Gazumping is back as competition hots up in reviving housing markets

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Gazumping is back as competition hots up in reviving housing markets previous nextHousing MarketGazumping is back as competition hots up in reviving housing marketsPhil Spencer says phenomenon is also result of low stock in many cities including Sheffield, Maidstone and Cambridge.Nigel Lewis2nd July 201901,059 Views Gazumping is returning to the housing market, according to TV presenter Phil Spencer, as buyers have started once more to use any means possible to secure a home.The star’s property advice website MoveIQ says between a fifth and a third of buyers in over a dozen cities say they have been gazumped recently.Its research, which has been completed in partnership with proptech firm Gazeal, reveals the cities with the highest gazumping rates.The list is topped by Sheffield where 35% of buyers experienced being gazumped, followed by Maidstone (33%), Cambridge (28%), Birmingham (26%), Manchester (25%), Norwich (24%), Nottingham (22%), Cardiff (20%), Leeds (20%) and Bristol (19%).The cities with the least amount of gazumping recorded by the survey include Middlesbrough, Swansea, Northampton, Blackpool and Carlisle.“For anyone who thought gazumping vanished with the runaway price rises of a few years ago, our findings will come as a reality check,” says Spencer (left).“Britain’s fragmented property market is throwing up huge regional extremes. In hotspots where prices are still rising fast, sellers can be tempted to go back on their word to a buyer if they get a better offer elsewhere.“Meanwhile, in slow markets, the lack of homes for sale can lead sellers to leave would-be buyers in the lurch if they get a last minute offer from someone else.“That’s why Move iQ has teamed up with Gazeal, a PropTech company that enables sellers and buyers to agree a deal that has legal force right from the start.”Read more about gazumping. Gazeal gazumping Phil Spencer MoveIQ July 2, 2019Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

HMS St Albans Spends Five Days on Thames on Visit to London, UK

first_img View post tag: Visit View post tag: Albans HMS St Albans Spends Five Days on Thames on Visit to London, UK March 23, 2012 View post tag: UK View post tag: St. View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMS View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: London Share this article View post tag: days View post tag: Spends View post tag: Thames Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS St Albans Spends Five Days on Thames on Visit to London, UK Training & Education HMS St Albans has spent the past five days on the Thames on a visit to London – the first she has made in 18 months. The Portsmouth-based frigate used the visit to renew ties with affiliates in her namesake Hertfordshire city as well as host numerous guests and affiliates while berthed in the Pool of London. The ensign belongs to Her Majesty’s Ship St Albans, which was today departing the Thames after a five-day visit to the capital.The Portsmouth-based frigate, which completed a six-month deployment to the Gulf just before Christmas,It’s nearly 18 months since the ship was last in the capital, and she used her return to London to show off what she can do – and to catch up on all that has happened in her namesake Hertfordshire city in the intervening period.During her time berthed outboard of HMS Belfast, the Saint, as the ship is affectionately known, invited friends from St Albans aboard, as well as good causes such as the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Rainbow Centre, Sea Cadets and VIPs aboard for a succession of tours and demonstrations.Perhaps the most popular visitor was Nuba, the latest puppy to be trained on behalf of St Albans Guide Dogs for the Blind, who was brought aboard and cheques were handed over to charities for whom the ship’s company strove to raise money during last year’s deployment.The fund-raising didn’t stop for the Saints in the Gulf.While we’re used to seeing runners pounding the upper deck of a Type 23 frigate, the sight of two sailors on push bikes on the narrow walkways is less common.But two members of the ship’s company were applauded around the ship – then off it – as they set out to ride from London to Portsmouth in aid of Sport Relief.Also on the sporting front, St Albans City – who play three levels below the Football League in the Southern League Premier Division – hosted the sailors at their Clarence Park ground for a charity match on behalf of Grove House Hospice, a local cancer charity, and Help for Heroes.A select Saints XI (the football club shares the frigate’s nickname) defeated the ship’s team 6-1 – although we’re told the biggest cheer of the night came when AB Rob Jones bagged the consolation goal for the Type 23.Away from the ship, some of the sailors were invited to tour the Royal Hospital Chelsea and see behind the scenes of the world famous retirement home for soldiers – the legendary Chelsea Pensioners and their resplendent red uniforms.All told, the five days in the capital – which ended around lunchtime today – went down very well indeed.“I was delighted to be able to bring HMS St Albans back into London and engage with so many different groups, including many from St Albans itself,” said Cdr Tom Sharpe, the frigate’s Commanding Officer.“The links with ‘our town’ are very important to the ship’s company and this has been a great opportunity to develop them further – whilst showing our support to the wider community.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 23, 2012; Image: royalnavy View post tag: fivelast_img read more

AG Curtis Hill Launches Multi-State Investigation Into Tech Giant Google’s Business Practices

first_imgAttorney General Curtis Hill today announced a multistate investigation into tech giant Google’s business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws.“Just like individual citizens, corporations must be held accountable for following the law,” Attorney General Hill said.  “In this instance, we must recognize that stifling free and fair competition is an activity that causes real harm to real people.”The bipartisan coalition will investigate Google’s control of online advertising markets and search traffic, which may have involved anticompetitive behavior. Legal experts from each state will work in cooperation with federal authorities to assess competitive conditions for online services and ensure that Americans have access to free digital markets.The investigation will follow wherever the facts lead, Attorney General Hill said.“If Google has gained its advantages in the marketplace through free and fair competition, then let the chips fall where they will,” he said. “If, however, the facts uncovered in this investigation lead us to other conclusions, then we must pursue appropriate follow-up actions to protect the free market.”Attorney General Hill discussed the investigation at a press conference today in Washington D.C. that also included other attorneys general.Past investigations of Google have uncovered violations ranging from advertising illegal drugs in the United States to now three antitrust actions brought by the European Commission. None of these previous investigations, however, fully address the source of Google’s sustained market power and the ability to engage in serial and repeated business practices with the intention to protect and maintain that power.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Croydon zombie knife attacker jailed

first_img Gardner took to the streets in broad daylight, terrorising his victim and those members of the public who witnessed this extreme act of violence with a dangerous weapon. I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has today decided that a custodial sentence is more appropriate to help prevent Gardner from posing a threat to anyone else. A man who attacked a car using a large combat knife, terrorising the driver inside, has today been jailed after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, personally argued that his original sentence was too low at the Court of Appeal.Joshua Gardner, 19, attacked a car with a large ‘zombie knife’ having spotted the victim, who he had previously argued with, sitting inside. The victim tried to drive away but clipped the wheel of Gardner’s bike, causing him to fall. Gardner then began kicking the vehicle, before hitting the windows with his knife. He eventually managed to smash the passenger window, and attempted to stab the victim through the hole. The victim managed to exit the car and get away uninjured.Gardner was originally sentenced to 2 years in prison, suspended for 2 years, at the Central Criminal Court in November 2018. Today, the Court of Appeal has jailed Gardner for 3 and a half years.Speaking outside the Court of Appeal, the Solicitor General said:last_img read more

Les Claypool Confirms Primus Will Offer Support On Slayer’s Final U.S. Tour [Listen]

first_imgOn a recent episode of comedian Bill Burr‘s weekly podcast, bassist Les Claypool let out a surprising secret. According to Claypool, Primus will be one of the support acts on the last leg of Slayer‘s final U.S. tour, which has yet to be announced.Claypool explains to Burr,There’s another thing too that’s kind of a secret but maybe I can tell you now… So it looks like we’re confirmed, we’re gonna play the last, the very last run supporting Slayer’s very last tour—Primus is… It’s starting at Madison Square Garden and ending at The Forum, that’s the rumor.Related: Did You Know: Primus’ Les Claypool Once Auditioned For Metallica [Watch]Claypool also had some fun discussing his high school years with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, and how some of his extracurricular activities got him into legal trouble. Claypool explains,Kirk was in my algebra class with Mr. Kelly. Kirk had this dirty white t-shirt with big thick pop bottle glasses and he sat behind me divvying up dimebags and looking at guitar magazines. I remember, cause I would always be singing these songs and he would be like ‘Hey, Claypool, hey man, you want to come sing for my band?’ And I was too bashful to sing. I can barely sing now. So when it came down to it I couldn’t do it.You can listen to the full episode of Bill Burr and Les Claypool’s chat below:Next up for Slayer is their North American spring tour, featuring support from Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, and Cannibal Corpse. The hard rockers will then head to Europe for a series of headlining shows and festival appearances before presumably returning to the U.S. for the yet to be announced tour with Primus. For a full list of Slayer’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Currently, Primus has no scheduled tour dates.last_img read more

QDiscovery Enlists EMC For Its Performance And Data Defense

first_imgAt QDiscovery, we like to think of ourselves as the concierge of the e-discovery service market. Our team of 35 employees in New London, CT provides electronic data and document management solutions for law firms and corporate legal departments throughout the United States.We assist our customers with end-to-end discovery litigation support including presentations, document management and e-discovery to use in and out of the courtroom. We dedicate ourselves to the best possible customer experience by developing relationships that center on trust.That’s why it’s so important that we manage our data in a safe and secure environment, allowing information to be freely available when the client needs it. The QDiscovery data center houses up to 80TBs of legal documentation such as court papers, depositions or video surveillance footage. All of this can be requested on short notice to support a client’s case. We have some cases online that range from half a gigabyte to several terabytes. We can have up to 80 or 100 projects online at any given time.We began noticing performance issues in our system a few years ago. While we thought we had a storage issue, we quickly learned the problem was with the way we were backing up data. And the problem wasn’t so much in the size of the data as it was the millions of different types of files we were backing up.After a six-month engagement with EMC consultants, we selected a comprehensive storage and backup solution that includes the EMC VNX5400 with Data Encryption at Rest ([email protected]) and two EMC Data Domain DD2500 systems with EMC NetWorker software. So now our file storage is made up of the dual VNX systems at two co-locations – one in Connecticut and the other in Massachusetts. Our Data Domain systems back up and compress all our information, packing data into as little as one-thirtieth of the space it could otherwise require, using the industry’s leading solution for de-duplication.With this combination, we can process a wide variety of data faster than ever before. And for less money. Instead of having skilled attorneys waste billable hours sorting through documents in a linear fashion, we use our EMC infrastructure to quickly combine emails together for analysis, or look at similar documents to identify differences to locate the right file. Everything is geared towards making that evaluation go smoother, faster and with more consistency.And, while we initially engaged with EMC to fix our backup problem, the project exposed us to a wider range of technologies that have helped our business – such as our VNX storage array. EMC VNX, combined with Data Domain, solved our need for speed, and security. Every hard drive associated with VNX is encrypted. Whether data is being accessed from the laptop of one of our clients or it’s at rest in our data center, it’s safely encrypted. We found this to be a terrific solution.In addition to the hardware, the EMC consultancy service really brought it all together for us. They took the time to understand our challenges. They analyzed everything we shared and came back with a tailored solution that’s been rock solid ever since.The key to QDiscovery’s success is our customer satisfaction. But to make that happen, our solutions have to be reliable, secure and available. Our customers commonly ask us about our data center. Where is their information living? How safe is it? How quickly can they find the right data when they need it? Our relationship with EMC provides a positive answer to all those questions.last_img read more

ECUADOR: Demining Efforts Get a Lift

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2013 Ecuador’s demining program just got a boost of $500,000 in equipment from the United States via the Organization of American States’ Comprehensive Action Against Anti-personnel Mines. Combined with European donations in early 2012, Ecuador’s efforts to eradicate land mines on the border with Peru is on track for completion by 2017. “This half a million dollars just in equipment is very significant; it enables the Ecuadoreans to have more people working simultaneously on clearance operations,” Carl Case, general coordinator for the program, told Diálogo. The OAS program works jointly with the governments of Ecuador and Peru on the demining efforts. Case continued, “They have certainly increased in terms of efficiency and in terms of the output of land that is cleared.” Ecuador has between 70 and 100 demining workers on the border, while Peru has between 40 and 70 on their side of the border and another unit of 20 to 30 demining within the country, Case said. Although relatively few people have been injured and killed since the conflict between the two countries ended in 1995, the mines continue to present a hazard along the border and to the indigenous people who live there. The donated equipment includes an orbital sifting machine and rock crusher that are used in the difficult border terrain of rocky cliffs and riverbeds, where manual clearing is not possible. “The primary issue is that it’s part of the peace process and the confidence building that continues between Peru and Ecuador,” Case concluded. Sources: OAS, http://spanish.ecuador.usembassy.govlast_img read more

Ex-Nassau Pols Sentenced for Bribery Scam

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Democratic ex-Nassau County legislators and a former Town of North Hempstead official were sentenced Tuesday for their roles in a $400,000 bribery scheme involving an $80-millioin plan to redevelop New Cassel.Judge Alan Honorof sentenced 68-year-old ex-lawmaker Roger Corbin of Westbury to two to six years in prison after he was convicted of receiving a bribe and official misconduct. Fellow ex-legislator Patrick Williams, 66, of Uniondale, was sentenced to one year in jail for his conviction on conspiracy charges. And the former executive director of the Town of North Hempstead Community Development Agency, 73-year-old Neville Mullings of Westbury, was sentenced to nine months in jail for his official misconduct and conspiracy convictions.“These men were entrusted by the community to transform this property into a development that everyone in New Cassel could be proud of,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. “Instead, they put their personal interests before the community to line their own pockets.”The trio is slated to surrender to authorities to begin serving their sentences Thursday, but since they are reportedly appealing the convictions, that date could be postponed.Prosecutors have said the former officials manipulated a 2003 downtown revitalization plan that was the joint vision of the community, town and county to bring a supermarket, bank and new housing into the blighted neighborhood. Ten years after the first request for proposals for the project was released, the parcel still has not been fully developed.Corbin, who pleaded guilty four years ago to federal tax evasion and lying to investigators, was released from prison in November 2011 for those unrelated charges. Williams had previously pleaded guilty in 2002 to federal conspiracy charges and served six months home detention.last_img read more

Suffolk County Conservative Party Chair Ed Walsh Charged With Fraud

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing about $80,000 in wages for hours he did not work at his job in the county sheriff’s office, authorities said.Edward Walsh, who leads the largest Conservative Party chapter in New York State, was charged at Central Islip federal court with scheme to defraud.“Mr. Walsh shook down county government for hours he never worked,” said George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York office. “In reality, he was often on the ninth hole practicing his putting.”Federal prosecutors said the 48-year-old East Islip man, who worked as a high-level corrections officer in addition to his party chairmanship, falsely claimed to have worked hours at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office while he was instead golfing or gambling at Foxwoods Casino, or performing work on behalf of the Suffolk County Conservative Party between 2011 and 2014.Walsh allegedly lied to FBI agents by claiming that he worked flex time or was on the telephone regarding his work at the Sheriff’s office even while at the golf course, according to investigators.Walsh’s boss, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, who was elected to his position on the Conservative Party line, referred the findings of an internal investigation to the FBI, the sheriff said.“Protecting the integrity of the Sheriff’s Office and the reputation of the hardworking men and women of this office is a high priority,” DeMarco said. “Violation of the public trust by a sworn officer flies in the face of the oath of office and is inexcusable.”Suffolk County Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), chair of the public safety committee, said she asked the county Office Labor Relations to immediately dismiss Walsh.“As law enforcement officials we hold these employees to higher standards,” she said. “Mr. Walsh’s actions have tainted a Sheriff’s Department that I know to be staffed with good, hardworking officers that conduct themselves with the utmost integrity. The termination of Mr. Walsh will allow the department to move forward and begin to restore the trust of our residents.”Walsh’s Babylon-based attorney, William Wexler, was not immediately available for comment. Walsh is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday before Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson.Michael Long, chairman of the state Conservative Party, told the Press: “We’ll let the justice system play out.”last_img read more

Is your branch a consumer Bermuda Triangle?

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » You’ve probably heard stories about the Bermuda Triangle; that spooky stretch of open water lying roughly between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. Whether you put any stock in paranormal tales of missing ships, planes and people is a matter of choice. What is certain is that, for whatever reason(s), people sometimes do go missing in the region, sometimes never to be heard of again.Does the same thing happen to consumers as they enter your bank or credit union branch facilities? After many years and hundreds of mystery shops (all part of marketing audits) I can safely say the entryway to many financial institutions is a Bermuda Triangle-like no man’s land where consumers are far too easily lost. This loss comes at a cost to your brand, your business and your bottom line.Think for a moment on how your branches are geared to greet consumers. Do you have:last_img read more