The UK PropTech Association (UKPA) will support businesses and individuals working within the PropTech industry.It aims to promote engagement between technology businesses and the property industry, whilst representing the interests of both parties at home and abroad.Eddie HolmesEddie Holmes, Chairman, said, “Today’s climate of increasing investment in PropTech businesses is mirrored by a boom in the adoption of new technology by property professionals and consumers.“It’s more important than ever to make sure that the companies and people driving innovation in PropTech have a body which can help them succeed.“It’s one of the key goals of the UKPA to bring technology and property businesses closer. For too long each group has viewed each other with some trepidation. We will work to build bridges between, and create opportunities for both industries.”The UKPA steering committee comprises: Dan Hughes – RICS; Edwin Bartlett – kykloud; Juliette Morgan, Cushman & Wakefield and James Dearsley – The Digital Marketing Bureau, who said, “I’ve seen how important it is to help the property industry work with technology companies during my time working in both sectors.“I hope to bring this insight to the UKPA steering committee and help PropTech to flourish in the UK.” www.ukproptech.comHouseviz presents affordable Virtual RealityHouseviz is helping estate agents to take advantage of Virtual Reality (VR) technology, with a pricing model which, they say, pays for itself.3D virtual walkthroughs deliver an experience very much like the virtual tours on Google Street View. Creating extraordinary experiences, 360 VR property tours add a new dimension to estate agency marketing. More immersive than standard video, with VR, estate agents can offer prospective buyers the chance to explore properties online in great detail; Saving valuable time, agents can reduce the time they spend on casual property viewings while pricing is accessible to all agents.Houseviz Director, Amanda Lindsay said, “We’ve been leading the way when it comes to bringing VR and AR to the UK property market. VR is now science fact and it won’t be long before vendors expect this service as standard. But it’s not enough to just offer the industry something new; we have to make it affordable.”Houseviz offers DIY immersive VR walkthrough for £10 per property and camera equipment for £199. The PropTech can also provide agents with custom branded Google VR glasses and training where required.http://houseviz.comStudenttenant.com aims to disruptStudentTenant.com raised £310k in its first funding round and aims to rival high-street letting agents. This is a free to use service for landlords to advertise their student property on StudentTenant.com and other portals. They have ‘created robust property management packages for landlords at a fraction of the cost of high street letting agents; disrupting a market.’With 2,000 properties, StudentTenant.com claims to be the largest student-only property letting agency in the UK and it has forged strong relationships with Emoov, Uber and Norwegian Air to offer customers promotions.Danielle Cullen, Managing Director said, “Our goal is to use technology to make the rental process easier, more accessible, more transparent for all parties. The new funds allow us to advertise and grow our database of landlords, expanding our brand awareness.Having recently taken on board Shelly Suter-Hadad (COO of a global online entertainment company) as a non-executive director, I’m extremely confident in our future. With her experience in digital marketing and business development, as well as running an international online company, this will drive us even further forward.” www.studenttenant.comNested set to build brandNested, a chain-breaking PropTech company has appointed Instinctif Partners as PR adviser to raise its profile.Matt RobinsonThe start-up was founded by established entrepreneur, Matt Robinson, who previously co-founded the successful payment transfer firm, GoCardless.Nested guarantees vendors a sale of their property within 90 days, through a process which provides an instant online valuation for a property, based on a combination of publicly available data, information entered by the homeowner and an internal algorithm.Nested then guarantees the vendor 95-98 per cent of this valuation (dependent on area and property type) and puts the property on the market, with all the ‘traditional’ estate agency services and with further services available, such as investigative digital sales tracking.Nested guarantees to sell for 95-98 per cent of market value within 90 days – or they will give the homeowner the money themselves.Any profit above the guaranteed price is split 70/30 in favour of the vendor with a 2.5 per cent sales fee.Matt Robinson, CEO, Nested, says, “The process of selling a property in 2017 is little changed from 30 years ago and it remains far too hard to sell.“This is particularly painful for people caught in chains who frequently miss out on the property of their dreams.“Our proposition is truly groundbreaking, within four months we have already helped many people take control of their sale, allowing them to escape their chain and move on their timeline and we look forward to helping many more.”www.nested.comproptech Houseviz Studenttenant.com Nested The UK PropTech Association UKPA virtual reality April 18, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? 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USC’s baseball team fell to 8-6 on the season this weekend after a less-than-stellar home stand that included three losses at home to Houston, Pepperdine and UCLA. It was a weekend full of missed opportunities in terms of advancing runners on base as well as key fielding mistakes, allowing the Trojans’ opponents to score more and more runs.Field general · Junior catcher Garrett Stubbs is one of six Trojans to have started every game this season. He is batting .275 in his 14 starts. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe weekend started out with a 6-1 loss to Houston on Friday, then a 10-4 loss to Pepperdine on Saturday and finally a close 6-5 loss to crosstown rival UCLA on Sunday.USC head coach Dan Hubbs believes that each of these losses can be attributed to slightly different factors.“I think Friday we just got beat in every facet by Houston, whose pitcher pitched fantastic, but that’s just kind of baseball,” Hubbs said. “Saturday we jumped out to a lead early on then couldn’t extend that lead and proceeded to give up a bunch of hits later in the game. Sunday we were in key positions but made huge errors. We just gave them too much.”Despite this disappointing showing, Hubbs feels confident that the new week will present a fresh start for the Trojans and allow them to rekindle their winning streak.“We’re in a little bit of a rut, but we just have to play clean baseball,” Hubbs said. “If we do that, we know we’ll win. There’s no doubt we should’ve beat UCLA Sunday. We just made too many mistakes on easy plays, but I know these guys won’t makes those same mistakes moving forward.”The Trojans will kick off this week at home in a match against the 9-7 Loyola Marymount Lions tonight at 6 p.m. The Lions are on something of a hot streak at the moment, coming to USC’s Dedeaux Field fresh off seven straight wins.Hubbs believes that if the Trojans can eliminate stolen bases from the speedy Lions, they stand a good chance at winning tonight.“Loyola Marymount can really run, but one thing we’ve done really well so far this season is preventing a lot of stolen bases,” Hubbs said. “Since stealing bases is such a huge part of their game, I think we’ll be able to match up really well in that respect.”Even though Loyola Marymount has played well recently, the Lions appear evenly matched with the Trojans. In terms of overall batting average, the Lions currently hold a .283 team average in comparison to the Trojans’ .288. USC’s pitching staff also currently boasts a slightly better ERA than Loyola Marymount, given the Trojans’ 3.00 ERA in comparison to the Lions’ 3.64.Numbers aside, Hubbs predicts that the outcome of tonight’s game will depend heavily on the mindset and confidence of the players on both teams.All smiles · Despite the Trojans’ four-game skid, senior 3B Kevin Swick, who is batting .410 on the season and was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on March 4 for the first time in his career, has plenty to be happy about. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan“It’s more about how you come out as opposed to how you match up,” Hubbs said. “Loyola Marymount has a good balance of right and left-handed pitchers and batters. They’re a talented team who can beat us and we’re more than capable of beating them. Whoever plays best will win the game.”For tonight’s lineup, junior Garrett Stubbs will catch and freshman Jeremy Martinez will come in as the designated hitter.Hubbs says that above all, the Trojans must deliver in the clutch if they want to break their four-game losing streak tonight.“There just comes a point in time when a player needs to come through in a big spot, whether that be in terms of hitting, pitching or fielding,” Hubbs said. “We just have to do what we did during the first couple of games of the season, which is pitch well and play good defense.”First pitch is set for 6 p.m. tonight. Next up for the Trojans is a trip north for a weekend series against Oregon.
Jamaican track and field athlete Xavier Boland faces a possible 12-year prison term after he was charged with three counts of felony invasion of privacy. Authorities alleged he secretly recorded three people having sex without their knowledge or consent, a felony.According to reports, 24-year-old Boland, an honor-roll student at Lindenwood University, committed the felony on February 18 in St. Charles, Missouri, where he lives.Recordings found on phoneThe reports said court documents indicated that the recordings were found on the Lindenwood University senior’s phone after a woman alleged that he not only showed her a video and a photo of her having sex with Boland’s roommate but sexually assaulted her and threatened to post recordings he’d made of her on social media when she resisted.The court documents also say that Boland’s roommate was unaware that he was in the recordings, as was another woman who was also recorded having sex.In woman’s bedroomThe police report said a woman who brought the matter to light was asleep in the house where Boland lives and awoke to find him in the bedroom. She raised an alarm, got dressed and told the honor student to leave the bedroom.The woman claimed Boland told her he had seen her naked many times and played a video on his phone which showed her engaged in sexual encounters. Boland told her he had more recordings of her having sex in the bedroom.Threatens to publish videoThe woman then tried to leave the house, but Boland allegedly threatened to ruin her life by publishing the videos on a public forum. The police report further stated that Boland then took the woman to his bedroom where he then undressed her and began fondling her before she fought him off and fled. The victim then filed a report with authorities.Boland allowed police to search his phone and the videos by the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force. The victim identified herself on one of the videos. The male acquaintance, who also spoke with police, identified himself in two videos. A third victim, who had a similar account as the others, was also identified and contacted.Boland is said to have admitted to recording the victims without their approval. He also claimed the woman fabricated the sexual assault claim to get authorities to make him erase the videos.Boland was arrested and charged with three counts of invasion of privacy, though no charges were filed in relation to the alleged sexual assault. He was also ordered to surrender his passport.If convicted, Boland faces up to four years in prison per count on the current charges.Was named Intercollegiate Athlete of the WeekJust last week Boland was named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s (MIAA) Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week. At the Missouri Collegiate Open he set an NCAA provisional mark of 5.20m, which is the second-best in NCAA Division II this season and the top mark in the MIAA.The university has not said whether he remains a student or on the track team, citing student privacy law, but said in a statement that the school “is committed to the safety of its students and the campus’.