Rightmove reveals its ‘help’ package for Coronavirus-hit estate agents

first_imgRightmove is to reduce its fees by between £150 and £500 a month for qualifying agents depending on size and which sector of the industry they operate within to help agent cashflow during the Coronavirus crisis.But the scheme is not due to start until May 1st and the fees ‘reduction’ is in reality a deferred payment scheme; estate agents will have to pay the money back over an agreed of between three and six months after the Coronavirus epidemic is over.The scheme will also only apply to estate agents who have fewer than 25 branches and who have been with the portal for at least 12 months.PackagesRightmove is offering three ‘deferment packages’. For agents on a lettings-only membership package the scheme allows deferrals of £150 each month for six months or £250 each month for three months.But the standard scheme is to offer a reduction of £275 per branch off their monthly invoiced costs each month for six months.The amounts deferred must be paid back evenly over the same term after six months of the first deferral period.A third option is that agents can defer payment of £500 per branch of their monthly invoiced costs each month for three months paid back evenly over the same term after three months.“Over the years agents have shown great resilience through some challenging market conditions, but this is an unprecedented situation,” says Rightmove’s Agency and New Homes Director David Anderson.“A number of agents we’ve been speaking to have said they’re worried about how they’ll control their current cash flow with fewer sales and lettings transactions over the next few months, and as they rebuild their pipeline later in the year.“As we enter a period of the unknown, at this stage we hope this payment deferral scheme will help to reduce some of the negative impacts.“To help agents looking for practical advice we’re also running a series of webinars with industry experts on subjects from working at home through to legislation in the current environment and managing mental health.”Coronavirus rightmove coronavirus Rightmove March 18, 2020Nigel Lewis7 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 18th March 2020 at 7:00 pmRightmove – £289m annual revenue – £212m annual profit. Are the agents missing something? Yes! Welcome to the ‘new economics of the digital age’. Henry Ford made cars, they had components, he sold the cars. Rightmove – makes well nothing?And the cost of manufacture is tiny, no metal, no tyres, no engine: replicate this model and your profit margin goes skyward and your cost base is marginal. Oh! and get your customers to supply the raw materials the listings for free.’So my two questions to all clients using Rightmove are –1 – What is the real monthly cost for Rightmove to host your stock on their site? Not £1,100 plus.2 – What amount per month should you invoice Rightmove for supplying them your raw materials – the listings that you paid good money to obtain, and without which no-one would go on their portal?End the Rightmove myth today, that your monthly fee mostly is used to support the tech to keep your listings 24/7 online. Understand that there is no way that listing 100 sold and for sale properties on a portal costs £1,100 plus a month.Just think about it – join the #InvoiceRightmove revolution – send off your Rightmove invoice now.Log in to ReplyOliver Rayns, Oliver Rayns Limited Oliver Rayns Limited 18th March 2020 at 2:25 pmIn my opinion Rightmove only care about their shareholders and not the hand that feeds them. It’s extremely short sighted and in most respects insulting to the companies that provide the leads for Rightmove to exist.How are businesses going to continue when companies such as Rightmove are offering us £250-500 offset for 3-6 months from an already £1500+ a month invoice knowing full well that leads/ instructions have/will plummet in this environment.Clearly they care more about the money in their pockets now than the continuity of their clients businesses through this daunting times.Log in to ReplyChristine Barrell, Apple Homes Apple Homes 18th March 2020 at 1:19 pmThis just completely beggars belief. This is of no help whatsoever to our industry, I’m not interested in the webinair Rightmove is offering on COVID-19, after all we have all received many of these in our inboxes and they are all repeating what the Government and NHS are saying. What we are looking for is real ‘financial’ assistance from them, not a pathetic gesture that will in no way help our businesses to survive. This is a company that piggy-backs its business off of us and without us they would not have a business. At a time when so many agents are struggling to maintain their businesses and pay their staff it would have been a far greater gesture if Rightmove had waived or even reduced their fees, but this is just so typical of them. Did we really expect assistance. On top of this our Business Rates bill has arrived this morning!!Log in to ReplyKathy Britton, Brittons Lettings Brittons Lettings 18th March 2020 at 12:39 pmI was really pleased to hear that Rightmove was going to make a gesture to help their customers. But now having read the details of their offer I agree with the previous commentator…it is not going to help the industry at all in the long term. Rightmove needs to reduce their fees across the board just like us estate agents have had to over the past few years. Perhaps we all need to cancel our Rightmove subscriptions on mass until the situation improves as I’m sure very few people will be looking to move for the next few months. I’m sure there is an opportunity for Rightmove to score some ‘brownie’ points by being far more generous to their long standing customers given their profit margins especially under these unprecedented circumstances.Log in to ReplyNick Cheshire, Nest in Essex Estate Agents Nest in Essex Estate Agents 18th March 2020 at 12:33 pmI think the word “help” is a little OTT. We have mortgages companies offering ‘payment holidays’ and yet, most Rightmove subscriptions are over the normal mortgage payment amounts. Mortgage companies deem it appropriate to help people who they know are going to struggle for income. But Rightmove not using common sense?I think generally their approach is totally wrong, a token discount which is an insult, but it isn’t even a discount because you’ll have to pay it anyway! plus, paying it back between 3-12 month is going to hit them in the time when the pipeline is taking a hit!Overall it’s completely insulting. It’s a relationship nobody wants to be part of, Rightmove have a monopoly and are yet again abusing this position. I worry how many agencies will close over this!Rightmove, hold your head in shame.You are about to cause a movement of people jumping ship, and it’s your own greed which has caused it.Log in to ReplyRoger Hemming, Roger Hemming Estate Agents Roger Hemming Estate Agents 18th March 2020 at 11:52 amIn all honesty, can Rightmove really spare it? This is simply a hurried response to the criticism they’ve already received from the estate agency press. It’s another example of their uncaring, conceited attitude and the total contempt they have for their customers. I wonder how they’d feel if ALL estate agencies suddenly decided to withhold their subs on 1st April? Switching us all off wouldn’t do much for their site, would it?Log in to Replymark flynn, Julian Marks Julian Marks 18th March 2020 at 11:43 amRightmoves offer is quite frankly an insult and totally unhelpful. I would be a bit more worried and considerably more helpful if i were Rightmove. If people are concerned about their jobs they’re not going to move it’s as simple as that. The current situation has only effected 2 of my sales so far but both of those are today. The impact over the next week will undoubtedly see this happening more, not because people are necessarily actually losing their jobs at this time but it is the concerns they have for the immediate future. If we don’t have sales we don’t make money, if we don’t make money we can’t pay our bills, if we don’t pay our bills we go out of business along with thousands of others. Rightmove should be considering how they may be able to help their customers stay in business by considerably reducing costs for the foreseeable future especially as Rightmove are one of the largest expenditures most agents have. Without their customers they’re in the same boat as the rest of us!Log 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 » Marketing » Rightmove reveals its ‘help’ package for Coronavirus-hit estate agents previous nextMarketingRightmove reveals its ‘help’ package for Coronavirus-hit estate agentsPortal is offering three different deferred payment packages for qualifying agents all of which will start on May 1st.Nigel Lewis18th March 20207 Comments5,277 Viewslast_img read more

Union row splits University

first_imgOUSU COUNCIL passed an emergency motion condemning the Oxford Union last Friday after its decision to invite Nick Griffin and David Irving to address members.Both British National Party leader Griffin and controversial historian Irving had originally been invited to debate at an Oxford Union free speech forum on 26 November. Religious societies including the Oxford University Jewish Society, the Islamic Society and the Aegis Society voted to mandate OUSU President Martin McCluskey to write to Union President Luke Tryl, asking him to cancel the event. If the Union did not, the motion called for OUSU to work with the National Union of Students and the Union of Jewish Students to oppose the event, and encouraging JCRs to debate the matter.But Christ Church and Jesus JCRs also passed motions last week, with large majorities supporting the Union’s invitations.McCluskey warned assembled delegates, “Irving and Griffin pose a threat to the welfare of individual students. There are students in this room now who will support this motion on the basis that they do not want to be harassed or intimidated by these men or any of their followers. There are students in this room whose race, ethnicity or sexuality has been verbally attacked by Irving and Griffin in the past and they do not once again want to be attacked in their own city.”In an email to all Union members, Tryl criticised OUSU’s attitude to the speakers, emphasising that censorship was counter-productive.“Stopping these people from speaking only allows them to become free speech martyrs, and from my own experience back in Halifax, which has suffered from race relations in the past, groups like the BNP do well if they look like they’re being censored,” he said. “Unlike OUSU, I think it’s patronising to suggest that Oxford students aren’t intelligent enough to debate these people and I do have great faith in the ability of Oxford students to challenge them.” Tryl also said that membership fees would not be spent on entertaining speakers, and that the speakers would not be given a platform to discuss their ‘extremist’ views.David Irving also attacked journalists at The Oxford Student as “mindless idiots” for misrepresenting his views by claiming that he was a Holocaust denier. For over a decade, Irving has publicly stated that he believes the Holocaust did occur.“People who call me a Holocaust denier are mindless idiots: it shows they have not read my books or writings, and do not intend to,” he said. “They are willing to wound but afraid to strike, the mark of the bully.”Earlier this week, Griffin claimed that he had been forbidden from speaking at the debating society in a video posted on the Internet.Responding to Griffin’s claims, Union President Luke Tryl said, “Mr Griffin must be confused, we were considering having him speaking at the forum and this remains the case.”By Mohsin Khanlast_img read more


first_imgPlease take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that todays “Readers Forum” will provoke “…honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?” Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you support local GOP Party Chairmen Wayne Parke call for Councilman Dan McGinn to resign from City Council? EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]last_img read more

Press release: Buckingham Group Contracting appointed to deliver Chipping Warden relief road

first_img Contact form https://www.hs2.org.uk… The Chipping Warden relief road project is important to local residents, and we’re really pleased to welcome Buckingham Group on board to deliver this piece of work. We have worked closely with Northamptonshire County Council on this initiative, and it will create a positive legacy for the local area. We’re committed to continuing to work in partnership and see this project come to life to benefit the whole community. Cllr Jason Smithers, County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and Environment, said: The village of Chipping Warden has been in need of a relief road for many years but with the associated traffic with the construction of HS2 this is now even more necessary. Although the bypass has been a priority for the County Council it had been very difficult to obtain the funding required. We are pleased that work on the project can now re-start. We are naturally delighted to have secured this strategically important project that will serve the requirements of HS2 and leave a lasting legacy of improvements in terms of road safety, air quality and reduced traffic congestion for the local community. The A361, which runs through Chipping Warden, is the approved route for construction traffic to access one of HS2’s main construction sites in Northamptonshire, located just to the north of Chipping Warden.The relief road will remove the need for construction traffic and through traffic to travel through Chipping Warden, reducing the number of vehicles in the village centre Chipping Warden, and improving air quality, noise levels and road safety. The new route will be a permanent feature so the village will continue to benefit once HS2 is completed.Uma Shanker, HS2 Ltd’s Area Project Director, said:center_img HS2 is expected to generate around £92 billion in benefits to the UK economy as a whole. The new railway will take intercity trains off the existing lines, create more space for extra commuter trains and take lorries off the road as freight moves to rail. Work is progressing across Phase One, with over 250 work locations, supporting 9,000 jobs and opportunities for 2,000 businesses. Press and media enquiries Simon Hyams, Buckingham Group Ltd Construction Director (HS2), said: The press and media enquiries line is for accredited journalists onlylast_img read more

Hawaiian Local Duets With Matisyahu Before Realizing Who He Is [Watch]

first_imgIt’s always refreshing to see someone live out a dream that they didn’t know existed. In a Maui coffee shop, local resident Kekoa Alama started his day with an impromptu performance, where he unabashedly sang “One Day” by Matisyahu. Another man joined in, and unbeknownst to him, it was the reggae singer himself, who was in town for the MayJah RayJah Music Festival on Maui and at the Waikiki Shell.At the end of the song, the local told the star, “You have a beautiful voice, man,” not knowing who he had just shared the moment with.“You know who wrote that song?” Matisyahu responded, then pointed to himself. The two exchanged smiles and handshakes, then information so that the local performer and his girlfriend could attend that night’s concert as Matisyahu’s guest. It’s moments like these that will last forever. We spoke to Matisyahu about the experience, and he was quite reflective. “20 years ago, I was this same kid rapping outside Nectar’s for spare change and sleeping in the park in Burlington, waiting for Phish tour to start. Life can be an awesome journey. Blessed love.” Watch this moving video below.[captured by Stu Brooks]last_img read more

Food safety tips for the holidays

first_imgThe holiday season is a time for family, tradition and food. But many don’t think about the increased risk for food poisoning the season also ushers in.As much as 25 percent of the general population will get food poisoning within the next six months, said Joseph Frank, a food scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Plan aheadWhen it comes to food, timing is everything, especially with large pieces of meat like turkey. “The biggest issue is that people underestimate the time it’s going to take to thaw out a bird,” Frank said.The safest way to thaw a turkey is in the refrigerator. Depending on refrigerator size and temperature, thawing the bird may need to start three to four days before cooking.Don’t thaw a turkey at room temperature. The meat could thaw to room temperature with the bird’s inside still frozen. Bacteria can then grow on the turkey’s surface. If you’re short on time, thaw it in cold water. But even that can take a long time, he said.Another good rule is to prepare salads before meats to limit the spread of bacteria. Around the holidays, however, it may seem more practical and efficient to prepare the meat first. “It’s a matter of separating the raw-meat handling processes from all other food preparation,” he said. “The separation should occur both physically and in time.”When traveling with food, consider the time between when food is cooked and when it’s eaten. It shouldn’t be more than four hours. If longer, transport the food cold in a cooler and reheat or cook it when you arrive at your destination.Be awareHandling raw meat makes contamination easy. Don’t wash raw turkeys in the sink. Splashing water can easily spray bacteria, such as salmonella and campylobacter, onto countertops. Turkeys are washed at the plant. Simply removing the giblet packet and placing the bird in the cooking pan is enough, Frank said.Be sure to use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils when cooking. While heat kills harmful bacteria on the meat, bacteria remains on anything the raw meat touched. Cross-contamination is a common problem with meat.Hand washing and cleaning surfaces is also an effective way to prevent cross-contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends washing hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling food.“You can never wash your hands too much,” Frank said. Salmonella can stay around for days or weeks after contamination. Clean countertops well.Temperature is keyUse a thermometer when cooking meats. Not even the best cooks can tell if something is completely done just by looking at it, he said. The USDA recommends a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit for whole turkeys (IsItDoneYet.gov).Frank also dispels the common myth of not putting hot food in the refrigerator.“It’s best to put food in the fridge right away,” he said. “Waiting for food to cool at room temperature before putting it in the fridge is totally wrong.” He attributes this falsehood to the days before refrigerators when warm food in the icebox would melt all of the ice. That’s no longer an issue with electric refrigerators.Storing leftoversSave food properly. Put up leftovers as soon as everyone has eaten. Doing it an hour later after conversation is too late. Food left sitting out becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.“The biggest mistake people make is storing their food in a large mass, because when you put it in the fridge it might take 12 hours for that to cool,” Frank said. Separate leftovers into small portions.Bacteria can grow in the refrigerator. Most cooked food can last in the refrigerator for five to seven days, but don’t keep raw foods more than three days.If you have a lot of leftovers, it may be a good idea to put them in the freezer where they can last for several weeks – or more if using a vacuum sealer. “I have a food vacuum system that will keep (food fresh) for months in the freezer,” Frank said.Little acts can go a long way. Although it’s important to be conscious of contamination, don’t go overboard. “I do pretty much the standard stuff,” Frank said. “I’m not that worried about it.”last_img read more

Pope urges oil industry to embrace transition

first_imgPope urges oil industry to embrace transition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:Pope Francis told leading oil executives Saturday that the transition to less-polluting energy sources “is a challenge of epochal proportions” and warned that satisfying the world’s energy needs “must not destroy civilization.”The Vatican said Francis held a two-day conference with the executives as a follow-up to his encyclical three years ago that called on people to save the planet from climate change and other environmental ills.Participants included the CEOs of Italian oil giant ENI, British Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Norway’s Statoil as well as scientists and managers of major investment funds. Their remarks on the first day of the closed-door conference were not released by the Vatican.While Francis lauded the oil executives for embedding an assessment of climate change risks into their planning strategies, he also put them on notice for their “continued search for fossil fuel reserves,” 2½ years after the Paris climate accord “clearly urged keeping most fossil fuels underground.”“Civilization requires energy, but energy must not destroy civilization,” he implored.Energy experts and those who advocate fighting climate change expressed doubts before the conference that it would amount to anything other than a PR opportunity for the companies to burnish their image without making meaningful changes.In his remarks, the pope said he hoped the meeting gave participants the chance to “re-examine old assumptions and gain new perspectives.”Francis said that modern society with its “massive movement of information, persons and things requires an immense supply of energy.” And still, he said, as many as one billion people still lack electricity.The pope said meeting the energy needs of everyone on the planet must be done in ways “that avoid creating environmental imbalances, resulting in deterioration and pollution that is gravely harmful to our human family, both now and in the future.”He urged participants to use their “demonstrated aptitude for innovation” to address “two of the great needs in today’s world: the care of the poor and the environment.” He noted that the poor pay the highest price for climate change, often being forced to migrate due to water insecurity, severe weather and an accompanying collapse in agriculture.“The transition to accessible and clean energy is a duty that we owe toward millions of our brothers and sisters around the world, poor countries and generations yet to come,” the pope said.Pope to oil execs: Energy needs must not destroy civilizationlast_img read more

Brazilian Armed Forces Train for Urban Environment Ops

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 25, 2018 According to the Brazilian Constitution, the mission of the Armed Forces is to ensure the country’s defense, guarantee constitutional powers, and enforce law and order. The guarantee of law and order (GLO) was among the topics addressed at a seminar organized by the fourth LAAD Security conference, an international public and corporate security trade fair held in São Paulo, April 10-12, 2018. Major Valter Silva Cruz, lead instructor of the Brazilian Army’s (EB, in Portuguese) Training Center for Operations on Law and Order Assurance (CIOpGLO, in Portuguese) was invited to speak on this subject. CIOpGLO is the only institution in the Brazilian Armed Forces specializing in the training of service members for missions “the country’s president only orders after exhausting all other public safety options,” Maj. Silva Cruz said. He noted two operations as examples: Operations Archangel (Arcanjo) and St. Francis (São Francisco), in which thousands of service members contributed to restoring peace in three large favelas of Rio de Janeiro, between 2010 and 2015. The center, founded in 2005, has trained nearly 4,000 men and women of the Armed Forces. The institution, which has two training exercises and courses scheduled for 2018, must also fulfill one additional responsibility this year: certify all service members of the Eastern Military Command who will be sent to the state of Rio de Janeiro, as part of the federal intervention, ongoing since February. Some 400 service members have already received training at CIOpGLO. “We prepared a specific training course for those service members, focused on what the intervention calls for,” Maj. Silva Cruz said. Training lasted three days, with morning and evening activities, including urban warfare, shooting, and confined space maneuvering courses—training in line with situations that can be encountered in low-income communities of Rio de Janeiro. Expanding capacity CIOpGLO is a subordinate school of the 28th Light Infantry Battalion, with headquarters in the city of Campinas, in São Paulo state. In its decade of operations, the center expanded its training capacity beyond GLO operations. As such, the institution is set to receive a new name: the Training Center for Military Operations in Urban Environments. According to Maj. Silva Cruz, urban environment activities comprise an array of operations that include GLO. As a result, CIOpGLO also trains service members from all branches of the Armed Forces. In December 2017, a first urban combat defense training course, designed specifically for the Brazilian Navy and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), took place with the participation of EB service members. The training provided an opportunity for Armed Forces’ representatives to work jointly, as they would during actual operations. It also allowed “service members to be trained to disseminate information within the Ministry of Defense [of Brazil] to standardize GLO missions,” said FAB Second Lieutenant François Paiva de Almeida, a student in the class. Intense schedule Each year, CIOpGLO offers two main training opportunities for officers and sergeants during the first and second semester. Both last five weeks. “The only difference is that the course for officers includes a module dedicated to planning,” Maj. Silva Cruz explained. EB service members from across Brazil can qualify for the training. The center preselects about 40 people from the applicants the various area commands present. Before enrollment, applicants undergo physical and intellectual testing. Once they pass this stage, they begin the course. There are three weeks of classes and one week dedicated to outdoor operations for the practice of techniques, tactics, and procedures learned during the theoretical portion of the course. The training includes how to manage crises and resolve conflicts, self-defense, general knowledge about social communication, joint use of armed vehicles, and professional military ethics, with an emphasis on human rights. “Urban environment operations tend to involve selective combat in the midst of the population, in which one has to avoid collateral damage as much as possible,” Maj. Silva Cruz said. The training includes practical shooting modules, including around 215 shots with a rifle and 205 shots with a pistol. Service members are also trained to deploy on the field, conducted in a 500-square-meter structure that simulates the environment of Brazilian cities. “Every course instructor has experience in actual GLO situations, such as in Haiti and the operation in the Maré Complex, in Rio de Janeiro,” Maj. Silva Cruz concluded.last_img read more

Baffling credit union fraud cases teach lessons

first_imgThroughout 2016, internal fraud cases have shocked and baffled many in the credit union industry, in part because the schemes went undetected for many years.CU Times asked three fraud experts to review five of the most confounding cases and provide insights into what can be learned from them in an effort to help credit union executives spot the red flags – and stop fraud before it’s too late.While many credit unions are aware that they need to leverage, among other things, a variety of internal controls, separation of duties, surprise cash counts and account monitoring, employee behaviors can also foretell signs of trouble. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img