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Purplebricks LPE wins agency’s first Propertymark Qualifications gong

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Purplebricks LPE wins agency’s first Propertymark Qualifications gong previous nextAssociations & BodiesPurplebricks LPE wins agency’s first Propertymark Qualifications gongLove them or hate them, the hybrid agency’s LPE Katie Wilcox-Smith has been recognised by the trade association for her lettings training.Nigel Lewis24th October 201901,578 Views Lord Best, the key architect of the government’s plans to police the industry, told a packed room of leading property figures yesterday that the UK will enter a ‘whole new era for estate agency’ when his RoPA working group reforms are implemented.His comments came as the great and good of the industry gathered in Parliament to find out who the latest Propertymark Qualifications winners are this year, including the first Purplebricks LPE to win a gong. She is Katie Wilcox-Smith, its Leicestershire and Rutland territory owner.During his speech Lord Best also said estate agents should embrace becoming ‘genuine professionals’ on a par with solicitors, surveyors and architects as direct regulation of the industry looms.“The next generation want to be recognised as ‘professionals’, and therefore it’s a very positive move to have a regulator who will ensure that anyone who wants to be an estate agent is properly licenced, has attained the correct qualifications and signs up to a code of practice whether they are companies or individuals,” he said.Propertymark winnersLord Best revealed that it will take two years to get the new regulator set up, assuming Brexit is sorted soon. The peer then went on to present the winners of the Propertymark awards who were, pictured (above from left to right):Sales Candidate of the Year: Sean Rawson, The Nottingham (not pictured)Learner of the Year: Florence Bond from Norfolk agency George Durrant & SonsEmployer Champion of the Year: Williams and Goodwin The Property People (Sally Walley and Amy Williams)Lifelong Achievement: David Hughes of qualifications firm MOLAuctioneer candidate of the year: Erroll ThomasLettings Candidate of the Year: Katie Wilcox-Smith from PurplebricksJoint rising stars of the year: Heather Fraser and Laura Young.“The learners here who have achieved Propertymark Qualification are the future of the industry, and it is only right that we reflect on where we are as an industry and a profession,” says David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark (left).“Housing is a key issue across parliament and cross-party and for the constituents themselves – there’s not enough housing and some of it isn’t very good and in the private rented sector it’s not always well managed; builders are exploiting buyers through ‘fleecehold’ and government and politicians are acutely aware of these problems.“The solutions are complex and not always easy to bring about. There is no silver bullet, but having said that, consumers should expect that the agent they use know what they are doing and that’s what we’re here to celebrate today.” Propertymark Qualifications Lord Best NAEA ARLA David Cox October 24, 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 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

Exhibition Review: Helen Ganly: Journey into Light

first_imgWhat do a cake of the Radcliffe Camera, a stencil, a video of a river and a pile of notebooks have in common? – Helen Ganly Currently on show in the Lower Gallery of Modern Art Oxford, Helen Ganly’s exhibition Journey into Light experiments with media and form in an unusual way, and focuses largely on light and white. Upon entering, one is greeted by a fuzzy cine film documentation of a performance on the River San. Ganly used recycled paper from a previous exhibition to make origami boats in which she floated tea lights down the river. Filmed at dusk, all that one sees is a blurred figure with white hair sending flickering lights off down the river, the film zooming in and picking up the yellow of the lights and the white of her hair. The simplicity of the movement and colours seems refreshingly peaceful and calm, next to our frenetic lives.  Oxford-based and a tutor at both The Ruskin and Oxford Brookes, Ganly was the first artist to be awarded the role of Artist-in-Residence at the Ashmolean, in 2000. The influence of her historic hometown will delight gallery visitors when they see her icing-coated Rad Cam, made of fruit cake. Though not exactly a typical medium, this is executed remarkably well. Like many of her works, Ganly has chosen to eliminate colour from the piece and focus on the details, depicting the building in solid white and articulating the fine architectural details in piping. It is probably the first time a cake has been exhibited at Modern Art Oxford, and, unsurprisingly, probably Ganly’s most famous piece (though it is in fact the second version; the first was eaten!). The nature of Ganly’s more transient pieces – the origami boats floating away, or Art in Situ when she tied tiny books to balloon strings and released them across mountains – makes documentation especially important. This is why she has chosen to exhibit her notebooks. Filled with notes, diagrams, and even occasionally pop-up forms of her work, they give a great sense of her artistic process. Ganly always carries a notebook with her, using it as a memory bank for events, ideas and forms. The notebook in use while she built The Radcliffe Camera as a Celebration Cake, 2006 is reproduced for visitors to read, allowing access to the process, and the knowledge that it is fruit cake.   Finally, the last two sculptures represent buildings in a much more ephemeral way. Two tracing paper towers are constructed in circular columns,one with a light at the centre, the other with a stone. The contrast between the two brings home the importance of Ganly’s central theme: the Journey into Light. Her focus on white brings clarity and simplicity to each work, allowing one to focus on the shapes and construction, rather than colour and shade.  by Jenny Vass Helen Ganly: Journey into Light is on show at Modern Art Oxford until 17th February.last_img read more

Oxford Blues defy the odds at Twickenham

first_imgOxford University notched up an unexpected 21-10 win at the Varsity Rugby Match yesterday. The result marks only the second victory for Oxford in six years. Having lost to Cambridge last year and endured a disappointing season thus far, the Oxford team were the underdogs in the buildup to the 129th game. Two tries scored in the first half by Cheesman and Crozier, alongside the skilful kicking of fly half Charlie Marr, secured an impressive win for the Dark Blues. Captain Nick Haydon told BBC Oxford, “This surpasses all my achievements. To represent Oxford University is a great honour, and to lead the side is a very special moment.” On their website, the Oxford University Rugby Club described the match, which was attended by over 27,000 people, as “a dominant Oxford performance’”. Man of the Match was awarded to flanker Stan McKeen, who led Oxford’s back row throughout.last_img read more

Kendrick Lamar Emerges From The Weeknd’s Stage For Surprise Collaboration In LA [Video]

first_imgOn Saturday night in Los Angeles, the Weeknd performed at the Forum. Fans were treated to a surprise guest appearance from Kendrick Lamar, who emerged from beneath the stage and immediately into his verse on the Weekend’s “Sidewalks” from the 2016 Starboy album. From there, Lamar performed “HUMBLE.” from his most recent masterpiece DAMN.A compilation of video clips can be viewed below:If you haven’t yet listened to Kendrick’s new album, sleep no more. It’s artistic, it’s complex, it’s got a few surefire radio hits to boot, and will undoubtedly be on repeat for the foreseeable future. The album’s contributors include Rihanna, U2, and LA-based Zacari. Additionally, James Black, BadBadNotGood, and The Alchemist have all received credits, with production credits to Mike WiLL Made It on a number of tracks.Now, bow your head and listen to the King:Catch him on tour in 2017:last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Details Special Guests For Beacon Theatre Run

first_imgLast week, Tedeschi Trucks Band announced the dates for their celebrated annual return to the Beacon Theatre in New York City. With six performances planned across October 6th through 14th this fall, the upcoming run will mark Tedeschi Trucks Band’s seventh consecutive year performing at the legendary venue that is the Beacon Theatre. Today, the band had more announcements on the way, with the group detailing the special guests who will be joining them during the week.For the first night of the run on October 6th, Texas’s Greyhounds will help Tedeschi Trucks Band kick off their week. October 7th will see a solo performance by TTB, followed by a date with the glory that is The Wood Brothers on October 10th. On October 11th, North Mississippi Allstars will perform with Tedeschi Trucks Band for a special performance dubbed Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends celebrating TTB’s 25th show at the Beacon. The two remaining dates on October 13th and 14th will both be solo performances, taking the label of “An Evening With TTB.”We’re all beyond excited for the twelve-piece band led by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks to return to the legendary Beacon Theatre. Pre-sales for the shows start tomorrow, May 9th, and 10 a.m. EST via the TTB Tour Page (there’s no code or password needed for the pre-sale). For the general public, the shows go on-sale Friday, May 12th, at 10 a.m. EST. You can find out more at the Beacon run, including special rates for hotels by the venue, here on Tedeschi Trucks Band’s website.[Photo: Chad Anderson]Tedeschi Trucks Band October Beacon Theatre RunOct 6 – Beacon Theatre (with Greyhounds)Oct 7 – Beacon Theatre (An Evening With TTB)Oct 10 – Beacon Theatre (with The Wood Brothers)Oct 11 – Beacon Theatre (TTB & Friends – 25th Beacon Show Celebration ft. North Mississippi Allstars)Oct 13 – Beacon Theatre (An Evening With TTB)Oct 14 – Beacon Theatre (An Evening With TTB)last_img read more

Watch Andy Frasco’s Wild Rendition Of “Struggle” On Jam Cruise 16 [Pro-Shot]

first_img[Video: Jam Cruise]Last week, the fourth annual Brooklyn Comes Alive announced its return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. The one-of-a-kind, multi-venue event also announced that for the first time ever, Jam Cruise will present its beloved staple, the Jam Room, on land, giving artists the chance to collaborate in an open and relaxed atmosphere. Three hosts, who will be announced in the coming weeks, will be hand-picked to curate the special extended late-night jam sessions, for the first-ever land edition of this fan and artist favorite.Brooklyn Comes Alive also recently released its 2018 musical lineup. Tickets are on sale NOW on Eventbrite. Visit BrooklynComesAlive.com for more information. Today, Jam Cruise has released a brand-new pro-shot video from Andy Frasco & The U.N.‘s daytime performance on Jam Cruise 16. The video captures the band’s ridiculous antics during the song “It’s Been A Struggle”, a frantic, high-energy tune off the band’s 2014 album, Half A Man.Andy Frasco & The U.N. were one of the most buzzed-about acts on the boat this year. Led by the group’s charismatic vocalist, pianist, and bandleader Andy Frasco, each performance saw the band invite numerous special guests. However, Frasco and company’s shows are more than just a concert, but rather a booze-fueled display of debauchery, complete with stage-diving, beer dousing, and Frasco’s hilarious banter throughout.The recently released video from Jam Cruise shows Andy Frasco & The U.N. at their finest. There’s plenty of hilarious commentary from Frasco, numerous blistering solos from pretty much everyone on stage, a bunch of instrument switches, and a wild guest collaboration with the Spoonfed Tribe on drums. The song ends with a shreddy heavy-metal guitar solo, which sees two members of the band playing the same guitar, making for a ridiculous outro to the tune. Check it out for yourself below:Andy Frasco – “Struggle” [Pro-Shot]last_img read more

Mom of 15-year-old killed by Oklahoma police sues for video

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The mother of 15-year-old boy who was shot to death by Oklahoma City police in November is asking a judge to order the city to “immediately furnish” footage from officers’ body cameras. A lawsuit filed Tuesday argues that the city is violating state law by failing to release the footage of the Nov. 23 shooting of Stavian Rodriguez. The Oklahoman reports that the suit contends the recordings are public records subject to disclosure. Attorney Rand Eddy initially sought the recordings in a Dec. 14 letter written on behalf of the boy’s mother, Cameo Holland. Eddy says the city has yet to produce the recordings or say why it won’t.last_img

Brentwood Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old man was fatally hit by a pickup truck in his hometown of Brentwood on Wednesday morning.Suffolk County police said Carlos Magana was walking on Wicks Road when he was struck by a northbound Dodge Ram at 5 a.m.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead. The driver was not injured.Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img

NAFCU gains insights on housing finance reform, reg relief

first_imgNAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Ann Kossachev attended an event Wednesday with Andrew Olmem, special assistant to the president for financial policy, during which he shared updates on a number of issues including the economy, housing finance reform, regulatory relief and consumer privacy.On housing finance reform, Olmem indicated that the Treasury Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development are currently working on plans as directed by the memo issued by President Donald Trump last month to initiate housing finance reform. Olmem indicated that the administration expects to see reports from both agencies completed within a few weeks. NAFCU has led efforts to ensure credit unions’ unfettered access to the secondary mortgage market in any housing finance reform, and has urged the Trump administration and Congress to work together on a comprehensive solution.Olmem also said that the administration is concerned about regulatory burdens placed on financial institutions in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis; many new regulations have been implemented without having a big impact on the safety and soundness of the financial system. He said the administration is encouraging regulators to implement provisions of S. 2155 in a timely manner; see NAFCU’s summary guide on provisions related to credit unions here. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

3 tactics to fuel growth & decrease loan-to-deposit ratios

first_imgHas your organization seen decreased lending opportunities or have you had to downsize profitable lending programs as a result of your loan-to-deposit ratio?Have you had to borrow money from the Fed or other funding sources due to lack of deposits? If so, have you seen an impact on your profit margins as a result of the actions you’ve had to take to improve your loan-to-deposit ratio?If your financial institution is struggling to improve your loan-to-deposit ratio or has needed to take some of these more drastic measures, you are not alone! In fact, most lending institutions today would answer “yes” to at least one of the above questions.Increasing Loan-to-Deposit RatiosThe financial crisis of 2008 led to a national surge in account openings and deposits, as consumers and businesses alike sought to secure their finances in retail financial institutions. But now, due to multiple rate hikes and a growing economy, many of these account holders are pulling their money out of these traditional accounts in favor of investment alternatives that offer more yield on their money.i continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more