‘We will break Rightmove’ promises LocalMove portal chief

first_imgLast week three estate agencies based in and around Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham launched a ‘local property portal’ platform that they believe has the best chance of taking on Rightmove and winning nationally.The Negotiator Zoomed in to quiz one of the co-founders, Nigel Deekes of Acres.Aren’t portals like LocalMove just knee-jerk reactions to Rightmove’s fee hikes?Portal fees are very annoying, but I think most agents are more upset by the attitude that portals take towards agents and the outright monopoly that in particular Rightmove have.If there was greater competition and a more even balance of power in the portal market, then it wouldn’t be so bad.Agents feel like their hands are tied – it’s difficult to walk away from the big portals because if you do, you’re going to get hammered by your local competitors.Why now?Me and another agent called Paul Carr first came up with the idea nearly 15 years ago because even then we realised that Rightmove had too much power.But the time wasn’t right, and agents didn’t have the appetite to get involved. Rightmove were not seen as a big enough threat yet.Since then, we’ve been waiting for the ideal time to launch LocalMove and a year ago Paul Carr, Greene & Company and [his company] Acres all agreed that the time HAD come, so we’ve working since then to get it ready.Why ‘LocalMove’?Most people move within four or five miles of their existing homes so a national portal in reality isn’t really needed and therefore we’ve decided to focus on the ‘local’. Our strapline is going to be ‘Make the right move with LocalMove’.We think Zoopla and OnTheMarket have not reached their potential and significantly weakening Rightmove and that Boomin won’t either.Because they have all tried or are trying to be another big portal. You are not going to persuade agents to leave Rightmove on a national basis – everyone else is waiting for their local competitors to leave first.Why will your idea work?If I rang up an agent and said I’m from LocalMove then the receptionist would take my message, and no one would call me back.If I called up one of my local competitors and said it’s Nigel from Acres, they’d take my call because they know me – and that’s how the LocalMove network will grow; by agents recommending it to each other.Once agents begin to trust each other, even if you don’t like each other, then it is possible to for the main agents in a town or area to quit Rightmove safely, although some we’ve talked to have suggested a legally-binding agreement to cement it.Sutton Coldfield is one thing, what about the rest of the UK?In our local area, we are definitely leaving and between the three of us we will take 70%-80% of local listings with us to LocalMove and off Rightmove.It will only be a matter of time before house hunters in the area notice Rightmove has just 20-30% of the inventory and begin using LocalMove, which we will promote via our marketing and branches, instead. People will always go where the properties are.Once agents see it working in areas near them, then the idea will spread and, town by town and area by area, we will win the battle. I truly believe this will work.Acres Nigel Deekes LocalMove paul carr Greene & Co Rightmove January 28, 2021Nigel Lewis2 commentsWhere Is The Monii Money, WITMM WITMM 28th January 2021 at 10:34 amPortals occupy an unusual place in the property ecosystem. The people who pay for them (the agents) are not the users (buyers and sellers).The launch of a new portal, be it local, national or indeed global requires both the agents to list (although easy enough to scrape RM, Zoopla, OTM) and then use by the buying and selling public.Business such as Rightmove has become the default for most users. It is a byword for property. My feel is that most people could not name all their local estate agents but would know to look at Rightmove et al. It’s on a par with not knowing the name of the local car showroom so then using Autotrade. Most online buying starts or finishes with Amazon or eBay.The fundamental challenge is that these organisations are almost ingrained into the public pyche. “Yes”, local agents may know Nigel From Acres, but in 3 years time, will the buyers and sellers be choosing LocalMove over RightMove?Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 28th January 2021 at 8:49 amGood luck NigelLove the initiativeLets all support Nigel to break the hold#saynotorightmoveLog 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 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 » Marketing » ‘We will break Rightmove’ promises LocalMove portal chief previous nextMarketing‘We will break Rightmove’ promises LocalMove portal chiefNigel Deekes sets out how his ‘locally focussed’ property portal will succeed where others have failed to knock Rightmove off its perch.Nigel Lewis28th January 20212 Comments3,831 Viewslast_img read more

Defense plays well in spring season finale

first_imgSenior defensive lineman O\’Brien Schofield led the Badgers with 2 sacks during the spring game.[/media-credit]Although the Wisconsin defensive unit features several new faces in starting positions, it certainly didn’t look that way in Saturday’s spring football game.Both the Cardinal and White squads impressed, even if the combined 70 points allowed doesn’t make it appear that way.The two Badger squads combined for 10 tackles for loss, including seven sacks for a loss of 53 yards. Redshirt senior O’Brien Schofield led the way with a pair of sacks for the No. 1 defense on quarterbacks Scott Tolzien and Jon Budmayr.Schofield did not start the game with the first string defense, however, due to disciplinary action taken by head coach Bret Bielema.“O’Brien did that to himself; he was two minutes late to the team meeting yesterday afternoon, so he was moved down to the twos,” Bielema said. “One of our things we really talked about was being on time, and he wasn’t able to do that for yesterday’s meeting. … We have to set the example at the top and he understands that now.”Following the game, Schofield echoed Bielema’s sentiments, saying he needs to be a leader of the defensive corps. He believes the move down to the No. 2 defense was a test from his head coach.“He just wanted to see how I was going to respond, if I was going to still be able to play ball and focus,” Schofield said. “At first I really didn’t like it, but you know, as a football player in general I love the game and it was still a privilege to be out there in general.”The highlight of the day for the white defense came in the first quarter when linebacker Tony Megna intercepted a Dustin Sherer pass at the 24-yard line and returned it for a touchdown. With points worth double for second-stringers, Megna’s interception gave the White squad a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.Megna had been in the secondary for the Wisconsin defense, but Bielema opted to switch him to the linebacking corps after seeing him play a few times.“I just saw him making plays. … Tony is a scrappy kid,” Bielema said. “He’s got a great energy, great attitude (and is) probably one of the more enjoyable kids to be around on the team just because of what he feels is important and how he kind of handles himself.”For the Cardinal defense, the game went according to plan.With Budmayr and Tolzien behind center for the White squad, the Cardinal defense did not allow an offensive touchdown to the No. 2 offense. On eight drives Saturday the white offense managed just 21 yards, punting five times and giving the ball away once on a Devin Smith interception.Still, the No. 1 defense knows it needs to continue to improve before the start of fall camp and the regular season.“We know we’re going to play against some better teams out there in the Big Ten and other conferences,” linebacker Jaevery McFadden said. “At the same time it is a good feeling to be able to say we shut them out in the spring game.”Maragos, Watt receive scholarshipsAfter transferring to Wisconsin and proving their worth, safety Chris Maragos and defensive end J.J. Watt got some big news at Friday’s team meeting.Bielema announced the two defensive starters would be receiving scholarships in the fall as a reward for their hard work and dedication to the team.It was an exciting moment for Maragos and Watt, as well as the rest of their teammates.“To have all those players react in a certain way when I announced that last night to the team, that gets me excited,” Bielema said.For Watt, being a scholarship player is nothing new, as he had previously been under scholarship at Central Michigan before transferring to Wisconsin.After giving up a scholarship and sitting out a year, getting a scholarship from the Badgers proved the decision was the right one for Watt.“It’s a great feeling to get a scholarship, especially after working hard for a year and giving up a scholarship at Central Michigan to come here,” Watt said. “I’m very grateful that Coach B gave me the opportunity to come here, and I’m very, very grateful that he gave me the scholarship now.”Maragos, on the other hand, was never offered a scholarship from Western Michigan before transferring to Wisconsin. To finally earn one from the University of Wisconsin means a great deal to the Racine native.“My first reaction was, you know, thinking back on just what the Lord had brought me through and just kind of how he had been working in kind of the hard times,” Maragos said. “Now just to see the end result of his work and his hand in everything I was flooded with a lot of different emotions.”last_img read more

Uphill tasks for Kotoko, Hearts of Oak

first_imgDefending champions Asante Kotoko and rivals Hearts of Oak will be involved in dicey duels as the 2012/2013 Premier League enters its 12th day this weekend.The Porcupine Warriors will trek to the Golden City Park as guests of Berekum Chelsea where as the Phobians will play host to leaders Aduana at their favourite ground, Accra Sports Stadium.The two games top the bill for this weekend clashes with more attention in the capital, where Hearts seeks for their first point in three matches. It even becomes more difficult against Aduana, who are 10-points richer than the Phobians and have yet to taste defeat in their last six games.The fact that the Accra Sports Stadium has become an unfamiliar terrain for the hosts after two losses in their last three games at the venue, adds to the worries of head coach David Duncan, who has let go some notable players such as Emmanuel Attakora Gyimah, Isaac Ofori and Douglas Nkrumah following the opening of the second transfer window.Embittered by the unusual results, Duncan’s popularity will further be telescoped in the eyes of the followers who are gradually losing patience and confidence in the team.Aduana will be no pushovers and the homers must cough out a convincing strategy to ‘douse the flame’ of the Dormaa lads. The unbeaten record of Kotoko faces yet again another stiff test from Berekum Chelsea, who boasts of a 100 percent record at home.At the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast, high-flying Ebusua Dwarfs are favoured to send Amidaus Professionals empty based on their current form. However, Professor Joseph Mintah and his charges can only afford to underrate their guests at their own peril especially with Amidaus’ Yahaya Mohammed on song with eight goals so far.Fourth-placed Medeama will engage Berekum Arsenals in a ‘David and Goliath’ affair with the former tipped to scoop the maximum points on the table at the Tarkwa T&A Park. Arsenals, have been off-color so far, and certainly do not appear to possess the antidote to silence their hosts.Liberty Professionals travel to Wa to face All Stars just as Heart of Lions storms the premier Port City as guests of Tema Youth in a match of equals.King Faisal have their own problems this season but have an edge over Real Tamale United and are poised to deepen the woes of the bottom-placed club. On Saturday, Edubiase slugs it out with AshantiGold in a regional derby at the Nana Gyamfi Park in Bekwai.last_img read more

Florida truck driver gets stuck in Wellington Sunday

first_imgTruck gets stuck on 17th and Blaine. (Courtesy photo) Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Dominique Smith, 22, of Brandon, Fla. found himself in Wellington a lot longer than he had intended Sunday.At the intersection of 17th and Blaine Street around 8 a.m., the Wellington Police Department received a report that a Knight Transportation Truck, headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., was stuck in the mud. It became a day long process pulling him out.Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said the trucker was on 17th street and made a wrong turn. So he attempted to make a U-turn and got the rig stuck in the backyard ditch of the Tom Riggs residence on 17th and Blaine.A wrecker service was called in from Wichita to pull him out. According to sources, he was there until 3:15 p.m. Sunday.Smith was issued a notice by the WPD to appear for truck traffic prohibited and operation without proof of insurance.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (18) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down John · 271 weeks ago Did the trucking company have to pay to repair the yard? Or did the driver compensate Tom ? Report Reply 0 replies · active 271 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Larry · 271 weeks ago Back in my day on the police dept, we called the wrecker service of C B Merrick. I was amazed at what it could do with his wrecker. The man new what he was doing and did the job better than anyone I ever saw. Report Reply 0 replies · active 271 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 271 weeks ago Why in the world would he pull into someone’s lawn and he should of got a ticket to repair the damage… Report Reply 0 replies · active 162 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 271 weeks ago Bigger issue, hopefully he wasn’t allowed to drive until he provided proof of insurance. Report Reply 0 replies · active 271 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down @youngladijae · 271 weeks ago He’s GPS froze, so he ended up turning on the wrong street . Give him a break.The streets ended up being to small in the grass was wet cause his wheels to get stuck. It not like he did it on purpose . Report Reply 5 replies · active 270 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Kathy Riggs · 271 weeks ago No one was hurt and that is the main issue. The ground can be leveled out and grass put back in. The trucking company has assured me that they will cover all costs to repair the damage to our property. Report Reply 0 replies · active 271 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Robin · 271 weeks ago What is up with drivers using the excuse of “My GPS told me to go that way”, ” My GPS froze”? What happened to planning your trip? Checking your route BEFORE you go? GPS has made drivers lazy, plain and simple. Not to mention that you, as a professional driver, need to make sure your permit book and paperwork is up to date and correct. No sympathy what so ever…smh. Report Reply 4 replies · active 271 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Steven H · 271 weeks ago I have been driving over 30 years. GPS needs to be banned in tractor-trailer period. Even the ones supposedly for trucking will be wrong at times putting them on streets or roads they don’t belong on or into a low underpass. Some have even routed drivers onto bike paths that were once streets. Search: PTL truck bike path, Milwaukee and see the photos yourself. Report Reply 0 replies · active 271 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Carol · 271 weeks ago Even the map programs online get it wrong in SU. Co. I entered an addy on E. 20th, off Dalton Rd. It said to go to N A, W. of the airport! I did not. Report Reply 0 replies · active 271 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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