Guest blog: ‘Proptech doesn’t make estate agents lazy’

first_imgThe most successful tech is that which helps us in our day-to-day lives. Facebook, Apple and Alexa are all about making life easier for their customers; to stream, connect with friends or even create shopping lists.It was with this idea in mind that I was surprised to read a recent article arguing that Proptech is making estate agents lazy and we should reduce its influence.Customers and business rely on tech that improves their lives and the lives of those around them. Proptech is no different; it helps our sector be responsive to the changing needs of our clients.Far from killing off traditional agency skills, embracing proptech helps agents get back to the core of what they do best; negotiating and selling homes.Admin reducedReducing time spent on admin for those working in the sector, being responsible to our clients’ needs and the needs of our environment helps all involved spend their time on the things that are important to them.Occupier demand is driving changes in work practices, with more people looking to flexible working to strike an improved work-life balance. COVID-19 has put the spotlight on flexible working, and conversations are likely to follow about how prepared we are as a country for a departure from traditional working patterns.Technology can specifically help estate agents adapt to these changes, especially given the role has historically been so reliant on human interaction – technology can help to mitigate the potential risks of not being able to work face-to-face ready for the widespread changes on the horizon.Technology can also help us become more responsive to the needs of our wider environment.In all sectors, businesses are increasingly asked to take responsibility for reducing their environmental impact. Think of all the carbon produced by estate agents, and their clients, attending multiple viewings day after day; couldn’t this be mitigated by reducing the need for in-person viewings using a spatial data platform?Putting the carbon agenda to one side, reducing the need for in-person viewings also helps our clients who lead hectic lives. Technology, such as digital twins, can help estate agents work around their clients’ needs; many might not have the time or inclination to attend multiple viewings because of work and family commitments.It’s widely acknowledged that [even prior to the Coronavirus outbreak] the housing market is not in such a positive place as it had been in previous decades, with declining house building, lending and affordability making it difficult for people to get on the housing ladder. Although Proptech isn’t the silver-bullet to all of the issues, does it not make sense for agents to have all available tools at their disposal to navigate the current market?Virtual toursVirtual tours, smart buildings, search engines and community engagement apps are all brilliant innovations in their own right. However, effective implementation of technology to drive real and impactful change isn’t about just about one innovation, but rather about how they can interconnect to create an eco-system that makes buyer and sellers lives easier.Far from inducing laziness, proptech helps agents be more responsible in their business operations and to the needs of buyers. Why not embrace it?Read our exclusive interview with the Lonres founders.Visit Matterport. proptech LonRes James Morris-Manuel Matterport 2020-04-03Nigel LewisOne commentPhilip Michael Priest, 4Corners Property Ltd 4Corners Property Ltd 3rd April 2020 at 2:18 pmThe concept behind computers in their initial form was to ‘automate business process’.We appear to have belittled the concept of IT down to that of personal use for posting on social media or playing games or having WhatsApp groups with your friends.I m astonished at the slow up take in software and systems by the property industry that is lagging so far behind other industries that appear to be less suitable to tech solutions yet everyone has Just Eat.Yes virtual viewings, record them if your carrying out inspections is key for evidence.The ability to carry out Biometric ID checks to carry out Right to Rent checks can be done easily too.So why are so many agents not:– using social media and removing their addiction to Right Move– not using digital signatures for ID checks– not using online quote systems for conveyancing quotes– using tracking portals like Legal Bricks to track the cases– not looking at other ways to reduce failing completions levels and the slowest completion times in history (not including COVID-19 times)????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 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 » Guest Blogs » Guest blog: ‘Proptech doesn’t make estate agents lazy’ Guest blog: ‘Proptech doesn’t make estate agents lazy’During an interview with the founders of Lonres, the duo said proptech has robbed agents of their traditional skills. Matterport’s European boss disagrees – here’s why.James Morris-Manuel, Managing Director & VP EMEA, Matterport3rd April 20201 Comment910 Viewslast_img read more

USA: Enterprise CSG Welcomed Back Home

first_img View post tag: Navy Share this article November 7, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Enterprise CSG Welcomed Back Home View post tag: N EWS View post tag: home View post tag: CSG USA: Enterprise CSG Welcomed Back Homecenter_img View post tag: back View post tag: WELCMED View post tag: Enterprise View post tag: usa More than 5,500 Sailors and Marines assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) arrived in Norfolk, Va., Nov. 4 following a seven-and-a-half-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Seas.USS Enterprise’s return to Norfolk marks the 25th and final homecoming in her 51 years of distinguished service.The aircraft carrier is scheduled to be inactivated Dec. 1, in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station, in Norfolk, Va.“We are pleased to be returning to our families after a very successful deployment, but to know that it is the last time Enterprise will be underway through her own power makes our return very sentimental,” said Capt. William C. Hamilton, Enterprise commanding officer.While deployed, Enterprise CSG served in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR), conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.During her 238 days away from Norfolk, “Big E,” as Enterprise is affectionately known, safely steamed 80,968 miles and Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1) flew more than 8,000 sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and exercises in the 5th and 6th Fleet AORs.“This has not been a victory lap for Enterprise by any means,” said Rear Adm. Ted Carter, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group commander. “This has been a full-on combat operation. We’ve seen the full spectrum of Navy operations on this deployment. It’s been a business as usual kind of deployment.”Enterprise was commissioned Nov. 25, 1961 as the eighth ship to bear the name Enterprise. Big E was the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. During her 51 years of service, Enterprise deployed 25 times and participated in every major conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Enterprise has been homeported in both Alameda, Calif., and Norfolk, Va., and conducted operations in every region of the world.The December inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for Enterprise, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 Sailors who have served aboard the ship. All Enterprise veterans, their families, shipyard workers, and friends are invited to register to attend the inactivation week events.Enterprise CSG is comprised of: Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), CVW 1, Destroyer Squadron 2, guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Nitze (DDG 94), and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95).The squadrons of CVW 1 embarked aboard Enterprise are: Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 “Red Rippers,” VFA-136 “Knighthawks,” VFA-211 “Fighting Checkmates,”Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 “Thunderbolts,” Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123 “Screwtops,” Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 137 “Rooks,” Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 “Rawhides,”and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 11 “Dragonslayers.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 7, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: navalast_img read more

Life Beyond the Spires

first_imgPHILIP WOMACK left Oriel last summer. He is now doing a law conversion course in London. Who would have thought that lawyers could be such fun. “The EU was set up to prevent Europeans killing each other. Now they bore each other to death over interminable treaties,” is the first line of my first presentation. The mother of three dutifully writes down the sentence then bursts into antipodean guffaws. My tutor gets up to congratulate me and reveals that he is a scout for the toppest of top city firms and wants me to start tomorrow on a salary of £80,0000. I know that none of them are listening. I have not been listening to those that came before me to read out what they had copied out from the manual. In fact, I have to admit to finishing the crossword during a particularly dull speech from a girl in my group, which isn’t very group-bondy at all, which is what this rather silly exercise has been trying to achieve. The exercise being: read pp 1-2 of your manuals and do a presentation on them. Not difficult, you would have thought. But we have to do this IN A GROUP. So we can get all bondy and exchange intimate childhood memories and talk about that funny time when you were drunk and did that funny thing with the trolley and gosh didn’t you laugh when the policeman told you off for being slightly too loud outside an old people’s home. My group of four bonded like this: “Which paragraph do you want to do?” “The first one.” “OK.” “See you tomorrow.” If they want us to bond they must give us drink, damn them. Anyway, the result is we all leave the tute despondent, and no one has even noticed that I made lots of very funny jokes about Latvians not being able to join the EU because of hygiene reasons. “Let’s go to Starbucks,” says someone. “Huh,” say I. “There’s a perfectly decent pub down the road.” We troop down in that way that freshers do, where you’re trying to sort out who you actually want to be friends with without leaving out the boring ones at the back. Two drinks later the silly story competition starts. People did notice my joke about the Irish blocking treaties because they couldn’t remember having signed them because they were drunk, and we are bonding. I take it back. Lawyers are fun.ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaigners become Rhodes scholars

first_imgTwo South African ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaigners have been awarded £40,000 Rhodes scholarships at the University of Oxford.Joshua Nott and Mbali Matandela were both involved in the original ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaign at the University of Cape Town (UCT), which succeeded in having a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes removed in April 2015. They have both recently been awarded Rhodes scholarships to Oxford university, each worth 670,000 South African Rand, equivalent to £40,000.During the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ protests at Cape Town University, Nott was quoted in IOL News saying: “you wouldn’t see a swastika in Jerusalem.” The Rhodes Trust website says Nott, a social sciences student, is “keenly interested in social justice and has pioneered a number of workers’ rights and student focussed initiatives.” It does not explicitly reference his links with the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaign.Mbali Matandela, a gender and transformation student at UCT, was also a vocal ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaigner, who reportedly took a feminist line against the Rhodes statue at UCT.It is currently unclear whether or not the pair will join the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaign in Oxford, which calls for the removal of Oriel College’s statue of Rhodes.Joshua Nott and Mbali Matandela are two of this year’s nine South African Rhodes scholars.Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford and the Rhodes Trust were contacted for comment. The University of Oxford declined to comment.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgAlcohol-free exportCumbrian bakery business Country Fare has worked with scientists at Liverpool’s John Moores University to create a fruit cake for export to the Far East. Their Orange Blossom Honey Cake, which has a shelf-life of 12 months, contains no alcohol, to cater for communities with religious beliefs that ban alcohol, as well as English customers with a preference for a tipple-free luxury.Telecoms to bakeryBakery Andante, the brainchild of a former telecoms manager, opened last week in Edinburgh. Jon Wood spent the past 20 years working in marketing and product management, but when faced with redundancy last year, he decided to turn his hobby into a new career as an artisan baker. The bakery features an open bakehouse, so customers can see the goods being produced.Co-op cares for carersA donation from the sales of The Co-operative Group’s new Christmas sandwich range will go towards helping young carers in the UK. Ten pence from each of three sandwiches sold Turkey, Stuffing, Bacon & Cranberry, Wiltshire Ham & Braised Red Cabbage, and Christmas Dinner Triple will be donated to online support service YCNet part of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.Costa wins crown Costa Coffee has been crowned winner of the Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland by Allegra Strategies at the European Coffee Shop Awards earlier this month. Jeffrey Young, MD and founder of Allegra Strategies, said Costa had a “clear focus on serving great coffee”, backed by strong marketing campaigns.last_img read more

Student takes Coup de Pates competition

first_imgWendy Lo of City of Glasgow College has won Coup de Pates’ Chefs at Play, after a four-way final cook-off last week.Lo, 23, a student chef and a protégée of Masterchef: The Professionals winner and City of Glasgow College chef lecturer Gary MacLean, wowed judges with her “stunning” take on the competition brief A Taste of Spring.She made a sweet Coup de Pates tartelette case, filled with honey blossom mousse, topped with elderflower and strawberry jelly and lemon curd, garnished with fresh strawberries, blueberries and pistachio nuts.The on-the-go patisserie item will now be recreated by Lo and Coup de Pates’ team of development chefs for sale at this year’s Taste of London Festival in June.Lo said: “I’m so excited, I can’t really take it in. It was such a close call, because everybody’s creations were so good, and so different.“To have it recreated for Taste of London, and to get the chance to work there with the team, is such an amazing opportunity for me – I can’t wait.”The finalists:Winner: Wendy Lo, 23, Glasgow College: A Taste of SpringHighly Commended: Aaron Kenny, 23, Combined Services: Orelys and Lime Frappe TartRunner-up: Jennifer Brummitt, 22, Owner of The Sweet Life sandwich bar: Traditional Mojito TartRunner-up: Alice Prothero, 21, University College Birmingham: Margarita Tacolast_img read more

Australia marks national day with protests, calming words

first_imgSYDNEY (AP) — Government leaders marked a socially distanced Australia Day with calming words as protesters denounced celebrations of a day some dub “Invasion Day” because of historical wrongs committed against Indigenous people. The 4,000 protesters who gathered in small groups in Sydney’s Domain were warned they could be fined or jailed for breaching limits on large crowds. But many protesters wore masks and adhered to social distancing guidelines, and only a few arrests occurred for not following police orders. Australia Day recognizes the day the British navy arrived with convict ships and raised a flag signaling the intent to found a British colony. The protest organizers called for it to be abolished.last_img read more

Student government finalists face off

first_imgThe two tickets still in the running for student body president and vice president squared off in a runoff debate Sunday night in LaFortune, reiterating the pillars of their platforms before the final round of voting today. Juniors Alex Coccia and Nancy Joyce form one ticket, competing against fellow juniors Dominic Romeo and Philip Hootsmans. Coccia and Romeo are the candidates for president, while Joyce and Hootsmans are running for vice president. The debate focused largely on diversity and inclusion on campus, and each ticket’s plans to create more unity and cohesion among members of the student body. Both tickets emphasized their commitment to actively seeking out suggestions and input from the student body, using the position of student body president and vice-president to better serve the Notre Dame community and respond to their immediate concerns. Coccia discussed his involvement with the 4 to 5 movement on campus and said he hopes to continue to advocate the interests of all students on campus, beyond the “mainstream” concerns. “What I’ve been able to do with the 4 to 5 movement is really build a team of people to make what was a marginal conversation a mainstream conversation,” Coccia said. “Through that, we were able to make a real, concrete policy change as well as … a more welcoming environment for [all] members of the community.” Joyce echoed this approach, citing her involvement with smaller, “niche-focused” groups like Arabic Club and a diabetes support club on campus and expressing her appreciation for the work these smaller organizations do. “We have such a diversity of passions and interests here on campus, so we want to make sure that these smaller groups are really able to use student government,” Joyce said. “You shouldn’t have to be a group that attracts a huge number of people to be able to get the resources you need from student government.” Romeo said he believes the key to fostering a sense of inclusion campus-wide will be increased awareness of the groups and activities on the margin of campus life, making their concerns and events more publicized. “We think these issues of diversity and inclusion deal with the issue of equality – how do we get every student at Notre Dame to feel equal?” Romeo said. “In talking to a lot of students … the answer we’ve heard overwhelmingly is awareness. We’ve got to make the student body aware of the issues.” Romeo hopes to continue the conversation about instances of injustice or inequality across campus, setting a precedent for how the student government will respond and offering an alternative to unproductive, immediate emotional responses.last_img read more

Home tornado drills

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaTornado drills are common in schools and offices, but they aren’t very common at home. To be prepared for one of nature’s most violent storms, families should conduct drills, too, says a University of Georgia meteorologist.“Families should practice their emergency plan well before the impending threat of a tornado,” said Pam Knox, Georgia’s assistant state climatologist. Parked car better than outdoorsKnox says seeking shelter outdoors should be a last resort. “People should not be out in the open during a tornado,” she said. “If a tornado can blow a board into a tree, just imagine what it can do to a human.”If your home isn’t structurally safe and no other shelter is available, Knox says seek shelter in a parked car.“Get in your car and buckle up,” she said. “Try to protect your head from breaking glass and debris. The seat belts and air bags will help keep you safe should the car be lifted up. And, the car will also protect your family from lightning and hail.”Once in your car, resist the urge to drive away. You are much safer in one spot than you are on the road.“And, don’t try to seek shelter under an overpass like the people you see in video tapes,” she said. “The wind can be even stronger under these structures due to the wind tunnel effect. If the bridge falls, your risk of injury is significantly higher.” Basement, interior room bestIf you live in a traditional frame home, Knox says the safest place to seek shelter during a tornado is the basement. If you don’t have a basement, use an interior room on the lowest level. The room shouldn’t have windows and should be the home’s smallest interior room.“Typically, this will be either a bathroom or a closet,” she said. “A bathroom is best because the plumbing will provide extra structural integrity should the tornado hit.”When time allows, Knox recommends bringing a mattress and/or pillows into the room to use as protection from flying debris.Residents who live in mobile homes or trailers are often told they’re safer outside than in their homes. “Some mobile home parks have storm shelters available for severe weather conditions. If they have them, use them,” she said. “If not, have an alternate plan in place before severe weather occurs.”center_img In churches, auditoriums, stand by wallsPeople may feel safer in numbers, but that’s not always true. Don’t plan to meet friends and family in a church sanctuary or an auditorium, she said. “These are open areas where the structure is much weaker by design,” Knox said. “If you are already there and cannot get to a hallway or smaller room, stand along the walls and not in the center of the open space.”If staying outside is your only option, Knox says move to the lowest possible location. If your safe haven is a ravine, she warns to be aware of possible flooding.“Buy a battery operated weather radio and keep it with you,” she said. “Most tornadoes only last about 15 minutes, but it will seem much longer if you aren’t aware of what to expect.”last_img read more