New unofficial Rightmove tool enables users to see property price reductions

first_imgHome » News » New unofficial Rightmove tool enables users to see property price reductions previous nextProptechNew unofficial Rightmove tool enables users to see property price reductionsExtension for Chrome browser users turns Rightmove into Zoopla by displaying price drops, dates and listing date.Nigel Lewis15th June 2018051,349 Views  A Google Chrome extension has been launched that enables house hunters to see price reductions on individual properties on the Rightmove website.The extension, which is free and currently has nearly 500 users, enables those using the browser extension to to access the same price variation figures that Zoopla offers on its website. Rightmove has not sanctioned or approved the PropertyLog service. The service initially also offered the ability to leave comments, but was withdrawn after the developer took fright at potential exposure to defamatory remarks made via the PropertyLog service.When Zoopla launched in 2008, one of the key differences between it and Rightmove at the time was its price change data, a service that Rightmove has always eschewed.The PropertyLog Chrome extension  – if it gains wider usage – will mean agents who prefer Rightmove because it doesn’t reveal their clients’ property price reductions and length of time on the market – and failure to sell them – will no longer be able to hide their difficulties on the portal.Rightmove toolPropertyLog has been developed by an anonymous geek who is based in Didcot in Oxfordshire. They use the hande @gettingbored on the HousePriceCrash.co.uk forum and describe themselves as a ‘former PropertyBee user’.“Hundreds of hours and many late nights have gone into the development of the extension,” their website says.PropertyBee – which until recently offered a similar service via the Firefox browser also for Rightmove and is operated by house valuations website NetHousePrices.com – has recently all but closed.Read read more about Proptech.  house prices propertybee propertylog rightmove tool Rightmove Chrome extension June 15, 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 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

Virtual valuations platform launches to replace physical house visits

first_imgHome » News » Virtual valuations platform launches to replace physical house visits previous nextProptechVirtual valuations platform launches to replace physical house visitsNorth-West proptech firm with national ambitions, claims its platform is a win-win for both agents and vendors.Nigel Lewis14th October 202002,917 Views A young businessman in the North West of England has launched a new service that brings together estate agents and vendors on one virtual valuations platform.Called VenGent, it is initially being rolled out in Liverpool and Manchester but, founder Bobby Gee tells The Negotiator, they’ve already had agents from other parts of the country get in contact.The service helps agents win instructions without having to visit homes in person during the Covid crisis, and also enables vendors to choose from a wider range of agents in their area.VenGent is free to vendors and enables them to upload pictures and details of their property to the site, which subscribing agents are then able to ‘bid’ on by providing details of their valuation of the property and their proposed fee.All the offers are then compiled into one short document for the vendor to read including information on each agent’s average selling time (in weeks), the percentage of properties sold or let at the asking price, and also the portals they use.Covid valuations“Also, vendors don’t have to worry about having multiple estate agents round to view your property during Covid,” says Gee.“And it saves agents a lot of time and expense of having to attend valuations.“The feedback from customers and estate agents has been overwhelmingly positive.”Gee says agents, unlike other comparison sites who often take a slice of the sales fee, VenGent charges estate agencies a monthly subscription of £40 to use the service.The service is very new – the company behind it was only registered five weeks ago but already has its first properties listed.Read more about virtual valuations.Visit VenGent.Virtual valuations VenGent Bobby Gee October 14, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Route 30 in Hubbardton to close Thursday for culvert repair

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) on Thursday, October 13 will close a small section of Route 30 in Hubbardton so that work crews can replace a culvert that was badly damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. The repair work ‘ which will take two days to complete ‘ is considered temporary and designed to allow Route 30 to operate safely through the winter. Crews will return sometime after winter to make more permanent repairs. The culvert is located under Route 30 in the area along Beebe Pond. Work will begin at sunup on Thursday, October 13, and is scheduled to finish by sundown on Friday, October 14. During construction, Route 30 in this area will be closed to all traffic. Truck traffic during construction will be rerouted around the area. The detour will direct large, commercial vehicles to use Route 4 to the south and Route 73 to the north, where they can then connect with Route 22A to continue their north/south journey. Small pleasure vehicles are encouraged to seek more local alternate routes. For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call VTrans recovery call center at 1-800-866-7099 or go to the agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.VTrans. 10.11.2011last_img read more

Who are you?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If I asked you who you are, how would you respond? Most likely, you’d reply with your name and job title, right?Now, why is that? I didn’t ask you what you DO, I asked you who you ARE. Turns out, a lot of us define ourselves by what we do – turning our day jobs into our identities. Now, don’t get me wrong, your job takes up 40+ of your 168 hours each week so it is a huge part of your life. But why has it become the ultimate identifier for us?During 2018, I had the incredible opportunity to take part in the FLY (Future Leaders of YMC) program. I could say a lot about the experience and everything it taught me about leadership, the industry, my coworkers and myself. I could write blogs upon blogs about the personal breakthroughs that I made during my time as a FLY participant, but I’ll focus on just one today – my identity.I learned that being a leader is more than the job title stamped on your name plate.A higher location in the chain of command does not equate to improved leadership skills, and a change in status does not magically make you a leader. Your actions do. How you motivate your team, how you converse with your coworkers, how you delegate and communicate with your people and how you inspire success in those around you define your leadership skills. continue reading »last_img read more

Argentina exceeds 100,000 cases of novel coronavirus

first_imgMauro Grossman, an intensive care doctor at Ezeiza Hospital in Buenos Aires, told Reuters he believed the peak was approaching. “We believe this peak will plateau and not decrease for a while,” he said. “That is the most dangerous thing, being at peak for a long time, that is what is going to make beds fill up much faster and the intensive care beds get quickly occupied.”Some 12.81 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide, and 565,231 people have died, according to a Reuters count.The United States has the highest number of cases in the world, with 3.26 million and 134,654 deaths. Other countries with high rates of infections include Brazil, India and Russia.The coronavirus has also hit Argentina’s economy hard, when it was already heading into its third year of recession at a time when it seeks to restructure $65 billion in debt. The death toll in Argentina from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, is 1,845, a far cry from the 71,469 in Brazil by Sunday and the 11,682 in Peru.But confirmed case numbers moved into four figures daily in early June and for the past four days have hit at least 3,000 daily.Carla Vizzotti, deputy health minister, said the lockdowns would be maintained while hospitals continued to fill up.”What we want to do is…decrease virus transmission and buy more time for the health service to be able to respond,” she said. Argentina exceeded 100,000 cases of novel coronavirus infections on Sunday as it struggles to contain spiraling case rates despite a strict quarantine imposed on the capital Buenos Aires and its surroundings.The health ministry said 2,657 new cases confirmed overnight took the total to 100,166.The South American country imposed a strict quarantine in mid-March to stop the pandemic. It relaxed restrictions slightly in May but then reinstated them in late June for Buenos Aires and its surroundings due to a spike in cases.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Thanks Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol for Crucial Assistance During Winter Storm

first_img January 09, 2018 Governor Wolf Thanks Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol for Crucial Assistance During Winter Storm Press Release,  Public Safety,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today thanked the more than 50 volunteers from the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who responded to a short-notice weather emergency in Erie during the Christmas holiday. Nearly five feet of lake-effect snow severely hampered normal movement around the city and multiple state agencies, including the Pennsylvania National Guard, responded to provide relief to residents.“I am always proud of our emergency management teams and our first responders, and no more so than today as we recognize the work of the Civil Air Patrol,” Governor Wolf said. “These volunteers give new meaning to the definition of first responders with their incredible dedication and quick action to help in emergency situations such as the one in Erie.”“Civil Air Patrol Coordination Officers provided vital information during the weather emergency planning process,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “Their input and quick response time allowed us to get this critical capability into Erie sooner ensuring the safety and health of more than 200 citizens during that difficult time.”Members of the CAP provided aid to vulnerable residents, such as the elderly and those with medical conditions or disabilities.The Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol has units based throughout the commonwealth and are closely nested with the Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) during emergency response situations.“In a time of crisis, we know we can count on the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol,” Governor Wolf said.  “They bring tremendous capability to our communities and provide great opportunities to teach our youth about service, integrity and respect.”“This operation went very well considering the extreme working conditions,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Regan, deputy adjutant general for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. “It showed just how vital it is for us to have a great partnership with the CAP and to be able to efficiently coordinate our efforts.”The PNG has a long-standing partnership with the CAP, which are both headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County. As unpaid volunteers, members of the CAP offer an amplification of rescue skills to the commonwealth during natural disasters.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Baseball legend Dave Nilsson hits home run on waterfront property

first_imgFile shot of Dave Nilsson #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers standing ready at bat during a game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Illinois. Picture: SuppliedHE was once the second highest paid Australian athlete in the world, so it’s not like he needs the money, but legendary baseballer Dave Nilsson has added another million-plus to his name.His investment property at Bollard Circuit, Clear Island Waters, has gone under contract within 24 days of being put up for sale at a price of $1.65 million.The Bollard Circuit home at Clear Island Waters. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoThe Bollard Circuit home at Clear Island Waters. Picture: Realestate.com.au Whitewashed kitchen with water views. Picture: Realestate.com.au The Bollard Circuit home at Clear Island Waters. Picture: Realestate.com.auSports starts kicking property goals…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-09-28:2a044ef731e7805c170836da Player Element ID: vjs_video_3 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00 Related videos Mr Nilsson bought the 884sq m block for $275,000 in November 2000, and built a luxury four bedroom home on it the following year – complete with a floating pontoon off the 20 metre wide water frontage. The home has the potential for a fifth bedroom, given the separate downstairs office has its own ensuite.Mr Nilsson’s property was built as a two-storey with a double garage and has multiple formal and informal living zones, a media room, waterfront pool, large master bedroom with “panoramic water views”, a contemporary kitchen, and dual front access.Panoramic water views. Picture: Realestate.com.au The home is on the market for the first time ever. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe price was less than 11 other five bedroom homes sold on the street, three of which fetched upwards of $2m. The highest price fetched for a five bedroom home in prestigious Bollard Circuit was $2.5m in April last year. The top prices on the street though were $3.05m and $3.87m for larger blocks than Mr Nilsson had.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Market volatility, and coping with crowded trades

first_imgThe combination of those two things and the fact that they respond quite quickly to market movements means that you can get gaps. As he points out, CTAs can be three-to-five times leveraged and in contrast to risk parity a trend following strategy will be aggressively long an asset and then move to be short an asset. That does suggest risk parity strategies may not be the cause of volatility. They will always have a long exposure to an asset but just trim and manage that exposure to keep it in proportion to other exposures in the portfolio without a wholesale change in direction. But there can also be other big players including banks hedging structured products and derivative exposures which again will respond to short term changes. In contrast, risk parity tends to rebalance monthly or a different frequency depending on the manager.Risk parity approaches are essentially passive and would tend to rebalance monthly without taking a negative or positive view on assets but always trying to maintain a long portfolio across lots of different assets. So even if a risk parity approach has some leverage, it is usually tweaking at the edges to get the desired allocation. Risk parity is an example of a volatility controlled strategy that responds to changes in market volatility by increasing or decreasing leverage, so increasing equity volatility and correlation to other assets would lead to risk parity portfolios reducing equity exposures. In that sense, there is clearly a theoretical problem that when there is a bout of increased equity market volatility, there may be a case of too many elephants trying to squeeze out of the exit door. But risk parity may not be a large enough strategy to be an issue in this case.Bridgewater’s Ray Dallio argued in the wake of August 2015’s turmoil that US funds have allocated around 4% of assets to risk parity strategies, amounting to around $400bn (€360bn) – of which Bridgewater’s own All Weather Fund accounts for $80bn. Dallio estimated that if external managers cut their risk by 25%, it would result in a sale of $20bn spread across global equities, bonds and commodities. Typical equity holdings are 35%, with half being US equities so a 25% reduction would only amount to $4bn, whilst trading volumes in US equities for the period of high volatility was $200bn daily. Relative to overall trading volumes, then the impact of risk parity trading appears to be miniscule.If risk parity is not to blame for increased market volatility, then what is? Other forms of systematic trading could certainly have contributed more than risk volatility. There are certainly an increasing number of other types of trading that are possible culprits such as high frequency trading and model-driven systematic strategies. The actions of non-profit oriented players such as the ECB may also be an issue. There are immense issues being caused by central bank policies driving a lot of flows in the market. The ECB is buying tens of billions of bonds every month and investors are positioning themselves in anticipation of what central banks are going to do and that leads to very crowded one-way sentiment in the market. But for the next few years, how the UK copes with Brexit may provide a structural reason for increased volatility even if the distribution is very far from normal. Trying to model the behaviour of equity markets has become increasingly difficult and, as the Brexit vote has so dramatically illustrated, markets can be thrown completely off-course by unexpected events. It is clear they do not follow a normal, Gaussian distribution. The existence of fat tails seems to be pretty conclusive and hence a higher than expected frequency of ‘black swan’ events of which the Brexit vote is a clear example. The volatility seen post-Brexit vote is understandable, but other periods of extreme volatility are often not.A good example of recent unexplained volatility were occurrences in August 2015, when US stocks went down almost 7%.This was attributed to risk-parity strategies that were forced to sell equities as market volatility rose. A JP Morgan analyst, Marko Kolanovic, quantified the volume of potential selling by risk parity strategies in various market scenarios and came up with the conclusion that selling could have been in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Such comments resulted in a vigorous defence of risk parity by its major proponents, including from Bridgewater and AQR Capital Management.Whilst Brexit-induced volatility may be a good example of a dramatic change in fundamentals, what is also clear is that technical selling can appear at times to overwhelm any fundamental valuations creating large short term movements leading to sharp gapping in prices. The issue for the stability of financial markets is whether this market volatility has been exacerbated by particular types of investment strategies.Volatility targeting, for example, has become an increasingly widespread way of managing assets and that has implications: Adding risk as volatility goes down and reducing risk as volatility goes up can be pro-cyclical, extending a move that has already started. As one manager argued, if the euro starts rallying and the daily volatility is declining, then CTAs will be building up an exposure in a market over the course of a trend as markets that are trending will often exhibit declining volatility. When the trend ends, you see a change in direction and an increase in volatility. CTAs who follow that trend will cut their positions, first because the trend is finished and secondly because they have to reduce their position size because volatility has increased.last_img read more

Finnish pension funds plough €150m into domestic growth firms

first_imgKeva, Finland’s largest pension fund, is linking up with Ilmarinen, Elo and other pension providers to invest €150m jointly in Finnish growth companies via a newly created fund.The three pension funds along with Finnish financial services groups LokalTapiola and Fennia have formed the investment fund Kasvurahastojen Rahasto III Ky (KRR III). State-owned investment company Tesi (Finnish Industry Investment) has also joined the new fund.Markus Pauli, Keva’s CIO for alternative investments, said: “The fund combines two things that are important to us: firstly, it has a positive effect on the whole of Finnish society as it finances and helps growth companies, and secondly, the fund gives the investors sufficient return potential, which is obviously a prerequisite for employers to invest in it.”KRR III is the third in a series of funds, with the previous vehicles having included “famous success stories”, Keva said. Examples of these companies include Nordic pizza restaurant chain Kotipizza, department store chain Puuilo and Nordic restaurant food delivery app Wolt.The KRR investment fund model involves capital investors offering growing businesses not just financing but also practical support, Keva said.Capital investors usually sit on the boards of the companies the funds invest in, meaning they are also available to give those businesses advice and guidance.Keva’s investment portfolio was worth €48.5bn at the end of 2016, according to IPE’s Top 1000 Pension Funds survey.last_img read more

DCMH Ranked 2nd Nationally In Healthiest Workplaces

first_imgDecatur County Memorial Hospital is ranked #2 in the 2014 Healthiest Employees 100 list.Decatur County Memorial Hospital recently announced that it is has been inducted into the 2014 Healthiest Workplaces in America. The hospital is ranked 2nd in the national list.The award is sponsored by Healthiest Employers, a technology and data research company that is focused on corporate wellness.The hospital has integrated several initiatives to promote employee wellness and practices. The hospital now offers annual staff and spouse health screenings, discounted insurance and fitness programs, a wellness garden and weight loss challenges.“Not only am I proud from a personal standpoint because I feel that I contributed to that success,” said Lynzee McDowell, marketing and communications director at DCMH.“You know we are such as a small town hospital so to have any national recognition, it truly means something- I think it shows everyone our efforts we do internally and externally are really being noticed,” McDowell added.The hospital also won Indiana’s Healthiest Employer award for the 100-499 employee sized company in August.DCMH is leading the charge for a healthier community. If other area businesses are interested in implementing screenings or programs, contact DCMH WorkWell Occupational Health at (812) 662-6450 to learn more.last_img read more

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