Agents too keen to bag a sale when doing viewings, say buyers

first_imgThree quarters of all home buyers who have attended property viewings believe the agent showing them around was more interested in their sales commission than providing decent information about it.That is the claim made by research commissioned by outsourced property viewings and inspection service Viewber today, two years after it started up. Viewber says it also now offers a national service after being set up in September 2016 by former Douglas and Gordon boss Ed Mead.The company also claims its service is gaining traction and now has 300 estate agent clients and 1,100 registered users alongside 5,000 freelance personnel who do the viewings. Viewber is making hay among agents keen to cut their fixed costs as the market becomes tougher, and enables agents to offer viewing at times of day and evenings or weekends that many buyers now prefer and that their full-time staff members are unwilling or unable to attend.Weekend viewingsThe research by Viewber, which was conducted among consumers who have used their service, found that almost all preferred viewings after work or during weekends, 82% wanted to view homes when it suited them, not the agent while 81% don’t care who shows them around a property as long as they are armed with its details.“Most sellers and landlords naturally expect agents to conduct viewings whenever they’re asked, but we all know, especially if busy, that often just isn’t possible,” says Ed Mead (left).“Viewber’s guarantee to do any viewing in the UK with 24 hours’ notice allows agents to make that promise, a significant consumer-focused step forward.‘’For many agents the ability to cut fixed costs, whilst generating more income and increasing their reach, could mean the difference between thriving and going under.”property viewings Ed Mead Viewber September 11, 2018Nigel 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 » Agents too keen to bag a sale when doing viewings, say buyers previous nextProducts & ServicesAgents too keen to bag a sale when doing viewings, say buyersNegotiators are not providing enough information about properties during viewings reveals research commissioned by Viewber as it goes national.Nigel Lewis11th September 201801,706 Viewslast_img read more

USA: Naval Station Norfolk Hosts Change of Charge Ceremony

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Naval Station Norfolk Hosts Change of Charge Ceremony View post tag: Defence Authorities View post tag: hosts View post tag: change View post tag: Ceremony The leadership of Branch Health Clinic (BHC) Norfolk Triad changed hands Jan. 18 during a change of charge ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.Capt. Richelle Kay-Marriner relieved Cmdr. Sarah Neill. The triad consists of the BHCs at Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.The Naval Station Norfolk clinic is the largest branch health clinic in the Navy and supports the largest fleet concentration area.During the ceremony, speeches were filled with a list of Neill’s accomplishments and gratitude for her devotion to her staff and to the many service members and their families for whom they care. Capt. David A. Culler, Naval Station Norfolk commanding officer, led the accolades.“Cmdr. Neill’s engaged and proactive leadership as officer in charge of the world’s largest branch health clinic and most operationally intensive naval installation on the planet certainly kept Sarah busy – and she performed flawlessly,” Culler said. “Successful commands are tied to strong, positive leadership. [It should be] better when you depart than when you arrived, and you get an A plus as you certainly did that.”Capt. James Hancock, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) deputy commander, praised the value of Neill’s accomplishments.“You have made something that supports our fleet, not only more economical, but better,” Hancock said. “They’ve done over half a million visits during Sarah’s tenure, they’ve taken the no-show rate down to nothing. You got certified by the nation’s certifying [body for health care quality], NCQA, and you’ve done this in a time of war.“We thank you for the job that you have done,” Hancock added. “It has been no small challenge. As they say, this is not her first rodeo. She’s a ‘been there, done that’ kind of gal.”Neill spoke how the three branch clinics in her charge were like her “children,” each with unique challenges and solutions to improve health care delivery to their patients.“When I reflect on what it is that these clinics and this amazing staff are able to accomplish each and every day, I am humbled by your awesomeness,” Neill said.She thanked dozens of co-workers, shipmates and family members, and said this was the “tour of threes”: Three commanding officers she supported, three branch health clinics in the region and the respective officers in charge (OICs), and the staff during her tenure – three administrative officers, three senior enlisted leaders and three senior nurses.“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your OIC,” Neill said. “I could think of no other job in the Navy better than the one I leave today. It has been my distinct honor and privilege, and for that I am eternally grateful.”After Neill and Kay-Marriner read their orders, Kay-Marriner expressed her excitement over her new assignment.“Many say that the assignment of officer in charge is one of the best jobs in Navy Medicine,” Kay-Marriner said. “Having been previously assigned as an OIC, I would tend to agree. To be afforded another opportunity to serve as OIC with the responsibility of leading the largest health care clinic in Navy Medicine is an honor and also a dream come true.”Kay-Marriner was most recently at NMCP as the senior advisor for the APL Research Project, “Improving Access to Care for Orthopedic Services.”Following the change of charge, Neill held her retirement ceremony with retired Capt. Peter O’Connor as the guest speaker. Neill and O’Connor most recently served together at Navy Medicine East (NME) in Portsmouth.O’Connor related many moments of stellar service by Neill, including her coordination in sending medical teams to Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake, adjusting manning levels to improve services at the 15 naval hospitals and clinics within NME, and most recently for her work at the BHC.“Sarah has been a superb naval officer and a great mom and wife,” O’Connor said. “I don’t know how she did all that. She will make a great catch for the organization lucky enough to get her. Fair winds and following seas.”Neill was presented a fun run T-shirt and specially painted Adirondack chair by Rear Adm. Terry Moulton, deputy chief, medical operations director, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and Capt. Robert Fry, deputy executive aide to the surgeon general. The T-shirt was inspired by their command participation in runs while Neill and Fry were stationed together previously. The chair had the Medical Service Corps logo and her name stenciled on it. After the flag-passing ceremony, Neill surprised her mother, Linda Bagg, and presented her with the flag.Neill wraps up a notable career with many critical accomplishments within the BHC triad. The triad experienced a 700 percent increase in customer service satisfaction reporting with a more than 96 percent satisfaction rate; oversaw the merger of the Norfolk Dental Clinic within BHC Naval Station Norfolk; recently celebrated the 200th consecutive ship to deploy since 9/11 with 95 percent of greater dental readiness; overhauled the physical health assessment process resulting in higher and more comprehensive health care; and greatly improved access to care through the implementation of the Medical Home Port team concept.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 23, 2013; Image: US Navy January 23, 2013 USA: Naval Station Norfolk Hosts Change of Charge Ceremony Share this article View post tag: Charge View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Naval View post tag: Norfolk View post tag: station View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

USS Harry S. Truman aircraft train with Italian F-35s

first_imgUS Navy pilots from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1), embarked aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), are training with the Italian Air Force in integrated flight operations taking place from May 28 to June 7.The exercise features F/A-18s from CVW-1’s four fighter squadrons, which integrated with Italian F-35 Lightning II aircraft, Eurofighter Typhoon fighters, and KC-767 tankers.They also were joined by F-16 Falcons and KC-135 tanker aircraft from US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) based at Aviano Air base.“Italy is a key partner in ensuring security and stability in the region, and this opportunity to integrate with the Italian Air Force helps us both to refine tactics and increase our interoperability as we work toward mutual goals,” said Rear Adm. Gene Black, commander, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group. “We’re stronger when we can fight together, and this is a great chance for us to use intensive training to enhance our partnership.”Throughout the duration of the exercise flight operations are being conducted over Italy, to include over the Amendola Training Range and the Calabria Training Range, and over the Adriatic Sea.“This exercise is significant as it is the first time a Carrier Air Wing has operated consistently in the Adriatic Sea since the mid-1990s,” Lt. Derek Johnson, CVW-1 assistant operations officer. “CVW-1 and Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG-8) are opening doors for future exercises and further integration with Italian forces on future deployments.”Johnson said this has been a positive experience for CVW-1 as it has furthered “relationship building and increased understanding of how the Italian Air Force (ITAF) operates, as well as tactical proficiency training for our [Strike Fighter Squadron] VFA aircrew.”Truman is operating in the US 6th Fleet area of operations after getting underway from its Naval Station Norfolk homeport on April 11 for a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Middle East. View post tag: F-35 View post tag: USS Harry S. Truman View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Italian Air Force Share this article Photo: An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Knighthawks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), May 28, 2018. Photo: US Navylast_img read more

Chatting Up… Ben Miller

first_imgWhich books are currently littering your bedside table at the moment? 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene and Writing a Screenplay by John Costello. You first appeared on television as one half of Armstrong and Miller; who is your favourite comedy double act of all time and why? I think it would have to be Laurel and Hardy when they were working with Hal Roach. And particularly the shorts that they made before they got into features – Big Business for one of them. Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with and why? Jordan. Or Katie Price. Though if I had to choose, Jordan. You have starred in the British comedy films The Parole Officer and Johnny English – do you have any other film projects in the pipeline? Yes, I’m in a film called The Prince and Me with Julia Stiles which is out in July. What kind of music is in your CD player at the moment? A lot of Johnny Cash, Beth Orton, Kris Kristofferson. I’m having a Country phase. You have recently been appearing on television in the comedy series The Worst Week of My Life – have you ever had a similarly such disastrous week in real life? No, but I did get married the same time that the series was on which was slightly surreal. You started your career with Cambridge Footlights – do you have fond memories of student drama? What was your favourite production from your student days? So many. One favourite though was “Norman Thane Of Spain”, allegedly an “undiscovered” Shakespeare play that we wrote and ran at eleven o’clock at night for one glorious week at the ADC Theatre. If you could choose any comedian that you would like to work with, alive or dead, who would you choose and why? Peter Cook. I was at the same party as him once but couldn’t pluck up the courage to say anything. Pathetic really. Or maybe respectful. I’m not sure. Give us a description of Ben Miller’s perfect weekend? Getting out of London and wearing my Official London Wanker’s Barbour jacket in tiny country pubs. Do you have any advice for budding young student comedians that you’d like to share with Cherwell readers? Don’t give up. That’s it really. Which comedy series do you wish you had written yourself? Fawlty Towers. Because I just love things that are funny without jokes. And finally, Ben Miller never leaves the house without…? Some money from my mum.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

In Short

first_imgPalmers’ pie partyPalmers Bakery in Haughley is to celebrate its 140th birthday on 4 December by giving away free mince pies with each purchase. The Bakehouse, established around 1752, was taken over by William James Palmer as a bakehouse, pastry cook, booksellers and newsagents in 1869. The business, which produces fresh breads and confectionery, is now run by father-and-son team Kenneth and Kieron Palmer.Winter warmerBeyond the Bean has launched the ’Hot Choc Box’ deal designed to help add revenue to existing sales of winter beverages. The kit contains 12 new Zuma mugs, six bottles (and pumps) of Sweetbird Syrup including mint chocolate, sugar-free vanilla and butterscotch flavours, chocolate menus, mini marshmallows and counter point-of-sale. It is available for £49.99 when you buy a case of Zuma Hot Chocolate.UK coffee festivalBath is to host the UK’s first coffee festival from 15-16 May, 2010. The outdoor event will celebrate everything related to coffee, and will be an opportunity to showcase and sell products. The main festival area will host around 100 exhibitors, while other events will take place at venues across the city.Valentine’s dayVirginia Valentine, owner of Altrincham cake company Angel Cakes, has won the Spirit of Inspiration Award, sponsored by Barclays, which recognises people who have turned their lives around by starting their own business. Valentine, who also won British Baker’s National Cupcake Week Window Dressing Competition last month, set up the business two years ago, following a traumatic upbringing and overcoming alcoholism.last_img read more

Twiddle Announces Return As House Band For The Dan Patrick Show

first_imgVermont’s own jam quartet Twiddle has announced they will return as the house band for popular sports talk radio program The Dan Patrick Show on Friday, April 19th.Twiddle and Dan Patrick are no strangers to each other. In 2017, The Dan Patrick Show brought up the popular comparison between Phish and Twiddle in a unique segment, following up on a recent bit that aired a few weeks prior about Phish. Patrick introduced Twiddle by saying he was told they sounded like Phish, so he ultimately checked them out and said he liked them despite not liking jam bands in general. He astutely pointed out that the band has some Dave Matthews Band influences, and says “there’s some talent in there” while talking about them.The Dan Patrick Show Devotes A Full Segment To Discussing Twiddle [Watch]Following the 2017 segment, Dan Patrick tapped Twiddle as his backing band on April 19th, 2018. On Friday, the band will partake in some of the usual Dan Patrick skits along with performing a mix of covers and originals requested by Dan Patrick himself.The Dan Patrick Shows airs from 9 a.m. (EST) to 12 p.m. (EST) and can be found on DIRECTV’s Audience channel 239, over 300 radio stations around the country, SiriusXM channel 211, streamed on the SiriusXM app, and through Bleacher Report Live here.Following their appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Twiddle will head to Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Steel for a performance on Saturday, April 20th, along with previously announced special guest Robert Randolph for one of the band’s three sets. Additionally, fans at home are invited to join the fun with a free webcast via Relix. While the live stream is free, there will be a digital “Donation Button” so viewers can show their support for the band’s non-profit organization, the White Light Foundation. Currently, the WLF is focusing efforts on helping those on the front lines of the opioid crisis.For a full list of Twiddle’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

SMC excels in math competition

first_imgMath students from Saint Mary’s College competed in the 2013 international competition known as the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) hosted by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP).  In a competition of nearly seven thousand teams, seniors Samantha Brady and Olivia McIntee placed in the top 15th percentile and earned a position among the Meritorious Winners. The two students were one of three teams sent by Saint Mary’s, marking the first time in the College’s history where more than two teams competed.  Steven Broad, assistant professor of mathematics, coached the teams at Saint Mary’s. He said the COMAP competition challenges students over the course of a weekend with problems involving mathematical models of real-world phenomenon. “Every year [the teams are given] two problems, the sort of problems experts might work on for years,” Broad said. “The goal of the weekend is to try to make some significant step toward solving the problem at a very high level.” The teams choose one problem and spend four days compiling a report of over 20 pages on the mathematical model they devised, Broad said. At the end of the competition, the teams submit their work to be judged. “The thing that’s really great about it is [that] it’s all their [own] work, ” Broad said, “Once the competition starts, I’m completely out of the picture. I can get them prepped and ready to go, but once the competition starts, I’m not involved at all.” The other two Saint Mary’s teams involved in the competition received recognition as Successful Participants, a highly gratifying accomplishment for work at this level, Broad said. “Being successful at something as extraordinarily difficult as this shows that they spent that weekend doing good work, and walked away from it without anything to complain about,” he said. “They did well.” Preparation for the competition involves participating in a one credit “boot camp” class that meets in the spring semester before the competition in February, Broad said. The class focuses on different types of mathematical modeling and various mathematical strategies for approaching these models. This year, for the first time, the class was open to students who did not compete in COMAP. Broad said he hopes to expand the class to satisfy requirements within the math major and attract more students to take the class as well as to participate in the competition.  “There isn’t any reason why it has to be [just math majors],” he said. “In fact there are a lot of cases where it might be valuable to have people who major in the sciences.” McIntee is a dual-degree engineering student, studying math at Saint Mary’s and mechanical engineering at Notre Dame. Broad said he thinks her engineering major at Notre Dame helped considerably in the competition.  “Sometimes having ideas about things that aren’t just math can be really helpful,” he said. “Having a range of different kinds of students could be very beneficial, but they need to have a very strong background in math.” One of the problems from this year demonstrates the varied nature of the models, he said. It involved determining the optimal shape of a brownie pan for even heat distribution, which is not a math-specific model. Broad said he was nervous going into this year’s competition because the teams had so little time to prepare, with the competition falling barely three weeks into the spring semester.  “It’s really cool to watch students take their own knowledge and do something they didn’t think they could do with it,” Broad said. Contact Tabitha Ricketts at [email protected]last_img read more

McDonald Student Center for Well-Being hosts therapy dogs

first_imgTags: McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, McWell, Midterms, therapy dogs Annie Smierciak | The Observer Students pet a therapy dog at the “Paws to Relax” event, hosted by the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. The dogs were trained by Therapy Dogs International, a non-profit organization. The dogs were located on North Quad near Fieldhouse Mall, but attracted students from all over campus. Conrad said 455 students attended the event altogether. “This week has been so busy that it has been great to be able to take a break for a few minutes and just enjoy the dogs,” freshman Cassandra Franke said.Tuesday’s event coincided with World Mental Health Day, the goal of which is “raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health,” according to the World Health Organization.Therapy dogs are becoming more and more commonly used in environments which might demonstrate particularly high stress levels, such as universities and hospitals. Dog handler Rick Mintz said he and his dog, Howie, visit patients at Memorial Hospital of South Bend every Monday. “There have been studies which looked at the impact that visiting with therapy dogs can have,” Conrad said. “There is some research which suggests that it lowers perceived stress in students.” Students were able to pet and play with the dogs, as well as watch them perform a variety of tricks with their handlers. “I saw the dogs as I was walking to lunch and I figured it might be nice to take a few minutes to play with them and de-stress,” sophomore Emily Black said. “They’re super cute.” The dogs and their handlers come from Therapy Dogs International (TDI), a non-profit which certifies dogs to become therapy dogs. To become certified with TDI, dogs have to meet a variety of qualifications.These qualifications mostly include behavioral skills, such as the ability to stay calm both around large crowds of people and around other dogs. Mintz said one of the most difficult things for his dog, Howie, to do is turn down a piece of food somebody tries to give to him.The dogs wore red bandanas to signal that they are currently acting as therapy dogs. Mintz said the dogs can become mentally tired from their time on the job, as they are constantly engaging with people. “[Howie] enjoys it, but it’s work,” he said. The McDonald Center will bring the dogs back to campus in December to provide students with another stress relief option during finals week, Conrad said. While many students will be headed home to their own pets during fall break, a visit from therapy dogs Tuesday gave students a chance to relax with some furry friends during a busy midterms week.The event, known as “Paws to Relax,” was hosted by the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. This was the second iteration of the event, the first of which was held last spring during the days leading up to finals. “Paws to Relax is really just an opportunity for students to de-stress and unwind, particularly during higher stress times like midterms and finals,” Katrina Conrad, an assistant director for student well-being at the McDonald Center, said.last_img read more

Meet Once’s New Star, Jessie Fisher!

first_imgAge: 32 Related Shows “My grandma was an actress and did community theater. She used to teach me and my sister Taryn little dance numbers, like ‘Bosom Buddies’ from Mame. I was really shy, so I’d usually chicken out halfway through.” Current Role: After making her Broadway debut as a standby, Fisher officially took over the role of piano-playing Czech immigrant Girl in Once full-time beginning June 17. “They gave me two days to move to New York for Once. I auditioned on a Monday, they offered me the part on Tuesday, and I was here by Friday. I had just bought a house in Chicago, so it was a scary move, but very exciting.” “I can play four instruments: Piano, guitar, saxophone and the musical saw—my fiancé got it for me one Christmas. It’s an awesome instrument for jam parties, you can pick it up quickly.” “The hardest job on Broadway is being a standby. I had to go on halfway through the show once—I was sitting in another understudy’s room, talking about pouring some whiskey, and I got the call that I had to do the second act. I had five minutes to throw on my costume.” View Comments “I had a brief stint as a chemistry major at the University of Colorado, but I quickly dropped it for theater. But I still know a lot of the periodic table, and I can balance chemistry equations.” Hometown: Chicago, IL Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 “I got engaged a few weeks ago to my boyfriend, Erik Hellman. We met in Chicago and started playing music together, but both had other people in our lives. He went away for a while and we ended our relationships—when he came back, we got together. We’re like Once with a happy ending.” Stage & Screen Cred: A Jeff Award-winning performance as the Emcee in the Hypocrites production of Cabaret; The Pride and Of Mice and Men at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; TV’s Boss. Oncelast_img read more

Walking with Giants

first_imgClick here to subscribe to the Pharr Out BlogFor most tennis players (being one myself – in a previous life) it would be a dream to play on the same court with Jimmy Conners and John McEnroe; or for those basketball fans (forever calling myself a Carolina faithful) out there… imagine playing a game of HORSE with Michael Jordan and Larry Byrd. It isn’t often that fans are able to have contact with sport greats, at most avid followers are usually satiated and turned away with little more than an autograph. The trail is different.This week I was able to hike with two Appalachian Trail legends. At the beginning of the week I was joined in New York and New Jersey by trail running great, David Horton. Horton, as he is fondly called, was – and still is – a pioneer in the world of ultra running. In 1991 he set the record on the Appalachian Trail by running the path in 52 days… Amazing. I was lucky enough to meet Horton on my first thru-hike and after completing a handful of his insane ultra-races we have become good friends. After all, you know he must be a good friend if he came to run with me through the rocks that frequent if not engulf the trail in the mid-atlantic. Speaking of rocks, I wasn’t so happy with Horton with he decided to throw said stones at a large black bear 20 yards ahead of us on the trail… I mean the bear’s gonna move eventually, do we really need to throw things at him. AND THEN, the next morning he repeats his catapulting episode by beaning a skunk to see if he would spray! It might not have been my style but his verbose nature and constant antics sure made our 40-mile days fly by.Hiking in very high spirits after my visit with Horton, the highlight of Pennsylvania came in the form of one Warren Doyle. Warren has hiked the Appalachian Trail more than any other person – EVER. Currently he is wrapping up the final sections of his 15th thru-hike. That’s over 30,000 miles just on the AT. WOW! Warren was also a part of my original AT thru-hike and in the years since he has been a friend on the trail and at local contra-dances. He helped Brew and I while we planned for our hike this summer and it would have been nearly impossible to navigate the Maine wilderness without his help and maps. Warren hiked me out of the rocks in Pennsylvania and then took Brew and I to an all you can eat buffet. There we talked about the southern section of the trail, which is timely considering Brew and I passed the mid-way mark today and tomorrow we will be back below the Mason Dixie line. Yep, this is where my hike “goes south”… and I can’t wait.I am lucky to have such great friends and support on the trail, Warren and Horton in my mind are two of the most accomplished athletes I know and there accomplishments and service to the trail are incredible, but even as the legends come and go out of my life the best part of my hike is the day-to-day support and presence of my husband; cause when talking about the “greats”, he’s the greatest.last_img read more