Compass acquires DC-area title firm

first_imgCompass CEO Robert Reffkin and KVS Title CEO David Kanstoroom. (KVS, Getty)Compass is taking title.Ahead of its much-anticipated IPO, the residential firm has inked a deal to buy KVS Title, a title insurance and settlement services firm in Washington, D.C., the company said Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The acquisition brings Compass closer to its goal of providing an “end-to-end” platform for real estate, and it could help drive profits for the VC-backed firm. In a statement, CEO Robert Reffkin said the KVS deal, as well as Compass’ integration of title services, would help agents “grow their businesses and better serve their clients.”Read moreCompass buys title startup Modus Build vs. buy? Compass buys Contactually Compass files confidentially for IPO Founded in 2010, KVS Title has 90 employees across six offices in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Its attorneys have completed 70,000 settlements, and it serves clients in California, Florida, Washington state, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., according to its website.Compass is the third-largest brokerage based on sales volume, having sold $91.3 billion worth of real estate in 2019, according to data firm Real Trends. It currently has 18,000 agents nationwide.In January, Compass filed confidential plans to go public. It was last valued at $6.4 billion, after a July 2019 funding round.Thanks to the U.S. housing market’s hot year, Compass reported record revenue from June to October 2020, according to news reports, but it’s not yet profitable on a companywide basis.Many big brokerages offer mortgage, title and escrow as an ancillary service that helps drive additional revenue to the company.Realogy Title Group, for example, generated $226 million of the real estate giant’s $726 million in operating EBITDA in 2020, according to the company’s financials. Warren Buffett’s HomeServices of America has a title and escrow network. Keller Williams has an affiliated company, Keller Mortgage.In recent months, Compass has been on a buying spree: Earlier this month, it scooped up Bold New York, a 120-agent firm that focuses on new development leasing. In January, it acquired Lila Delman Real Estate, a Newport, Rhode Island-based firm focused on the luxury market.Outside of those brokerage acquisitions, Compass struck a deal in October to buy Modus, a Seattle-based title and escrow software startup that previously raised $12.5 million. And before that, it acquired Contactually, a popular customer relationship manager, as well as the team behind Delectica, an artificial and machine learning company.Contact E.B. Solomont Email Address* Tags Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Share via Shortlink compassIPOResidential Brokeragetitle insurancelast_img read more

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New records of dimitobelid belemnites from the Cretaceous of James Ross Island, Antarctica

first_imgReferences CitationsMetrics Reprints & Permissions PDF Abstract Five species of dimitobelid belemnites are described from the Cretaceous of James Ross Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Dimitobelus (Dimitobelus) stimulus Whitehouse is recorded with D. (Dimitobelus) cf. superstes (Hector), from Albian strata of the Gustav Group. D. (Dimitobelus) cf. ongleyi Stevens is recorded with Dimitobelus (Dimitocamax) cramensis sp. nov. and D. (Dimitocamax) cf. seymouriensis Doyle from the ?Santonian-Campanian Santa Marta Formation (Marambio Group). D. (Dimitobelus) superstes and D. (Dimitobelus) ongleyi were previously thought to have been restricted to New Zealand. The new records show that these species had a circum Gondwanan distribution extending into Antarctica and Australia. No other elements of the Antarctic-Australian dimitobelid fauna are known in New Zealand. In the Campanian, the Dimitobelidae became restricted to the Weddellian Province in Antarctica-New Zealand.last_img read more

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Spicerhaart savaged after it lays off hundreds of staff ‘via conference call’

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Spicerhaart savaged after it lays off hundreds of staff ‘via conference call’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleSpicerhaart savaged after it lays off hundreds of staff ‘via conference call’Decision to close branches minutes before government revealed job protection package baffles employees, many of whom have turned to social media to complain.Nigel Lewis23rd March 2020013,290 Views Spicerhaart has been heavily criticised over the weekend as the extent of a sudden decision to close dozens of branches and lay off ‘hundreds’ of staff across its network via a conference call leaked out.This includes an unprecedented statement from eProp Services CEO Jon Cooke, who tweeted over the weekend: “SHAMEFUL! As industry leaders we all know tough decisions may need to be taken to secure our businesses BUT to not wait and factor in government support shows the true culture of an organisation shame on you Paul Smith.”Late on Friday evening a sales consultant working for its Haart branch in Camberwell told a national newspaper that she had been fired at 5.45pm, just minutes before the government announced that it will soon launch a scheme to help companies retain staff by paying for them to go on temporary leave of absence.Amanda Hayes (left), who was one of three people working at the branch, has accused the company of being ‘callous and inhumane’ after initially offering her a promotion before she and other staff were summarily told they were being made redundant. This includes being fired without confirmation of whether she will be paid this month.Several sources have told The Negotiator that 40% of Spicerhaart’s 180+ branch network is being closed.Part of the reason for the cull is a weaker-than-expected performance of 19-branch estate agency Butters John Bee, which Spicerhaart bought in September 2017. The family of agents affected by the cull include 10-branch Chewton Rose, 11-branch Darlows, 120-branch Haart, 12-branch Felicity J Lord, 10-branch Haybrook as well as 19-branch Butters John Bee.Like Amanda Hayes, many staff given their marching orders on Friday have not gone quietly, angered that Spicerhaart would get rid of them as the government announced a support package for struggling businesses.“How come you chose to fire so many of us today (leaving us all completely screwed as nobody else will be hiring) when the government have just said they will pay for 80% of our salaries and you would only need to contribute 20% of that,” one former employee tweeted.Another employee, who lost her job from Haart’s Blaby office, said: “A mountain of hard working individuals and bright talent, lost in one fell swoop with no notice or answers to pay or where we stand. Myself along with others have mortgages, families, and commitments but were left completely shell shocked with no answers.”Read more about the government proposals.Cost reductionsSpicerhaart says the branch closures and headcount reductions were part of ‘cost reduction’ measures designed to mitigate the effect of the business downturn resulting from the Coronavirus outbreak, and that it was ‘desperately sorry’ about the redundancies.Message of support have flooded in from across the industry for the staff affected including on social media.“Sad news coming out from our colleagues at Haart Estate Agents and subsidiaries like butters John bee etc and, all competition and rivalry aside, I hope all the great people find suitable roles quickly to help support their families,” said Awais Ahmad (left), founder of West Midlands agency AP Morgan.Could the branches be bought?Several companies are thought to be interested in acquiring the branches shut down by Haart including Connells, whose CEO David Plumtree was busy on LinkedIn over the weekend making contact with some of the key staff made redundant on Friday. amanda haynes haart Haybrook butters john bee Chewton Rose spicerhaart Darlows Felicity J Lord March 23, 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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Speaker examines ability and disability

first_imgAmong the tailgates, pep rallies and Glee Club performances stands another Notre Dame game day tradition, The Dooley Society Lecture. Matt Hubbard, founder of the Dooley Society, opened Saturday’s lecture and said “our goals are the same as we started with: mentorship, education, global service to humanity and reinforcing Catholic values.”The Dooley Society Lecture Series, held every football Saturday, is one of the programs created to carry out those goals. The speaker for Nov. 14 was Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, M.D., from the Memorial Hospital of South Bend, and he gave a lecture titled, “Disabusing Disability.”Okanlami is a decorated scholar and holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, a medical degree from the University of Michigan and a surgical residency from Yale University. He most recently graduated from the Engineering, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s (ESTEEM) program at Notre Dame. Okanlami was president of his class at Stanford, captain of the Stanford track team, leader of the Christian-Athlete organization and director of a production at Michigan. On July 4, 2013, Okanlami hosted a gathering for his colleagues from the Yale residency program. He jumped into a pool, which resulted in a C-6 incomplete spinal cord injury. As a result, Okanlami had no motor control from the chest down; minimal use of his right and left hands, wrists, and forearms; and no sensation below his chest. “This wasn’t something that happened to me that was out of my control. I took an action. I jumped,” Okanlami said.Okanlami’s colleagues rushed him to the hospital, and Okanlami received the treatment necessary to recover. However, many people still speak to Okanlami about the potential he had before his injury. “From day one, I never thought that my potential had been diminished in any way … Not a day went by where I felt sorry for myself or felt like I can’t do something. And that’s why the title of this talk is ‘Disabusing Disability,’” Okanlami said.“I can do lots of things that someone with has never had a spinal cord injury can’t do,” Okanlami said. “So therefore, where do you draw the line?” He then spoke of the fine line between the unable and disabled, and its applicability to the lives of others. Although someone might not be physically struggling, Okanlami said everyone has something that they are struggling with.“You should treat everyone in that way,” Okanlami said, “ … If you treat everyone like you treat the person who has the disability, and you give them the benefit of the doubt, and you give them that assistance, and you offer them your love and support, then that’s the best way to live your life.” Okanlami then continued his personal story and spoke of his path toward healing. Since his injury, he has had a miraculous recovery, regaining the feeling of sensation and better control of his core. He also entered the ESTEEM program at Notre Dame and began a family medicine residency at Memorial Hospital.  In this work, Okanlami said, “I want to empower people to know that they can do more for themselves … I see in my practice every day people that didn’t even know that they could want to do more for themselves because of the culture that was created around them. [Society] made them feel as though they were disabled.”Okanlami said this kind of helplessness traps patients.“Things happen in life that none of us would ever ask to happen … But it’s not that things happen, it’s how you react to those things that happen that truly write the story of what your life will be,” he said.Okanlami takes an active role in the community, leading organizations that head both wheelchair basketball and sled hockey. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has appointed Okanlami to the St. Joseph County Board of Health. Tags: Disabusing Disability, Dooley Society Lecture, Okanlamilast_img read more

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Notre Dame police arrest man on campus with felony charge

first_imgAccording to a University press release, the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) arrested Michael James Thompson, 19, Wednesday morning near the Eck Baseball Stadium after receiving a report of erratic driving from Roseland Police around 9 a.m. Thompson is from Beverly Shores, Ind.Thompson is not a Notre Dame student but was on campus to meet a Notre Dame freshman who was a high school acquaintance. He refused to allow the student to leave his vehicle, but she later escaped unharmed, the release said.Thompson was charged with felony criminal confinement, reckless driving and driving without a license. He was transferred to the St. Joseph County Jail. The case has been turned over to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.Tags: Notre Dame Police Department, police arrest, reckless drivinglast_img read more

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Matt Doyle & Nick Cordero-Led Brooklynite Extends

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 View Comments In addition to Doyle and Cordero, the cast features Andrew Call, Gerard Canonico, Max Chernin, Nick Choksi, Carla Duren, Ann Harada, John-Michael Lyles, Grace McLean, Tom Alan Robbins, Nicolette Robinson and Remy Zaken. In Brooklynite, Trey Swieskowski is an idealistic hardware store clerk who dreams of becoming a superhero. Astrolass, Brooklyn’s most celebrated superhero, is determined to throw in the cape and live like a normal Brooklynite. When they meet they hatch a plan that will change their lives forever. But can they save Brooklyn when it suddenly teeters on the brink of disaster? Related Shows Superheroes and superhero wannabes are going to be hanging off-Broadway for a little bit longer! Brooklynite, starring Matt Doyle and Nick Cordero, has extended through March 29; the show had originally been set to shutter on March 22. Directed by Michael Mayer and featuring music and lyrics by Peter Lerman and a book by Lerman and Mayer, the production officially opened on February 25 at the Vineyard Theatre. Brooklynitelast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: John Gallagher Jr. to Return to NYC Stage & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. John Gallagher Jr. to Return to New York StageSpring Awakening Tony winner John Gallagher Jr., AKA Johnny Gallagher, will appear at Joe’s Pub on September 29 for the first time since 2008 to share an intimate night of music. The former The Newswroom star, who was seen on Broadway this last season in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, recently released Six Day Hurricane, an album of his own original songs that jump from ballads to rock anthems.Al Pacino’s New Show May Play L.A. Before BroadwayThe Al Pacino and Judith Light-led When God Looked Away could bow in Los Angeles before heading to the Great White Way. “Al had such a bad time with reviews in David Mamet’s China Doll last year, he wanted to do a soft opening far from Broadway first,” a source reportedly told Showbiz 411. Penned by Dotson Rader, the show follows playwright Tennessee Williams. We will keep you posted!Kristin Chenoweth Tapped for Speech & DebateAnother Broadway star has signed on for the film adaptation of Tony winner Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate. According to Variety, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth will sing an original song over the end credits. The pocket diva joins the previously reported Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roger Bart, Austin McKenzie, Sarah Steele and more in the project; the movie is slated for release later this year. Meanwhile, Karam’s Tony-winning play, The Humans, continues its run on Broadway.Watch Emma Stone Tackle Pasek & PaulPasek and Paul have a big few months coming up! Along with the fall Broadway premiere of their much-buzzed about new tuner Dear Evan Hansen, there’s the December release of movie musical La La Land, to which they’ve contributed lyrics (music is by Justin Hurwitz). Check out below a new teaser trailer of the film, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, featuring the song, “Audition.” P.S. Hamilton’s America, the documentary about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning hit, will make its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, prior to airing on PBS on October 21. Lonny Price’s Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, which examines Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince’s 1981 cult hit Merrily We Roll Along, will also debut at the event. John Gallagher Jr. center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Fall veggies

first_imgBy William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaThe dog days of summer will soon give way to the crisp fall air.But this doesn’t mean the gardening season is over. It’s stillpossible to grow crops well into the fall and even through thewinter in many parts of Georgia.Frost will eventually reap the last of the heat-loving crops likesquash, tomatoes and okra. But crops like cabbage, turnips,mustard, radishes, beets, broccoli, carrots and even English peascan enjoy the cool days of autumn and early winter. Many of thesecan take a fairly stout frost and be OK.Cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower andkohlrabi are all good crops for fall gardens. They’re beststarted from transplants but can be direct-seeded, too. If youseed them directly into the soil, keep the ground moist whileit’s still hot to give them a good start.Keep them well watered if you transplant, too. The later youstart, the smarter it becomes to transplant to cut the time tomaturity. Establishing plants after late September may not yieldgood results if you can expect severe cold in your area. Most ofthese crops take from 70 to 80 days to mature in the fall.Leafy greensMost leafy greens can fit this pattern. Turnips and mustard areless tolerant to frosts and freezes than collards and kale. Don’twait too late to plant them. They’re short-season crops and willmature in 45-60 days.All of these crops except cabbage and kohlrabi lend themselves tomultiple harvests. You may be able to get several cuttings on onecrop.English peas can’t stand a hard freeze. But there’s time in mostareas to get in a crop before harsh weather. Sugar snap peas oredible pod peas will fit into this category, too. They usuallyrequire about 70 days to maturity in the fall.Radishes will mature in about four weeks. Beets and Swiss chard,both hardy crops, mature in about 60 days. Plant these in time toharvest before hard freezes.Carrots and onions grow well in south Georgia during the winter.Neither can take severe temperatures, but light freezes andfrosts do them no harm. Carrots can be seeded in Septemberthrough October for harvest in the spring. Onions are usuallytransplanted in November for harvest in April and May.It will soon be time to clean off the remains of the summergarden. But get ready now for fall and winter. It can be a lotmore fun to garden in the crisp fall air than in thegnat-infested heat.(Terry Kelley is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

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Winter Adventure Gear

first_imgMoving Comfort Chic Hoodie – Moving Comfort has long been known for its line of women-specific athletic wear. In addition to active clothes, it also offers a line of tops that can be enjoyed post-workout. The Chic Hoodie fits into that category, while also lending itself to more active pursuits. It is a long sleeve, yogi-inspired tunic top made of DriLayer Plush, which is a super-soft quick drying fabric that drapes perfectly for a feminine, relaxed look. I find myself throwing this long top on with a pair of jeans or leggings after a trail run or bike ride to meet friends for lunch or run errands. It also sports an over-sized hood which gives it the look of a cowl-neck sweater, while serving the practical purpose of keeping your head warm on windy days. The top is perfect for hiking and travel as well with its thumb holes on the sleeve and ability to withstand wrinkling. It is one of the more versatile and comfortable active tops that I have come across and sure to find many uses in your winter wardrobe.MSRP: $85.00 Osprey Rev 1.5 Pack – Osprey is synonymous with comfortable packs. When it began making hydration packs, I was an early-adopter. Since then, hydration packs have continued to evolve and become more activity-specific. Osprey has led the charge, and continued its innovative ways with the release of the Rev series. The Rev series has two adjustable chest straps in addition to the waist strap, which allow the user to achieve a snug, personalized fit. This feature combined with the breathable back panel are critical components to a well-made hydration pack as they ensure that the pack will stay secure and dry, which prevent uncomfortable occurrences of back chafe. Ouch! In addition to the thoughtful design of the pack, the Rev series also has updated features including a media pocket, which allow you to carry and easily access you iPhone, while simultaneously protecting it from the elements. The Rev series comes in a variety of sizes from the large Rev 24 with 1465 cubic inches of pack space and a 2.5 liter hydration reservoir to the minimalist Rev 1.5 with 92 cubic inches of pack space and a 1.5 liter hydration reservoir. I find the Rev 1.5 to be perfect for longer trail runs or mid-range mountain bike outings. If you prefer a waist pack to a back pack style, the Rev Solo was made for you. With the exception of the Solo, all the Rev packs come in two sizes to allow the wearer to pick the pack that best fits her shoulders and torso.MSRP: $69.95 unnamed-2Hi-Tec Bandera Lowtop Hiking Boots: These boots were my first pair of low-cut hiking shoes. With all of the mud that has been out on the trails this winter, I wanted something that would be better equipped for the conditions than my typical running shoes. The Bandera boots have proven to be excellent in this regard. They offer greater stability thanks to a stiffer sole and exceptional traction for slippery conditions. The shoes also are breathable while keeping feet dry and warm. While they are a little beefier than trail running shoes, they are not as heavy as my hiking boots. They are also comfortable enough to wear around town on soggy days. I have my fingers crossed that we will get a couple of big snow storms before spring arrives so that I can see how they perform in snowy conditions. These shoes are meant to last for years. If you are in need of a lightweight, durable hiking shoe, pick up a pair of the Bandera lowtop or midtop boots.MSRP: $64.99 unnamedIcebreaker Long Sleeve Oasis Sherpinsky: Icebreaker has established itself as a leader in merino wool clothing. Its base layer line, made of 100% merino wool is exceptional. In addition to being warm, quick drying and soft, these tops have gotten progressively more stylish. Now rather than simply being a winter staple to be worn under outer layers, Icebreaker tops are trendy enough to stand alone as winter casual wear. The Oasis Sherpinksy top fits neatly into this category. The top is perfectfor layering underneath a wind proof layer for hiking, trail running, skiing, or biking, while also being stylish enough towear to dinner or out for drinks. It also retains the truecharacter of all Icebreaker tops in that it is odor resistant,soft and well-sized for a flattering feminine fit.MSRP: $99.99center_img While the calendar still shows that it is January, this winter has not thrown a lot of cold weather punches at us, save a few days that have reminded us that spring is not here yet. Winter will inevitably return, and when it does, you will want to be prepared to get out and enjoy all it has to offer. unnamed-1Dare2B Invigorate Jacket: While the snow has not been abundant in Asheville, area ski resorts have been able to make plenty of snow to keep trails open and skiers and riders happy. I was in need of a new ski jacket this year and was looking for something to set me apart on the slopes. After being introduced to the Dare2B line from the United Kingdom, I determined that the Invigorate jacket met all of my criteria. It sports a detachable hood, which is critical for snowy and windy days, a powder skirt to keep snow out of the jacket and my pants, along with numerous well-placed pockets for warming hands and storing keys, as well as a lift ticket/pass pocket. No more flapping lift tickets or pass. In addition, the jacket offers a goggle cleaning wipe and under arm venting which is essential if you are going to use it for backcountry skiing or snowball fights. If you have not heard of Dare2B, you are not alone. Since it is a British clothing line, you will likely not see hundreds of other skierswearing your jacket on or off piste.MSRP: $217.00last_img read more

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Berger letter to lawmakers pushes back against community bankers

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In response to a letter from the Independent Community Bankers of America and persistent attacks by bankers, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger wrote to lawmakers in the House and Senate to set the record straight on credit union-bank mergers. Berger, sent the letter to members of the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees, the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance.“First and foremost, it is important to recognize that bank-credit union mergers are voluntary, market-based transactions that require a community banks’ board of directors to vote on selling to a credit union,” said Berger. “These are not “hostile” takeovers.”In the letter sent Friday, Berger uses facts to discredit the erroneous claims made by bankers, including:the NCUA Board’s recently proposed rule relating to these types of transactions; continue reading »last_img read more

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