Fresh off Olympic glory, Chloe Kim says she hopes to use her platform to fight bullying

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRobby Klein/ESPN Images(NEW  YORK) — Chloe Kim, who became a household name last month when she took home gold for Team USA at the Winter Olympics, said her favorite part about her overnight rise to fame has been the free food.But she also hopes to use her platform to fight bullying, something she faced growing up.In an interview with ESPNW’s Cari Champion, Kim, the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal, revealed that she’s just like any other American teen, saying her hobbies include “shopping” and “going to the mall.”“I won’t leave the house without my eyeliner,” the 17-year-old Los Angeles native added.Kim ‘got a better understanding of who I was’ at the OlympicsThe daughter of Korean immigrants to the U.S., Kim said winning gold in her parent’s homeland this winter took on extra meaning because of all of the sacrifices her family made for her to get there.“My parents sacrificed so much, I think it was so important for me to like go out there and just do good, and show them … that all of our hard work as a family really did pay off,” she said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself, and I definitely didn’t want to disappoint.”Kim added that “the biggest thing that I took away from the Olympics,” was that she “got a better understanding of who I was.”The teen said it was “an honor” to represent two countries, including “Korea, being the country where my family came from and where they spent their lives growing up, and now America, where I grew up.”“It’s such a big cultural difference as well,” she said. “Being able to represent both is such a privilege.”Many have dubbed Kim’s road to Olympic glory the realization of her parent’s American Dream.“I always struggled with my identity growing up,” Kim said. “My parents came, immigrated to America in like the 1980’s or something … They kind of struggled with criticism a lot because back then it was sort of a new concept, diversity.”“But me, just growing up in America, being born and raised in California, it was a little harder for me — just trying to understand who I was and where I fit in,” she added.Kim said that when she was 8 she moved to Switzerland and “was the only Asian girl at the school.”While at school, “Everyone was like, ‘Where are you from like … What are you?’” she said. “I would be like, ‘I’m a Cali girl, I’m from L.A.’ I got bullied a lot, especially for my eyes.”“The funny thing is, in Switzerland, once I told them I lived in L.A., I was, like, popular,” she quipped. “They were like, ‘She lives in Los Angeles, that’s where Paris Hilton lives.’”Winning Olympic gold felt like ‘part of my destiny’Kim said that while she is usually nervous before most competitions, she felt calm at her first Olympics.“I really felt like it was part of my destiny, in a way,” she said of winning gold. “’cause I get so nervous during competitions … and I have to go to the bathroom when I get nervous, so I’m always running back and forth to the port-a-potties.”“But at the Olympics,” she added, “I didn’t feel any of that. I felt so calm.”The teen described the feeling she had before competing as “at peace” or “the same feelings I get when I’m in like a fuzzy poncho, like ready to watch some T.V. and possibly fall asleep.”While the noise and excitement at the Olympic Village was “hectic,” Kim said was most comfortable on the halfpipe.“I was like, ‘I’m here, I know how to do this, this is something that I’m familiar with,’” she said.Kim’s ‘favorite thing’ about newfound fame is ‘everyone’s just giving me food’Kim, who tweeted about her love for ice cream and churros mid-competition in Pyeongchang, and often posts photos of her favorite foods on social media, said she’s a big foodie.“I have an excuse,” she said of her love for eating. “I’m, like, a winter athlete, so it’s, like, you know, there is like a summer bod and then a winter bod.”“A lot of animals, for the winter, they like eat a lot of food to, like, stay warm, so I kind of go with that same mindset,” she added.Kim said her “favorite thing about everything” since her overnight rise to fame, “is that I’ll say I like something, and then people will send them to me in mass stocks.”“I got so many churros sent to my house,” she said. “It’s like everyone’s just giving me food.”Another perk of her newfound fame is that she is currently “looking at promposals.”“I think I’m going to go to prom with a fan,” she added.Kim, who turns 18 next month, said her ideal birthday does not include a big party.“My team will always call me the laziest Olympian,” Kim said. “So, like, going out, or, like, throwing a big party to me, is just, like, too much work.”She said she’d rather stay home and buy a cake and hopefully eat the whole thing “and then go to bed.”Once bullied, Kim hopes to use her platform to combat bullyingKim said she is “really thankful” that she has been given a “voice” through her Olympic victory.“I grew up with a lot of bullying,” she said. “I feel like some kids are very mean, like, even now, some of my hate comments will be from 10-year-old kids. It’s like, how do you know how to say that?”It’s important to understand the true impact words can have, Kim said, “and how … hurtful it really can be.”“It’s so sad,” she added. “So many kids have taken their lives, or are hurting themselves because of bullying. And they don’t see the joys in life.”‘Inspired’ by her peersKim said she was “inspired” by the activism she witnessed from people her own age this weekend at the “March for Our Lives” event in Washington, D.C., and at similar rallies throughout the U.S.“My peers started that march … they all came together and used their voices to make an impact,” she said. “I think it’s so amazing that our generation is able to do those things.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. March 27, 2018 /Sports News – National Fresh off Olympic glory, Chloe Kim says she hopes to use her platform to fight bullyingcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Utah counting on experience as springboard this season

first_img Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Experience is turning into an area of strength for Utah men’s basketball.The Utes had one of the youngest rosters in Division I last season and suffered some major growing pains along the way.It’s a different story this season.Four starters return from a year ago, led by second-team All-Pac-12 selection Timmy Allen. Eight players in coach Larry Krystkowiak’s nine-man rotation from the 2019-20 season are back on the roster. It has Utah feeling confident about taking a leap forward from last season’s eighth place finish in the Pac-12. Tags: Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Written by November 10, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah counting on experience as springboard this seasonlast_img read more

Shaq names his ideal ‘Big 3,’ talks new ad, NBA predictions

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN ImagesBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Any former teammate of Shaquille O’Neal would likely tell you that having him on the court was the sports equivalent of a great insurance policy.The NBA Hall of Famer told ABC News’ Good Morning America that “trust and credibility were very important” throughout his 19-year NBA career, and now he’s applying those values to a new campaign with a brand that’s been by his side since college.“In 1989 when I bought a used Ford Bronco 2, I didn’t have insurance, went to all these places I couldn’t afford, then I went to The General and they gave me an affordable policy, and it was great. I never had to use it,” he said with a laugh. “But hey, I had the full coverage I needed.”Shaq first teamed up with the brand nearly a decade ago.“I’m watching Maury Povich, ’cause that was my routine every day, and I would hear the jingle with The General commercial, and I said, ‘Hey I’d love to let the world know about the quality insurance that your company offers’ — and we’ve been in a relationship every since,” he said.But now, the company known for its computer-animated ads is evolving its image with the help of the 15-time NBA All-Star and a couple of his friends from Inside the NBA.Shaq said “it was a lot of fun” filming on set with fellow NBA analysts Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.“We had a lot of outtakes. But it’s also great to tell your friends ‘I told you so,’” Shaq said. “A lot of people look at the commercial and think they’re too cheesy, but nope, they’re quality insurance.”Thinking about other famous basketball trios, the four-time NBA champion said if he could build his own Big Three with any other players of all time, it would be “Me, Michael Jordan and Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams.”One real-life matchup on Shaq’s calendar is his All Elite Wrestling in-ring debut. He’s wrestling Cody Rhodes on March 3 in a mixed tag-team bout, “so I’m gonna have to beat him up,” he said.When asked about his training, he said “I can’t tell ya, I’ll just have to show ya.”Although the 2020-21 NBA “season is still young” Shaq said that “Utah, the Lakers and Brooklyn are all playing well.”Shaq will be in on the All-Star Weekend action and back with Inside the NBA on TNT for the second part of the regular season, but he said “there are about four or five teams in contention to become champions.”“I’m biased,” he said after seeing the Lakers take home the title last season, “but I want to see the best players shine and the best team win.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. February 25, 2021 /Sports News – National Shaq names his ideal ‘Big 3,’ talks new ad, NBA predictions Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Region XVIII Championship Game Roundup: 4/10

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMen’s BasketballRICHFIELD, Utah-Deng Dut posted 28 points and 9 assists on 8-15 from the field and KT Raimey added 23 points on 3-6 behind the arc as the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles got past Salt Lake Community College 94-84 at the Sevier Valley Center Saturday to clinch the Region XVIII tournament championship. The Golden Eagles next advance to the NJCAA Tournament April 19-24 at Hutchinson, Kan. Southern Idaho is presently 21-3 and concludes the SWAC portion of its schedule with a 14-2 mark in conference play.Bendji Pierre’s 14 points and 6 rebounds on 5-10 from the field led the Bruins (20-4, 12-4 in SWAC play) in the loss.Snow shooting guard Matt Norman (17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds per game in the tournament made the all-tournament team. He also shot 53 percent (8-15) from behind the arc in the tournament.  Here is the men’s all-tournament team joining Norman as follows:All-Tournament TeamTournament MVP: Deng Dut-Southern Idaho (17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds per game in the tournament)KT Raimey-Southern Idaho (17 points, 4 rebounds per game, 50 percent shooting from the field and the 3-point line in the tournament)Madit Lueeth-Southern Idaho (10 points per game, a perfect 4-4 from the field in the tournament)Marvin Price-SLCC (18 points, 3.5 rebounds per game, 50 percet shooting from the field and 3-point line in the tournament)Jackson Last-SLCC (12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds per game, 70 percet shooting from field, 50 percent from 3-point lie in the tournament)Jesse White-USU-Eastern Utah (15.5 points, 4 rebounds per game)Women’s BasketballRICHFIELD, Utah-Jordan Todd posted 15 points and 6 rebounds on 6-8 shooting as the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles routed Snow 83-57, winning the Region XVIII title Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center.Kaitlin Burgess, who was named the tournament MVP, added 14 points and 6 rebounds for Southern Idaho as the Golden Eagles improved to 19-5 and 12-4 in SWAC play. Burgess averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in this tournament for CSI.Danielle Ross had 15 points on 5-10 from the field in defeat for the Badgers, who end the season at 17-7 and 10-6 in SWAC play.Two Badgers were named to the all-region XVIII team. They include freshman guard Kennedy Eskelson, who averaged 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in this tournament and freshman guard/forward Ashlee Edwards (14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds per game in the tournament).Southern Idaho next advances to the NJCAA Championship Tournament April 19-24 at Lubbock, Texas.The all-tournament team for the women is as follows:MVP: Kaitlin Burgess-Southern IdahoAll-Tournament Team:Awa Sidibe-SLCC (24 points, 11 rebounds in the Bruins’ only game of the tournament)Kinlee Toomer-USU-Eastern Utah-(11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds per game, 53 percent shooting from the field, 87 percent shooting from the foul line in the tournament)Courtney Stothard-Southern Idaho (9.5 points per game, 58 percent shooting from the field, 50 percent shooting behind the arc in the tournament)Kennedy Eskelson-Snow (12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds per game in the tournament)Jordan Todd-Southern Idaho (11 points, 6 rebounds per game, 64 percent shooting from the field)Ashlee Edwards-Snow (14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds per game in the tournament) Written bycenter_img April 10, 2021 /Sports News – Local Region XVIII Championship Game Roundup: 4/10last_img read more

Cairn Oil & Gas secures 10-year PSC extension for Ravva field in India

first_img Image: Cairn Oil & Gas’s operations in India. Photo: courtesy of Cairn Oil & Gas, a vertical of Vedanta Limited. Vedanta’s oil and gas subsidiary Cairn Oil & Gas has secured a 10-year extension of the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for the Ravva block in Andhra Pradesh, a state in India.The approval, which follows completion of 25 years of operations at the Ravva field, has been granted by the Government of India, acting through the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.The field is said to be the oldest producing asset in India for Cairn, while the extension is effective from 28 October 2019.The Ravva field will be the first large field to secure PSC extension under the “Policy for the Grant of Extension to the Production Sharing Contracts signed by Government awarding small, medium sized, and discovered fields to private Joint Ventures”.Vedanta Resources chairman Anil Agarwal said: “The Ravva PSC extension is one more example of the trust the government has reposed in us.“We look forward to working with all our partners towards achieving our vision of contributing 50 percent of the country’s domestic production and supporting the government in its energy security goals.”Joint Venture to recover about 13 million barrels of oil equivalentThe PSC extension for the Ravva field allows the joint venture partners to recover about 13 million barrels of oil equivalent.As of 31 October 2019, it has produced 295 million barrels of oil and 418 billion cubic feet of gas equivalent to 365 million barrels of oil equivalent. Under the revised field development plan (RFDP), JV partners plan to invest INR 550 crore ($78m) to drill seven wells, targeting additional reserves of ~11.7 million barrels of oil equivalent.Vedanta, Cairn Oil & Gas CEO Ajay Kumar Dixit said: “Fast-tracking decision making will help quicker and timely recovery of these additional reserves.“Ravva is a fine example of augmenting production in an ageing oil field with the help of the most advanced technological interventions in the industry globally.“We have also always advocated a sustainable and safe work environment and Ravva has been a testament to our efforts with a slew of awards to its credit. Our endeavour is to make Ravva a global case study for enhanced recovery in an ageing oil field.”Last year, Baker Hughes, a GE company, secured a development contract from Cairn Oil & Gas for the construction of nearly 300 new wells and delivery of a chemical EOR program in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The approval follows completion of 25 years of operations at Ravva block in Andhra Pradeshlast_img read more

The Negotiator Awards – two weeks left to enter!

first_imgYou still have time to enter the UK’s most prestigious property awards.  Due to huge demand from busy agents, we have extended the deadline until 31 July 2015 – so you have time to prepare your award-winning entry!Download the entry form and guidance by CLICKING HERE and learn more about the awards at www.thenegotiatorawards.co.ukRemember – The Negotiator Awards are free to enter. There are Regional categories as well as national, so you can prove you are the best in your area.Entering is very straightforward; you simply complete a short form and prepare a supporting statement telling the judges why your company deserves an award – full details and advice on preparing your submission are on our website www.thenegotiatorawards.co.uk. That’s it! There is no formality, no risk, no cost! The Negotiator Awards is absolutely free to enter – it is the only property awards event that carries no entry fee – another scheme charges £230 per office for the first category entered, £115 for the second and third categories entered – that’s £460 to pay before you even know if you are shortlisted. We don’t think that is fair, so we continue to follow our nine-year tradition – it’s completely free to take part!This is the second year that The Negotiator Awards will include Regional Agency of the Year – a superb opportunity for sales and letting agents to win an award that truly reflects their standing and success in their geographic region.There are 12 Regional Awards so you have greater chance of winning one of these than you do in the National Awards – so enter now and be seen as the leading agent in your region!There is a category for every sales and/or lettings agent, whether independent, corporate or franchised, every property manager, auctioneer and more.And we haven’t forgotten those who help agents to be the best – the industry suppliers; whether it’s software, insurances, signage, mortgage brokers or property portals, every supplier is in with a chance to win recognition for their technology, services and products or professional support.Our headline sponsor for The Negotiator Awards is The Property Software Group, well-known to you through its leading software brands: Vebra, Jupix, Alto, CFP and Core.Download the entry form and guidance now at www.thenegotiatorawards.co.ukThe Award categories are below – full details and entry forms are on our website.Category 1Community Champion of the YearCategory 2Marketing Campaign of the YearCategory 3Website of the YearCategory 4Rising Star of the YearCategory 5Residential Auction House of the YearSupplier AwardsAs a property industry supplier do you deliver more than you promise? Are your products and services making the agents’ businesses fly? Is your technology way ahead of the crowd? Suppliers may enter only one of these three categories:Category 6Supplier of the Year: Technology SoftwareCategory 7Supplier of the Year: Services and ProductsCategory 8Supplier of the Year: Professional SupportCategory 9Property Management Department of the YearCategory 10Property Management Company of the YearCategory 11Innovator of the YearCategory 12Employer of the YearCategory 13Online Agency of the YearCategory 14New Agency of the YearCategory 15Franchise or Network Group of the YearRegional Agency AwardsYou may not be the largest sales or lettings agency in your region, you may not be the longest established – or you may be. The question is, are you the best? Enter in these categories:Category 16 North EastNorthumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesborough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees.Category 17 North WestCumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside.Category 18 Yorkshire and The HumberSouth Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding, York, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire.Category 19 East MidlandsLincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland.Category 20 West MidlandsStaffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Warwickshire.Category 21 East of EnglandNorfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire.Category 22 LondonCategory 23 South EastKent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey.Category 24 South WestGloucestershire, Somerset, Bristol and Bath, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall.Category 25ScotlandCategory 26WalesCategory 27Northern IrelandAgency of the Year AwardsCategory 28Small Lettings Agency of the Year (1-3 branches)Category 29Medium Lettings Agency of the Year (4-11 branches)Category 30Large Lettings Agency of the Year (12+ branches)Category 31Small Estate Agency of the Year (1-3 branches)Category 32Medium Estate Agency of the Year (4-11 branches)Category 33Large Estate Agency of the Year (12+ branches)Awards The Negotiator Awards 2015 events July 16, 2015The 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 unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » The Negotiator Awards – two weeks left to enter! previous nextAgencies & PeopleThe Negotiator Awards – two weeks left to enter!You have until 31st July to get your entry in for residential property’s most prestigious awards. – don’t miss out!PROPERTYdrum16th July 20150565 Viewslast_img read more

IAM Sold continues impressive growth

first_imgNorth East based IAM Sold continued to grow in the first quarter of 2016, increasing their workforce by 25 per cent since January – recruiting 22 additional staff at all levels to cope with the growth.The company has invested heavily in expanding their workforce, providing an array of job opportunities in areas such as sales, IT, administration, sales progression, corporate and business development. This increase in staff will aid the ever expanding nature of the company and enable the implementation of plans for the future.Jamie Cooke, Sales Director, said, “We are experiencing significant growth despite challenging stock numbers – testament to the dedication of our staff and partners. So we have expanded the workforce to ensure that our award winning customer service is retained.”IAM Sold growth iam-sold auctioneers May 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 2021 Home » News » IAM Sold continues impressive growth previous nextProducts & ServicesIAM Sold continues impressive growthThe Negotiator14th May 20160592 Viewslast_img read more

Historic houseboat up for auction

first_imgA fully refurbished 1909 Dutch barge, Transporteur, now serving as a very stylish houseboat on The Thames is offered in an online auction with SDL Auctions in partnership with the Hampton office of London and Surrey estate agent Jezzards.Moored at Platts Eyot, close to Hampton, the barge now offers contemporary modern living in an historic vessel. It has three bedrooms, a modern fitted kitchen and modern bathroom and is offered with a starting price of £220,000.Jason Lee, national sales manager at SDL Auctions, said, “This is certainly an unusual lot and the vendor has created a marvellous modern living area within an historic barge.”Transporteur was a dry cargo carrying barge the plied the Dutch coast and canals until the 1960s. Originally powered by a 1909 single cylinder Kromhout, it now has a 15 litre 4Lw Gardner engine.In addition, the hold had 20 lift off roof panels replaced at a cost of £10,000 in 2008 and, in 2017 it had a full high quality refit including internal and external painting in excess of £45,000. It now has its Boat Safety Certificate in place.The mooring at Platts Eyot is ideally placed within walking distance of Hampton village and a mainline station. It is offered freehold and has a total floor area of 581 sq ft.houseboat historic houseboat houseboat auction online auction auction The Thames Dutch barge 2018-09-21The Negotiator Related articles Agents invited to free webinar on MMoA29th April 2021 Rightmove to launch live online auctions within listings on Monday16th April 2021 Portals embrace auction22nd March 2021What’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. Home » News » Auctions news » Historic houseboat up for auction Historic houseboat up for auction21st September 20180742 Viewslast_img read more

Blame Boris! Central London transactions slump by a third during final months of 2018

first_imgProperty sales transactions in central London dropped by nearly a third during the final months of 2018, research by Winkworth has revealed.The estate agency chain says this is likely to have been caused by Brexit uncertainty, a fact laden with irony given almost 60% of the electorate in the capital voted to remain, although in several London boroughs more than 70% did so.Winkworth looked at the number of sales in central London during the final quarter of last year and compared it to the three months prior.It says the busiest part of the market recently has been one, two and three- bedroom properties, suggesting it’s mostly smaller, more affordable homes that are shifting.“Transactions have remained largely unchanged for a prolonged period since [the end of] 2016, and this steady line represents a base level of needs-based buyers who will always be in the market,” the company says.“With the ongoing political issues surrounding Brexit still showing no signs of being resolved, this could signify another weak period in Q1 2019 but will hopefully lead to a more positive outlook later on in the year, as we gain a clearer picture of the reality of the UK’s planned exit from the EU.”Other housing market indicators measured by Winkworth appear to be unmoved by Brexit; for example, per-square-foot prices rose by 3% during the final months of the year.“As we gain further clarity on Brexit and dependent on whether we leave with a deal, we should start to see an uptick in activity,” says Dominic Agace, CEO of Winkworth (pictured, above).Read more about Winkworth.Brexit central London January 31, 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 » Housing Market » Blame Boris! Central London transactions slump by a third during final months of 2018 previous nextHousing MarketBlame Boris! Central London transactions slump by a third during final months of 2018Research by estate agency Winkworth reveals a worsening position in the capital as Brexit jitters continue to subdue sales in its central boroughs.Nigel Lewis31st January 20190733 Viewslast_img read more

‘Purplebricks will never reach 30% because vendors know good service costs money’

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » ‘Purplebricks will never reach 30% because vendors know good service costs money’ previous nextAgencies & People‘Purplebricks will never reach 30% because vendors know good service costs money’Leading London estate agent boss makes claim as he also reveals how his firm is surviving Brexit, rejects hubs and won’t pay to use OnTheMarket.Nigel Lewis23rd October 201902,652 Views Earlier this month nine-branch London estate agency Chief Executive Lee Pendleton created a stir when he said agents should stop wearing ties and had his own cut in half to make the point.It was, of course, a stunt typical of the James Pendleton agency boss.But it had a more serious point; Lee thinks his clients no longer care whether their estate agent wears formal wear or not, a significant departure for an agent in an industry that cherishes being smart.The Negotiator popped into his main branch near Clapham in South London to see what the 45-year-old has to say on some of the other topics the industry is grappling with.Purplebricks“Purplebricks hasn’t had an effect on our business, but I grew up in Suffolk and Norfolk and I know quite a few agencies there who have been impacted by its model,” says Lee.Lee says Purplebricks’ fees are so rock bottom that many vendors perceive them as a low-end offering, and recognise they have to pay for good advice and a good service.He says he has had staff pose as potential buyers for Purplebricks’ properties and have received ‘zero contact or follow-up’ because the ‘money’s not there to support that back-up’.“I just don’t think any of the players have got the positioning for online or hybrid model right yet – but they might soon – but they’ll never reach the recently claimed 30% market share.”Brexit“This year it’s mostly all about survival and ensuring we get through what this market has thrown at us,” he says. “We’ve been stern with vendors and said if they don’t drop their prices then we can’t help them, and I think people are starting to get it.”Lee claims he’s the only agent in London being this candid with vendors.“I know other agents won’t like me saying that but why talk the market up when it’s in decline,” he says. “Too many agents are all about smoke and mirrors and the online ones are the biggest culprits.”HubsLee says he understand why some estate agencies have switched to, or are considering, the hub-and-spoke model that enables businesses to operate away from the high street, but says it’s not right for his business.“It would cost a fortune to exit our branch leases and I’ve calculated that in London the cost of an off-street central office for all our staff is comparable with the costs of our nine branches,” he says.“I think hubs can work outside large cities but not here in the capital.” Instead Lee says he’s preparing to launch a ‘new concept’ office that, although he won’t reveal exact details, sounds like a cross between a WeWork office and an estate agency designed to entice footfall into his business.OnTheMarketJames Pendleton pays ‘a lot of money’ to use both Rightmove and Zoopla but says that, although he’s still on a recently-renewed free deal with OTM, he would never pay to use the portal.“We have not been a believer in OTM from the beginning and we’ve been very candid with them about that and really didn’t like its initial ‘one other portal rule’,” he says.“We just don’t have the budget to pay full price for three portals.”Lee Pendleton james pendleton OnTheMarket Purplbricks October 23, 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 2021last_img read more