It’s official – house hunters returning to the market and sales agreed increasing

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » It’s official – house hunters returning to the market and sales agreed increasing previous nextAgencies & PeopleIt’s official – house hunters returning to the market and sales agreed increasingLatest figures from NAEA Propertymark suggest a busy few months for agents during the run up to the Spring market.Nigel Lewis27th February 20200796 Views Activity picked up significantly within the property market during January, pointing to a likely busy few months during the run up to the Spring market for estate agents, it has been revealed.The number of house hunters registered per agent jumped by 22% last month to 382, the highest figures recorded for six months, NAEA Propertymark says.This is also more than just the usual seasonal January pick-up. At 382 per branch, the number of house hunters in the property market is nearly 30% higher than last year.Sales agreed also increased during January by a third, estate agents told the NAEA, compared to the month before, rising from six to eight sales agreed.First time buyer remained solid, remaining at 29% of all sales or 3% than a year ago.“It’s positive to see the New Year has brought some much-needed confidence to the market, with a significant increase in demand from house hunters following the General Election result,” says Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark.But the clinking of glasses may be short lived unless more vendors can be persuaded to put their homes on the market.The average number of homes for sale registered with each branch fell from 41 in December to 38 in January, the lowest figure for nine months.“As the Spring Budget fast approaches, we hope to see housing as a priority for the new Chancellor,” says Hayward.“A clear strategy is needed to tackle key issues such as stamp duty costs, which needs to be addressed in its entirety to encourage more frequent moves, improve affordability and relax punitive financial tax on home movers.”Were industry predictions of a post-election bounce correct?Today is the annual NAEA Propertymark conference in London.     sales agreed housing market NAEA Propertymark Mark Hayward February 27, 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 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

Democrats Say Now, Republicans Say No On Teacher Pay Hikes

first_imgBut Republicans who hold supermajorities in the legislature, as well as the governor’s office, urged patience.Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, encouraged fellow representives to vote no to education amendments. Photo by Lacey Watt, TheStatehouseFile.com.Republicans have insisted they don’t want to reopen the two-year budget passed in 2019 and don’t want to commit the state this year to a long-term funding liability. And Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislative leaders have also counseled waiting until the governor’s “Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission” issues its report this spring.Thursday, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Holcomb plans to address teacher pay in his State of the State address on Tuesday, but will offer a solution for a future year.“The governor’s proposal is going to be outside this budget year,” Bosma said. “So, he’s going to propose a future resolution which I think is a very wise one.”Indiana has lagged the nation in pay increases for teachers, contributing to falling numbers of people holding or applying for teaching positions in this state. Concerns about that, as well as ongoing frustrations with standardized testing and the use of it to evaluate teachers, brought thousands of teachers to the Statehouse in November.Republicans have responded by pushing bills to not grade schools for now on the poor results from the new ILEARN test and to decouple teacher pay from the results of those tests. But they have balked at giving teachers a raise this year.During the House session Thursday, Democrats took aim at House Bill 1007, which takes about $290 million of the state’s surplus to pay cash rather than borrow money for university capital projects. They tried and failed nine times with amendments to instead devote funds to school corporations, health programs, shifting the cost of school counselors to the Department of Education and to establish paid family leave for Indiana workers.The amendments included spending $50 million for pre-kindergarten programs; $5 million for making schools safer, $50 million for a prescription drug program for seniors and $186 million for a one-time bonus for public school teachers.Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, said there is already a budget set in place for the current fiscal year, and the amendments are simply trying to open up the budget when it isn’t needed.But Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, said once the budget is adopted, passing bills regarding expenditures shouldn’t stop.And he expressed outrage that the state has a surplus of $2.27 billion while needs go unfunded.He noted that when he first was elected to the Indiana House in 2008, the state was cash strapped.“The only problem I had then was we were broke. And the only question was who was going to get squeezed and it turned out to be the schools. Now, the problem is nobody can be helped.”“What is this session about?” DeLaney said. “This is really very disappointing if we don’t want to address a single new topic or make an adjustment.”Senate Democrats made their case for acting now in a news conference Thursday morning.Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, urged passage of a bill he’s authored, Senate Bill 413, to increase the teacher appreciation grants the state provides by 333%. This will be achieved by appropriating $100 million each year for the current fiscal year and the following one.“Currently, IPS (Indianapolis Public Schools) eligible teachers will receive, as the budget is right now, on average $350 per teacher. Under this bill they will receive over $1,100,” Melton said.Teachers statewide who are already eligible for the grant would receive the raise immediately upon SB 413 passing.Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, said a bill she authored, SB 306, would free up $100 million per year to increase teacher salaries statewide by lowering payments to the Teacher Retirement Fund.“I would never do anything that would jeopardize your pensions and I assure every teacher in the state that this will not harm” the retirement fund, Tallian said.When asked whether enough Republicans would go along to help pass the measures, the Democrats were hopeful, recalling positive comments from some GOP lawmakers in the past on these issues.“This should be a bipartisan effort,” said Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson.Melton also called attention to the teachers’ November protest.“They can’t forget what happened on Nov.19th … when over 15,000 teachers were here,” Melton said, adding: “I’m sure they have been contacted by teachers around their districts.”Jesse Crebbe, Madeline Alexander and Andrea Rahman contributed to this story. FOOTNOTE: Victoria Ratliff, LaMonte Richardson, Jesse Crabbe, Madeline Alexander, and Andrea Rahman are reporters with TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare By Victoria Ratliff and LaMonte RichardsonINDIANAPOLIS– From a Senate news conference demanding action to a flurry of House amendments to force votes, Democratic lawmakers pushed Thursday for ways to boost funding for teachers, health care and other priorities.last_img read more

Gifts For Good Business launched!

first_imgAs she was making jewelry for her friends and loved ones for Christmas, she decided she was having too much fun making the gifts and thought it would be great to continue to make jewelry and help Youth Resources at the same time. For more information, please call Burnworth at 812-430-8497 or email her at [email protected] LinkEmailShare Burnworth says she is already registered for trade shows and she and her husband, Kent, will be happy to meet with interested buyers. Where Can You Buy Inexpensive Gifts That Help You And A local Youth-Serving, Not-For-Profit?This month, Ann Burnworth launched a small business in hopes of helping Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana and the youth the agency serves. She was trying to think of a way to help Youth Resources, outside of her family’s monthly budgeted gifts to the agency. Burnworth launched Burnie’s Gifts for Goods, where she makes hand made jewelry out of healing chakra crystal, stones, and other glass jewelry. A portion of all proceeds are given monthly to Youth Resources. Youth Resources has already earned their first installment; although Burnworth didn’t officially open her business until now.  Her pricing list and items may be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/BurniesBenefitingBeads/.last_img read more

Pantheon Catering Equipment

first_imgPantheon Catering Equipment (part of Monarch Catering Equipment and Crompton Direct, Bolton, Lancashire) has added contact grills to its range of equipment. With a heated surface both above and below, cooking times for a wide range of food can be halved compared to open grilling, according to the company.The grilling plates are heavy-duty and come with an easily removable fat drip tray to help with cleaning. The heating elements have been designed with energy efficiency in mind, says the firm.last_img read more

Peach Fest Reveals Phase Two Of 2017 Lineup

first_imgReturning to Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA from August 10th through the 13th, the annual Peach Music Festival has just revealed their complete 2017 lineup. The already stellar lineup of Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Umphrey’s McGee, and more will now be joined by Gov’t Mule & Friends featuring John Scofield, Greensky Bluegrass, Galactic, Keller Williams’ Kwahtro, Cabinet (2 sets), Hayley Jane & The Primates, Pink Talking Fish Eats a Peach (A full performance of Eat A Peach intertwined with Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads & Phish songs) plus artists at large: Turkuaz Horns and Primate Fiasco.Festival-goers will also be treated to an All-Star Tribute to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, founding members of the Allman Brothers Band who passed away earlier this year. The Peach began six years ago as the first-ever Allman Brothers Band-inspired festival in the Northeast Pennsylvania region, and will continue to grow in their honor. Full lineup for the all-star tribute will be released in the coming weeks, but fans can expect classic Allman Brothers Band jams by former band members, friends, and longtime fans of the band. With Warren Haynes, Oteil Burbridge, Jaimoe, Marc Quiñones, and the rest of Les Brers on site, we can expect magnificent results from this “all-star” tribute.The complete lineup includes Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (2 sets), Lettuce ft. Chaka Khan, Mike Gordon, Les Brers, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Dark Star Orchestra, The Magpie Salute, God Street Wine, Rusted Root, Papadosio, Dopapod Orchestra, Steve Kimock & Friends, The Record Company, The Marcus King Band, The Soul Rebels, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The New Mastersounds, and Fruition.The lineup features even more great artists, like The Werks ft. The Shady Horns, Eric Krasno Band, Whiskey Myers, Pink Talking Fish, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Aqueous (2 sets), The Hip Abduction, Moonalice, Butcher Brown, Spafford, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Holly Bowling, The Jauntee, Mungion, lespecial, Ghost of Paul Revere, Scott Sharrard & The Brickard Band, Gabriel Kelley, Caverns, The Steppin Stones, Elise Testone, and Bobby Lee Rodgers.See below for the complete 2017 lineup:Check out the Peach Fest’s lineup announcement video below, featuring JRAD’s Tom Hamilton:Sounds like a fun weekend to us! Check out the full announcement below, and head to the Peach Fest website for details.last_img read more

What’s past is prologue

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XunV4vMj98″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/7XunV4vMj98/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Ongoing racial discrimination and institutional failures to dampen such abuses are roiling many college campuses, amid the larger national conversation spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement. In the swirl, few writers have so artfully articulated their era as the influential, best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates.The national correspondent for The Atlantic and a 2015 MacArthur Foundation fellowship recipient, Coates’ article “The Case for Reparations” and his new book, “Between the World and Me,” are deeply powerful exhortations on the present-day manifestations of the nation’s fraught racial history.Appearing before an electrified crowd at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Wednesday evening for a discussion about race and criminality, Coates was joined by moderator Bruce Western, director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at HKS; sociologist William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard; and Kathryn Edin, a former professor at HKS and now Distinguished Bloomberg Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Coates argued that America’s practice of disproportionately criminalizing and incarcerating African-American men is a direct extension of our history of using the criminal justice system to address social problems, and of whites sometimes labeling black people as criminals in order to justify limiting their rights and “plundering” their labor.“I believe that as much as George Washington matters, as much as the American Revolution matters, the heritage of telling ourselves certain things about black people also matters,” said Coates.The country has a long history of defining black people, especially those who sought freedom, as criminals. For a century after Emancipation, white Americans mounted a “terrorist campaign” against blacks through lynching and other violence that was somehow justified by this “notion of criminality,” he said.“It was common when African-Americans made demands for political rights to point to criminality as a response,” he said, noting that in their day, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and even Martin Luther King Jr. often were seen not as heroes, but as troublemakers. King “was treated by the highest powers in this country like a criminal, and I think that heritage has some sort of effect” on why the rate of incarceration of black men is so high today, Coates said.It’s not enough simply to free large numbers of non-violent prisoners in order to roll back the nation’s incarceration rate to the levels of the 1970s, as the Obama administration announced earlier this year it intends to do, said Coates. There needs to be a coherent plan to assist with their transition.“So reparations, to me, is to push the idea that it’s not enough to just stop wounding someone; you actually have to heal someone. You actually have to do something about the harm that you produced. It’s not enough to simply say, ‘I’ve stopped harming,’” he said.Changing the dynamics between blacks and whites will demand that people revise their self-definition. “I think it requires a critical mass of people in this country to give up a real interest” in their identity and standing in relation to one another, said Coates.Coates said he’s been “shocked” at the reception to his book, which has been critically acclaimed and named a National Book Award finalist. The book recalls his upbringing in West Baltimore, where violence or the threat of violence was a constant fact of life, and appearing tough or “hard” was a logical response.“One of the arguments I made in ‘Between the World and Me’ is that much of what people look at in black America and construe as anger is, in fact, deep, deep fear,” he said.As a writer, Coates said he feels he has an obligation not to argue for what could realistically happen in the near future, but for what needs to happen over the long term, and hope that it moves the needle more substantively.Asked to weigh in on the Yale University protest over racial discrimination and free speech, Coates said he didn’t feel sufficiently informed to render an opinion. But he characterized a debate there over offensive Halloween costumes and emails as undoubtedly a symptom of far deeper issues.“I think, in these cases, we’re like five questions too late,” he said. “By the time that has become important, something else has really, really gone wrong.”last_img read more

Institution presidents sign memorandum of understanding regarding sexual assault

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins, Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli and Holy Cross President Br. John Paige signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Tuesday declaring their commitment to a “collaborative approach in [their] attempt to eliminate sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and any other form of sexual harassment” from the community, according to a University press release.The MOU — which took effect Tuesday and will be renewed at the start of every academic year — is made up of eight provisions that “[seek] to foster communication and the sharing of information across our campus communities regarding awareness and prevention education, resources, reporting options and procedures,” according to the release.These provisions include additional resources for students looking to file a complaint, further options for complainants regarding releasing information about complaints to the institutions they attend and an increased commitment from each institution to sexual assault awareness and prevention events.The MOU also calls for improved communication between the institutions, the press release said, and outlines commitments to “[the] sharing of updates” and “[an] annual exchange of information among the institutions’ Title IX coordinators” about sexual assault initiatives, policies and resources.Additionally, the release said the MOU ensures members of all three campus communities will be informed when one institution “issues a timely warning” to students regarding reports of sexual assaults.“Any time one institution issues a timely warning for any reason, it will share it with designated officials at the other institutions,” the release said.This step is the result of significant collaboration between the three presidents, Jenkins said in the release, as well as a testament to the bond between these campuses.“Working together, our three campuses have made significant progress in our collective efforts to eliminate sexual assault, developing what we believe are best practices,” he said in the release. “I am grateful for the collaborative spirit which has animated these efforts and honored to join with my colleagues in codifying our shared commitment to providing all of our students with an educational environment that is safe and honors the dignity of each person.”This collaboration is “essential to making substantive progress,” Cervelli said in a College press release.“This MOU increases responsiveness when crimes do occur, protects and empowers students and creates a system of accountability across our campuses,” Cervelli said. “The goal that our three institutions share is to have a tri-campus community free from the devastating effects of sexual assault and other forms of harassment. … This agreement formalizes a working relationship rooted in a mutual commitment to addressing those issues and maintaining a social and academic environment that respects human dignity in keeping with our Holy Cross tradition.”Tags: Brother John Paige, Fr. John Jenkins, memorandum of understanding, President Jan Cervelli, sexual assault, tri-campus communitylast_img read more

International students strengthen College community

first_imgSaint Mary’s College frequently promotes its study abroad opportunities, providing its students opportunities to travel around the world. But the College’s international reach extends beyond sending its students to every corner of the globe; it is also working towards bringing a global community to campus by providing various opportunities for international students.This year, Saint Mary’s is hosting 14 degree-seeking students, two first year students, two exchange students and two Fulbright Scholars. These students are from around the world, hailing from China, Spain, Vietnam, Germany, El Salvador, South Korea, Egypt and South Africa.“Saint Mary’s sends about 200 students to study abroad in 18 countries and serve as global peace ambassadors around the world,” Alice Yang, the assistant director for Global Education, said in an email. “In the same way, our international students can serve as global peace ambassadors on campus to build mutual understanding and international friendships through international education and cultural exchange activities – women going global for building peace.”Yang works directly with international students by providing immigration services, advising the Chinese Culture Club and hiring Chinese students to assist with programs and international education events. She said that she is always impressed by students’ passion, knowledge and skills of identifying resources.“International students come to the U.S. to pursue their academic dream and life dream,” she said. “They come to learn and to be inspired. In the meantime, they bring their languages and cultures along with them. We can always learn from their experiences and expertise.”Assistant director for International Student and Scholar Services Adriana Petty said in an email that working with international students and scholars has helped her broaden her perspectives and learn more about the world. “It is so rewarding to see the transformation and growth that each international student and scholar have from the first day they arrive on campus to the day they leave,” she said. “Each of them have had a tremendous impact in my life and with our campus community.”Junior Yijie Ren, a native of China, said in an email she first heard about Saint Mary’s while attending high school in Indiana. She visited the campus twice before deciding it was where she wanted to pursue a degree. Ren said participating in the Belles Connect Program before her first year made her more comfortable in the new environment.“The Belles Connect Program and first welcome week brought me so much joy and reduced my stresses and pressures,” she said. “I made many good friends and leaned many studying skills from upperclassmen. Saint Mary’s College always brings me the feeling of coming back home.”Petty said she finds the friendships students make to be one of the most valuable aspects of having international students at the College.“In our mission, it states that our campus is one ‘where students develop their talents and prepare to make a difference in the world,’” Petty said. “Hosting international students and scholars introduces U.S. students to individuals who are from other parts of the world that they may not have ever met or learned from if they were not attending classes alongside with them. It is a great gift to have fellow classmates who bring global perspectives to class discussions. The international students and scholars on our campus connect us to the world in a very unique, personal and profound way.”Tags: belles connect program, exchange program, International students, international students at Saint Mary’slast_img read more

Matt McGrath & More Board Steve Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Steve Matt McGrath, Ashlie Atkinson and Francisco Pryor Garat have joined the cast of Steve off-Broadway. They join the previously announced Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon and Malcolm Gets. Cynthia Nixon will direct the world premiere of Mark Gerrard’s play, which begins performances on November 3 at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.McGrath can currently be seen in The Legend of Georgia McBride off-Broadway. His previous credits include Cabaret, A Streetcar Named Desire and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Atkinson made her Broadway debut in The Ritz. Steve marks Garat’s off-Broadway debut.Steve follows Steven (McGrath), a failed Broadway chorus boy turned stay-at-home dad. As he celebrates his birthday, he faces fear and uncertainty. He worries that Stephen (Gets), his partner of 14 years, is cheating on him, his best friend is dying of cancer and he questions what he’s done with his life. Additional casting and creative team for the bittersweet comedy will be announced later.The New Group production will open officially on November 18 and run through December 27. It will feature set design by Allen Moyer, costumes by Tom Broecker, lighting design by Eric Southern and sound design by Olivia Sebesky. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016last_img read more

Fresh Produce Safety

first_imgRecent reports of unsafe levels of contaminants on fruits and vegetables have Americans looking more closely at fresh produce, especially imports.”We used to not have to worry about bacteria on fruits and vegetables,” said Judy Harrison, a University of Georgia Extension Service food safety scientist. “But we know now that we’ve had some outbreaks with unpasteurized juices and ciders.” Food scientists say the United States has the safest and most ample food supply in the world. Yet Americans are constantly looking for ways to make it even safer. “We have calls from people who want to know if they need to wash produce in detergent, bleach or special rinses,” Harrison said. For most people, she said, the answer is no. “You actually can do more harm than good” by using such rinses, she said. Making sure your fresh fruits and vegetables are safe isn’t that complicated a matter, she said. Just wash them thoroughly in clean water. Remove and discard the outer leaves from green, leafy vegetables and wash one or two leaves at a time. “You can peel other fruits and vegetables to eliminate surface bacterial contamination,” Harrison said. “When you peel, however, you lose some of the fiber. So you’re better off to just wash thoroughly using running tap water.” Name recognition also counts in the produce section. “When you’re choosing fruits and vegetables, try to choose those from a name-brand, reputable company,” Harrison said. “They tend to have more strict control measures in place to insure the sanitation and safety of their foods.”last_img read more