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Estate agency branch closures become more obvious on the high street

first_imgIn a drive around prosperous towns in southern England, there aren’t that many empty high street premises, but a significant number of those that are empty bear the names of estate agencies that are, quite suddenly, gone.The Negotiator reported last month that estate agency was the fourth largest category of high street closures at 143 during the first six months of the year – and it is a continuing trend.Happy movesIn some cases it is a happy, ‘moving on’ … ‘retiring’… merging, for instance, McAuley Miller, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, recently been acquired by Martin & Co. – MD David Rogers has owned the Tunbridge Wells branch of Martin & Co, since 2009, and McAuley Miller is his third and largest acquisition.David said, “We’re delighted to have completed on this acquisition and certainly hope there will be many more to come as we look to grow the business.”Not so happy movesIn other cases, closures are the natural churn of less-well performing branches of larger groups, but the most poignant reports are of the long established, previously highly successful local brands.In Sherborne, Dorset, Gilyard Scarth has closed, along with its other offices in Shaftesbury and Gillingham – all highly desirable areas for buyers.The local press reported that Richard Keenlyside, said that the closure of Gilyard Scarth will affect him deeply and he doubts he’ll be able to walk past the empty High Street shopfront, where he spent 23 years of his career. “I’ve thought about this a lot. I feel sick about the whole thing. I won’t be able to get inside any more. My brilliant staff won’t be there. It will be horrible. I will definitely have to walk to the other side of the street for quite a long time,” said Richard.And surprises…Another even more surprising closure has been two out of three branches of Saxe Coburg, operating in what the press calls the on the most expensive real estate market in the UK – Sandbanks, Dorset.The company is owned by Maximillian De Kment, also the Chief Executive of Lovett International. Lovett is a separate company, which is unaffected.The Daily Echo reported that a spokesperson for Saxe Coburg said, “The majority of our enquiries are now coming from the internet, rather than members of the public walking in to any of our offices.”The question is, is this normal churn or is it a real breakdown in estate agency businesses?Saxe Coburg Sandbanks Dorset Martin & Co estate agent closures October 7, 2019Nigel 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 » Agencies & People » Estate agency branch closures become more obvious on the high street previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agency branch closures become more obvious on the high streetLong-established estate agency brands are disappearing or merging as Brexit and other factors put businesses under pressure, but it’s not all bad news.Sheila Manchester7th October 201901,201 Viewslast_img read more

Risk: Which camp are you in?

first_imgRisk, and how people manage it, fascinates me.There is risk in everything we do. Driving to work. What we eat. And there is risk in what we choose not to do. Every decision we make manages or shifts risk in a way that makes sense to us.While no two people view risk the same way, a Harvard Business Review article really did a nice job of dividing the world into two camps.Camp one has a “prevention” focus. Their goal is to maintain the status quo and have things run smoothly. They are more deliberate in decision-making, seeking to minimize possible losses or mistakes.Camp two has a “promotion” focus. Their goal is to find opportunities to make progress and/or gains. This camp is willing to make mistakes or incur losses when the decision also holds a chance for substantial gain. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

There is no such thing as a free lunch

first_imgOne of these days, I need to write down some life lessons for Kate and Briggs. When they leave for college (both on scholarship, mind you), I’ll hand them an envelope.  Inside, there’d be some life lessons to share how the world works. At least from my point of view.  It will annoy them to no end, but it will make me feel better.  I’m OK with that.Near the top of the list would be this: There’s no such thing as a free lunch.You want to be a top-level athlete? You’re going to have to spend time in the gym and forego late-night parties so that you can train the next morning.You want your business to grow? You’ll deal with the headaches of growth, which are often overlooked by those fixated by the thought that bigger is better. Do you want to turn around an organization?  You’ll need many tough conversations and even more tough decisions.  And “tough” is probably not strong enough a word.For every action, there’s an opposite reaction.  I’m not sure it is always an equal reaction.  But this much is true – any time you push in a new direction in your life, something else will push back.Given this “rule” of life, it might be tempting to stand still.  To maintain the status quo.  To refrain from rocking the boat.Ah, be careful, Kate and Briggs. There’s no free lunch there either.You want to stand still in life?  You’ll miss much of its beauty and opportunities.You want to maintain the status quo?  You’ll rack up lost opportunity costs. You want to refrain from rocking the boat? That boat will never tip over, but it won’t be much of a ride. So, it sounds like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, eh?  Push forward, and prepare to face the headwinds.  Stand still, and you risk being lapped and becoming irrelevant.Not so. The key is to know what you want out of life.  What you want your business to be.  What you truly want to accomplish.  And let me be clear – you really have to know what you want.  With surgical precision.Once you know that, the rest is easy.Once you know that, you’ll happily pay the price for that lunch. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Detailslast_img read more

Bucksport softball team advances to regional final

first_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Postscenter_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Bio BUCKSPORT – To Mike Carrier, a 6-0 win over the Class C North’s No. 3 seed is an “off day” for the No. 2 Bucksport softball team.“This isn’t our normal hitting team,” said Carrier, Bucksport’s longtime coach. “We struggled a little bit today.”The bar is high for the defending state champions. Bucksport (17-1) shut out Limestone/MSSM (13-3) in Saturday’s regional semifinal to advance to the Northern Maine championship scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Brewer.Carrier said he didn’t know much about LCS/MSSM because the two teams had not met in the regular season. But the LCS/MSSM pitcher, Dalaney Rossignol, posed a challenge for Bucksport.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Not overpowering fast, but she moved the ball in and out and up and down,” Carrier said of Rossignol. “She did a good job like that.”Rossignol gave up six hits and had four strikeouts in the loss.The Golden Bucks led just 1-0 when they pulled away from LCS/MSSM in the bottom of the fourth. Bucksport pitcher Katelin Saunders led off the inning with a walk. Kylee Atwood then slammed a triple into left field to score Saunders’ courtesy runner. Atwood scored next on a groundout to pull the Golden Bucks up 3-0.Bucksport added to that lead in the fifth when Eliza Hosford singled, then reached third on an error. Another single by Tyler DuPont scored Hosford for the Golden Bucks’ fourth run.The Golden Bucks scored another two runs in the sixth inning. They will play either No. 4 Mattanawcook or No. 8 Piscataquis for the regional title.Bucksport pitcher Saunders struck out 11 and allowed just two hits.“Kate and her ability to move the ball all over the place – she does a good job,” Carrier said of Saunders. “She throws everything in the book.”Leading the Bucksport offense was Darian Jellison with two singles and two RBIs. Hosford contributed two singles and one RBI, and Kaylee Grindle added a triple and an RBI.Winslow 5, Ellsworth 3 The No. 6 Ellsworth Eagles ended their season on Thursday at Winslow when they lost to the No. 3 seed in the Class B North quarterfinals.Bailey Robbins led Winslow with a home run, a double and two RBIs.For Ellsworth, Abby Lynch hit a home run and two RBIs while Callie Hammer had a single and RBI.last_img read more