Aimaq leads Utah Valley over Texas Rio Grande Valley 73-64

first_img Tags: Fardaws Aimaq/UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAC FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah (AP) — Fardaws Aimaq recorded 16 points and 16 rebounds as Utah Valley topped Texas Rio Grande Valley 73-64.Evan Cole added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolverines.Uche Dibiamaka led the Vaqueros with 17 points. February 27, 2021 /Sports News – Local Aimaq leads Utah Valley over Texas Rio Grande Valley 73-64 Written by Associated Presslast_img

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Spain’s Reganosa chosen to operate Tema LNG receiving terminal in Ghana

first_img The purpose-built FRU left the Jiangnan shipyard at the end of November 2020. (Credit: REGANOSA) Spanish LNG terminal operator Reganosa has secured a contract from Tema LNG Terminal Company (TLTC) to operate and maintain a LNG regasification terminal in Tema, Ghana.Currently under construction, the Tema LNG terminal is said to be the first LNG import terminal to be developed in the sub-Saharan African region.The terminal, which will have a floating storage storage (FSU) and floating regasification unit (FRU), is expected to meet Ghana’s increasing energy demand.Under the contract, Reganosa be responsible for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the FSU and the FRU, as well as the associated 6km gas pipeline and a pressure reduction and metering station that will be connected to the existing pipeline network.Recently, the Tema LNG’s FRU, which was built by China State Shipbuilding subsidiary Jiangnan Shipbuilding, has been delivered in Ghana.The move allows TLTC to start delivering LNG to customers in the first quarter of this year. The LNG will be supplied to Shell, as part of a long-term contract.TLTC project manager Edmund Agyeman-Duah said: “Once operational, this FRU will allow the Tema LNG facility to receive, regasify, store and de- liver roughly 1.7 million tonnes of LNG a year – 30% of Ghana’s general capacity.“Tema LNG’s year-round supply of gas will enable the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to su- pply reliable and cost-effective gas into the Tema power and industrial enclave, while streng- thening West Africa’s energy security.”The Tema LNG project is backed by Helios Investment Partners and Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM).Ogbemi Ofuya of Helios Investment Partners said: “The year-round, guaran- teed supply of LNG and piped gas through the Tema LNG terminal facilitates forward planning and investments in receiving infrastructure by power plants, mines and industries across the West Africa region who are currently reliant on more expensive liquid fuels.“The switch to gas also delivers a significant environmental benefit and supports the transition to cleaner burning fuels in the region by reducing CO2 emissions and eliminating sulphur emissions, in line with the Paris Climate Accord objectives.” Tema LNG is said to be the first LNG import terminal to be developed in the sub-Saharan African regionlast_img read more

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Only divorce tops selling a house for stress

first_imgHome » News » Only divorce tops selling a house for stress previous nextProducts & ServicesOnly divorce tops selling a house for stressAnd moving house is more stressful than having a child!The Negotiator14th January 20160934 Views 75% of women say selling a house was stressful, compared to 66% of men. People find moving house more stressful than having children, changing jobs and getting married, according to a Which? survey.In the 2015 Which? national property survey, they asked 1,990 recent home-movers to rate how stressful they found a number of life events, including buying and selling their home.Seven out of ten (70%) respondents said selling their house was stressful, 69% said the same about buying a house.Arranging care for an elderly relative (68%), having a child (53%), changing jobs (49%) and getting married (40%) were all voted as being less stressful than buying or selling property.Divorce was rated as the most stressful of the 10 life events featured in the survey, with 78% of respondents saying it was stressful.Selling a home ranked as the second-most stressful event, followed by arranging elderly care for a relative and buying a house.Women were significantly more likely than men to find moving house stressful (75% of women vs. 66% of men for selling, 73% of women vs. 67% of men for buying).How to make selling a house less stressful (share this with your potential clients!)Which? Offers its readers some good advice: If you want to keep your stress levels as low as possible, choose your service providers based on quality, rather than price.Hiring efficient, highly recommended professionals will minimise unnecessary delays, help you achieve the best selling price from the best buyer, and make the home-moving process as smooth as possible.Agents in particular also recommend choosing the most reliable buyer, even if their offer is slightly lower than the highest one you receive, if you’re after a quick and stress-free sale. Your estate agent should vet potential buyers as part of the offer process.For more tips on how to choose estate agents and conveyancers, as well as how to accurately vet buyers, see their Selling a house: stress-busters guide at:http://www.which.co.uk/money/mortgages-and-property/guides/how-to-sell-your-house/estate-agents-and-finding-the-best/Selling a house: stress-busters guide stress stress of moving stress of selling houses January 14, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

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First-time buyer frenzy

first_imgFirst-time buyer activity rose to 36 per cent of market activity in February, growing from 28 per cent in February 2016 according to the latest research from Connells Survey & Valuation.The near zero base rate has ensured that mortgages remain more affordable than ever – with gross lending at its highest level since 2008.John BagshawFirst-time buyers now account for a third of activity in the property market during February (36 per cent) – the highest proportion since July 2011 and the highest in a February since 2010. John Bagshaw, Corporate Services Director of Connells Survey & Valuation, said, “Continued affordable mortgages have provided first time buyers with an ideal opportunity to take their first step onto the ladder in February. Lending to aspiring homeowners continues to rise, while the base rate remains so low. For those with enough savings for a deposit, now is a great time to buy. Many are taking advantage of the opportunities on offer.” In contrast to the resurgent market for first-time buyers, the buy-to-let purchase market fell to a new low as purchases almost halved compared to February 2016 which recorded an upswing in activity ahead of the stamp duty surcharge, but buy-to-let purchases now represent just eight per cent of market activity – the lowest level for February in five years.mortgages affordable mortgages connells first-time buyers April 3, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Housing Market » First-time buyer frenzy previous nextHousing MarketFirst-time buyer frenzyThe Negotiator3rd April 20170485 Viewslast_img read more

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Housing crisis is deepening, says HomeOwners Alliance

first_imgThe proportion of renters who aspire to be home owners has started to reduce after several years of rising aspirations, a survey conducted by the HomeOwners Alliance has revealed.An additional 250,000 renters in the UK gave up on the home-owning dream, its 2017 Homeowners Report suggests, pointing to a worsening housing crisis across the UK.Among the renters it canvassed 71% said they aspired to own their home one day, down from 73% last year but still more than in 2013 when the proportion was 65%.The HomeOwners Alliance, which publishes the report jointly with BLP Insurance, says the main barrier to ownership among 86% of renters is house prices, while 85% say saving for a deposit is also a serious concern and 80% say they can’t find a home to buy.The report highlights how average earnings in the UK have been increasing recently by 2.6% annually, house prices have increased by 4.5%.Housing crisisThe HomeOwners Alliance says its report reveals a worsening housing crisis that is no longer restricted to just the more crowded areas of the UK such as London and the South East.For example, 68% of those canvassed in both Yorkshire and Humber and Northern Ireland are worried that, if they bought a home with a mortgage, they were reluctant to buy their first property because they not be able to re-pay the mortgage.“While we are used to stories about people not being able to buy a home until they are 40, the story has taken a turn for the worse with people increasingly giving up altogether on the dream of homeownership,” says Paula Higgins (pictured), Chief Executive of the HomeOwners Alliance.But her organisation’s report also contains some good news. Concerns about negative and moving up the property ladder are receding.HomeOwners Alliance Paula Higgins May 18, 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 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 » Associations & Bodies » Housing crisis is deepening, says HomeOwners Alliance previous nextAssociations & BodiesHousing crisis is deepening, says HomeOwners AllianceNumber of renters who aspire to home ownership has dropped for first time in five years.Nigel Lewis18th May 201701,369 Viewslast_img read more

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English Housing Survey: 7 new facts it reveals

first_imgThe English Housing Survey has just been published and it reveals some fascinating facts about the fast-changing private rented sector.1. Last year 787,000 tenants moved home within the private rented sector. Of these, 73% said they moved because they wanted while 11% or 86,600 tenants were asked to leave by their landlord – two thirds because the landlord wanted to sell or move back in, and a third presumably for bad behaviour.2. Despite constant media coverage of rogue landlords and agents, the survey reveals that 71.4% of all tenants were satisfied with the way repairs and maintenance were carried out on their property.But the survey also says 17.7% of tenants were unhappy with how their landlord looked after their property, leaving 9.5% not sure either way.3. Being a tenant has yet to become as popular as home ownership, either. Just one in five renters or 21% quizzed by the report were satisfied with their status as a private tenant.4. The research also reveals that the private rented sector is now significantly larger than the social rented one. There are 4.413 million private homes in the UK compared to 3.85 million local authority and social housing ones.5. Key complaints among tenants are that their landlord doesn’t bother to carry out any repairs or maintenance, is difficult to contact, carries out shoddy repair work and that repairs are completely too slowly.6. The English Housing Survey also reveals that talk of ‘generation rent’ is not exaggerated – although younger renter tend to be over-represented in surveys, the proportion of the rented sector who are between 25 and 34 years old has nearly doubled over the past decade from 24% to 46%, while the number of families with children has risen from 30% to 36% of all renters.7. And talk of slum conditions within the private sector also looks less credible now – the proportion of non-decent homes, as the survey puts it, has dropped from 47% in 2006 to 28% in 2015.  English Housing Survey July 14, 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 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 » Housing Market » English Housing Survey: 7 new facts it reveals previous nextHousing MarketEnglish Housing Survey: 7 new facts it revealsGovernment’s regular English Housing Survey highlights fast-changing nature of tenants and landlordsNigel Lewis14th July 201701,327 Viewslast_img read more

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Network Auctions’ best year!

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Network Auctions’ best year! previous nextAgencies & PeopleNetwork Auctions’ best year!The Negotiator21st February 20180357 Views Network Auctions has reported an 82 per cent sales result, raising £3.4m in its last sale of the year on 7th December, marking a record beating year for the company.The sale included some notable results, with a building plot in North London achieving a hammer price of £210,000 against a reserve of £110,000, a semi-detached house in Bristol (with a late addendum relating to Japanese Knotweed) selling for £434,000 against a guide of £360-370,000, and a bidding war for a parcel of land in Feltham which brought an astonishing hammer price of £17,000 off a guide of £2-3,000.The sale topped off Network Auctions’ most successful year to date, raising a total of £41m up from £36m in 2016, and an increase in overall sales results to 81 per cent from 79 per cent in the previous year.Toby Limbrick said, “This success indicates the strength of auction performance in the property market against the backdrop of record low private treaty transactions and the collapse of buy-to-let and uncertainty since Brexit.“Our record breaking results in such a difficult market are testament to the hard work and positive approach of our auction team. We firmly believe our results confirm the confidence people continue to have in the sector. We are committed to auction and delivering success in 2018 and are excited about the rapid growth of Network E, our conditional online sales platform, which is proving a big hit with our estate agent partners.”Network Auctions sales results Network Auctions Toby Limerick February 21, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’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

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The tenant fees ban may cost pet owners more, says JLL’s Lucy Morton

first_imgMore people want to live in rented homes with their pets, but, says JLL’s residential estate agency business, it will inevitably bring extra costs.JLL has seen a 25% increase in tenants letting with pets in the last five years and, they say, these tenants are likely to see rents increase once the Tenant Fees Act comes in, due to the five-week deposit cap.Lucy Morton, Head of Residential Agency at JLL, said, “We have seen an increase in people letting with pets for several reasons; a rise in dog and cat ownership, the UK’s relaxed quarantine laws which came into effect in 2012, and the fact that tenants are renting for longer.“They want to make their house a home and this means bringing their pet. Landlords who allow tenants to keep pets usually charge a slightly higher deposit to cover any damage or additional cleaning should it be required.“With the five-week deposit cap, landlords may be deterred from letting to tenants with pets or forced to charge higher rents to cover any potential losses. The increase would depend on the rental value, but we anticipate approximately an additional 3-4% per week. For example, a rent of £700.00 per week would potentially rise to £725.00 per week to make up for the shortfall.”The well know pet champion, Jeremy Corbyn said last year that: “New plans unveiled by the Labour Party suggest that renters could be given the right to keep pets in their rental property”.Currently, under the Consumer Rights Act (2015) landlords can only refuse for pets to be kept in their property based on reasonable evidence. This would include refusal on the grounds of the animal’s size, the amount of damage it could cause in the property and its impact on the future prospect of re-letting the property.The Labour Party, therefore, proposed that to refuse to let a property to a tenant with a pet there would need to be evidence that the animal was a nuisance.In response, Richard Lambert, CEO at the National Landlords Association (NLA) said, “You can’t take a blanket approach to keeping or refusing pets. The NLA has consistently supported schemes that encourage landlords to take on pet owners, such as the Dog’s Trust’s ‘Lets With Pets’, but landlords should have a right to refuse permission so long as they justify their decision.”JLL residential landlords refusing pets lets with pets tenants fees cap Sheila Manchester tenant fee ban and pets March 20, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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 » The tenant fees ban may cost pet owners more, says JLL’s Lucy Morton previous nextRegulation & LawThe tenant fees ban may cost pet owners more, says JLL’s Lucy MortonIncreasing pet ownership in rented accommodation and the tenant fees ban are driving up rents, says estate agent JLL.Sheila Manchester20th March 201902,255 Viewslast_img read more

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Petty Real celebrates with £110,000 giveaway

first_imgFollowing a successful rebrand Petty Real is enticing people to list their house with Petty Real ™ to be in with a chance to win £110,000.The Lancashire agency will be giving away £1,000 every week for 10 weeks and a chance to win £100,000 which is locked in their safe. Petty Real ™ is looking for houses to list in Lancashire where buyers are waiting: Burnley, Barnoldswick, Barrowford, Colne and the surrounding areas.Charlotte Hagan, Chair of Petty Real ™, said, “It’s really exciting, the £100,000 up for grabs is a life – changing amount for someone! That chance, combined with the really great odds of winning in the weekly £1,000 draw is going to make for a very exciting few months in our offices.”Owners who list a house with Petty Real between 1st September and Friday 8th November could win £1,000 and they also have one attempt at cracking the 7-digit code to the safe to win the £100,000 contents.The Lancashire agency will give away £1,000 every week for 10 weeks and a chance to win £100,000 which is locked in their safe!Ian Bythell, Director at Petty Real ™, said, “Last year we celebrated 90 years in business, our success is largely due to the fantastic relationships we have formed and maintained with clients over generations. Historically we have advertised offers and incentives but nothing like this before!”Petty Real Chartered Surveyors Lancashire estate agency Ian Bythell petty real charlotte hagan October 18, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Agencies & People » Petty Real celebrates with £110,000 giveaway previous nextAgencies & PeoplePetty Real celebrates with £110,000 giveawayThe Negotiator18th October 20190253 Viewslast_img read more

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Is Rightmove facing a ‘cliff edge’ of agents leaving next month?

first_imgMany agents wondering whether to unplug from the Rightmove listing service after the Coronavirus crisis are now facing decision time as the window for leaving the portal begins to close in a few weeks’ time.In April the portal gave all its agents an automatic 75% discount on their subscription fees for four months after initially offering only a deferred fee scheme.But many agents do not know when to give notice to leave before the full subscription is reinstated. The Negotiator spoke to half a dozen agents none of whom knew how their notice period with Rightmove works.One agent on the Boycott Rightmove Facebook page yesterday suggested that agents had a ‘last chance’ to give notice before 31st May in order to come off before the 75% deal ends. This, Rightmove says, is incorrect.The portal’s T&Cs are confusing though and we asked the portal for comment on when, in practice, an agent would have to give notice to leave before the discount period ends. A spokesperson said agents should wait until the end of June to give notice, should they wish to do so.But although Rightmove’s publicly-available T&Cs say agents need only give 30 days’ prior written notice to quit the portal, its rules elongate this; the 30-day notice period starts only when the portal replies to an agent, not when it receives the request, and if notice is given part way through one month, the agent cannot leave until the end of the next month.Because of this, agents wishing to exit Rightmove will need to give notice by 15th June at the earliest and the 30th June at the latest to able to leave by the end of July.Murray Lee (left), one of the four agents spearheading estate agent groups seeking to leave the portal or force it to reduce its fees, says he concurs with our interpretation of its T&Cs after looking at his contract, saying that he believes agents must give notice of ‘at least a month and no less than one calendar month’. Murray says his campaign is going to wait until early June how to proceed.Boycott Rightmove Say No To Rightmove Dreamview Estates Rightmove May 28, 2020Nigel Lewis5 commentsJason Davies, Davies Lettings Ltd Davies Lettings Ltd 28th May 2020 at 9:16 am31st June?!! HmmmmmmmLog in to ReplyGraham Davidson, Sequre Sequre 28th May 2020 at 8:42 amMurray Lee, one of the agents spearheading a leave Rightmove campaign has not only not given notice, but has not even made his mind up whether he will!Log in to ReplyNigel Lewis, Online Editor, The Negotiator Online Editor, The Negotiator 28th May 2020 at 8:50 amThanks Graham for the heads-up, the piece was meant to say ‘his campaign’ rather than him!Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 29th May 2020 at 6:24 amThanks Nigel.Acn I just say, Its not “MY” campaign but all the 000’s of agents who joined usIt was instigated by 3 local agents to me and myselfAlan Goldin of Alan Goldin EstatesRichard Dangoor of Hausman and HolmesAnd Phillip Wise of Ashmore and CoThis was our little band that ignited our local flameI do take credit for reaching out to Rob Sargent of the Acorn Group in SE London (Say No to Rightmove), Paul Davies of At Homes Estates, Horsham (Boycott Rightmove) and David Thomas of Liberty Gate, Nottingham (Revolution 2020)This was the real catalyst than go you and the press interested.We became known by Chris Watkins as the 4 Horsemen of the Portal Apocalypse (even if he couldn’t say it!!)So I cant take ALL the creditLog in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 29th May 2020 at 6:50 amI’m not sure where you have that information from and I beg to differ Mr Davidson, I have made it VERY clear right from the start as to my stance.Along with Nigel, Rob Sargent, Paul Davies and David Thomas (aka the 4 Horsemen) and Phillip Wise, Richard Dangoor and Alan Golding (3 founders of my original local group on 19/3) call ALL attest to this. I have never wavered.I’m enjoying a 75% discount (that part of my efforts got you if you are still on RM).I think that’s very good business don’t you?Along with the 5 months free from Zoopla I was also involved with negotiating – feel free to check that with Andy Marshal at Z – (plus with the additional 4 months FREE IF you then leave RM at the end of the discount period Im enjoying….aren’t you?) I’d say that was sensible.It’s ok… you don’t need to thank us… many others have personally and said I may have saved some of their staffs’ jobs. But don’t worry. I’m not a narcissist.I have also made my position VERY clear.If RM to not change their belligerent attitude and offer us a better rate than the current £1600 I WAS paying then I’m gone.We have reviewed the terms with 3 or 4 others and we all agree with Nigel’s last comment re the notice period, to provide ‘at least a month and no less than one calendar month’s notice’Is that clear enough?Log 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 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 » Marketing » Is Rightmove facing a ‘cliff edge’ of agents leaving next month? previous nextMarketingIs Rightmove facing a ‘cliff edge’ of agents leaving next month?The portal’s 75% fees cut for agents ends in just over two months’ time but agents have only a small window in which to give the portal notice.Nigel Lewis28th May 20205 Comments3,838 Viewslast_img read more

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