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Stamp duty deadline must be extended or risk economy, says leading estate agency

first_imgOne of the UK’s leading estate agencies has swung behind the campaign to persuade HM Treasury to extend the looming stamp duty holiday deadline.As MPs prepare to debate the subject on 1st February in parliament, Carter Jonas says the housing market’s multiplier effect on the economy, and the need for conveyancers to be given time catch up with the sales backlog created by the policy, are persuasive arguments for an extension of the stamp duty deadline.Its comments are made within the company’s January market report.“Following months of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions and lockdown measures, the UK economy has yet to return to pre-pandemic output levels,” says Lisa Simon, Head of Residential, Carter Jonas (pictured)“The housing market, however, is not just past pre-pandemic figures, in many cases it is reaching 5-10-year record rates.Multiplier effect“A strong and growing housing market contributes to the wider economy and reflects consumer confidence, and this then leads to greater spending patterns and ultimately job creation.“On a micro-economic level, buying and selling homes contributes to growth, as it stimulates additional expenditure in the local economy.”Carter Jonas says a healthy housing market keeps a raft of different industries and trades going including estate agents, conveyancers, surveyors, mortgage brokers, banks and lenders, builders, architects, painters and decorators, interior designers, plumbers and electricians.Paperwork pressureAn extension would also help alleviate the backlog of paperwork that is a result of current rates of house sales, mortgage approvals and transaction levels running at a 10-year high, Carter Jonas claims.Rupert Reeves, its Head of Residential Sales for Newbury, says, “Due to Covid-19, reduced teams, and home-schooling pressures, many solicitors and surveyors are struggling to meet work deadlines, and it now takes longer to buy or sell a house than ever before.“Understandably, there is a frustration felt by buyers and sellers, so giving everyone in the process some leeway will help get more deals over the line.” January 27, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentJohn Socha, Orchard BMS Ltd Orchard BMS Ltd 27th January 2021 at 9:36 amSadly, this will all be seen as sour grapes.I am attempting to buy a studio flat from a client and I am now at the end of month 5.Single property being bought with cash resources. No chain, mortgage or stamp duty.My record for acquiring a property in Northampton is 4 working days, our local council takes 24 hours to undertake their searches.So as a customer, the industry only has itself to blame. Though I do understand the dilemma. Hire more staff, train them and then let them go.Not an easy choice, but as a long suffering customer I can see that prioritizing easy wins does not appear to be part of the business model.I will be surprised if the Chancellor extends the Stamp Duty Holiday, but stranger things happened.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 » Stamp duty deadline must be extended or risk economy, says leading estate agency previous nextRegulation & LawStamp duty deadline must be extended or risk economy, says leading estate agencyCarter Jonas joins growing chorus to extend stamp duty holiday March deadline ahead of parliamentary debate.Nigel Lewis27th January 20211 Comment9,577 Viewslast_img read more

Hematologist (3-309-1005)

first_imgThe Department of Medicine of the University Of Maryland School ofMedicine and the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum ComprehensiveCancer Center (UMGCCC), located in Baltimore, MD, are recruiting afull-time faculty member, with a focus on benign and malignanthematology.The essential functions of the position include outpatientconsultations and longitudinal patient care, inpatient consultationand teaching service, teaching and mentoring of Hematology/Oncologyfellows, residents and medical students in inpatient and outpatientsettings, and clinical and/or translational research.Therapeutic clinical trials and translational research aresupported by the UMGCCC Clinical Research Office and by UMGCCCShared Services in our Center for Innovative Biomedical Resources(CIBR). Interaction with basic and translational scientists isstrongly encouraged and supported.Expected faculty rank is Assistant Professor or higher, however,rank, tenure status and salary will be dependent upon selectedcandidate’s qualifications and experience.Qualifications :The candidate must be board-certified or board-eligible inHematology and eligible for a medical license in Maryland.Applicants must have an M.D or M.D./Ph.D. degree and havedemonstrated excellent qualifications in clinical care, educationand research.Furthermore, the successful applicant will have fellowship trainingand experience in benign hematology, coagulation and hematologicmalignancies. Expected rank is Assistant Professor or higher,however, rank and tenure status is dependent on candidate’squalifications.When applying, please submit a CV and names of four references. Foradditional questions after application, please email [email protected]last_img read more

“READERS FORUM” MAY 9, 2919

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: Do you think that the Democrats will keep control of the Evansville City Council in 2019?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img

Faculty Council meeting held April 13

first_imgOn April 13 the members of the Faculty Council discussed the rescission of degrees. They also heard a review of the Standing Committee on Undergraduate Educational Policy and discussed attendance at meetings of the Faculty.The Council next meets on April 27. The preliminary deadline for the May 3 meeting of the Faculty is April 19 at noon.last_img

Inside Marketing: 5 parts to your credit union’s story

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A genuine, authentic message is powerful.by: Mike LawsonIf you’ve read any marketing-type newsletters or blogs over the last couple years, chances are you digested quite a bit of “content marketing” fodder. It’s the new marketing, many have said. Maybe, maybe not – but it can be quite effective, indeed.Telling your credit union’s story is genuine, authentic and can be very powerful. Your members enjoy helpful, peer-type stories that directly relate to them and their circumstances. This is where knowing your audience comes in handy. But when it comes to finances, money issues are virtually universal, as many of us need all the help we can get – me included! And I love my credit union for being there as a financial resource.OK, now that we know how important storytelling for your CU is, you want to tell your CU’s tale to the masses for them to engage, relate, and act. But what most of those marketing newsletters and blogs aren’t telling you are the five essential parts to your organization’s story that help you connect with your audience. continue reading »last_img read more

Strategic Planning: Tidbits for success

first_imgHigh-performing organizations use a few basic practices to help them move goals and objectives from their planning event into reality.by: Deedee Myers, Ph.D.Creating and delivering on a viable strategic plan is hard work. It requires blending abstract objectives with effective action, plus an engaged and committed workforce. High-performing organizations use a few basic practices that support their ongoing success in moving goals and objectives from their planning event into reality. Here are a few to consider:Involve the DoersRather than using solely a top-down approach in deciding what objectives should be presented at the strategic planning event, include all employees in the organization. Create a process whereby each level and function in the organization helps identify the opportunities and challenges.Many credit unions include senior-level management throughout the entire strategic planning process and mid-management in the pre-event work. I see superb strategic planning outcomes when there is also a viable process for tapping the levels that report to mid-management—including the employees who meet and support the members EVERY day. Front-line staff hear what is important, and this is valuable information.Commit to Ongoing Strategic PlanningThis weekend I had an opportunity to be part of the process as a board interviewed CEO candidates. One of the questions the board asked was, “How often should we do strategic planning?” These high-performing professionals concluded that a strategic-planning mindset is a daily practice. Here are some ideas: continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

2017-18 CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee named

first_img continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Technology Council formally presented the 2017-2018 Executive Committee at this year’s CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference on September 30 co-located in Phoenix.The full roster of the 2017-2018 CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee includes:Mike Atkins, chair, CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee and chief information officer, Bellco CU and, CEO, Open Technology Solutions, Centennial, Colo.;Chris Saneda, vice chair, CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee and executive vice president, technology and digital innovation, Virginia CU, Richmond, Va.;last_img

Casting a new line: fishing tournament goes virtual

first_imgTreasurer of the Owego Hose Team John Loftus said all safety information was made available people, and that participants were asked to maintain a safe distance between each other. Saturday marked the Inaugural Virtual Trout Derby, an event encouraging people to get outside, but also to maintain safe practices to stop the spread of the coronavirus. “To continue to create community events, get people out, good cause, have some fun, and create something year after year and look forward to,” Loftus said. While in-person fishing may be more traditional, Loftus sees the event as one that could catch on in the future. The winner of the Brown Trout competition was Bob Haskell, who caught a 17,7/8″ trout. “Honestly I believe the right thing to do for the fishery is to do it where the fish are documented on a smart phone or something and then released back in,” Smith said. “That way we aren’t taking a bunch of trout out of the system.” “Well this far into it, I think everyone is grasping for something to do to keep their minds at ease,” said co-chair of the event Brandon Smith. Participants signed up on the Owego Hose Team’s Facebook page and were given a check-in IDFisherman went down to the Owego Creek’s east and west ends to fish for Brooke and Brown troutIf a trout was caught, the fisherman took a picture of the fish next to a measuring unit and submitted it to either the Owego Hose Team’s FB page or their email account with their check-in IDFrom there, the fisherman then released the fish back into the water as part of the tournament’s catch and release emphasiscenter_img Here’s how the tournament works: Smith explained most fishing derbies are done through a weigh-in process or by checking in fish, but believes this is an environment-friendly event. “All the documentation we put out is pay attention to the PAUSE effect in New York, pay attention to social distancing, take all the proper precautions,” Loftus said. The tournament ran from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m with the winner receiving a $100 grand prize for the largest trout caught. OWEGO (WBNG) — When the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Owego Hose Team from hosting a chicken BBQ and a fishing tournament, they didn’t let it stop them, instead choosing to cast a new line into a new pond: virtual fishing. The winner of the Brooke Trout was Jimmy Wagner, who caught a 10, 3/4″ trout.last_img read more

Town of Maine farmstead once part of the Underground Railroad

first_imgTOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — Friday was Juneteenth across the United States, but the Southern Tier’s history with equality dates back to long ago. Built in 1851, the Cyrus Gates Farmstead in the Town of Maine has long been rumored as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Beukema said when he moved in, he found a hidden compartment in a closet that led to a secret room twenty feet long. Because the house was built before Prohibition, and there was no running water or electricity at the time, he hasn’t been able to find a viable reason for the room other than to potentially hide runaways. Historian Stephen Beukema owned and lived on the farmstead from 1994 to 2017. He said with all of the research he has done, along with oral histories of the land, there’s little doubt these stories are true.center_img Beukema said the Southern Tier was perfectly situated along the route from the South to Canada, and Harriet Tubman herself traveled through the area on several occasions. “You look at little things and you piece them together,” said Beukema, a former Whitney Point history teacher and current Village of Owego historian. “Is there an ‘oh, yeah’ moment where you can say absolutely? No, but there’s a lot of pieces that make it credible.”last_img read more

Street light pole damaged, police respond to crash at Johnson City library

first_imgOur crew on the scene said a light pole was knocked down on the library’s front lawn. When our 12 News crew arrived a car with damage was being taken away from the scene. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Police were on the scene of a crash by the Your Home Public Library in Johnson City Monday afternoon.center_img No word on any injuries.last_img