Would you do it? Estate agent regrets letting the TV cameras into his offices

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Would you do it? Estate agent regrets letting the TV cameras into his offices previous nextAgencies & PeopleWould you do it? Estate agent regrets letting the TV cameras into his officesBoss of company which has become most famous estate agency in the world after appearing in a Netflix reality TV show says he’s not happy with its focuson personal rather than business matters.Nigel Lewis18th August 202003,174 Views The owner of an estate agency that has become the centre piece of a surprise Netflix TV hit show has said he was misled about what the reality show Selling Sunset would really be about.The show, which features Los Angeles agent The Oppenheimer Group and follows its agents’ attempts to sell multi-million homes in the city, recently began its third series after its second series became a word-of-mouth lock-down favourite in the UK.While TV shows about our estate agents tend to focus on their inadequacies, Selling Sunset focuses more on the personal lives of the glamorous men and women who work for Oppenheimer, and their jaw dropping commissions.Agents in the US take up to 6% of a property’s asking price and in one episode one of the company’s brokers closes on a €40 million mansion, earning £2.4 million in fees.£600,000This is then distributed among the buying and listing agents and their brokers – so a selling broker might expect to keep 25% of that, or £600,000.The boss of the Oppenheimer Group, Jason Oppenheimer, has told Hello magazine that: “I wanted it to be all about the nuances of real estate, but I now realise the show I envisaged wouldn’t be that popular.“I’ve come to accept the idea that I’m on more of a reality show than a real-estate show.”But the show also reveals the rampantly competitive and insecure working conditions agents in the US experience on a daily basis, often working on a commission-only basis for weeks and months on house sales that can fall through without warning or payment.Read the Hello interview in full.selling sunset The Oppenheimer Group Jason oppenheimer August 18, 2020Nigel 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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Pardew: We need more from Ben Arfa

first_img He said: “He has an ability that no other player can match in certain situations, and therefore there is sometimes a down-side to that. “But he has worked hard on that down-side in terms of his tactical play and in terms of his work-rate, and he is becoming a complete player. “If we can keep working on him and making him better, it will be all the better for us and for France.” Pardew will hope for more of the same from Ben Arfa when his side heads for Aston Villa on Saturday hoping for a repeat of the 2-1 victory there last season. The 52-year-old went into the Fulham game under intense pressure with the Magpies side having taken just one point from their first two league games and with anger mounting over the club’s lack of transfer activity, and he was hugely relieved to emerge with a victory. His hopes of landing another offensive player during the final few days of the summer window were dashed, but he will head for Villa Park in optimistic mood. Midfielder Yohan Cabaye, a target for Arsenal, remains on board and may return to the starting line-up having worked hard in training on Tyneside during the break for international matches, while the club’s one new arrival, loan signing Loic Remy, may be handed a full debut after impressing in his brief appearance as a substitute against Fulham. Pardew said: “We got a little cameo of that when Remy came on the pitch the other day. “Suddenly Papiss [Cisse] started getting opportunities, and that comes from having another striker on the pitch who can threaten the goal of that quality. “Hopefully, that will take us forward as a team because offensively, we need to improve.” However, he is confident he has a potential football genius on his hands and believes if he can find a level of consistency, he can take the Barclays Premier League by storm and make a major impact on the international stage. Pardew said: “That’s what we are searching for with Hatem, a little bit more consistency in terms of him winning games, whether it’s an assist or a goal. “He has fantastic quality. He is a player the fans love and he certainly got everybody out of their seats the last time. “But we need a little bit more than that, more from him, more of those moments. I think he would be the first to admit that that’s the year he needs if he is going to break into the French team.” Ben Arfa first arrived on Tyneside during the summer of 2010 when then manager Chris Hughton signed him on a season-long loan deal. Despite suffering an horrendous double leg fracture in just his fourth appearance for the club, he completed a permanent transfer in the following January, by which time Pardew was at the helm. He eventually made his first appearance under the new manager in a Carling Cup tie at Nottingham Forest in September 2011, and played his part in Newcastle’s surge into fifth place in the Barclays Premier League table to such an extent that he was included in the France squad for the Euro 2012 finals. But the Magpies’ difficulties last season did the Frenchman, whose involvement was also limited by injury, few favours, and Pardew is expecting much more from him this time around. The 26-year-old has established himself as a fans’ favourite at St James’ Park with his breath-taking brand of football, which he used to stunning effect when he produced a piece of individual brilliance to secure a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Fulham a fortnight ago. Pardew was left both lauding the former Marseille winger’s mercurial talent and bemoaning his maverick approach to the game afterwards. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has challenged Hatem Ben Arfa to force his way into the France team by becoming a regular match-winner. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Miller: Chris Paul returns to face Clippers and is thanked for his efforts

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan sits out 2nd consecutive game with sprained ankle They mattered more than ever, filling the postseason gap vacated by the suddenly flailing Lakers.They were taken seriously, year in and year out, for the first time after four decades of being dismissed as hopeless.There’s nothing minor about any of that, not for a franchise that, all-time, had one recognizable face, and that was the one up in the stands, hidden under a paper bag.So, when Paul was introduced before the game, he was warmly cheered without a peep of discernible dissension, this even though he asked the Clippers over the summer to trade him away.Immediately after tipoff, he was booed whenever he handled the ball. But, by the time he made his first 3-pointer and was credited with his first three assists – and all that took barely three minutes – the boos had quieted.The Clippers won three playoff series with Paul but never more than one in a single postseason, meaning they were unable to make it even halfway to a title.They always seemed to have a shot with him. Ultimately, though, the Clippers never had a chance, the most lasting impressions of those playoff forays being a blown game against Oklahoma City and a blown series against Houston.“We were an ‘almost’ team,” Rivers said. “We were a team … it’ll haunt me forever because we were close.”They weren’t good enough to produce anything more than disappointment, weren’t heathy enough to put up anything more than a spirited but frequently short-handed fight.Speaking Sunday before the Rockets practiced at UCLA, Paul talked about the “great times” he had with the Clippers and how much he grew while playing here. Of L.A., he said, “This is home.”But he also acknowledged what remains as obvious as all the championship stories lacking in Clippers lore.“We didn’t win it all,” Paul said. “That was the point.”Banners hang over the Lakers when they play in this building. What hangs over the Clippers is something closer to the blade of guillotine, a constant disclaimer that reads like an epitaph:Have never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs.Not that Paul is to blame. Without him, the Clippers wouldn’t have been good enough to even find out they weren’t quite good enough.“We’re all part of that legacy,” Rivers said. “I don’t think we should separate Chris by himself in that legacy. I’m part of that legacy. D.J. (DeAndre Jordan), Blake (Griffin) and all the guys that were here are part of that legacy.”Paul’s presence Monday – even while in the colors of another team – rekindled a recent past that, like so many memories, will always seem better than it was in reality.“The Oklahoma series … that changed our fortune,” Rivers said. “And then we followed it up with the Houston debacle. You can’t get those back.”Still, this was a night that passed as nostalgic for the Clippers. When you make the playoffs one time in 14 seasons during one stretch and zero times in 15 seasons during another, you cling to whatever good times you can manufacture.See, it takes four series victories in one postseason to win an NBA title. The Clippers, an operation that has been in existence since 1970, have five series victories total. That’s five, as in ever. Five. Period.Paul was here for three of them. Without the orchestration of this future Hall of Fame point guard, those three never would have happened. So, yeah, he should have been greeted warmly.About an hour before the game, Paul emerged from the Houston locker room to meet with a large contingent from the Brotherhood Crusade, an organization that strives to improve life for the underserved.He worked closely with the group while he was here and continues to do so, Paul telling those gathered Monday that he left only the Clippers, not the Brotherhood.When he was done speaking, everyone posed for a photo, Paul standing right there in the middle, surrounded by dozens of smiles.In unison, they all said, “Thank you, Chris,” the sentiment sweet and sincere enough to carry throughout the rest of the night. Because, despite the progress those Clippers made, the steps came with pain. And for a group coming back from so far behind, in the end, the progress felt strangely like standing still.That’s what history says, and history generally knows what it’s talking about. History should. It was, after all, there in person.“You’re always judged by wins, and we won a lot of games,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “But we didn’t get it done.”With Paul, the Clippers stopped being a punchline, a position cemented when Steve Ballmer took over as owner from Donald Sterling, the personification of a bad joke.center_img LOS ANGELES — He arrived, officially, as a Rocket.But Chris Paul was back at Staples Center on Monday as something else, too. As a reminder.A reminder of a more promising time for the Clippers.Of an era when the organization had championship aspirations. Of everything the team did – and, in particular, didn’t do – during Paul’s six seasons here.Related Articleslast_img read more

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Dodgers join Angels in an unhappy ending

first_imgKershaw was much better here than he was in Game 1 on Friday, but that just meant more agony, since he gave up a three-run, seventh-inning homer to St. Louis’ Matt Adams, a 23rd-round draft pick from Slippery Rock, Pa.Adams, who looks far more like a bouncer than a ballplayer, jumped at the sight of it, or tried to. Kershaw stared numbly at the dirt.Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta preceded Adams across the plate, having reached base on (A) a hard bouncer that Dee Gordon could only knock down and (B) a bullet that grazed the top of Hanley Ramirez’s glove.It was Kershaw’s 102nd and final pitch, a curveball that would not sink like all the rest. In his first six innings, Kershaw gave up one hit. He had even struck out his stalker, Matt Carpenter, at 93 mph in the sixth.“He had three batters,” Don Mattingly said. “We were going to take him out after Adams.”Mattingly shanked most of his guesses in this series. Even at the end, he found a way to avoid getting Yasiel Puig into the batter’s box, using him as a pinch-runner who didn’t steal.But there can be no second-guessing of the way he used Kershaw.Forget the short-rest factor. Kershaw was one note ahead of the Cardinals, hooking them to the string of his curveball and pulling them this way and that. If he had used such finesse in Game 1, the Dodgers might still be playing.“That sixth inning was the epitome of a shutdown inning,” Ellis said. “But then there’s one swing and that’s the story of the series. His curveball was on point all day long, and he threw it in a lot of different counts. He threw 102 pitches, and one of them didn’t get to where it needed to go.”Blame is a cheap and easy game, but there is no other way to analyze it: Kershaw’s collapse in Game 1, in a game he led 6-1, removed the series from the Dodgers’ hands.He had given up 21 home runs to left-handed hitters in 1,064 plate appearances prior to this series. He gave up a homer to Carpenter in Game 1 and then a three-run double, and then a homer to Adams on Tuesday.The Cardinals’ 105 home runs were fewest in the National League. But they out-homered L.A. 7-3 here and outscored the Dodgers, 18-15.But it was more than Kershaw, or the threadbare L.A. bullpen, or the wrong doors that Mattingly kept choosing. It was a flat-out meltdown by the limousine segment of the lineup card.The Dodgers scored nine runs in Game 1, then six in the next three games. In Games 2-3-4 they were 4 for 27 with runners in scoring position.How do you send six men to the plate in the sixth inning, have five of them reach base and score just two runs? Like this: Matt Kemp brought home a run by hitting into a double play, and Andre Ethier, who was in the lineup instead of Puig, miscalculated how far a pitch skipped past Yadier Molina, and was gunned down trying to return to third.“You never know how many times you’ll get into this position,” Ellis said. “There are no guarantees in life or in baseball, that’s for sure.“You just try to do all you can to win the division next year, and then roll the dice and see what happens.”And that’s exactly what it is these days, especially in best-of-five series, especially with a third of MLB’s 30 teams in the playoffs. It’s blackjack with 10 decks.Events from the first week of April through the final week of September disappear, like a magic slate. Mike Moustakas can hit a game-winning homer and Mike Trout can go cold and Clayton Kershaw can lose.“This is not shocking,” the Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez said. “This is not shocking. I think these are two teams that are going to see each other a lot for years to come.”That’s not the thought you want to carry into the winter. Clean the palate. Call the Angels. Somebody needs to end 2014 happier than this. Somebody has to remind the fans that their combined 1-6 playoff record was more of an aberration than their combined 192 victories.As it did 12 months ago, the Dodgers’ season ended in a rectangular locker room in St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, with coaches hugging players, with other players staring into their lockers, with others looking at their phones and furiously scrolling for an alternate ending.“Devastating,” catcher A.J. Ellis said when he finally rose from his seat. “It reminds you that you get close, but you’re still not there.”Actually they weren’t that close. They lost to the Cardinals in the National League Division Series, losing the clincher 3-2 in Game 4. They still haven’t visited the World Series since the waning days of the Reagan administration.Here, Clayton Kershaw joined Oakland’s Jon Lester, Detroit’s Max Scherzer and David Price, and the Angels’ Jered Weaver on the list of busted aces. ST. LOUIS >> You know, the Dodgers and Angels can still play.There’s nothing on their schedule. Time Warner Cable needs the programming.They can still get together, maybe on that old military base in Tustin, where Arte Moreno wants to move the Angels.Call it the Freeway Friendly.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Only 1 of 32 coaches at World Cup is black

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Senegal’s coach Aliou Cisse attends a training session, on June 18, 2018 in Moscow, on the eve of the team’s opening match as part of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOVMOSCOW — The only black coach at this year’s World Cup says there is a need for more in the sport.Senegal’s Aliou Cisse says “in European countries, in major clubs, you see lots of African players. Now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The percentage of black players at this year’s tournament is far higher.FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCisse spoke Monday, a day ahead of Senegal’s World Cup opener against Poland. He was captain of Senegal’s team when it reached the 2002 quarterfinals in the nation’s only previous World Cup appearance. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallslast_img read more

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Arsenal still control top-four race, says Emery

first_imgBut Arsenal boss Emery, while conceding his team had played badly, tried to remain positive in the aftermath at Goodison Park.“I think generally we are well. I don’t think; ‘today we lost and we are very bad’. It was a bad result, not a good performance today, but we are fourth,” Emery said.“Before, I knew it was going to be difficult. After this result, I am thinking the same.“After this result, we can be negative because it is three points lost, but it is in our hands, if we continue taking chances and opportunities, to be in the top four.”Everton had already threatened from one of Lucas Digne’s long throw-ins before the full-back delivered the set-piece that led to Jagielka’s opening goal on 10 minutes.His throw was flicked on by Jagielka himself, for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to attempt a header on goal that saw the ball take a kindly bounce, falling to the unmarked defender who swept in from close-range.There were Arsenal appeals for offside, and television footage seemed to show that Digne’s foot might have been over the line in the process of taking his all-important throw.But it was certainly a dramatic intervention from Jagielka, who had only be called into the team minutes before kick-off when Michael Keane finally succumbed to a virus that had rendered him a doubt.– Altercation –Jagielka, 36, has suffered a difficult season at Goodison, with a series of knee problems limiting him to three starts but his impact on this occasion could not have been greater, or much quicker.It was also the former England international’s first goal since April 2017 as he became the oldest player to score in the Premier League this season.Victory also meant that Everton have beaten a ‘big six’ side for a second consecutive home game, having failed to win against one of those teams in the previous 25 attempts.But the post-match analysis centred more on Arsenal’s poor performance, one which improved only marginally at the interval when Emery brought on Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The pair brought about an improvement in attack, the latter’s 48th minute cross producing a weak punch from Jordan Pickford which Ramsey volleyed over from 12 yards.But, defensively, Arsenal were even worse after the restart.Everton really should have doubled their lead on 73 minutes when a Gylfi Sigurdsson shot was charged down by Sokratis and Richarlison sliced the rebound well wide.The pressure seemed to be taking its toll on Emery, who was involved in a furious verbal altercation with Everton boss Marco Silva eight minutes from time when Shkodran Mustafi was booked for a poor foul on Richarlison as he broke clear, in front of the technical area.“He arrived late, but I think it was a yellow card,” said Emery.“I was speaking and he (Silva) came into my space and place on the bench and explained something to me. But it was no problem.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal suffered a damaging defeat at Everton, but Unai Emery is confident of their top-four chances © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 7 – Unai Emery said Arsenal remain in control of the race for Champions League qualification after another disappointing away performance saw his side lose 1-0 at Everton on Sunday.Phil Jagielka, only drafted into Everton’s starting line-up at the last minute, scored the game’s only goal as Arsenal extended their wretched record as the only club in the top four divisions of English football not to have kept a clean sheet on their travels this season.last_img read more

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The Eyes have it: Bosch adds new camera to smart home lineup

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Bosch#camera#IFA 2016#ifttt#Internet of Things#IoT#Nest#smart home#smoke detector Follow the Puck David Currycenter_img Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Bosch reaffirmed its commitment to the smart home at IFA 2016 in Berlin, where it announced three new devices and integration with IFTTT, one of the largest Internet of Things (IoT) platforms.It comes two years after Bosch launched the Home Connect app, an attempt to make the German manufacturer a hub for other smart devices. That has had limited success, and Bosch appears to be moving away from a lead role, instead integrating with popular platforms.See Also: Will keeping an eye on the driver save autonomous cars?The IFTTT integration works for almost all of Bosch’s smart home devices launched before 2016, meaning you can finally connect your dishwasher to the Amazon Echo or Philips Hue lights.The three new products at the IFA conference include a 360 indoor camera, a smoke detector and air quality monitor, and a camera for the front door that also acts as a porch light.Bosch’s indoor camera has a clear advantage over Nest Cam or Netatmo Connect, it can see the entire room. Users will be able to place the camera anywhere, and still get a clear shot of the entire room. Instead of turning the device off by the wall, users can press a button and the camera retreats into the cylinder, providing privacy when you need it.The smoke detector, Bosch Twinguard, uses air quality monitoring to recognize false alarms. The built in tracking could be useful in countries where air quality is not great, like China and India, alerting homeowners to volatile organic compounds.Bosch gunning for Nest?Bosch Eyes, the front door camera, is another two-in-one. It detects when someone is outside the door, but also works as a porch light for late night callers. Users can connect the camera to any IFTTT supported device, like Philips Hue, to receive an alert when someone is at the front door.The first two devices from Bosch are clear attempts to take away some Nest marketshare. Both devices improve on Nest’s own devices, the smart thermostat and smoke detector. Considering Nest’s turbulent last year, it could be a smart move to try and grab new customers, who don’t want to pay +$200 for a two year old device. Related Posts last_img read more

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Smoke across US West blots out mountains, poses health risks

first_imgSeattle, Aug 21 (AP) Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the US West, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors.As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer in a row, experts warned that it could become more common as the American West faces larger and more destructive wildfires because of heat and drought blamed on climate change. Officials also must prioritize resources during the longer firefighting season, so some blazes may be allowed to burn in unpopulated areas.Seattle’s Space Needle was swathed in haze, and it was impossible to see nearby mountains. Portland, Oregon, residents who were up early saw a blood-red sun shrouded in smoke and huffed their way through another day of polluted air. Portland Public Schools suspended all outdoor sports practices.Thick smoke in Denver blocked the view of some of Colorado’s famous mountains and prompted an air quality health advisory for the northeastern quarter of the state.The smoky pollution, even in Colorado, came from wildfires in British Columbia and the Northwest’s Cascade Mountains, clouding a season that many spend outdoors.Portland resident Zach Simon supervised a group of children in a summer biking camp who paused at a huge water fountain by the Willamette River, where gray, smoky haze obscured a view of Mount Hood.Simon said he won’t let the kids ride as far or take part in as many running games like tag while the air quality is bad.advertisement”I went biking yesterday, and I really felt it in my lungs, and I was really headachy and like, lethargic,” Simon said yesterday. “Today, biking, you can see the whole city in haze and you can’t see the skyline.” In Colorado, Sid Vaughn, who works at a Boulder shoe store called the Boulder Running Co., did his usual 9-mile run Monday despite the smoke.”It didn’t feel that great to my lungs,” he said.Forest fires are common, but typical Seattle-area weather pushes it out of the way quickly. The latest round of prolonged smoke happened as hot temperatures and high pressure collided, said Andrew Wineke, a spokesman for the state Ecology Department’s air quality program.It’s a rare occurrence that also happened last year, raising concerns for many locals that it may become normal during wildfire season. Wineke said climate change is expected to contribute to many more fires.”The trend is clear. You see the number of forest fires increasing, and so there’s going to be wildfires,” Wineke said. “There’s going to be smoke. It’s going to be somewhere.” The Federal Aviation Administration said airplanes bound for the Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle’s main airport, may be delayed because of low visibility. AP NSANSAlast_img read more

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