New trade body for independents reveals first official supplier and member agent

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » New trade body for independents reveals first official supplier and member agent previous nextAssociations & BodiesNew trade body for independents reveals first official supplier and member agentThe Federation of Independent Agents says 30 companies will be approved to supply servcies to its invite-only members.Nigel Lewis9th April 201901,647 Views The industry’s latest attempt at a members-only organisation for independent estate agents has revealed its first approved supplier, Yomdel, and revealed its first member, estate agency Maurice Kilbride based in Cheadle, Cheshire.Due to launch officially on April 25th, the invite-only Federation of Independent Agents (FIA) is to be an exclusive club with only one member per town or area and an approved list of 30 industry suppliers which will be offered as white-label products via its website.Each category of service will feature one approved company and Yomdel is to be the FIA’s official managed 24/7 live chat supplier. Member agents will be offered discounts if they sign up to the service via their membership.“In these tough and politically uncertain times, Yomdel understands that businesses need to go above and beyond if they are to stand out from the crowd and successfully find ways to grow their market share,” says Yomdel CEO and founder Andy Soloman (left).The FIA is the brainchild of Graham Lock (pictured, top), the former MD of The Property Franchise Group and founder of online agency HouseNetwork.Lock has also revealed that the FIA will only admit independent estate agents, giving both corporates and online agencies the cold shoulder.Federation of Independent AgentsOther features of the FIA will include ongoing mystery shopping to ensure that members stick to its standards, a service that will be provided by Yomdel.Graham Lock says the FIA is a “fresh take on estate agency membership organisations for a sector that has seen its landscape change significantly in recent years”.Lock also says he’s bringing together an organisation of like-minded independent agents to enjoy a “commercial advantage in competing on costs” but also “to genuinely ensure that our agent members are the best there is as flag carriers for customer service and integrity. Our industry is getting tougher and only the better agents will prosper now”.Agents can register their interest to join the FIA here.HouseNetwork Graham Lock The Property Franchise Group Federation of Independent Agents FIA April 9, 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

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Services set for former lieutenant governor Zimmerman

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Memorial services have been scheduled for Jo Ann Zimmerman, Iowa’s first female lieutenant governor.Zimmerman died Tuesday night at a Des Moines hospice, surrounded by her family. She was 82.Her daughter Beth Boland says a visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 25 and a memorial service will be held starting at 11 a.m. Nov. 26. Both will be held at First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave. in Des Moines.Zimmerman was elected lieutenant governor as a Democrat in 1986 and served alongside the Republican governor, Terry Branstad. She was defeated by Republican Joy Corning in 1990. Before the 1990 state election, the governor and the lieutenant governor ran separately.last_img

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