first_imgAndy Botha will replace Stephen Moran as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) it has been officially announced.Botha joins the company on Monday 18th April, coming from notonthehighstreet.com where he has been Chief Commercial & Financial Officer since 2013. He has also held senior commercial and financial roles at Betfair and lastminute.com.In a statement on Monday, ZPG said Botha has a proven ability to execute different multi-brand, multi-channel business models across the digital and technology sectors.“He brings with him a wealth of highly relevant experience in tech businesses and demonstrable success in leading financial teams and business units during periods of high-growth,” said Chairman Mike Evans.Botha will join ZPG’s recently strengthened senior leadership team, which includes Paul Whitehead as the newly appointed Group Strategy Director. Paul was most recently Chief Commercial Officer at uSwitch (recently acquired by ZPG) and was previously Head of Corporate and Business Development at Channel 4 for six years.Alex Chesterman (left), Founder & CEO of Zoopla Property Group Plc, said, “I am very much looking forward to working closely with Andy and Paul as we continue to deliver on our strategy. There is much to play for and I am confident that they will both play key leadership roles in helping to achieve our mission to become the consumer champion at the heart of the home.”Reflecting on his new job, Botha (right) said, “I am passionate about working with great teams and have always admired Zoopla Property Group as an innovative, agile and successful company with huge growth potential. I am excited by the opportunity of working with Alex and the rest of his team to help ensure the Group’s continued future success.”new role Andy Botha Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Zoopla ZPG February 4, 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Andy Botha to join Zoopla as CFO previous nextAgencies & PeopleAndy Botha to join Zoopla as CFOAndy Botha will take up the role of Chief Financial Officer at ZPG on 18th April.The Negotiator4th February 20160973 Viewslast_img read more


first_imgThis home at Jillinda Pl, The Gap was the site of an alleged murder. Photo: realestate.com.auThe home is also the site of an alleged murder in October 2016 — a matter not disclosed in the online listing details.The marketing agents were contacted for comment, but declined to be interviewed. Stigmatised properties can leave potential buyers feeling cold, but are agents required to reveal a property’s dark past? Photo: Brian Cassey.You’ve found it, your dream home. Beautiful big bedrooms, views that go on forever and the price seems more than reasonable. The agent is also very keen to get you signed up, and there are surprisingly few locals competing to buy it.Now your ‘sixth sense’ is tingling and it’s because of something you’re unlikely to find on the sales brochure — a death in the home — and there’s no definitive requirement that the agent must disclose this.Antonia Mercorella, CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ), said the rules around stigmatised property, such as where someone has been murdered or committed suicide, are too muddy in Queensland.“There’s no checklist that tells agents what they must disclose, but as a general rule if something is likely to influence someone’s decision to buy a property — a ‘material fact’ — then it must be disclosed,” Ms Mercorella said.“The law does not specify what makes a material fact, but describes it as any fact that ‘may have a bearing on a reasonable person’s decision to proceed with a property transaction.’”According to the REIQ, common causes of stigma for properties include death, crime, unsavoury neighbours (such as sex offenders) and even the rumoured presence of ghosts.While property searches will reveal whether a home is subject to flooding or town planning restrictions, there’s no definitive public record that will confirm a home’s unsavoury past.“While having no physical impact on the property, stigmas can affect the way some people feel about the property psychologically. However, this is a very subjective issue and can be different from one person to the next. What one person finds a deal-breaker may not worry another person,” said Ms Mercorella.“For example, what if the previous owner died a peaceful death in their sleep after 40 happy years in the property? That is unlikely to influence many people’s buying decision. But for some cultures, if someone has died in the property, regardless of how the death occurred, it may be considered bad luck to live in that property. So, to them, it is a stigmatised property.”Ms Mercorella said changes to legislation would be welcome by her organisation.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“This is an area the REIQ feels that the Government should do more on and the REIQ is advocating for a specific disclosure regime,” she said.“It’s a difficult position for agents, vendors and buyers alike to navigate. More detail and greater specificity would help everyone.”Until such time, buyers must rely on their own research — which could include Googling news reports or asking neighbours about what has happened in a home.“In all instances, the REIQ strongly recommends that every buyer does their own research before buying a property. In real estate, the principle of caveat emptor (buyer beware) generally applies, which is why buyers do their own building and pest inspections, flood investigations, conveyancing checks and other due diligence.“Nothing is better than being well educated and well researched when you are looking at real estate to buy.”An example is a property in Jillinda Pl, The Gap — a two-storey, four bedroom home with pool and gardens in a quiet street currently seeking offers over $800,000. Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair last_img read more


first_imgImage source: bayside.vic.gov.auBayside City Council, Victoria, is currently undertaking works in Sandringham to reduce erosion and protect the coastal environment. These works are taking place along the coastal path and Trey Bit Reserve during April and May.Key improvements include:Extending existing fencing along the coastal path to protect flora and fauna;New drainage at Trey Bit Reserve to reduce erosion;Jute matting, logs and planting to protect the foreshore from coastal erosion and improve vegetation.This work is part of Bayside Council’s commitment to protect and ensure the quality of open space, including beaches and foreshore.The project will be completed in two stages, with fencing and drainage works beginning in early April ahead of the stabilisation and vegetation works in May.last_img read more


first_imgI’m not a fan of making comparisons in sports, whether it’s between players, coaches or teams. It’s absurd to compare players (LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan) or teams (the 72-win Chicago Bulls vs. the 73-win Golden State Warriors) who played in completely different time periods. But here’s one similarity that’s fair to point out across all sports and all eras: Historically great franchises are always expected to be great.That’s a roundabout way of saying that USC football, for all its recent embarrassments and struggles, is and will always be a historically great program. And, by extension, whenever it is not great, everyone stops and stares.Tal Volk | Daily Trojan Hot seat Helton · Clay Helton is off to a rocky start in his first season as the permanent head coach as USC has started off with a 1-3 record.I’m working my way through Steve Delsohn’s new book, Cardinal and Gold: The Oral History of USC Trojans Football, which weaves a detailed story of the past 40 years of USC football, starting with former head coach John McKay’s departure in 1975. It’s a fascinating read, and it’s incredible to think that for decades on end, the Trojans were essentially a lock to make it to the Rose Bowl. Anything less was a disappointment, and 7-4 seasons would have alumni and boosters grumbling, wondering what the hell was going on.That same grumbling is probably happening right now, with the team off to its worst start in 15 years and head coach Clay Helton beginning his career with four losses in five games. The conversations behind closed doors are likely not very pleasant at the moment, with people coming to grips with the fact that USC is indeed a team with a losing record.It’s a parallel that I find striking when thinking of two long-running and dominant NBA franchises: the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. Both franchises represent the pinnacle of basketball dynasties, yet both have had to undergo rough rebuilding periods in recent years. The Celtics have worked their way out, while the Lakers are still in the midst of it, but for both franchises, it started by acknowledging that — at least at the moment — they were not “great,” and needed to dedicate time to create change.The Celtics are perhaps the model of how to start anew. After respected head coach Doc Rivers left for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2013 and the original “Big Three” era of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett came to an end, Boston hired Brad Stevens, a 36-year-old, baby-faced, unproven college coach to take over the hallowed position once held by Red Auerbach. It was a move that puzzled many — and a 25-57 debut season didn’t help — but given leeway to mold and shape the team, Stevens’ Celtics improved the following year, and last season finished with a 48-34 record to become one of the up-and-coming teams in the league.The Lakers took a little longer to acquiesce after the debacle that was having Steve Nash and Dwight Howard come join Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. They fired Mike Brown five games into the 2012-2013 season and inexplicably had Mike D’Antoni and Byron Scott run the team for three years under the illusion that they were still great and Kobe wasn’t on his last legs. But by hiring Luke Walton to coach in the post-Kobe era, the Lakers are taking a page out of the Celtics’ book. Walton is also 36 and relatively unproven. He did coach the Warriors briefly last season while head coach Steve Kerr was out, but this is his first test with a rebuilding team and a franchise finally recognizing that returning to greatness will be a process.The hope is that USC will learn that as well. It’s true that there are differences between the college and pro games; you can’t tank in college for a higher draft pick, and you have the drawback of key players declaring for the draft every year. But the concept is the same: Just because the Trojans used to be a dynasty does not mean you can push a button and make USC great again.This is a program not too far removed from heavy sanctions, has undergone four coaching changes in three years and has not been to a Rose Bowl in seven years. Helton has certainly done himself no favors with a mediocre start, but the Celtics didn’t fire Stevens after his first season and odds are the Lakers won’t give Walton the axe after his inevitably rough debut with a young roster.The criticisms of Helton are valid. His in-game decisions have been routinely questionable, he has failed to utilize the full potential of the talent he has and under his watch, USC has disappointed in primetime game after primetime game.And unlike the Celtics or Lakers, the Trojans are not in “rebuild” mode but instead supposed to compete for a Pac-12 Championship — but there we go with the inherent expectations again. Yes, old alumni and boosters grew up in an era where USC winning the Rose Bowl was just another season, but this is 2016, not 1979 or even 2008.Everything is different — from the coaches to the players to the athletic director — but the naïve mindset that USC will keep “fighting on” and should always be a winning program just because it is USC is getting increasingly frustrating with every loss that points to the contrary.Whether or not Helton is the right fit for USC at the moment is a separate topic. But instead of yelling, “Fire the coach” at the first sign of adversity, fans should look in the mirror and ask if their insecurity is based on the assumption that USC’s winning history should make it immune to losing and if what this program needs right now is another coaching firestorm.Eric He is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Fridays.last_img read more