ill., son, Dean James, Oct. 3Kristin Metzger and Deion Crawford, Evansville, daughter, Zena  Rose Marie, Oct. 3Alexandrea and Nathan Head, Evansville, daughter, Madeleine Ann, Oct. 4Ashley Woolfolk, Evansville, daughter, Baylee Nicole, Oct. 4Chelsea and Tyler Hartman, Evansville, son, Theodore William, Oct. 5Elizabeth Majors, Evansville, daughter, Isabella Elizabeth, Oct. 5Jaclyn and Michael Duncan, Evansville, daughter, Raya Willa Mae, Oct. 5Jennifer and Brenton Griffin, Evansville, daughter, Lila Grace, Oct. 5Laura and Charles Thompson, Evansville, daughter, Lydia Jean, Oct. 5Michelle and Geoffery Bunting, Evansville, daughter, Emilee Claire, Oct. 5Kylie and Marc Denz, Evansville, son, Marc Gene III, Oct. 6Sarah and Robert Trame II, Evansville, son, Theodore Robert, Oct. 6Celena and Matthew Werremeyer, Elberfeld, Ind., daughter, Wren Marie, Oct. 7Jessica Hertel, Evansville, son, Preston Ray, Oct. 8FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Village Bakery creates 50 new jobs and a dozen apprenticeships

first_imgWrexham-based business Village Bakery has announced it will be creating an extra 50 jobs, which will include a dozen apprenticeships.Bakery operations director Simon Thorpe said the recruitment drive had been prompted by a period of significant growth.“As part of the recruitment campaign, we’re looking to take on another 12 bakery apprentices,” Thorpe said. “Our grow-your-own approach is something we’ve built our business on strongly over many years and, most recently, we’ve invested in the new Baking Academy and Innovation Centre and really we’re going from strength to strength.”The positions will be spread across its three bakeries on Wrexham Industrial Estate and in Coedpoeth. The apprentices will be trained at its Baking Academy and Innovation Centre, which was opened by The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in July 2015.Robins Jones, managing director of Village Bakery, said the business had a great deal of opportunities.“I think what sets us apart as an employer is that we can really add value and help our staff develop,” Jones said. “We’re looking to invest in people, and looking for people to invest in us. We like to look after our people. We value ourselves as a family business.”In February 2017, Village Bakery claimed to have become the world’s largest producer of Welsh cakes.last_img read more

Taxi Hits, Kills Pedestrian in Copiague

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 38-year-old man died after he was hit by a taxi in Copiague early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said.The victim, who was identified as 38-year-old Alex Medina of Wyandanch, was crossing the street at Great Neck Road and Campagnoli Avenue when he was struck by a Sunset Airport and Limousine Service taxi at 1:38 a.m., police said.The man was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he later died.Police said the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.last_img read more

What does your credit union resume look like?

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Is the Traditional Credit Union Resume Obsolete?Is the old-fashioned, printed resume an anachronism in the age of Linkedin and personal websites? Not in the least, according to staffing firm The Creative Group. In fact, an old-school resume can be your secret weapon.The company recently polled advertising and marketing executives, and found that nearly eight in 10 said they would rather receive traditional CVs in Word or PDF format from candidates applying for creative roles at their company.In fact, far fewer executives favored online profiles (14%) and video or infographic resumes (3% each) as their format of choice.These executives say they go through stacks of resumes, spending just seconds on each one. They’re looking for specific qualities in the applicants, and say that the traditional form of resume is what works best. continue reading »last_img read more

UberBOAT available today in Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik

first_imgThe world premiere of the UberBOAT service, which will be available during the summer months in Croatia, was officially presented in Split today. Through Uber’s application, users will be able to order a speedboat for transfers from the coast to the island, as well as for half-day and full-day excursions in just a few strokes on the smartphone screen in Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik. The goal of the service is to provide all users with a unique, reliable and safe transfer at sea with the experience of ordering speedboats on request.UberBOAT has already been announced by numerous influential media outlets such as the American magazine Architectural Digest, the British Independent and Metro, the German Bild, the influential portal Welt and many others. The new Uber service was also recognized by the American Thrillist, whose video about UberBOAT was watched by as many as 2,7 million people and collected more than 19 comments, which certainly brought us a lot of free advertising, ie our tourism.”We want to provide users as well as many foreign and domestic tourists in Croatia with a reliable and simple service. By launching the UberBOAT service, our goal is to provide a new way of exploring and traveling along the Croatian coast, which will significantly contribute to the development of Croatian tourism. In addition, I’m excited to launch the service just at a time when Uber has globally crossed as many as 5 billion rides, an increase of 3 billion in the last 11 months. It shows how much customers want our services, and it is a motive for us to continuously work on new, innovative solutions”, Said Davor Tremac, Uber’s CEO for Southeast Europe.UberBOAT is offered through two separate services, transfer from the mainland to the island or vice versa, and as a half-day or full-day adventure. The price of a transfer from Split to Hvar (or vice versa) on a speedboat for up to eight passengers is 2600 HRK, while the price of a larger XL speedboat that can accommodate up to 12 passengers is 3300 HRK. In addition to transfers, users can rent a speedboat for a half-day or full-day adventure to nearby islands, the price of which depends on the miles traveled and the duration of the adventure.Users can determine their own travel plan or organize an adventure according to the suggested most popular excursions, and the speedboat will be with them as much as they want, regardless of whether they visit famous sea caves or sail from island to island.With this service, sailing ends at the place of embarkation on the same day as the embarkation. The UberBOAT service does not offer the possibility of spending the night on a speedboat or renting a boat without a captain. The UberBOAT service always implies the presence of captains and sailors. “I am very happy that UberBOAT was launched in Croatia, I think it is a great service for both locals and tourists. It will enable them to get to the desired destinations faster and easier, and we will have more work and safer earnings. A lot of people have already heard about the service, both locals and foreigners are inquiring about transfers and excursions, so I think this will be a good season as far as UberBOAT is concerned”, Said Said Hadžiarapović, captain on the Uber platform.last_img read more

Manchester United poised for £50million transfer move for Ryan Sessegnon

first_imgManchester United poised for £50million transfer move for Ryan Sessegnon Comment Coral BarrySaturday 9 Feb 2019 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Sessegnon could cost £50m (Picture: Getty)It is unclear who will be in charge at United in the summer, but the frontrunner Mauricio Pochettino has long tracked Sessegnon.Tottenham are just a host of top clubs who want to sign Sessegnon, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all being linked with the Englishman in the last 18 months.MORE: Douglas Costa excites Manchester United fans by liking transfer story Sessegnon is out of favour at Fulham (Picture: Getty)Manchester United want to bring Ryan Sessegnon to Old Trafford in the summer, according to reports.The Fulham youngster is the club’s prized asset, but has seen his playing time decreased under new boss Claudio Ranieri.Ranieri was drafted in to save Fulham from relegation and thinks Sessegnon needs to be more aggressive to win a place back in his side.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnited cruised by Fulham and Sessegnon on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage and the Express claim the Red Devils are now plotting a raid on the Cottagers.ADVERTISEMENTUnited are prepared to fork out £50million on a player who they believe is destined for great things.AdvertisementAdvertisementSessegnon is in talks to sign a new long-term deal at Fulham, but is said to be stalling as he considers his future.Fulham are second from bottom, seven points from safety and Sessegnon may be tempted to stay in the Premier League if the Londoners are relegated back into the Championship. (Picture: Getty)Sessegnon has a bright future ahead of him after bursting onto the scene as a 16-year-old before helping fire Fulham into the top flight.The 18-year-old scored 16 goals last term, as well as eight assists, and became the first player born after 2000 to score in the Premier League this season.United think Sessegnon could be a long-term asset and plan to pounce on the uncertainty surrounding the teenager’s future.last_img read more

New vacancy figures reveal where it’s gotten a little easier to find a rental property

first_imgThere are more properties available for rent in Brisbane now including this house at 13 Leura Ave, Hawthorne which is listed for $850. Picture: vacancy figures reveal where it has become a little easier and a little harder to find a rental property.According to data released by SQM Research, Brisbane vacancy rates have increased from 2.5 per cent in February 2016 to 3.3 per cent this year.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThings have become a little tighter in Melbourne with its vacancy rate down to just 1.7 per cent — a ten year low.Sydney’s vacancy rate is also tight at 1.9 per cent, down from 2.5 per cent just three months ago.Nationally there were 78,029 rental homes available in February according to the data. bringing the national vacancy rate to 2.4 per cent.Perth recorded the highest vacancy rate of 4.8 per cent, followed by Darwin at 3.8 per cent.Adelaide’s rate was a respectable 2 per cent and Hobart’s the lowest at just 0.7 per cent.last_img read more