Online agency mergers gather pace as Howsy buys another rival

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Online agency mergers gather pace as Howsy buys another rival previous nextAgencies & PeopleOnline agency mergers gather pace as Howsy buys another rivalLeading online agency snaps up The Happy Tenant Company, its third online lettings and property management platform acquisition in 18 months.Nigel Lewis11th February 202101,772 Views Leading hybrid letting agency Howsy has bought rival The Happy Tenant Company for an undisclosed sum.The Happy Tenant was incorporated in 2011 by London agent and landlord Adam Joseph along with several other landlords including Jonathan Monjack, who was its CEO, promoting itself as an ethical online property management company.At the time it ruffled agent feathers by claiming to be an antidote to the ‘extortionate maintenance fees and excessive mark-ups by letting agencies’.The Happy Tenant Company’s says its aims remain to offer transparency and integrity, first by having fixed fees for landlords and also passing benefits back to its members.In September last year Howsy acquired a 75% controlling stake in the company and it has taken until now to officially complete the acquisition.8,000 propertiesHowsy, which until three years ago was known as NoAgent, has been growing through acquisition and now has 8,000 properties registered on its platform.Other acquisitions have included the purchase of Upad out of administration in January 2020, and Urban in late 2019, which until then had been part of the former eMoov/Tepilo online empire prior to its demise in January 2019.“The founders of The Happy Tenant Company have built a great business,” says Calum Brannan, founder and CEO of Howsy (pictured).“Their brand values and ethos align with those of Howsy and we’re confident we can offer a greater selection of services for Happy Tenant customers to further enhance their experience.”In August last year Howsy raised £2.29 million via a Seedrs fund raising effort.Read more about Howsy.calum brannan Howsy callum brannan upad urban.co.uk February 11, 2021Nigel 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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Senate confirms Mayorkas as Biden’s homeland security chief

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas as President Joe Biden’s homeland security secretary. He’s the first Latino to fill the post, and the first immigrant to do so. The department is central to the Biden administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, a sweeping Russia-linked cyber hack and domestic extremism. Mayorkas is expected to lead a broad policy overhaul of an agency that was accused of being deeply politicized as it carried out President Donald Trump’s initiatives on immigration and law enforcement. His nomination had been stalled in the Senate by Republicans who had questions about Biden’s plans for immigration policy. Mayorkas was sworn in Tuesday evening.last_img read more

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University saves with green fund

first_imgThe Sustainable Endowments Institute recognized Notre Dame on Feb. 9 as a one of 52 national universities saving money through sustainable funding. “Greening the Bottom Line,” is the first survey conducted on green revolving funds (GRFs) in higher education. The survey noted the Green Loan Fund at Notre Dame, which financed a transition to compact fluorescent lights (CFL) in all 29 residence halls. The switch, beginning October 2008 and completed September 2010, has saved $529 per month. Ultimately, this resulted in a 75 percent return on investment. Erin Hafner, programs manager of the Office of Sustainability said the Energy and Environmental Issues Committee, a group of faculty and students formed in the 1980s, initiated the Green Loan Fund in 2008. This $2 million fund allows the Office of Sustainability to manage projects proposed by students and staff. Principal author Dano Weisbord said in “Greening the Bottom Line” the most impressive feature of this fund is its ability to provide money from previous investments for future green upgrades. Contributing author Mark Orlowski, executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, said in the report that other schools also have paid more attention to sustainability. “The trend is clear both in terms of money saved and reduced energy consumption,” he said. “The number of green revolving funds has more than quadrupled since 2008.” Hafner said Notre Dame has made major strides in this area. “Look back to the green report card of 2007 and 2008, we had a D-,” she said. “Now we have a B+, which we’ve done with programming, outreach and training.” To achieve this grade, the Office of Sustainability has revamped many of its programs and transportation systems, as well as introducing new events on campus, Hafner said. “This Friday we have our annual spring semester Green Summit. The University is also in the middle of an energy conservation program and upgrading lights in older buildings,” she said. Hafner said the University is incorporating eco-friendly vehicles into its transportation system. Most recently, the Zip Car appeared in the Notre Dame fleet and is available for students and faculty use. Other transportation alterations include hybrid vehicles for students, faculty and staff to rent for travel to meetings and conferences. To accompany this change, a low emission vehicle parking program for Low Emissions Vehicles (LEVs) has been established. “We’ve been working with a couple of companies for the electric vehicle charging stations,” Hafner said. “We had some trials in the fall semester and are hoping to pilot some others.” In the next few months, Hafner said these should be available in parking lots. Additionally, the University is researching how to replace service vehicles with electric substitutes. “We’re really excited because it opens a lot of doors. If this happens, we can add to our fleet,” she said. “We’d retire work trucks and replace them with the electric ones.” The biggest component of what the University is working on with sustainability, Hafner said, is education. Along with introducing a sustainability aspect to freshman Contemporary Topics courses, the Office of Sustainability is promoting current and possible minors. “[The Office of Sustainability] in the process of creating courses for a sustainability minor for the broader campus,” she said. “We’re trying to work more with the academy on opportunities that just haven’t been called out yet.” At Notre Dame, there are unique difficulties other schools are not forced to face, Hafner said. Energy on campus is extremely cheap, while on the East and West Coasts cost is higher. “To justify energy programs on campus is difficult because it’s so cheap,” she said. “We’re trying to formulate programming around that.” A grassroots approach must be taken, with each individual contributing to the cause, she said. “Educate yourself. People don’t necessarily take time to do so,” she said. “Shut lights off, take shorter showers, recycle and purchase fewer items so less natural resources are used.”last_img read more

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Growing asicNorth Chooses Arizona

first_imgGrowing asicNorth Chooses ArizonaSemiconductor design service provider asicNorth of South Burlington has ended its global search, choosing Arizona to expand its operations. The company is currently hiring experienced engineers, with plans to grow its new Tempe, AZ, operation over the next few years.”asicNorth is growing into new markets,” said President Mike Slattery “After surveying many cities it was apparent metro-Phoenix was the best choice to provide the new business opportunities and skilled workforce needed for our expansion.””Arizona is an ideal base for companies who need to reach out to the world,” said Jan Lesher, Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. “We are grateful asicNorth chose to locate in the state, where its presence will improve the local economy.””asicNorth brings enhanced value for the semiconductor industry in Greater Phoenix,” said Barry Broome, Greater Phoenix Economic Council president and CEO. “This high-tech firm will complement the existing base of high-wage, technology employers in the City of Tempe.”The expert logic and circuit designers at asicNorth provide highly skilled design services to the Semiconductor industry. asicNorth works with industry leaders such as Broadcom, Cypress Semiconductor, IBM, Qimonda, Teradyne and Zoran. The company is headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont with more than 40 employees.An ASIC is a chip designed for a particular application; commonly used in automotive computers to control vehicle functions and in PDAs. ASICs use existing circuit building blocks connected in new ways to achieve performance. It is far easier than designing a new chip from scratch. asicNorth provides solutions for both ASIC design and assembly and the pre-designed building-block infrastructure in leading edge silicon technologies.”We’ve been delighted by the proactive response we’ve received from State and local business organizations,” said Slattery. “We believe our new design center in Tempe is strategic to the future success of asicNorth.”last_img read more

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Demand Dwindles for U.S. Forces in Haiti, Official Says

first_imgBy Dialogo February 22, 2010 The need for U.S military forces in Haiti is dwindling as Haitian authorities and nongovernmental organizations begin to accept a greater share of relief efforts in the ravaged country, an American military official said. About 13,000 U.S. troops are involved in the earthquake-relief effort — with 7,000 forces on the ground — down from a peak overall level of about 20,000 at the start of this month, Army Lt. Gen. P.K. “Ken” Keen, the top U.S. commander in Haiti, told Pentagon reporters today. “As we see this transition occurring, we see our civilian partners increase their capabilities — both the government here in Haiti as well as the nongovernment organizations — and we see the need for our military assistance dwindling,” Keen said via video teleconference from the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. The update on Haiti’s recovery comes about a month after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the Caribbean nation, creating what an official called one of the greatest humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas. U.S. aid began pouring into affected areas in the immediate aftermath, but a greater share of relief efforts has been transferred to partners as conditions progress. The American commander declined to describe a timeline or expected scope of the U.S. military presence in Haiti, saying conditions in the country would determine the response. “As we look at our military requirements in supporting [the U.S. Agency for International Development] and the government of Haiti,” Keen said, “we’re dialing it back where unnecessary as we right-size the force as requirements are needed on the ground, and we’re dialing it up where it’s necessary, based upon the needs on the ground.” Keen estimated military operations to date have totaled about $250 million.last_img read more

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NCUA to finalize ‘second chance’ IPRS, appraisal proposal Nov. 21

first_imgThe NCUA board will discuss a proposal on real estate appraisals, a final interpretive rule and policy statement on Chairman Rodney Hood’s “second chance” proposal and will receive an update on the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund at its Nov. 21 meeting.The Second Chance proposal would update and revise update and revise the existing IRPS regarding statutory prohibitions imposed by the Federal Credit Union Act, which prohibits, except with prior NCUA Board approval, any person who has been convicted of any criminal offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust, or who has entered into a pretrial diversion or similar program in connection with a prosecution for such offense, from participating in the affairs of an insured credit union.CUNA supports the proposal, noting that it would effectively reduce regulatory burden. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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People moves: L&G appoints Kingfisher’s Courtier to lead trust

first_imgAFM – Bart Koolstra has temporarily stepped down as member of the supervisory board (RvT) of Dutch supervisory body Authority Financial Markets (AFM). He cited recent publicity about an AFM monitoring dossier on company Eriks in 2009. As a senior partner of accounting firm PwC, Koolstra was involved in the dossier at the time. Koolstra said he made his decision to avoid the impression of a conflict of interest. Recently, Dutch news daily NRC suggested that Eriks had been involved in corruption in the Middle East – its parent company declined to comment. Koolstra left PwC in 2013 and joined the AFM’s RvT in 2015.Aon Hewitt – Tim Gardener has joined the UK consultant as a partner. He joins from AXA Investment Managers where he was global head of the institutional client group. During more than six years at AXA IM Gardener oversaw consultant relations and was involved in the establishment of the asset manager’s smart beta products. He also spent 24 years at Mercer, latterly as global CIO.Actiam – The €60bn asset manager Actiam named Dudley Keiller as chief transformation officer (CTO) on its executive board. He will be tasked with rolling out Actiam’s new strategy focused on international growth based on responsible investmentment. Keiller joins from NN IP/ING IM, where he was subsequently global controller and CFO. As of 1 March, Actiam’s executive team is to also comprise Hans van Houwelingen (CEO) and John Shen (CRO). The asset manager is still searching for a CIO to join the executive team.Bank of England – The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has been brought within the single legal entity of the Bank of England with effect from 1 March. As a result, the PRA’s most important supervisory and policy decisions will be made by a new Bank of England Prudential Regulation Committee (PRC), which replaces the PRA Board. Ben Broadbent, the deputy governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed to the PRC, and all external members of the PRA Board have been re-appointed to the PRC. The changes were made under financial reform legislation from last year.Robeco – Peter Walsh has been named head of the Netherlands-based asset manager’s UK business. He will lead sales and marketing for Robeco’s UK office and have oversight for its operational management. He has worked at Robeco since 2014 as global head of consultant relations. Prior to joining the firm he was director of distribution at Treasury Group Limited.Schroders – The FTSE100 listed asset manager has hired Chris Paine from Henderson Global Investors to its multi-asset team. In his new role, he joins Schroders’ global income portfolio management team and will contribute to its research, security selection, asset allocation, and portfolio construction.BTIG – The US-based fund manager has appointed John Agnew as managing director of fixed income credit trading. He was previously senior managing director for high yield securities at Guggenheim Partners. His colleague at Guggenheim, Drew Hall, has also joined BTIG as managing director of fixed income credit sales. Finally, Evan Jones has moved from Jefferies to become BTIG’s managing director of fixed income credit strategy. The trio are based in New York.Spence Johnson – The UK consultant has appointed Magnus Spence as chief executive. He was previously managing director, and co-founded the company in 2008. The group has also promoted Nigel Birch and Will Mayne to managing director roles. Birch was previously deputy managing director. He leads the client management team. Mayne was previously a director, and leads on the creation of “data and intelligence content”.Pensions Management Institute – Prominent UK politician and pensions campaigner Frank Field was presented with an “outstanding contribution” award by the Pensions Management Institute this week. Field chairs the Work and Pensions Committee, a group of members of the UK parliament’s lower house. The committee was influential in the settlement of the BHS pensions case as well as contributing significantly to the government’s defined benefit reform proposals. L&G Mastertrust, Kingfisher, AFM, Aon Hewitt, Actiam, Bank of England, Robeco, Schroders, Henderson, BTIG, Guggenheim, Spence Johnson, PMILegal & General (L&G) – Dermot Courtier, head of group pensions at Kingfisher, has been named as chairman of the £2.9bn (€3.4bn) Legal & General Mastertrust, the insurance and pensions provider’s multi-employer defined contribution (DC) offering. He will also chair L&G’s independent governance committee, the trustee board of the master trust and L&G’s other DC offerings.Courtier will remain in his role at Kingfisher, which owns UK store chains including B&Q and Screwfix. He has helped the company’s £3.5bn defined benefit pension fund deploy a derisking strategy – including a medically underwritten buy-in with L&G last year. Kingfisher also has a £230m defined contribution scheme.Emma Douglas, head of DC at Legal & General Investment Management, said Courtier would play a “pivotal role” at L&G. “His innovative flair in the way he thinks about investments and communications will help ensure both our offering and the way we engage continue to meet members’ and employers’ needs,” she said.last_img read more

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Suarez attitude delights Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the attitude of controversial striker Luis Suarez. Liverpool headed into the international break behind Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal only on goal difference, and Suarez’s desire for excellence is just what Rodgers wants to see. The Reds boss told liverpoolfc.com: “With Luis, he demands the best from himself and his team-mates at all times, and we saw that against Crystal Palace, even right at the end when the game was won. “You see his work-rate and his demand for a better ball into the box, and that’s what we want. “There was a moment in the first half where he chased back on the left and won the ball, too. There is no doubting his commitment and there is no doubting he will always have that desire at all times. “That attitude from Luis to demand the best is exactly what we want. We can’t accept just winning and say it’s all right.” Press Associationcenter_img The Uruguayan has made headlines on the pitch rather than off it since returning from a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season. Suarez has netted three goals in as many games and struck up a formidable partnership with Daniel Sturridge. last_img read more

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Villa late show sees off Cardiff

first_img Benteke, still looking for the inspiration that was ever-present last season, had one further sight of goal but shot wide having ignored Aleksandar Tonev’s intelligent run. The next half-hour was little more than a non-event, Cardiff having marginally the better of things but producing nothing clearer than a Craig Bellamy free-kick that Guzan was able to catch with minimal fuss. Odemwingie gave hints that he may have the skill to create a breakthrough without ever actually doing so, while Villa’s efforts were stifled too often by sloppy passing – Yacouba Sylla too often the guilty party in that respect. When the sides went in for the break there was an audible, though hardly deafening, chorus of boos from the home support. Nathan Baker’s body check on Odemwingie 25 yards out gave Cardiff the first chance to spark the game into life and former Villa man Peter Whittingham stood over the free-kick. He whipped the ball across the area but none of his team-mates were able to get a boot to it. Villa countered and went closer than ever to an opening goal as Bacuna’s cross found Kozak at the far post. His header looked to be on target but Marshall did enough to keep it out. Malky Mackay had seen enough of Odemwingie after 55 minutes and sent on Fraizer Campbell, whose high-energy style at least provided a sharp contrast to the man he had replaced. With 62 minutes gone Ashley Westwood’s first-time shot – taken after Benteke’s pass had ricocheted off Kevin Theophile-Catherine – briefly looked as if it might find the top corner but ended up a yard high and wide. Benteke had two headers in the space of 10 minutes from positions he would typically fancy but on each occasion his radar was off and he failed to hit the target. Bacuna, moved into midfield as part of a tactical reshuffle, rescued the game from stalemate. He powered into the Cardiff half and was heading towards the penalty box when Medel’s cynical foul stopped him his tracks. But that merely delayed the danger and Bacuna curled the resulting free-kick round the wall, leaving Marshall flat-footed as the ball hit the net. Villa made the points safe when Kozak claimed his second goal for the club, heading home after a period of untidy defending by the Bluebirds. Tonev’s initial cross was poorly cleared by Theophile-Catherine, allowing Lowton to head back towards Kozak, who applied the finishing touch from six yards. Having gone four Barclays Premier League matches without a goal, Villa looked certain to draw another blank as they laboured for three quarters of a low-quality encounter against a Cardiff side showing little of the fight that saw them defeat Swansea last week. But Bacuna laid the foundation for their 2-0 win with a precision free-kick in the 76th minute, having won the decision himself following a foul by Gary Medel. Press Association Second-half efforts from Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak ended Aston Villa’s goal drought and ensured Cardiff’s derby day joy came crashing down at Villa Park. That opened things up enough for Kozak to double the lead eight minutes later, heading home after substitute Matt Lowton had nodded the ball across the face of goal. Prior to that late action it had been an unedifying affair all round, with Villa booed off by their own fans at the interval. The hosts began with plenty of attacking intent, Kozak’s header drawing a good save from David Marshall after just a minute – though an offside flag would have cancelled it out regardless. Marshall was less assured when Karim El Ahmadi tested him from 25 yards, palming the ball back into the danger in front of goal with Christian Benteke sniffing around. Luckily for the visitors Steven Caulker was a fraction quicker off the mark than the Belgian and cleared the danger. Caulker was also the unlikely originator of Cardiff’s first real attack, carrying the ball towards the edge of the Villa area before chipping a pass towards Aron Gunnarsson. Villa might have conceded had Peter Odemwingie got a clean connection with his attempted volley but when it bobbled away from the Nigerian, Ron Vlaar slid in to avert the danger. There were still only 10 minutes gone Medel’s floated free-kick drew Kozak into a defensive header that wrong-footed Brad Guzan and flashed across the face of his own goal. last_img read more

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‘No excuses’ as Faugheen stunned by Nichols Canyon at Punchestown

first_imgWillie Mullins made no excuses for Faugheen after the Champion Hurdle hero tasted defeat for the first time when upstaged by stablemate Nichols Canyon in the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown. “The other horse (Wicklow Brave, third) ran very well. We rode him to come home, but Patrick (Mullins) said we should have made more use of him. “I’ll talk to the owner and see if we keep him in training. We were going to put him away, but ran him in this race as he was so well. “We’ll probably put him away now as he was as fit as he could be today and couldn’t beat them first time out.” Walsh said: “He just seemed to hang, from the first down the back he was hanging right all the way, it’s not something he’s done before. “It’s disappointing, he didn’t pick up like he can, but that’s horse racing isn’t it? “We always knew Nichols Canyon was a good horse, it’s just disappointing.” Winning rider Mullins said: “He settled well enough and every time I gave him a squeeze at a hurdle he was there for me. “He was really professional. He possibly would have won five Grade Ones last season had he not unseated, any horse like that has to have a chance in any race. “Not at all (a fluke), I let him pop the last and he picked up again from the back of it. “Willie and the owners Andrea and Graham Wylie have given me a great opportunity, so it’s thanks to them.” Faugheen was eased to 7-4 from evens with RaceBets to retain his Champion Hurdle crown at Cheltenham. Nichols Canyon was cut to 5-1 from 12-1. Spokesman Joseph Burke said: “With Willie Mullins housing the first four in the betting (as well as the sixth) RaceBets quote the Irish maestro at 1-3 to win his fourth Champion Hurdle in just six years.” Press Association Mullins said: “That worked out completely different from the way they worked on Tuesday. Faugheen left Nichols for dead – maybe he left his race behind, I don’t know. “Nichols won four Grade Ones last year and he’s no back number by any means. He looks like a Champion Hurdle horse now, rather than the stayers. “Faugheen was a little disappointing. Ruby said he hung, but horses hang when they get tired. Maybe he just met a good horse. “They went a good gallop and Nichols did it the hard way out in front, he jumped fantastic. Maybe he has improved more. Until he tells me something wasn’t right, I’m not making any excuses for Faugheen. “We’ll see how they come out of the race and they’ll be entered in all those races that Champion Hurdle horses should be in. “They’ll probably have to take on each other, but if we can keep them apart we will.” He went on: “Nichols Canyon was under the radar last year. He was a second string, but did win four Grade Ones. “We used the wrong tactics with him at Cheltenham and that took the gloss off him a bit. It was our fault. He put in a huge performance today. All appeared to be going to plan for the 1-6 favourite as he jumped and travelled beautifully in the early exchanges, but Ruby Walsh was sending out distress signals as they swung for home. Nichols Canyon was still marching on out in front for David Mullins and despite Faugheen throwing down a strong challenge in the closing stages, the 7-1 winner responded really well for pressure and had half a length in hand as they hit the line. last_img read more

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