YOU’RE HIRED: Dezrez hires ex-Apprentice Runner-Up as new Sales Director

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

kristina grimes 512x516Market-leading estate agency software and services provider Dezrez has hired a former star of hit TV show The Apprentice as its new Sales Director. 

Kristina Grimes, who was the runner-up on the third series of the BBC hit business based show in 2007, will join Dezrez as Sales Director bringing with her a wealth of experience across many different sectors. Prior to this role, she was Sales Director of Spicerhaart Corporate Sales.

Justin Morris, CEO of Dezrez, said:

“We are thrilled to welcome Kristina to Dezrez. The experience and knowledge that she brings the company is invaluable and we are delighted that someone of her talent has joined us.”

Kristina’s role as Sales Director will include implementing national sales plans, supervising regional sales managers and a considerable responsibility for the performance of the company’s sales and its profile in the marketplace.”

Kristina said:

“I am excited to start a new challenge within Dezrez and I look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive product and service suite, particularly with the new launch of Rezi. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality service.”

Estate agency software expert Dezrez provides and supports powerful, user-friendly IT solutions for estate agency sales, lettings and property management in the UK and Europe, and is planning to expand into the overseas market.

Press Release: DezrezLegal MD wins business accolade

October 13th, 2014 No comments
Laura wins Rising Star of the Year 2014

Laura wins Rising Star of the Year 2014

The managing director of DezrezLegal, the in-house conveyancing solution integrated into the offering of market-leading estate agency software provider Dezrez, has won a prestigious business award. 

Laura Liddell won the ‘Rising Star of the Year’ category of the Swansea Bay Women in Business Awards 2014, run by the Evening Post newspaper and Swansea Bay Business Life magazine.

The winner was revealed at a glamorous awards luncheon held at the Marriott Hotel, Swansea, on Friday October 3.

The ‘Rising Star of the Year’ category recognises the achievements of women who have been promoted or fast tracked within a company and who are responsible for exceptional growth and success in that environment.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges including last year’s winner Hayley Davies, chief executive of JCP Solicitors.

As one of the architects and driving forces behind DezrezLegal, Laura started working for Dezrez as a referral assistant, managing a small group of estate agents to use the conveyancing service and generating estimates for the clients that were sent through. She has since worked her way up to Managing Director of DezrezLegal.

Laura said:

“I was stunned and delighted to have won such a prestigious award locally. Working at Dezrez has certainly never been boring and I’ve been very lucky to be part of such a forward thinking, thriving business that has given me the opportunity to develop my career quickly alongside people that I value.

“It is fantastic for both myself and the company to start receiving recognition in the local business community. It was a fantastic event featuring many talented female business leaders. I was delighted to have been shortlisted; and now, to have won against such stiff competition, I am over the moon!”

Justin Morris, Director of Dezrez, said:

“I am delighted for Laura. There is no doubt that DezrezLegal is the success it is because of the hard work and commitment of Laura. She has worked extremely hard to build what is an outstanding business with Dezrez and deserves every credit for her achievements.”

All Dezrez Logos - FINAL_DezrezLegalDezrezLegal is a subsidiary of Dezrez the estate agency sales, lettings and property management software company. It endeavours to pave the way for innovation in the property industry by continuing to develop new and exciting tools for estate agents.

Ian Says… Speed Up the Conveyancing Process with DezrezLegal

October 6th, 2014 No comments
IanHi!  I’m Ian Hawkins, Telesales Consultant for Dezrez Marketplace.  It’s my pleasure to introduce to you DezrezLegal and give you an overview of how they can benefit your business and why they are the preferred conveyancing solution for our agents.

Every agent knows communication is key for a swift conveyancing transaction, usually this means endless calls chasing for updates and wasted time.

DezrezLegal takes the chasing out of the conveyancing process! Every step of the way as your  team of specialist conveyancers update a client’s file, this data is automatically passed through to you in the form of alerts on DezrezOne, freeing you up to get on with other things.

They offer a swift, professional and friendly service designed specifically to keep you and your clients happy and well informed. Getting a quote for your client is as simple as ticking a box and your designated experienced and friendly referral manager will contact your client at a time you specify.

DezrezLegal OfficeCurrently, DezrezLegal convert over 60% of clients quoted, and every time one of those files completes you’ll receive at least £100 commission.

 

Quotes are competitive and include all costs on a no move no legal fee basis, so no nasty shocks at completion.

DezrezLegal focus on building relationships, every agent who uses the service are appointed one specific fee earner with two assistants and direct contact details. This means no wasted time being passed around an office or sitting on hold.  You can even keep chains simple by sending both vendors and purchasers to DezrezLegal!

If you want to simplify and speed up the conveyancing process for both you and your clients, or would like to find out more please contact me on 01792 610 219 or email at ian.hawkins@dezrez.comAll Dezrez Logos - FINAL_DezrezLegal

Press Release: Rezi, Steady, GO!

September 16th, 2014 No comments

Market-leading estate agency software provider Dezrez launches new cloud-based product aimed at UK and international market; Rezi uses the latest technology to deliver an exceptional user experience and an innovative marketplace function for buying/selling industry services.

All Dezrez Logos - FINAL_ReziEstate agency software and services expert Dezrez has launched a new cloud-based flagship product designed to modernise the user experience and act as a catalyst for the company’s expansion into international markets.

Rezi has been developed to meet the need for a fully integrated marketing and property management solution that is fast, flexible, future-proof and user-friendly. Rezi speeds up workflows by bringing property, people and events together in real time into one easy-to-use system, with an attractive customisable user interface use.

Available in three versions: Rezi Pro, Rezi Premium and Rezi Enterprise – the core product features remains the same but the level of integration built into the implementation depends on the size and complexity of the end user.

Justin Morris, CEO of Dezrez, said:

“Estate agency sales, lettings and property management are becoming ever more competitive and Rezi has been designed to integrate data in a way that makes it easier for them to manage their portfolio more effectively – giving them an enormous competitive advantage.

“Rezi does everything you’d expect it to and a lot more. We’ve incorporated and enhanced all the best features and functionality from our existing software and used robust testing and modern design elements to create a highly flexible and future-proof platform that gives users everything they need to look good and work smarter and faster.

“Rezi seamlessly integrates with your business and automatically uploads to property portals and social media. And it also has flexibility and customisable workflows & fields and a highly advanced & intuitive property matching functionality called ‘fuzzy matching’, which matches people and properties in a more responsive way.

“Of course, as Rezi is new and purpose-built, it offers the latest technology and is fast, powerful, portable and customisable.  It has an open API meaning Rezi can not only integrate with your other software (even bespoke!), but you could essentially redesign Rezi specifically for your business.

“And underpinning all the cutting-edge features and functions is the best thing about Rezi – which is that it comes from Dezrez, where we offer software as a service: we want to make sure our customers have the best possible experience – not only do they get continual upgrades and improvements, crucially they benefit from our industry knowledge, experience and dedicated account management & branding teams.”

rezi design processDesigned to meet industry best practice, Rezi is easily configurable to meet specific needs and the multi-platform design means it is easy to use remotely on phone/tablet. Rezi is internet-based and is compatible with any browser & operating system.

An open structure with high adaptability & flexibility allows Rezi to offer an innovative marketplace function which operates in a similar way to Apple’s app store, enabling access and integration with approved industry suppliers at the best prices – from digital printers and floor plan specialists, to sign makers, conveyancers and finance specialists and more.

For the smaller estate agency this function offers accessibility to approved suppliers at great rates, for larger organisations it represents an e-commerce opportunity to sell in-house expertise to a targeted audience.

As well as being a strong and flexible foundation, Rezi has been through a robust user testing process. Freya Davies, product manager for Rezi, said:019d4a100ef8df2341622dd175d346edacbffe1c8b_00001

“Extensive UAT (user acceptance testing) and UET (user experience testing) with 65 agents including directors, branch managers, negotiators and part-time weekend staff has resulted in a super simple and uncluttered product that can be optimised for exactly what each user needs, with stored preferences and levels/scopes of access.

“Many design elements have been inspired by intuitive design of modern operating systems on devices like the iPhone & Samsung Galaxy, to create a sense of familiarity that makes people feel confident and enthusiastic about using the product and encourages them to use it to its full potential.”

For more information, visit www.dezrez.com/rezi

Everything is really live with Rightmove

September 15th, 2014 No comments

It’s here!  The new realtime feed directly from Dezrez to Rightmove. 

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Estate Agents no longer have to wait 24 hours for feed updates to process or have a five o’clock deadline to make all your property changes – not if you’re on the Rightmove live feed!

Dezrez agents: be prepared to move onto the realtime service, meaning as soon as you click save in DezrezOne, your properties will be uploaded in realtime.  Changes to existing properties will also happen in realtime, so there’s no need to worry about that spelling mistake you made rushing to complete the entry so you could speak to a client!

From the time you click save and say ‘Job Done’ your property will be instantly uploaded or changed on the Rightmove site – less time than it takes to make a cuppa!

If you want this free upgrade, get in touch by calling 0845 465 2222 or email portals@dezrez.com.

Employee Spotlight: Meet Rhodri Pugh

September 15th, 2014 No comments

Image 1What is your name?  Rhodri Pugh

What is your job title?
Rezi Account Manager

How many years have you been at Dezrez?
5 years

Tell me a short background about yourself:
Originally from a little village called Pontardawe in the Valleys. Played rugby and football most of my life for various different teams and Schools. Really enjoyed my time in sports and I have to admit I do miss it on cold Saturdays. Left to go University in Pontypridd then Cardiff to do Creative Technology and Production. Joined Dezrez in Sept 2009 as a support member under Matt Davies’s wing. Progressed up the ladder to Trainer and then Account Manager where I get best of both worlds.

What has been your funniest moment in Dezrez?
I conducted a sold out delegate day in Birmingham in front of 16 people with my shirt sticking out of my fly. No one pointed this fact out to me until lunch time!

What is your favourite Film?
A night at the opera

What is your favourite book?
The man with the golden gun – Ian Flemming

If you were a super hero who would you want to be?
Spiderman – Due to his ability to climb walls. I think it would be an amazing party trick!

What music is on your car/iPod/Spotify at the moment?
Rolling Stones, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath

What is your favourite food?
Thai!

What is your most embarrassing moment?
Going to a house party and picking up what I thought was my phone and incorrectly typing in the code 3 times and locking the phone down. I then realised in my drunken state that it wasn’t my phone and placed the phone back quietly without anyone knowing. The phone belonged to a girlfriend of one of my mates who was expecting an urgent call. Needless to say she never received that call that night!

What is your greatest achievement?
Completing a full check point course on a mock SAS route in the Brecon Beacons with full gear.

012c1caf29d47f46e48f1dd1591361cd1872188895What Dezrez product/service would you recommend and why?
Rezi of course! It’s a very exciting time at dezrez HQ at the moment as we are ready to release our new cloud based software. It’s a very fast multiplatform software that has full functionality on ipad’s and Macs.

What do you want to tell people about?
We are currently in the second UAT (user acceptance testing) testing phase of Rezi with some agents. This means that we are going through the software with a fine toothcomb with them, checking if all the process work in a fast and in an effective manner. The software is progressing very quickly, with our development team working flat out working on new and exciting features that I’m sure you’ll enjoy using. We already have September and October fully booked with candidates and are now looking for agents in November and December to fill our slots. If you are interested please let me know on rod@dezrez.com

Dezrez does the Ice Bucket Challenge

September 15th, 2014 No comments

Some of the Dezrez staff were nominated to do the Ice Bucket Challenge, so we created a nice little montage for you to enjoy.

To read about how all the donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over £6m and positively affected the Motor Neurone Disease Association in the UK, please visit their website.

Dezrez Top 10 Estate Agents For August

September 15th, 2014 No comments

Dezrez Top 10 Estate Agents For August

All of these estate agents have achieved this status by consistently using 90% or more of the entire DezrezOne system during August 2014. We can monitor your usage of DezrezOne from our specially designed software, making it possible for us to tailor training specifically for your estate agency. We can also offer you advice on how to improve efficiency in your estate agency, so contact us today if you’d like to find out more!

Dezrez Website of the Month for September is BrandVaughan.co.uk

September 15th, 2014 No comments

Brand VaughnDezrez website of the month for September is BrandVaughan.co.uk

Along with their web developers Pixeldot and Rethink Marketing, Brand Vaughan have created an attractive website that immediately captures the eye with a clean, simple look.

It is a responsive website which, due to its use of crisp colours, doesn’t lose any of its style when viewed on other devices.

It successfully instigates the use of a simple grid design system to create a logical layout and highlight the important aspects of the page. The grid system attracts the user’s eye to the various ‘calls to action’ with creating a cluttered feel.

The quick search system on the home page uses sliders which is fast becoming the norm for its ease of use. It also allows the user to view the results as a list or map which is a useful feature for customers who are keen to know what public amenities are nearby. The search results page is in tune with the clean feel of the website as is the main description page. The important characteristics of the property are prominently positioned on the main description page and it has a sub menu to avoid cluttering.

In addition, the website’s “Buying” section has a very useful page guide on the various areas in Brighton covered by the company. It’s another example of the company’s experience in this local market and it’s clear to see why they won an award for their services in 2013. In all it is clear this agency has a clear picture of their customer’s needs and has incorporated these into the design of their website.

If you’re interested in sprucing up your website, feel free to contact the Branding Team on 0845 465 2222 or  see our latest website designs here!

 

Dezrez is Changing…

September 14th, 2014 No comments

All Dezrez Logos - FINAL_DezrezDon’t worry, we’re not talking about us, we’re talking about the software!

You see, it sometimes gets confusing when someone refers to Dezrez – is it the company or the software?  That’s why we’ve decided to make things simpler and rename the Dezrez software as DezrezOne (also known as DR1 internally!).

Why change the name at all?

We want to ensure there is differentiation between Dezrez (the company) and Dezrez (the software).

Why not something totally different?

We don’t want to confuse people into thinking it’s a new software product – it’s not.  DezrezOne is still the same software; it’s just getting a small makeover with a new name.

How will the change affect your customers?

It won’t! You will start to see a change in some communications over the next month or so and anywhere you usually see the Dezrez logo (when referring to the software), but that’s it.  The Dezrez logo isn’t changing for the company, so letterheads etc. will remain the same.

How will the change affect your company?

We will have to start looking at ensuring all marketing content has the new logo when referring to DezrezOne and update where appropriate.  This could take some time, but feel free to email us if you spot an old logo when referring to DezrezOne .

So what does the new logo look like?

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We hope you like the new logo and we look forward to emailing you soon about some new features we have planned for DezrezOne!