Branching out: Zoopla just 1,000 agents behind arch-rival Rightmove

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first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Branching out: Zoopla just 1,000 agents behind arch-rival Rightmove previous nextMarketingBranching out: Zoopla just 1,000 agents behind arch-rival RightmoveZoopla is just 1,000 branches short of Rightmove’s total, its latest published list of agents reveals.Nigel Lewis7th December 20200703 Views Zoopla is now just 1,000 branches off matching its arch-rival Rightmove, its latest published list of advertisers reveals.The portal says it has closed the gap since lockdown and that 1,000 additional branches are now listing with Zoopla or 18,000, its highest number since 2017.Rightmove, on the other hand, revealed in its latest list published within its annual results that it had lost around 3% of its branches, which totalled 19,158.This means there is now just a 5% difference between Zoopla and Rightmove in terms of branches listed.Pandemic offersZoopla would not confirm or deny that its attempt to wrestle agents off its rival with a clutch of exclusivity deals during the pandemic was behind the surge in branches.But it did tell The Negotiator: “In terms of what’s behind it we did invest £30 million in our agents and the fact that a 1,000 have joined since lockdown shows this resonated with the wider market.“Outside of that we’ve invested big in customer service and product and technology and this is something we know is vital to agents.”But the surge may also be down to the ongoing sales boom – Zoopla says the sales pipeline is now 50% larger than this time last year with 100,000 sales set to spill over into the first weeks of the New Year.Andy Marshall (pictured), Zoopla’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “It’s a competitive time for portals but what’s clear is more and more agents are choosing Zoopla as their partner of choice as they seek to capitalise on the buoyant housing market.”Andy Marshall Zoopla Andy Marshall Rightmove Zoopla December 7, 2020Nigel 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


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first_img If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Office address and general enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman of the LGA’s Brexit Task Force welcomed the meeting, saying: Social media – MHCLG Over the summer, the Local Government Association and officials from MHCLG will work to develop a detailed work programme for the Board and prioritise those issues for discussion at the next meeting of the Board in early Autumn. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Email [email protected] Contact form https://forms.communit… This meeting was an excellent example of joined-up engagement across Whitehall considering the issues and opportunities facing communities up and down the country. Media enquiries Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Following the announcement made by the Secretary of State for Communities Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP at the Local Government Association (LGA) Conference earlier this month regarding establishing a new Brexit Ministerial Local Government Delivery Board – on Thursday 19 July the Delivery Board held its inaugural meeting.The meeting, which was chaired by the Secretary of State for Communities, was productive and provided an opportunity for government ministers and local government sector representatives from the LGA, County Councils Network, District Councils Network and the Core and Key Cities Groups to share updates and views on latest developments.The meeting heard from senior Home Office officials on the development of the EU Citizens Settlement Scheme, discussed the recently published government White Paper and agreed to prepare a future work programme for the Board to provide oversight of Brexit preparedness, including the future for EU funding and the opportunities to review EU law post Brexit.During a positive and constructive discussion council leaders placed on record their concerns relating to the timely replacement for EU funding, the potential to review EU laws post Brexit and stressed the need for joined-up engagement across Whitehall to ensure that the issues and opportunities facing communities up and down the country are properly captured and considered by government.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: It is essential that local views are properly represented, captured and considered as government develops policy and I thank colleagues for a very helpful meeting.last_img read more


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first_imgWith a stacked lineup featuring Widespread Panic (x2), Gregg Allman, Gov’t Mule, Les Brers (a project fronted by ABB drummer Butch Trucks) and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, the annual Wanee Festival looks to be quite the musical celebration. Held at the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL from April 14-16, the festival continues to be a centerpiece for Allman Brothers fans everywhere to rejoice in the sweet Southern-drenched jam/rock music.One of the many highlights from the lineup was the inclusion of Umphrey’s McGee. Today, that announcement has even more oomph, as the festival has revealed that UM will be performing a number of mash-up songs for the festival.Generally reserved for Halloween, Umphrey’s McGee fans always take great pleasure in the band’s cover mash-ups. The festival even shared video of a classic mash-up from the band’s 10/28/2011 show, a mixture of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and The Beatles’ “Let It Be.” Watch below:We can’t wait for Wanee!last_img read more


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first_imgThe Indonesian literature department of Padjadjaran University (Unpad) in Bandung, West Java started streaming lectures on Tuesday for Chinese students trapped in their home country due to the government’s travel ban to and from China.The government has imposed a travel restriction on air travel to and from China since Feb. 3 amid the COVID-19 outbreak – a disease caused by the novel coronavirus.“The travel ban hinders Chinese students from coming back to Unpad. Meanwhile, the university started the semester on Monday, “department head Lina Meilinawati said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com. She added that 72 Chinese students were enrolled in the Indonesian for Foreign Language Speakers (BIPA) degree program. The one-year program started in September last year.During the year-end semester break, 23 students had returned to China.Read also: Nearly 100 foreigners denied entry to Bali amid China’s coronavirus travel banLina went on to say that the online lectures would facilitate students of Indonesian language and culture as well as those in the Mandarin program.  Students can attend classes by watching the lectures and reading course material in the form of e-books. “They are also allowed to submit assignments through email,” Lina saidThe online classes will run until the government lifts the travel ban. Unpad’s international office head, Ronny, said the university would also facilitate the return of Indonesian students in China as part of its student exchange program.“We will facilitate their return to Indonesia after coordinating with relevant authorities,” he said. (gis)Topics :last_img read more


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first_img1 Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has confirmed that he did contract malaria in the summer.Bony was absent from City’s pre-season tour of Australia and Vietnam and, at the time, the club did not reveal the full reason, other than to say that it was due to illness. The former Swansea City forward has now explained that it was a battle with malaria that meant he could not travel with the squad.Manager Manuel Pellegrini mentioned it in a press conference this week, as he spoke about Bony’s various injury and illness problems, and the 26-year-old has spoken about his condition.He said: “I got malaria from Africa when I was coming back but I am okay now.”Bony was speaking after scoring twice in the Barclays Premier League leaders’ 5-1 win over Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium.It was a welcome return to form for the forward having struggled to make an impact since his £25million move from Swansea in January.Bony’s debut was first delayed by his involvement in the African Nations Cup and he has since also been hampered by injuries.He now intends to make up for lost time.He said: “I feel I have turned the corner. I have had a lot of injuries and been sick, and feel that is all away from me now.“I just want to do my job, do my best in training and score when I get my chance in the match. Every striker is happy when he scores, especially when the team wins.” Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony reveals contracting malaria in the summer last_img read more


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first_imgDeputy Minister of Communications to lead South African delegation to DubaiPretoria, Friday 5 December 2014 – Deputy Minister of Communications Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams will lead a South African delegation to Dubai, UAE where Brand South Africa will host a networking session to position South Africa as a globally competitive destination that is open for business on Tuesday 9 December 2014.Download the press releaseThe Deputy Minister will also interact with Global South Africans in the UAE on Monday 8 December 2014 during which she will brief them of developments in South Africa, especially as they relate to the country’s developmental agenda.The UAE is currently positioned as a hub for trade, transport and tourism and a regional financial centre in the region and it is envisaged that during South Africa’s engagement in the UAE, both countries will share best practice of improving their competitiveness rankings with a view to become attractive and globally competitive destinations for inward flows of investment.Brand South Africa will conclude its programme in the UAE on 9 December 2014.Join the conversation on @Brand_SA using the hashtag #SAinUAE.South Africa as a globally competitive investment destination that is open for businessThe Dialogue on 9 December 2014 follows a similar session in December 2013, and is aimed at showcasing South Africa as a competitive destination for inward investment.Representatives of the South African government will provide information about doing business in the South Africa. This will also include opportunities for investment in South Africa’s Special Economic Zones.This session will also be attended by representatives of Emirati business who run successful companies in South Africa as well as the South African business operators in the UAE.More than 100 South African companies have established themselves in the UAE. The number continues to grow. These range from well-known restaurant groups such as Nando’s, Butcher Shop, Meat Co, Mug & Bean and Debonairs Pizza, to companies in the construction and engineering, banking, energy, travel and hospitality, trading, and HR consultancy sectors.Global South Africans in the UAESouth Africans living abroad are a critical component of the South African nation brand because they fly the South African flag in these countries.There is a growing community of South African nationals in the UAE, stimulated, in part, by a growing demand for South African labour force. Major sectors in which South Africans are involved include: construction, hospitality, financial, medical, retail management and education.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more



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first_imgKolkata: A number of Puja committees in the city have come under the scanner of the Income Tax department regarding the furnishing of Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) details.Sources in the I-T department said that they had sent notices to around 40 Puja committees, directing them to turn up with details of their TDS in connection with organising Durga Puja. They have been asked to be present on Monday and Tuesday. A number of clubs in the city spend a lot on theme Pujas every year, for publicity, decoration of pandals and idols, lighting, etc. “We are ignorant about dealing with the TDS issue. We are also not too sure on whether we have to submit TDS for this year or for the next year,” said a Puja organiser in North Kolkata who refused to be named. As per figures available with the I-T department, the expenditure during Durga Puja 2018 has been to the tune of around Rs 5,000 crore by the different clubs.last_img read more


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first_imgThe undisputed leader of game engines over the last few years has been Unity. It brings .NET professionals and enthusiasts from across the globe under the gaming umbrella with its C# game scripting feature . Unity also boasts of a very active community and an even busier release schedule. Unity has been following a semantic versioning. Under this scheme, version numbers and the way they change convey meaning about the underlying code and what has been modified from one version to the next.  Unity have just released their 2018.2 beta version. Here are some exciting features you can look forward to while working in Unity 2018.2. Texture Mipmap streaming feature: If you are a game developer then saving GPU memory is probably one of your top priorities. Unity 2018.2 gives you control over which graphical map or mipmap you will load in the CPU. The previous versions used to load all the mipmaps at the same time and hence put a huge amount of load on the GPU. While this memory allocation helps in reducing GPU load, it does increase a little bit of CPU load. Improved Package manager: Unity 2018.2 comes with an improved package manager. The improvements are in the UI font, and the status of package label. It also now has the ability to dock the window and provides easy access to both documentation and the list of changes. Improvements in the Particle system: Unity 2018.2 beta comes with an improved particle system and new scripting APIs for baking the geometry of a Particle System into a Mesh. Unity now allows up to eight texture coordinates to be used on meshes and passed to shaders. Particle Systems will also now convert their colors into linear space, when appropriate, before uploading them to the GPU. Camera Improvements: Unity has come up with some major improvements in their camera and and the way it functions and renders the objects in the game to portray them like real life objects. Animation Jobs C# API: Unity 2018.2 has improved the AnimationPlayables by allowing users to write their own C# Playables that can interact directly with the animation data. This allows integration of user made IK solvers, procedural animation or even custom mixers into the current animation system. These features along with some other improvements and bug fixes are sure to help the developers create better and smarter games with the latest Unity 2018.2. To know more on the Unity 2018.2 features, you can visit the official Unity blog. Read Next How to use arrays, lists, and dictionaries in Unity for 3D game development Build an ARCore app with Unity from scratch Implementing lighting & camera effects in Unity 2018last_img read more


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first_imgNode.JS is a popular backend widely for web development despite some of its flaws. For embedded systems, now there is low.js, a Node.js port with far lower system requirements. In low.js you can program JavaScript applications by utilizing the full Node.js API. You can run these on regular computers and also on embedded devices, which are based on the $3 ESP32 microcontroller. The JavaScript V8 engine at the center of Node.js is replaced with Duktape. Duktape is an embeddable ECMAScript E5/E5.1 engine with a compact footprint. Some parts of the Node.js system library are rewritten for more compact footprint and use more native code. low.js currently uses under 2 MB of disk space with a minimum requirement of around 1.5 MB of RAM for the ESP32 version. low.js features low.js is good for hobbyists and people interested in electronics. It allows using Node.JS scripts on smaller devices like routers which are based on Linux or uClinux without using much of the resources. This is great for scripting especially if they communicate over the internet. The neonious one is a microcontroller board based on low.js for ESP32, which can be programmed in JavaScript ES 6 with the Node API. It includes Wifi, Ethernet, additional flash and an extra I/O controller. The lower systems requirements in low.js allow you to run it comfortably on the ESP32-WROVER module. The ESP32-WROVER costs under $3 for large orders and is a very cost effective solution for IoT devices requiring a microcontroller and Wifi. low.js for ESP32 also adds the additional benefit of fast software development and maintenance. Specialized software developers are not needed for the microcontroller software. How to install? The community edition of low.js can be run on POSIX based systems including Linux, uClinux, and Mac OS X. It is available on Github and currently ./configure is not present. You might need some programming skills and knowledge to get low.js up and running on your systems. The commands are as follows: git clone https://github.com/neonious/lowjscd lowjsgit submodule update –init –recursivemake low.js for ESP32 is the same as the community edition, but adapted for the ESP32 microcontroller. This version is not open source and is pre-flashed on the neonious one. For more information and documentation visit the low.js website. Read next Deno, an attempt to fix Node.js flaws, is rewritten in Rust Node.js announces security updates for all their active release lines for August 2018 Deploying Node.js apps on Google App Engine is now easylast_img read more


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