Hybrid estate agents survived the lockdown better, claims Yopa boss

first_imgYopa chairman Grenville Turner has said that hybrid estate agents have had an advantage over traditional agents during the lockdown and have been able to attract more listings.In comments made to The Negotiator, he says that although he appreciates that many high street agents chose to shut up shop during the pandemic, the hybrid model Yopa employs meant it continued winning instructions and adding properties to the market.“What has become evident is that those of us that operate more virtually via technology and with a self-employed estate agent model, have probably had an advantage during this [lockdown] period,” he says.“We have an established way of working that has been more able to adapt and cope with the restrictions of the pandemic.“From that point of view you can say that in these types of situations  our model is more resilient.”Estate agentsGrenville says that, like its competitor Purplebricks, Yopa’s technology enabled vendors to take their own photographs and videos and therefore enabled their properties to be added to the portals despite Coronavirus.“We may have been No.2 among all estate agents in recent months overall but we recognise a lot of traditional agents have shut up shop during the crisis so comparisons are a little unfair,” he adds.Last week Yopa revealed that that the company is now not far away from profitability and that its overall progress is ahead of schedule and that it will soon be cash generative.Yopa also paid its 130 or so self-employed local agents to keep on working through the crisis to dissuade them from furloughing themselves or their staff.grenville turner Purplebricks hybrid estate agents YOPA June 22, 2020Nigel Lewis3 commentsMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 22nd June 2020 at 8:46 amUTTER NONSENSE !We attracted enough instructions during lockdown except, wisely, we recommended our clients to wait to complete the listingsThere was no point in marketing occupied sale properties during the period as viewings were impossible in general. And Video views just dont do it for sellingOn vacant rental properties we continued listings and used videos which, on agreement of rental, were accepted as subject to final viewing when feasibleI love this statement“Last week Yopa revealed that that the company is now not far away from profitability”LOL theres a good place to be!We are STILL profitable and have been throughout the 8 years of our existenceSorry, Hybrid is not the way nor have we noticed much presence of Yopa or PBs in our areas. Obviously our local clients prefer our way of business!Traditional still is, and will be more so now and moving forwardYou get what you pay for, and you dont pay us ANYTHING unless you get results!Log in to Replymark flynn, Julian Marks Julian Marks 22nd June 2020 at 8:44 amWhat a load of nonsense. I really think he believes his own verbal diarrhoea is of any importance to anyone than himself.Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 22nd June 2020 at 8:47 am100% agree Mark FlynnLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Hybrid estate agents survived the lockdown better, claims Yopa boss previous nextAgencies & PeopleHybrid estate agents survived the lockdown better, claims Yopa bossGrenville Turner says the business models of companies like his were overall more prepared to meet the challenges of surviving the pandemic.Nigel Lewis22nd June 20203 Comments737 Viewslast_img read more

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Adjunct Faculty – History – Black Studies

first_imgAurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University has an immediate requirement for qualified BlackStudies instructors to teach Introduction to Black Studies coursesfor the 2020-2021 academic year. A Master’s Degree in anappropriate subject is required.Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected] Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.last_img

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Oxford Dictionaries announce Word of the Year 2018

first_imgThe word ‘toxic’ has beaten out runners up, including ‘big dick energy’, ‘incel’, and ‘gammon’, for the title of Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2018.Defined by the dictionary as “poisonous; relating to or caused by poison; very bad, unpleasant, or harmful”, the organisation believes the word represents “an intoxicating descriptor for the year’s most talked about topics.”Justifying its selection in a press release, Oxford Dictionaries said: “In its literal sense, toxic has been ever-present in discussions about the health of our communities and our environment with ‘toxic substance’, ‘toxic gas’, ‘toxic environment’, ‘toxic waste’, ‘toxic algae,’ and ‘toxic air’ appearing as common collocates in our corpus data.“Even ‘toxic slime’ has made the headlines – not to mention the continued discussion around the toxicity of plastics.“But, it’s not just the physical that has been described as toxic this year.  Alongside the literal sense of the word, data shows that people have reached for the word to describe workplaces, schools, relationships, cultures, and stress.“Politically, the #MeToo movement has shone a spotlight on ‘toxic masculinity’ while, more broadly, the word has been applied to the environment for debate fostered by the Brexit vote and by the rhetoric of leaders across the globe.“Online, social media platforms, from Twitter to Facebook, have come under fire for the toxic impact they have on our mental health.”Contestants on the shortlist, including ‘big dick energy’, ‘incel’, ‘gammon’, ‘overtourism’, ‘techlash’ and ‘cakeism’ were also considered, but President of Oxford Dictionaries Casper Grathwohl argued: “Reviewing this year in language we repeatedly encountered the word ‘toxic’ being used to describe an increasing set of conditions that we’re all facing.“Qualifying everything from the entrenched patriarchy to the constant blare of polarizing political rhetoric, ‘toxic’ seems to reflect a growing sense of how extreme, and at times radioactive, we feel aspects of modern life have become.”   Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2017 was ‘youthquake’ while ‘post-truth’ topped the list in 2016. The organisation has selected a Word of the Year every year since 2004, with the inaugural winner the noun, ‘chav’.last_img read more

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Anti-cupcakes

first_imgAnd if you’ve had your fill of cupcakes, meaty or otherwise, you could always try dieting with these low-cal creations made, appetisingly, of cardboard. These cakes are the work of English artist Patianne Stevenson, based in Seattle – see www.patiannestevenson.comlast_img

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Indiana not detailing ICU capacity as coronavirus cases grow

first_img WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Dr. Kristina Box, Indiana Health Commissioner, answers questions about COVID-19 infections and its impact on the state as Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb listens during a briefing at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Holcomb ordered state residents to remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Indiana health officials aren’t providing details on hospital capacity around the state as its number of confirmed coronavirus-related illnesses continues to grow quickly and two more deaths were reported.The state health department says Indiana’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases jumped by 115 to reach a total of 477.Indiana has seen 14 total deaths as a statewide stay-at-home order took effect Wednesday aimed at slowing spread of the virus.State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says state officials are keeping confidential information provided by hospitals about their intensive care unit capacity and equipment availability. She said she’s seeing “positive movements” in availability of ICU beds and ventilators. Google+ Indiana not detailing ICU capacity as coronavirus cases grow Google+ Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleSuspect arrested for setting a fire with occupants inside a home in Berrien CountyNext articleNiles Releaf Center delivers marijuana curbside during coronavirus scare Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Twitter Twitter By Associated Press – March 26, 2020 1 206 Facebooklast_img read more

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Wall’s to offer prize giveaway as part of Helping Hand campaign

first_imgWall’s Pastry will be offering an on-pack promotion as part of its Helping Hand campaign.Running until the end of September, the promotion will run across five million packs and feature on Wall’s slices, pasties and jumbo sausage rolls.Wall’s launched its Helping Hand campaign in May, which aims to find the UK community most in need of a helping hand with a £5,000 regeneration project.Each pack will feature a code that can be used on Wall’s promotional site to win a prize and be entered in the daily draw for free fuel.Prizes on offer include two-four-one days out, two-for-one on Odeon cinema tickets, two-for-one at Brewers Fayre and a free month’s subscription to Readly, which allows winners to read any magazine of their choice. “We’ve committed considerable investment in what is a major on pack promotional campaign,” said Wall’s Pastry brand and marketing manager Michael Holton.“The fact that every pack offers a prize should create a major impact on shelf and will also help raise awareness of our Helping Hand campaign to find, support and regenerate local community projects.”last_img read more

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The Bread Factory sales chief joins Carr’s Flour

first_imgFormer The Bread Factory sales manager Miguel Da Riberia has joined Carr’s Flour.Described by Carr’s as a bakery wholesale and manufacturing specialist, Riberia has eight years’ experience in the bakery industry, both in artisan and semi-automated markets.Da Riberia grew up as part of his family’s retail business, which included a from-scratch bakery. This led to his passion for flour and its ability to bring people together around the table.Starting out in the food industry as a chef provided a foundation for understanding and respecting the foodservice industry and the importance of the supply chain. Before joining Carr’s, he was sales manager at The Bread Factory and has also held roles in general foodservice.“I’m delighted to be working with such a well-respected brand like Carr’s Flour and thrilled to be part of the wider family,” he said.Da Riberia added that he was “excited to contribute” to an industry he feels very connected to.“Carr’s Flour have an exceptional reputation within the industry – they’re millers that bakers know they trust. I plan to be the conduit between customers and millers and help enhance these relationships even further.”As sales manager at Carr’s, Da Riberia will liaise with new and existing customers, look after their interests and elevate the brand in the foodservice and retail sectors.He hopes to raise awareness, improve exposure, grow the business and help transform it into the go-to flour for bakers.last_img read more

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Shorenstein Center announces spring 2015 fellows

first_imgThe Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the appointment of their spring 2015 fellows.“The line-up of Shorenstein Fellows for the spring semester is a group of all-stars – every one of them,” said Alex S. Jones, the center’s director.Shorenstein Center Fellows spend the academic semester researching, writing, participating in events and interacting with students, faculty and the Harvard community. Since 1986, the fellowship program has welcomed more than 250 accomplished journalists, scholars and politicians from around the globe.The spring 2015 fellows are distinguished leaders in political and investigative reporting, digital governance and technology:William E. Buzenberg is the former executive director of The Center for Public Integrity, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C.Jackie Calmes joined The New York Times as a national correspondent in August 2008 and covered the presidential election, the financial crisis and the first five years of the Obama administration.Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist and NPR host and special correspondent. Norris also leads the Peabody Award-winning “The Race Card Project,” an initiative to foster conversations about race and cultural identity.David Weinberger is a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center and writes about the effect of technology on ideas. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Professor analyzes history of Christmas star

first_imgAlthough most people associate Christmas with a manger, shepherds and over-booked inns, astrophysicist Grant J. Matthews from Notre Dame’s department of physics enjoys examining the Nativity story from a cosmic perspective. Matthews gave a lecture titled “What and When Was the Christmas Star?” this past weekend.  “There’s actually a wealth of astronomy about the circumstances of how we celebrate Christmas,” Matthews said. The lecture utilized Jordan Hall’s state of the art Digital Visualization Theater to explore potential explanations of the Christmas star, which is described in the Gospel of Matthew. “Within our 10 computers here, we have programmed in memory every star, every object in the sky known to humankind. We can calculate their trajectory and where they’ve been, so we can go forward and back in time,” Matthews said. “Using this, we can go back to the time when that Christmas star first appeared and see how the sky might have appeared to the Magi and might have signaled that there was a newborn ruler in Judea.” Matthews said the Magi were early astrologers who searched for meaning in the carefully followed movements of celestial objects. “[The Magi] believed that each sign of the zodiac referred to a different time of the year and a different geographic location of the world,” he said. The night sky the Magi studied 2,000 years ago is distinctly different from the one we know today, Matthews said. “The location of the vernal equinox changes with time,” he said. “The vernal equinox was just departing the constellation of Aries, which actually fixed a lot of the lore of the time.” Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, is symbolized by a lamb and was considered by the Magi to signify Judea. “Something that would have been seen as important at the time would be represented by something occurring in the constellation Aries,” he said. Though scientists are unsure about what exactly this phenomenon was, Matthews said the four most likely theories suggest it was a comet, nova, supernova, or conjunction of planets. Using records of the Chinese Court, researchers discovered a few comets and supernovae that occurred near the time of Jesus’s birth, Mathews said.  However, Matthews does not think that the Magi would interpret these occurrences as joyous indications of a great leader being born.   “[Comets, novae, and supernovae] were seen as harbingers of a great disaster.  For example, each comet is associated with some catastrophic event: the death of Cleopatra, the death of Caesar, these were not harbingers of joy, they were warnings of disaster” Matthews said. Rather, Matthews said he believes the most likely explanation for what the Magi saw in the sky lies within our own solar system. “[The Magi] would be very concerned with the location of the planets. What they would look for would be where planets line up. Around 6 BC, the sun, Jupiter, and the moon are all in Aries and Venus and Saturn are right next door,” he said. This grouping of planets would have been interpreted eagerly by the Magi. Matthews said different objects in the solar system were thought to represent different symbolic meanings. “Jupiter is the symbol of a powerful leader. The moon means that the leader had a special appointed destiny in their death. Saturn indicated a giving of life. A powerful leader, a newborn king, born in the land of Judea in our time frame of interest.” Matthews said he believes this grouping closely matches the one reported in the original nativity story, sayingd the “Christmas star” most likely refers to this unusual grouping of celestial bodies.   Contact Grace McCormack at [email protected]last_img read more

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Tickets Now on Sale to See Hamish Linklater & John Noble in Posterity

first_img Related Shows The new play explores the nature of artistic success and the fear of being forgotten as Norway’s most celebrated sculptor (Linklater) prepares to commission a portrait of Henrik Ibsen (Noble). The playwright proves to be a hot-tempered, sitter, and the two wage war over his legacy. Tickets are now available for the world premiere of Posterity, starring Hamish Linklater and John Noble. The play, written and directed by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright, will begin performances on February 25 at the Linda Gross Theater. The Atlantic Theater production will open officially on March 15 and run through April 5. Posterity Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 In addition to Linklater and Noble, the cast includes Dale Soules, Henry and Mickey Theis. View Commentslast_img read more

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