New online property auction site aims to ‘Ebay for agents’

first_imgAn online property auction has launched that enables agents to sell and rent out homes using a virtual service via its smartphone app and website.Called LetsBid, it bypasses traditional auctions and enables buyers and tenants to bid for properties that have been uploaded to the site by agents.Sales and letting agents are able to set a guide and reserve price, as they would at a traditional auction, but also see who is bidding on properties or has shown an interest by downloading property details.Also, potential tenants are pre-referenced using online service Lets Safe to ensure bidders aren’t then rejected after winning an auction.Milton RodosthenousThe company’s CEO Milton Rodosthenous (pictured, left) says that unlike other rental and sales property market ‘disruptors’, LetsBid aims to enhance an agent’s marketing offering rather than seeking to replace it, as US site RentBerry, which is due to launch in the UK soon, does.“In effect, we act like an estate agent’s virtual or remote auction department, enabling them to become an auctioneer overnight,” he says.Vetted agents“Lots of proptech seems intent on taking business away from agents but we believe they still have the biggest part to play in property, so we’re backing them, which is why vetted agents are the only ones who can upload property to LetsBid.”The company also has ambitious aims for the business, which it says has the potential to copy the Ebay model and persuade more people to buy homes via an online auction.Its service, which has a rival called LetsBid4lets, is free for buyers and tenants to use, but agents pay a monthly fee, although LetsBid is offering a free one-year subscription to the first 1,000 agents who sign up.Before setting up LetsBid, Milton worked for Barclays’ Corporate Banking and more recently at West London company Lansdowne Auctions.Milton Rodosthenous Lansdowne Auctions LetsBid property auctions auctioneers auctions December 8, 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 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 » New online property auction site aims to ‘Ebay for agents’ previous nextProducts & ServicesNew online property auction site aims to ‘Ebay for agents’A free-to-use site for buyers and tenants has launched today that enables agents to upload properties directly to an online auction.Nigel Lewis8th December 201701,358 Viewslast_img read more

Three weeks until Cupcake Championships deadline

first_imgThere are only three weeks left to get your entries in to the National Cupcake Championships 2013.The professional competition is designed for any bakery businesses that produce cupcakes, whether a big or small part of your sales.All you have to do is submit a recipe, photo of your cupcake and brief description of your business.You can enter a maximum of one recipe in each of the four categories – so a maximum of four entries into the competition overall.Recipes will need to fit our Themed, Classic, Free-from or Made with Alcohol category criteria, which can be found on our website http://www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk/page/competitions.html.The look and design of the cupcake is obviously very important, but it must taste great too, and technically be a good cake.Winning can really help boost sales of your cupcakes, as well as your business profile, with past winners appearing in both local and national press, and even on BBC’s The One Show.You can find out all about the competition, and how you could be crowned the ulimate cupcake champion at www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk.Shortlisted finalists will receive a free ticket to the Cake International Show, NEC Birmingham on 9 November, where our live final will be held.To enter visit www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk. For any queries please call Rebecca George on 01293 610422 or email [email protected] deadline: Friday, 19 July 2013last_img read more

Landscape workshops

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaWith the economy limping, many people are trying to make endsmeet by getting into the landscape business. Or they’re thinkingabout it.For them and others who haven’t been in the business long, theUniversity of Georgia offers the 2003 Business Skills andPractical Skills Workshops for Beginning Landscaping and LawnCare Professionals.The workshops will be Oct. 15-17 at the Bamboo Farm and CoastalGardens in Savannah, Ga., and Oct. 29-31 at Gwinnett TechnicalInstitute in Lawrenceville, Ga. They feature expert advice oneverything from hiring help to troubleshooting plant problems.Three daysThe three days include instruction at all levels. Days one andtwo cover business skills needed in the industry.Day three is set aside for practical skills training. Thisincludes pesticide recertification credits to people who hold acommercial or private license in Georgia or South Carolina.For a detailed schedule, visit the Web site at www.ces.uga.edu/business-skills.htm.A $100 fee (or a separate fee for each workshop) includes threedays of instruction from university faculty and industry pros,printed materials, refreshment breaks and lunch on days two andthree.Daily events begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. A detailed list offees is included on the registration form on-line.last_img read more

Auto-enrolment comes to Ireland in sweeping pension reforms

first_imgIreland plans to introduce an auto-enrolment system to boost pension saving as part of a major set of reforms laid out by the government this week.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, head of the Irish government, announced on Wednesday a five-year “roadmap for pensions reform” encompassing the state pension as well as both private sector and public sector provision.Varadkar said the government wanted to “create a fairer and simpler contributory pension system where a person’s pension outcome reflects their social insurance contributions, and in parallel, create a new and necessary culture of personal retirement saving in Ireland”.The announcement follows months of often-heated debate about various aspects of pension policy. Lawmakers have lobbied for scrapping the mandatory retirement age and measures to stop employers abandoning underfunded defined benefit (DB) schemes. Regina DohertyRegina Doherty, minister for employment affairs and social protection, said auto-enrolment and the state pension changes were “the two most fundamental reform measures” in Wednesday’s announcement.The changes to the state pension will be effective from 2020. Individuals will be automatically enrolled into workplace pension funds from 2022, Doherty said. The government will consult on both elements in the second quarter of this year.Scheme governance and regulationFollowing several high-profile problems with underfunded DB schemes, the government has been under pressure to improve protections for members.More than a quarter (26%) of Irish DB schemes did not meet the required funding standard, the government’s report said.“The government will strive to ensure that the DB regulatory regime appropriately balances fairness between all generations of scheme members with the need to help sponsoring employers, employees and scheme trustees maintain the sustainability of their pension schemes,” the report said.“The objective of any measures must be to support the sustainability of existing DB schemes and, where possible, limit DB scheme closures and safeguard the delivery of the benefits promised to all members.”The government said it planned to push ahead with a Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registration bill introduced to parliament last year. The bill includes stronger rules about reporting scheme funding levels and agreeing funding proposals.The bill has been on hold since October but the government now plans to advance it from next month.Other measures would also be considered, the government said, including more powers for the sector regulator, the Pensions Authority, and more reporting requirements for employers.Consultations are planned for Q4 2018.Public sector workers will be asked to contribute an extra €550m a year – an 80% increase in contributions when implemented in full from 2020.The mandatory retirement age for the public sector is to increase from 65 to 70 for those hired before 1 April 2004, bringing these people into line with more recent recruits.Industry reactionJerry Moriarty, chief executive of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, said the sector had been “crying out” for simplification.“There are currently too many rules which confuse and frustrate those attempting to save for retirement,” he said. “We are hopeful that these reforms will deal with much of this unnecessary complexity.”Roma Burke, partner at consultancy LCP, said the roadmap was “a significant and wide-ranging communication on all aspects of the retirement system” affecting trustees, scheme members and those not yet saving for retirement.“There are numerous consultations to be held and the timelines are very ambitious,” she added. “It remains to be seen whether these timelines will be met and/or whether the ambitions will be curtailed.”The government’s ‘Roadmap to Pensions Reform 2018-23’ is available here. The six “strands” of the reforms cover:a “total contributions approach” to the state pension, including maintaining its value at 34-35% of average earnings;automatic enrolment to address Ireland’s “significant” pension savings gap;improvements to the sustainability of DB schemes and protections for members;changes to public sector pension rules;the implementation of the IORP II directive; andnew flexibilities to allow people to work past their default retirement age.center_img Leo VaradkarVaradkar – who was minister for social protection before becoming prime minister – said Ireland was “facing a number of challenges” from changing demographics and the knock-on effects on government finances and retirement security.In the next 40 years the ratio of working age people to pensioners was expected to fall from 4.5 to one to 2.3 to one, he said.State pension and auto-enrolmentlast_img read more

Role models

first_imgJacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested on an aggravated DUI charge Sunday after authorities in Oklahoma said he had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system. The former Oklahoma State star smelled of alcohol when an officer pulled him over shortly after 3 a.m., Stillwater police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson said.Blackmon agreed to take a breathalyzer test and blew a .24 — three times the legal limit of .08, Dickerson said. Under Oklahoma law, a driver can be charged with aggravated driving under the influence when a test shows .15 or greater. The Jaguars drafted Blackmon with the fifth pick in this year’s NFL draft in the hopes that he could upgrade the league’s worst offense. Hey look, before he can upgrade anything; he must quit straddling the fence so he can be upgraded and retooled with the proper etiquette and social values.Whatever happened to doing the right thing? Also, you me and the gatepost continues to have our eardrums pounded upon with ear splitting frequencies moaning about; “where have all the role models gone?” Well the last time that I checked, most of our young “American Idols” were too busy shooting themselves in the legs at various bling-bling establishments around the country. I keep saying when you are poor and young and finally get your hands on a little bit of dough you may become; “toe up from the flo up.” But you do not have to necessarily have to be young to exhibit high levels of arrogance, ignorance and stupidity.Take the case of ex-Steelers great Hines Ward. On July 9, 2011, Ward was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Dekalb County, Georgia. Ward grew up in Georgia, went to school there and frequently spends time there during the offseason. The bloggers really had a field day with the part about Ward being arrested where he went to school. One blogger kingjoe1 said: “Oh no! Not Hines, he is the NFL that even the sweet old house wives can like. Given where it happened, I have a feeling someone is going to get a hometown discount on this charge. I am thinking procedural error.” Echoing what I have been saying for thirty one years, ny82jy says: “Wow, these guys just never get it. They have all the money in the world and the feel the need to risk their lives and other peoples’ lives by getting behind the wheel while drunk. Sorry no sympathy for you Ward. Get a driver!!”Let me get my two cents in here. This could not have been the Hines Ward that we all know and love as the ultimate “smiley” face. Ward has almost always been considered to be Mr. Role Model himself.Whether it is loose women, fast cars, too much Moet, too little firearms training, a lack in home training or just all of the above all of our youth from all ages past, present and future must firmly grasp the concept of wealth+morality=success. Nothing can be guaranteed but a young person has a decent shot at positive and sustained growth if they will at least attempt to stick to the aforementioned formula.This next example is for all of you that are twenty five years old and under. Defensive tackle Adrian Gabriel “Señor Sack” Rivera played with the Pittsburgh Steelers for a single season in 1983. A graduate of Texas Tech, Rivera was a first round pick by the Steelers. The Steelers selected Rivera in the first round. Rivera was considered to be one of the fastest defensive linemen coming out of college.On October 20, 1983, Rivera was paralyzed in drunk driving car wreck. He was treated for head, neck, chest and abdominal injuries. The accident happened in Ross township. He and his wife Kimberly had a son Timothy Rivera three weeks later, on November 11, 1983. My point is we all are being observed by young people, old people and middle-aged people and we should all conduct ourselves accordingly whether it is in private or public. When we injure and maim ourselves whether it is physically, financially or socially it not only hurts us but our loved ones, family and friends as well. There is no such thing as innocence lost because most of the times we don’t lose innocence, we throw it away along with all of the things that really are important to us. Don’t toss the baby out with the bath water. Do the right thing at home and “abroad,” later.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) by Aubrey BruceFor New Pittsburgh Courier “Role model: (noun), a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.” (Dictionary.com)“Hood-i-verse: (noun), a place, usually in the Black part of town where down means up, where wet means dry and dead means alive. B). A dark place that is a stark contrast to the world of reality.”last_img read more