Self-employed ‘entrepreneur’ agents are better than ‘desk jockeys’ says industry figure

first_imgA senior estate agent who runs a major Keller Williams franchise says his agents earn more and are better trained than many traditional agency ‘desk jockeys’.The comments come from Mark Readings, who operates the Keller Williams market centre covering Essex and East London with his sister Claire.“The cynical may look at the number of agents that we have partnered with that have not come from the estate agency industry and say that ‘experience counts’,” he says.“I would counter that we can take anyone with enthusiasm, ambition and integrity and train them to be a much better estate agent than someone that has sat at a desk without decent training, support and that a lacks of overall help and guidance.“And they’ll earn more money than that desk-jockey by far.”His Essex franchise now has 50 agents (pictures, above) offering its services through the company’s Brentwood Market Centre, which is backed by Russell Quirk and his brother Anthony.The ratio of agents working for their company that have direct estate agency experience versus those that are fresh to the industry is 50:50, ranging from 22 to 56 years old.“The quality as well as quantity of agents that have chosen to partner with us at Keller William Plus is incredible and with many already earning big sums,” says Claire Williams, the director of its Market Centre.In a bid to prove that agents working for it do sell homes, the company has also published the anonymous results of one agent, who currently has 13 properties listed via the agency and who has earned £10,243 from three completions during August.Agents working for Keller Williams keep 90% of the fees they owe, set themselves up in their own right as a business and can work both part- and full-time.Mark Readings Keller Williams Russell Quirk August 25, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentChris Arnold, andsothestorybegan andsothestorybegan 25th August 2020 at 2:43 pmAnonymous results? Aren’t they proud of their achievement, or will it not stand up to close.scrutiny from those who don’t believe everything they hear?In a culture where con-men, hucksters and charlatans, desperately seeking power and influence, have decided that the truth is relative, we are in danger of trade publications becoming nothing more than the mouthpiece for these fairground carny’s.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 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 » Self-employed ‘entrepreneur’ agents are better than ‘desk jockeys’ says industry figure previous nextAgencies & PeopleSelf-employed ‘entrepreneur’ agents are better than ‘desk jockeys’ says industry figureComments are made by operator of Keller Williams Essex franchise as the company hires its 50th estate agent.Nigel Lewis25th August 20201 Comment1,686 Viewslast_img read more

Ocean City Boardwalk Split in Two for the Winter

first_imgThe Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth and Seventh streets will be closed all winter during a reconstruction project. A detour takes pedestrians and cyclists off the boardwalk.The Ocean City Boardwalk is barricaded at Fifth Street and Seventh Street as a construction project to demolish and replace a block of it begins.Demolition of the Ocean City Boardwalk near Seventh Street began on Monday, Oct. 20.The fences went up on Monday and will remain in place until the project is complete — likely in March or April.The work is part of the second phase of a multi-year project to rebuild the Ocean City Boardwalk and its substructure between Fifth and 12th streets. This phase includes work from Sixth Street to Plaza Place (just north of Seventh Street).The project will include reconfiguring the boardwalk ramp at Sixth Street, eliminating the north ramp and widening the south ramp. The access ramp for the disabled will remain in place, leading to the municipal parking lot between Fifth and Sixth streets.Lamp posts are down as construction crews prepare to demolish the Ocean City Boardwalk between Sixth and Seventh streets.A detour now takes pedestrians and cyclists off the Boardwalk at Seventh Street, down Wayne Avenue, through the municipal parking lot between Sixth and Fifth streets, and back to the boardwalk at Fifth Street.For runners, walkers and cyclists who travel the boardwalk religiously, here’s the tale of the tape:The detour adds about 0.17 miles to a run the length of the boardwalk (from 2.45 miles to 2.62 miles). The round trip is now 5.24 miles (up from 4.9 miles).From the 23rd Street terminus down the boardwalk to the Seventh Street detour is about 1.75 miles.From the St. James Place terminus down the boardwalk to the Fifth Street detour is just under .5 miles.Boardwalk detour during a construction project between Sixth and Seventh streets that starts on Oct. 20.City Council this summer awarded a $1.2 million contract to Fred M. Schiavone Construction of Malaga to complete the work. Schiavone was the contractor for the first phase of the project between Fifth and Sixth streets and for the new Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.Council has authorized spending up to $1,825,000 on this phase of the project.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Funding success, and finding it

first_imgSix years ago, when Isaac Kohlberg became Harvard’s senior associate provost and chief technology development officer, he began the process of restructuring and transforming Harvard’s technology transfer program into a dynamic model focused on proactive technology and business development, built around a new Office of Technology Development (OTD).No longer would Harvard’s scientists and engineers simply be expected to come to OTD seeking help patenting new discoveries. Instead, a new team of OTD staff members would embed itself within, and roam the halls of, the University’s Schools, exploring labs, engaging with researchers, and forging relationships with the faculty in an effort to identify potentially patentable inventions and emerging discoveries that hold commercial potential.But one thing that Kohlberg quickly discovered was that patenting discoveries wasn’t the only challenge. Even more daunting was propelling new inventions and discoveries off the laboratory shelves and into commercial development, so that they could be advanced to the point where they would be attractive candidates for partnering with industry, and therefore be of interest to biotech and pharmaceutical companies, and venture capitalists.“We had to find a way to get these discoveries and inventions across what has come to be known as ‘the valley of death,’ ” Kohlberg said recently, “the period in which they are still too basic and early to be of interest to industry, and money to develop them is virtually impossible to come by. We didn’t want to leave potentially lifesaving, world-changing discoveries languishing in the lab, wilting on the vine.”So four years ago, OTD launched the Technology Development Accelerator Fund, a $10 million revolving account, raised from Harvard alumni, including most notably the anchor donor, Len Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, to be used as a bridge across the “valley,” the development gap.  And the fund is proving to be just such a bridge.Since the fund’s founding, its money has been awarded and used to seed 33 projects, 25 of which have already been completed. Of those completed projects, a dozen have resulted in research collaborations with industry and new licensing agreements, with both existing and startup companies.“The Accelerator has enabled Harvard to invest in important research discoveries that have the potential to help create a better world,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “The fund has fostered an environment of entrepreneurship and innovation across the University as it has supported both the talent and the technologies that will build the future.”Jeffrey S. Flier, Harvard Medical School (HMS) dean, said the fund has had an enormous impact and goes a long way to foster and spur “innovation and helps HMS advance our therapeutic and translational vision.”Chris Mirabelli, managing director of the venture capital fund Healthcare Ventures, is one of the eight members of the Accelerator Fund’s advisory committee, which provides guidance on choosing those projects and technologies for funding that are most likely to become attractive candidates for further development and industry investment.“I think the Accelerator’s already a success,” Mirabelli said. “It’s changing some of the ways things get done at Harvard. The science is world class, and had always been geared toward developing insights into basic science. But usually there’s a gap as to where that science is, and where it needs to be” in bringing its benefits to the broader world. “A professor may think it’s ready for prime time, but there isn’t enough there to give it directionality, make a drug out of it, or make it clear how it would be used in a diagnostic device. Now there is a way to accomplish all that.”“The lifeblood of the biotech community here in Boston is being able to find discoveries that have” value to the medical community, Mirabelli added. “This helps develop things that are of value to the biotech industry, and of value to Harvard, that ultimately result in people being hired by biotech companies. And that benefits the local economy.”Another member of the advisory committee, Doug Melton, Xander University Professor, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and co-chair of the University’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, said he sees the Accelerator Fund as “providing the too-often-unavailable funds and advice that can propel an interesting finding into a real product. In its initial few years, it has already proven to be an important bridge in moving basic science to products, products that can help people.”One feature distinguishing the Accelerator Fund from similar programs at other universities is that it is managed by someone with high-level industry experience. Curtis Keith, the fund’s chief scientific officer, is a seasoned drug development specialist with a successful track record whom Harvard recruited from the biotech industry.The first university-based program of its kind in the United States that integrates professional management, an effective technology and business development program, and an independent advisory board, Accelerator-funded research projects have already leveraged $10 million in additional industry-sponsored research funding for Harvard — at a time when government funding has stagnated. That explains why Kohlberg “gets calls every two or three weeks from universities around the country that want information about how to start a program like this.”In the future, Kohlberg said, “We envision working more closely with Harvard Business School [HBS]. We may have HBS students and postgrads work on individual technologies, assisting us to formulate commercialization strategies and business plans, and we anticipate some may become startup CEOs. You could argue that our current business strategy has worked well,” he said, “but it’s possible that HBS will be able to help us at an even earlier stage, looking at which projects we should fund, and which are the most likely to get placed with industry.”OTD plans to launch an expanded Accelerator Fund soon, one that would be energized by larger-scale funding and a broader mandate than the original. In so doing, officials hope that HBS will play a large role and that additional innovation at Harvard, which might otherwise languish, can be supported and translated to benefit society.last_img read more

Election of Harvard faculty to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

first_imgThe American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of 213 new members. They include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, business, and philanthropic leaders.Those elected from Harvard include Tom C. Conley, Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures and co-faculty dean of Kirkland House; Donald E. Ingber, founding director of Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and professor of bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Toshiko Mori, Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design; Sendhil Mullainathan, Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics; Bruce R. Rosen, professor of radiology at HMS and professor of health science and technology at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; Arthur I. Segel, Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School; Yang Shi, professor of cell biology at HMS; and Ralph Weissleder, Thrall Professor of Radiology and professor of systems biology at HMS.Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies. The American Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education.“In a tradition reaching back to the earliest days of our nation, the honor of election to the American Academy is also a call to service,” said Academy President Jonathan F. Fanton. “Through our projects, publications, and events, the Academy provides members with opportunities to make common cause with one another. We invite these newly elected members to participate in this important and rewarding work — and to help produce the useful knowledge for which the Academy’s 1780 charter calls.” Read about the members.last_img read more

Attorney: Murder charge after deadly drug raid ‘political’

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — An attorney for a Houston police officer indicted for murder following a deadly 2019 drug raid in which a couple was killed says his client is being targeted by a district attorney looking to score political points in the wake of last year’s nationwide protests against police brutality. Officer Felipe Gallegos became the second officer who was indicted for murder following the January 2019 drug raid. Rusty Hardin, Gallegos’ attorney, said the officer was a “hero” who saved other officers. Gallegos says he hasn’t been able to explain he’s not a ‘bad person.’ Gallegos is one of a dozen officers indicted after their work came under scrutiny following the raid.last_img read more

Fourth COVID-19 Related Death Reported In Cattaraugus County

first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.LITTLE VALLEY – The fourth COVID-19 related death was reported in Cattaraugus County on Sunday.The Cattaraugus County Health Department says the death involves a 71-year-old woman who developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment.Additionally, two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cattaraugus County, bringing the countywide case total to 47, with 18 active.Officials say the new cases involve two men, one who was a asymptomatic county jail inmate, and the other who is now hospitalized. In Chautauqua County officials reported one new case Sunday, a man in his 60s.There are now 21 active cases, with 85 total, 60 recovered and four prior deaths reported in the county. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

These are the Gold Coast’s top 10 highest performing suburbs

first_imgMermaid Beach and Broadbeach Waters topped the Coast’s list of highest performing suburbs.THE prices of homes in two of the city’s most sought-after areas have ballooned more than 50 per cent in the past five years.REA Group data shows houses in Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach Waters are worth on average $1.4 million and $1.2 million, respectively.Ray White Broadbeach principal Mitch Palmer said there was nothing Gold Coaster’s loved more than spending a day at the beach or on a boat.“The reason why (those suburbs) have always done well is just because the lifestyle they provide,” he said. Broadbeach Waters followed closely behind.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Both these suburbs are highly desirable and attract interest not just from locals but also people from interstate, Sydney in particular, as well as overseas,” she said.“This means there is more money being directed to them, pushing up prices.”Lower Beechmont and Hollywell surprising made the top 10 list. Mrs Conisbee said their “unique” features made them appealing.“Hollywell is very unique from a national perspective, many homes are on the water and it is still possible to buy a property for well under $1 million,” she said. “Big homes on big blocks close to employment priced at under $500,000 are rare to find in most capital cities but in Lower Beechmont you can find exactly that.” Mermaid Beach was number one.The proximity to fine-dining cafes and restaurants, The Star Gold Coast and Pacific Fair were features that also made the suburbs appealing, Mr Palmer said.Kollosche Prestige Agents director Michael Kollosche said all suburbs went through peaks and falls but Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach Waters would always be in high demand.“Everything is in (good) proximity and you’re on the right side of the Coast for the airport,” he said.MORE NEWS: Gold Coast home most viewed in the state 1. Mermaid Beach — 11.6 per cent annual increase past five years to $1.4 million.2. Broadbeach Waters — 10.8 per cent each year to $1.2 million.3. Lower Beechmont — 10.7 per cent each year to $520,000.4. Burleigh Heads — 10.4 per cent each year to $877,500.5. Palm Beach — 10.1 per cent each year to $847,500.6. Miami — 8.8 per cent each year to $780,000.7. Biggera Waters — 8.4 per cent each year to $700,000.8. Burleigh Waters — 8.3 per cent each year to $807,000.9. Hollywell — 8.1 per cent each year to $776,000.10. Bundall — 7.4 per cent each year to $963,000. Source: REA Group November 2018 “A lot of the other (neighbouring) areas … all have high-rise zoning around them except for a couple of little pockets.”REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the two suburbs attracted lots of interstate buyers.center_img MORE NEWS: First look at ‘new’ Nobby’s Outlook TOP 10 BEST PERFORMING SUBURBS (houses, average annual growth over five years, median price) Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more

Sinopec’s Qingdao terminal trades LNG on CHPGX

first_imgImage source: Pixabay under CCO Creative Commons license.China’s Sinopec said its Qingdao LNG terminal for the first time traded volumes of the chilled fuel on the Chongqing Petroleum and Gas Exchange (CHPGX) at the end of September. The terminal sold 3,340 tons of LNG on September 28, the company said in a statement noting the sale marks its entry in the North China market.Sinopec added that earlier this year China’s National Development and Reform Commission urged the companies to conduct transactions through platforms such as Shanghai and Chongqing Oil and Gas trading centers in order to establish the market mechanisms and form market transaction prices.The company added that the next step is to initialize trade of Tianjin LNG volumes on the Shanghai Oil and Gas Trading Center.The goal is to gather experience by trading smaller volumes during the non-heating period before fully engaging in trade after the heating period starts, Sinopec said.last_img read more

Connie Jo Montgomery

first_imgConnie Jo Montgomery 60, of Moores Hill passed away Monday June 5, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health at Batesville. Connie was born Thursday August 30, 1956 in Batesville the daughter of Edgar and Mariam (Brayden) Mitchell. She married David Montgomery June 30, 1973 and he survives. Connie worked as an LPN for several local nursing homes in the area. She was a member of the Moores Hill American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, watching game shows on TV, camping, and spending time with her family.Her survivors include husband: David Montgomery of Moores Hill; son: David Mitchell Montgomery of Greendale; daughters: Tammy Montgomery of Moores Hill; Amy Jo Solomon and Elizabeth Rhoades both of Greendale; brothers: Frank (America) Mitchell of Rising Sun; Ron Mitchell of Bowling Green, Ky. 3- Grandchildren: Michel Hogston, Peyton Montgomery and Trinity Hogston. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters.Services will be 7PM Tuesday June 20, 2017 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5-7PM Tuesday also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill entrusted with arrangements. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more