first_imgThe trading environment for estate agents appears to be improving, if the latest trading update from the UK’s largest sales and lettings corporate LSL is anything to go by.Group revenue increased by 2.6% from £106.6m to £109.4 year-on-year and, although revenues from its sales operation within its 1,471 branches are down 9% over the past ten months, the rate of decline has been slowing and sales dropped by just 1% over the past three months.The company’s overall performance was given a lift by its financial services division where revenues increased by 16% and lettings, where revenues grew by 4% from January to October.Guild saleIts balance sheet is also looking healthier after LSL disclosed that the sale of its investment in the Guild of Property Professionals/eProp Services made it £5.6 million.LSL, which owns Marsh & Parsons, Your Move and Reeds Raines, has also reduced its debt over the past year, down by £1.2 million from £43.6 million.Although the company notes in its trading statement the recent Stamp Duty changes for first time buyers support for more house building in the UK within the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, LSL is far from bullish.“Market activity levels have remained subdued throughout 2017,” the trading update says.“With continued uncertainty over UK economic conditions and the UK and global political environment, we continue to remain cautious on the market outlook for 2018.”The City seemed to like what it saw – following the announcement shares in LSL rose by 2.75%, in contrast to competitors Foxtons and Countrywide which saw their shares drop.Countrywide in particular has been having a torrid time with its share price over the past month, peaking at £1.28 a share on the 8th November but dropping to £1.10 yesterday, a decrease of 14%.Marsh & Parsons lsl property services plc LSL Reeds Rains Your Move November 30, 2017Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » LSL reports improving performance despite Brexit “uncertainty” previous nextAgencies & PeopleLSL reports improving performance despite Brexit “uncertainty”Owner of Marsh & Parsons, Reeds Raines and Your Move has seen overall turnover increase but sales revenue decline slow this year.Nigel Lewis30th November 20170845 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgThe number of new property sales instructions increased last month for the first time in more than two years, surveyors have reported, helped in part by rising buy-to-let activity.This promising news for estate agents is contained within the latest market survey from RICS, which says there a “few signs of life as houses start to come back on to the market”.Agents shouldn’t crack open the bubbly quite yet. RICS also says average stock levels per branch remain not far above recent historic lows at an average of 42.5 properties.“It therefore remains to be seen whether the increase in May truly marks the beginning of supply pressures easing,” it says.Also, nearly a fifth of member surveyors canvassed by RICS said the number of valuations they completed last month was lower than the same period last year.The institute also says that recent declines in buyer interest are beginning to ease off, and that the number of agreed sales has held steady as more surveyors report positive results, the best RICS has recorded for over a year.“Although agents are suggesting that a little more supply may have come onto the market in May, some of it from the Buy to Let sector, inventory levels still remain near historic lows,” says RICS Chief Economist Simon Rubinstein (pictured).“Indeed, with the run rate on appraisals continuing to track below the numbers of a year ago it is premature to conclude that a sustained upturn in available stock is imminent.”Such a relatively flat market is also taking its toll on house price rises, which the Land Registry this morning revealed were rising by just 3.9% year-on-year, down from 4% the month before. The UK average price is now £226,906, it says.Read more about increasing property sales instructions. house prices Land Registry RICS property market Royal Institute of British Architects sales instructions June 14, 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 » Housing Market » New property sales instruction rise for first time in 27 months, surveyors say previous nextHousing MarketNew property sales instruction rise for first time in 27 months, surveyors sayLatest RICS and Land Registry market snapshots reveal mixed picture of rising instructions, stable sales but weakening prices.Nigel Lewis14th June 201801,284 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgThe Ocean City Arts Center, housed in the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave., is hosting a show by an award-winning photographer. Atlantic County resident Gary Levy, the Best of Show winner for his photo “Marker Magic” in the Ocean City Arts Center’s 2019 Juried Photography Show, brings his work to the Arts Center Feb. 1 through Feb. 29.A “Meet the Artist” reception, free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Feb. 7, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Levy is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) and holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in Art Teacher Education.Following college, Levy was drafted into the Army and spent two years on active duty, where he served as a soldier-instructor in the Army’s Special Services Arts & Crafts Program, a distinct segment of leisure-time activities available for soldiers and their families.Gary Levy’s award-winning “The Eyes Have It” photo. (Photo courtesy Ocean City Arts Center)After separation from active duty, he signed on to be a civilian Arts & Crafts Director with the Army Special Services Program in Europe, where he supervised multiple Arts & Crafts Center operations throughout Germany.He remained in Europe for eight years, then transferred to the Panama Canal Zone for two years, and finally to Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he became chief of the Installation’s Morale, Welfare & Recreation Program and stayed for 18 years until his Civil Service retirement.Throughout his years overseas and stateside, Levy pursued 35mm photography, including attending intermediate, advanced, masters and salon photography classes at Old School Square in Delray Beach (now the School of Creative Arts).In addition, he is an active member and treasurer of the Stay Focused Photo Club, which meets at Stockton University.He believes that photography is “The Art of Seeing” and his work reflects that belief.The Ocean City Arts Center is located at 1735 Simpson Ave., on the second floor of the Community Center. Call (609) 399-7628. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For further information go to www.oceancityartscenter.org.last_img read more

first_imgThe honey and wax produced by Ethiopian bees is helping to generate income for beekeepers across the country, and now Welsh charity Bees for Development is helping to grow the numbers of entrepreneurial Ethiopian beekeepers further.UK aid has awarded Bees for Development, based in Monmouth, Wales, £50,000 through the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF). This funding will train and start the new businesses of beekeepers in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. Bee keeping offers young people without access to land a viable income earning opportunity with very low start-up costs.Penny Mordaunt, International Development Secretary said: Telephone 020 7023 0600 Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales said: Dr Nicola Bradbear, Director of Bees for Development said: The Bees Ethiopian project has four aims: Small, UK-based charities up and down the country, often staffed by volunteers, are incredibly valuable in making a difference around the world. DFID’s Small Charities Challenge Fund celebrates their innovative work in some of the world’s poorest countries. Bees for Development is a great example of how a small community in Wales is helping to make a huge difference in Ethiopia. They are providing an invaluable entrepreneurial experience to young people, helping them thrive and support their own community. Ensure that honey bee populations thrive as a result of environmental protection Bees for Development helps the poorest people earn extra income through beekeeping. We are a specialist organisation, with a niche set of skills. This grant from the Small Charities Challenge Fund will enable us to help families in Ethiopia keep bees profitably, so they can earn extra income to buy school uniforms, pay medical costs, buy food and pay-off debts. All SCCF projects are chosen for their ability to strengthen the capacity of grassroots development organisations working with the most marginalised to ensure that no one is left behind. Enable beekeepers to access high quality, relevant information about methods, market opportunities and policy development Help beekeepers secure best value for their bee produce by accessing strong market chains, which are fair and rewardingcenter_img The Small Charities Challenge Fund was launched in 2017 specifically to provide funding to smaller charities with an income of £250,000 or less. Bees for Development is the first recipient to be announced from the first round, other successful applicants will be announced later this summer. More information on the Small Charities Challenge Fund can be found here: www.ukaiddirect.org/apply/sccf I am delighted that the hard work of Welsh charities such as Bees for Development is being rewarded for the international impact they have in encouraging entrepreneurship in a way that protects our environment. I hope that the funds awarded will go a long way to continue the great work they do across Ethiopia. To deliver beekeeping training to vulnerable communities to build sustainable and resilient livelihoods For more information on Bees for Development please visit their website: www.beesfordevelopment.org General media queries (24 hours) Note to Editors: Email [email protected] If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible.last_img read more

first_imgNOCHELLA… In Central Park ☀️ it’s better than nothin!!!! pic.twitter.com/NIfxJd9Em9— Vanessa Hudgens (@VanessaHudgens) April 19, 2015 P.S. Queen Latifah will join the previously reported Laura Benanti, Alan Cumming, Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara and more at the New York Pops gala celebrating Kathleen Marshall and Rob Marshall on May 4 at Carnegie Hall. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Thumbs Down to MadonnaWe’re borrowing a Broadway.com Show segment title for Odds & Ends today because it seemed appropriate. The Great White Way-bound Hamilton has had a multitude of celebrity visitors during its successful run at the Public and this weekend Madonna stopped by—unfortunately she didn’t hung hang up. The New York Daily News reports that the Material Girl spent much of the second act on her phone, causing creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda to ban her from going backstage after. And turns out that she’s a repeat offender, having texted throughout a 2013 screening of 12 Years a Slave. Thumbs Down, Madonna, time for you to be an apologetic b*tch.Skylar Astin Set for James and the Giant PeachPitch Perfect star Skylar Astin will feature alongside the previously reported Megan Hilty, Christian Borle, Brian d’Arcy James and more Broadway faves on the James and the Giant Peach cast recording. The reference album of Justin Paul and Benj Pasek’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic will be released on April 21; the show premiered at Seattle Children’s Theatre in November 2013.Doctor Who’s David Tennant to Lead Richard II at BAMDoctor Who star David Tennant and the Royal Shakespeare company are heading to BAM. Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V will play in repertory at the Harvey Theater from March 24, 2016 through May 1. Helmed by Gregory Doran, the majority of the original cast members reprise their roles at BAM: Tennant returns in the title role of Richard II, Antony Sher and Jasper Britton play Falstaff and Henry IV, respectively, in the Henry IV plays, and Alex Hassell follows the journey of young Prince Hal, who reaches maturity as Henry V in the final play in the tetralogy.Jessie Mueller & Judith Light Tapped for Drama DeskTony winners Jessie Mueller and Judith Light will announce the 2015 Drama Desk Award nominations at 54 Below on April 23. As previously reported, Tony winner Laura Benanti will host the awards ceremony on May 31.Vanessa Hudgens & the Gigi Cast’s ‘Nochella’Vanessa Hudgens’ love affair with Coachella is well known, but of course she had to skip this year’s festival for Broadway’s Gigi. All was not lost, however, as she along with co-stars Corey Cott, Steffanie Leigh and Max Clayton recently headed to Central Park for their own “Nochella!”center_img View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo August 21, 2014 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduran authorities have confiscated more than 50 properties owned by members of the Valle family, who are allegedly one of the biggest narco-trafficking groups in the Central American nation, according to the Administrative Office of Seized Assets (OABI). Property owners Luis Alfonso, Miguel Arnulfo and Digna and Deisy Valle are accused of leading the narco-trafficking organization, which allegedly is responsible for transporting up to 20 tons of cocaine monthly to México, where the shipment is delivered to the Sinaloa Cartel. The properties were seized on Aug. 18 during raids conducted by more than 200 police officers, prosecutors and representatives from the OABI in the departments of Copán and Cortés, according to the Honduran daily La Prensa. Five estates, a farm, a hardware store, a cattle ranching business and a café were seized, as were numerous residences that featured pools and Jacuzzis. No arrests were made, according to the Honduran daily El Heraldo. Alfonso and Arnulfo and Deisy allegedly run the gang after Digna was arrested in July in the United States, where she is jailed in Florida and charged with shipping U.S.-bound cocaine from Colombia via Honduras, Guatemala and México. [Insightcrime.org (Honduras), 19/08/2014; La Prensa (Honduras), 19/08/2014]last_img read more

first_imgThe four-bedroom home at 9 Verdelho St, Eight Mile Plains attracted strong interest.“The buyer is really excited about the home,” he said. “As soon as he had the building and pest inspections done, the kids were picking out their rooms. “He recently sold his house in Mansfield, which was a similar style but not as big, and he has plans to renovate this one.” Mr Schenning said the two-storey brick home proved popular with buyers, especially owner-occupiers. “We had 14 groups through the first open home and four offers afterwards,” he said. “It was quite a popular home and we were on track to have a good auction.” The home at 9 Verdelho St, Eight Mile Plains sold before auction thanks to a lucky offer.THE number eight has proven lucky for one Brisbane homebuyer who snapped up an Eight Mile Plains home before auction with an offer of $888,888.Mitch Schenning of Master Agents said 9 Verdelho St sold to a Malaysian Chinese buyer less than two weeks after the two-storey brick home on 671sq m was listed for sale. “I said to the buyer, ‘what’s your magic number’ and he said he had a dream about the number eight,” Mr Schenning said. “He said ‘$880,000’ and I said why not go the whole way with all eights.” The new owner of 9 Verdelho St, Eight Mile Plains, plans to renovate.Mr Schenning said he was still keen to see the four-bedroom home go to auction as planned, but when he presented the offer to his vendor, she jumped at it. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“The home is pretty special to her but she was happy to move on,” he said. “She had lived at the home since 1981 but her husband recently passed away and she had bought a new home.”Mr Schenning said the new owner was married with two daughters. last_img read more

first_imgPunter Southall Aspire, financial planning and retirement savings business in the UK, is withdrawing from the country’s master trust market, it announced today.The trustee of the Aspire Savings Trust would now begin due diligence to assess the master trust market to identify a suitable home for the scheme’s membership and assets.As stated in a press release, the move comes as the retirement specialist forms a strategic partnership with Evolve.According to Punter Southall Aspire, the partnership with the workplace pensions service provider was the result of the former’s strategic business review, “which acknowledged the business landscape has changed and that opportunities to scale have reduced”. Punter Southall Aspire would now focus on growing its national retirement and financial planning business.As part of the partnership with Evolve, Punter Southall will be appointed its “at retirement” adviser for existing and new scheme members. Last year Punter Southall was appointed by maritime pension scheme Ensign to offer advice on retirement options to members of its master trust.Evolve has an authorised master trust, The Crystal Trust, that looks after 1,500 employers.Punter Southall Aspire said it would look to develop a packaged health, risk and pension product for the SME market using Crystal Trust.Steve Butler, CEO of Punter Southall Aspire, said: “There are many synergies between Punter Southall Aspire and Evolve.“Our new strategic partnership will enable us to focus on our strengths – providing financial advice and consultancy to support members’ financial planning and helping them make the best financial retirement decisions.”Paul Bannister, CEO of Evolve Pensions, said: “We will be referring all our members to Punter Southall Aspire for ‘at retirement’ advice. In the current economic climate, we feel it is essential members can access financial guidance to help them navigate the complex range of pension options at their disposal and make the best financial decisions to support their retirements.”Under rules set out in 2018, master trusts – multi-employer defined contribution schemes – have to be authorised by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) in order to operate in the UK.According to TPR, the number of master trusts more than halved following the introduction of the new regime. There are 38 schemes that have been granted master trust authorisation, including Punter Southall Aspire’s, according to TPR’s website.Sharon Bellingham, senior consultant at Hymans Robertson, said further consolidation had always been expected in the market under the authorisation regime, and “with that in mind, today’s announcement that Punter Southall Aspire has decided to leave the market is not unexpected”.“Achieving scale is essential in today’s challenging market and it’s clear that some will struggle with commercials likely to be impacted by the recent and substantial falls that we’ve seen, as will the reduction of monies-in as furloughing bites and employers attempt to navigate their way through COVID-19,” she said.“And thinking about the pace of consolidation, what’s clear is that it will be more vigorous than we anticipated a few months ago.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

first_imgAll the players have arrived. The venue is set. And the atmosphere is charged. It is the 2020 ITTF Africa Top Cup 16, and it serves off today in Rades, Tunis, the capital city of the North African nation, Tunisia. From Omar Assar to Dina Meshref who are defending champions in the men and women events respectively, the field is stronger now and things are certainly looking tougher here for would-be conquerors of Africa. With the presence of Africa’s best ranked player in the world, Aruna Quadri of Nigeria, coupled with the most improved player on the continent, Ibrahima Diaw of Senegal, as well as other title contenders competing in Tunis, securing the ultimate glory in this tournament is as challenging as never before. To Meshref, who is the most successful player in the competition having won the last three editions in Nigeria, Sudan and Kenya, the standard of play now makes it harder for any player to clinch the title. “I think it is more challenging for any player to win the title. But for me I just need to focus on my game in the tournament with the hope of achieving new things. I am going to play my game and hope that I can do better,” she said. Similarly, Diaw who is making his debut in the competition, admitted that winning tournament has become tougher in Africa now. “I think playing in Africa has really improved my game and I hope I can do well in the tournament. I am really looking forward to an exciting time in Tunisia, especially with the warm welcome I got from the hosts since I arrived,” he said. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian Women7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art Ahmed Saleh is one of the celebrated table tennis players in Africa. Though he is 40 years old, the Egyptian star is not ready to call it quit with the game yet, as he is pumped up to slug it out with the younger heavyweights of the sport at the on-going 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Tunis, capital of Tunisia. Saleh, who is seeded number two in the men’s singles event, said with the current crop of players on the continent, claiming titles in any major event had become more difficult. “I think when I won the title in the 1990s, it was a bit easy but today it is much harder because of the kind of players we have in Africa now. They are all among the best in the world and I must admit that anybody that wins here will know that he worked hard for it,” Saleh said. The Egyptian faces a daunting task in Tunis as he is drawn in Group Two alongside Togo’s Dodji Kokou Fanny, South Africa’s Shane Overmeyer and Kenya’s Brian Mutua. Read Also:Quadri settles for bronze as Assar reclaims ITTF Africa Cup But Kenyan 21-year-old star, Mutua, also believes that he has been handed a tough challenge. “I am really in a tough group in this competition but I will surely give it my best and hope that I can qualify from the group and make it to the next stage of the championship. I am here for business because it is a rare privilege for me to represent Kenya in this tournament,” Mutua said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

first_imgOfficers of the Kabankalan City police station have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN According to Rapiosa’s cousin Bryan, the former has been missing since July 12.Her body was brought to a local mortuary for a “post-mortem” examination. BACOLOD City – A 22-year-old woman was found dead floating at the Linao River in Barangay Linao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.The woman was identified as Rena Mae Rapiosa of Barangay 1, Kabankalan City. She was deaf and mute, police said.Rapiosa’s lifeless body was discovered by Zion Gantala around 3:10 p.m. on July 14, the police added.last_img read more