Ending Support For Windows XP & Office 2003

October 1st, 2013 No comments

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After April 8th 2014 support for customers using dezrez on Windows XP and Office 2003 will end.

Why are we ending support for Windows XP & Office 2003?

This is a good question, Windows XP has been a very good and reliable operating system but Microsoft have decided to end its support for Windows XP and Office 2003. This means that there will no longer be any software updates from Microsoft windows updates, these include hot fixes and security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software.

As we continue to develop our product to keep up with the latest technologies we cannot guarantee our new products & features we develop will work with XP or Office 2003. Technology moves so fast these days that without the support from Microsoft with updates we will not be able to move the dezrez software forward for customers running on XP and Office 2003. Windows has seen many advancements in the past 11 years, older PC’s will not be able to cope with today’s technological demands in software.

Can I still use Dezrez with Windows XP & Office 2003 after April 8th 2014?

Yes you can, but dezrez will not be able to:

  • Provide support for any problems / issues you may experience
  • Release any bug fixes, updates or new functionality to you

What are the risks if you continue to use Windows XP & Office 2003?

Those who continue to use the operating system could find themselves at a greater risk. Microsoft routinely patches its systems with Windows Updates as vulnerabilities are discovered and, while many love Windows XP it’s fair to say it’s had its problems. A major bug bear has been the fact it’s been ripe with vulnerabilities in past years. In fact, XP is arguably one of the most targeted Operating Systems connected to the Internet, which will make it an enormous liability after the April 8th 2014 deadline.

What do we recommend?

If you are currently using Windows XP then we highly recommend you upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. If you are currently using office 2003 then we highly recommend you upgrade to office 2010 and above.

For those of you that really can’t bear to be separated from your XP machine you have a choice. Continue to use the operating system in the hope that it will stay safe from malicious software. Or upgrade your operating system to Windows 7 / 8 or as a last resort disconnect the machine and get a new one with a supported operating system.

We have provided you with a link below if you would like further information from Microsoft on their decision to discontinue the support for XP and Office 2003.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/endofsupport.aspx

In a Nutshell

Following Microsoft’s decision to end support for Windows XP and Office 2003, on 8th April 2014 dezrez will no longer install, support or release any new functionality or updates to any user using Windows XP or Office 2003.

If you have any questions or queries regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team or leave us a comment below.

Dezrez Website of the Month | April | Addisons Surveyors

April 8th, 2014 No comments

 

sitedezrez Website of the month for April is Addisons Surveyors

The latest web trend is producing responsive and clean looking websites that make it easy for the user to navigate on any size device without restricting access.

The Addisons Surveyors website boasts modern design with clean layouts and colour choices. The navigation is easy and pleasing whilst also still being functional and speedy. The home page has large high quality images displaying information about their services as well as offering options for a quick search Sales and Lettings Properties. Having all of those features be the first thing the visitor would see instantly creates a feeling of appeal and thoughts that the agency is informative and productive.

When proceeding into one of the search options page of results, the site continues to maintain the sleek Addisons colour scheme mixed with a modern and minimal layout. When the very same page is viewed on a mobile device, the page adapts the content to fit the device whilst still keeping the content easy to access and easy to navigate. When navigating into the full details of a property, you are instantly shown a high quality landscape image of the front of the property, a Google map displaying the properties location and various links to download the properties floor plan and PDF Brochure. The colour scheme has been applied to carefully selected aspects of the site to highlight important areas and distinguish different parts of information for easy reading.

Addisons are promoting their Social Media accounts via quick link buttons on every single page.  Quick link buttons allow visitors to the website to connect to a social network quickly with minimum fuss.

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Dezrez Top 10 Estate Agents For April

April 7th, 2014 No comments

Dezrez Top 10 Estate Agents For April

All of these estate agents have achieved this status by consistently using 90% or more of the entire dezrez system during March 2014. We can monitor your usage of dezrez 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.

Dezrez System Updates | 01.04.14

April 1st, 2014 No comments

Important dezrez system updates.  PDF generator, saving to a network drive, PDF file names, diary and custom diary entries.

New Property Edit Page

We have redesigned the Property Edit Page with a fresh new look and feel, including a new picture uploader. Read our Property Edit Quick Start Guide to see the new look and features or for a more in depth look view our Property edit page guide.

New Status Page

Our redesigned Status Page makes it easy to move your properties through the take-on and marketing process. Click here for our Status Page Quick Start Guide to the new-look Status Page. 

PDF generator

We have updated the PDF generator so that the default filename is now made up of the “<Template Name> – <Property ID>” instead of “<Full Property Address> – <Template Name>” or if you’d prefer you can still assign your own name to the PDF.

Saving to a network drive

This functionality now works correctly

PDF file names

PDF file names limit has been increased to 100 characters Diary We can enable back dating of appointments within the diary. Please contact your account manager to find out more.

Diary

We can enable back dating of appointments within the diary. Please contact your account manager to find out more.

Custom Diary Entries

You can now add custom diary entries in the system. This could be separating your leaflet drops or car diary into a different colour.

 

Is It Time To Change Stamp Duty Thresholds?

March 18th, 2014 Comments off

I’m Laura Burkinshaw, the Legal Director of Dezrezlegal.  Over the last few years I have written various blog posts, some personal about my wedding and others topical to the market.

Dezrezlegal started in April 2009, since then we have gone from strength to strength.  Some of you will know and love us, some of you have yet to get to know us and we welcome speaking to you in the future.

At dezrezlegal we monitor the local and national press for news and topics of interest. 

Stamp duty thresholds is something that Laura Liddell (MD) and I have discussed many times before and I’m sure that it’s something that you discuss with your sellers and new buyers. 

Is It Time To Change Stamp Duty Thresholds?

It is becoming more and more obvious that the ability to sell a property under the £250,000 HMRC bracket is far easier than that over this bracket.  Is it time that Revenue and Customs thinks about amending this bracket to take into consideration the increase in house prices in even the most basic of areas?

Figures released by the London Central Portfolio (LCP) have shown that 930% more transactions go through below the 3% threshold than above it, in fact an incredible 930% more transactions go through between the price of £240,000 to £250,000 than £250,000 – £260,000.

Some 9,721 homeowners a year are unable to sell because of the threshold and an additional 13,866 are forced to sell at a discounted price to put their property under the 3% threshold.

The research has shown that currently 73% of the homeowners still sit in the precarious price band between the 1% and 3% barriers, leaving only 27% either under 1% or over 3%.

Pressure is growing for Chancellor George Osborne to look at this threshold and increase it/abolish it.  The 3% threshold has not increased since 2000 where in 3 years from 1997 it changed from 0% to 2% then to 2.5% then 3% – surely it’s time to start going back the other way.

PCL also stated that growth in England and Wales was at 1.3% in the second quarter bringing the average home to £242,415 – could this be being held back by the threshold?

As a company based in Wales we have noted that the Welsh Assembly administration are being given more financial powers from Central Government and are looking to devolve so they are able to vary Stamp Duty (we await a referendum to see if this is approved by the Welsh Government) but it could mean that there will be an abolishment of this stamp duty threshold all together.  If Wales does make this bold move it might embarrass central government to also do so.

Although yes I agree it will of course be a cost to the exchequer, but surely if even half of the 9,721 homeowners who are unable to sell manage to sell their properties then that would more than make up the difference to the coffers.

The Government have already issued various schemes mainly through the help to buy assisting first and subsequent buyers move through the chains but there is still that stilt at the £250,000 barrier because people simply cannot afford to pay 3% stamp duty.

I think that this is something that is going to be forefront in many people’s minds at the moment.  What are your thoughts on the subject?

Dezrez Top 10 Estate Agents For February

February 28th, 2014 No comments

Dezrez Top 10 Estate Agents For February

All of these estate agents have achieved this status by consistently using 90% or more of the entire dezrez system during February 2014. We can monitor your usage of dezrez 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.

Dezrez Website Of The Month For February | Thomas H Wood

February 25th, 2014 No comments

 

 

Our site of the month for February goes to Thomas H Wood, based in Whitchurch, Cardiff.

dezrez are proud to announce the release of our WordPress based products and services. With our standalone plugin or bespoke integration solution we now have something for every WordPress user.

Why WordPress?

Whether a private individual or a business owner, people turn to WordPress for its ease of use. WordPress allows you to set up a website without any prior web development / programming knowledge. We believe this simplicity should be available for dezrez integration.

The Thomas H Wood website was developed using our plugin and a choice of customized theme. The advantage of using WordPress is that any theme available on the market can be customized to integrate dezrez. Uprise (Clients Marketing company) has done a fantastic job utilizing all of the features that our wordpress integration offers.

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Front Page

The home page utilizes a combination of the theme’s native homepage layout with a slider for advertising images which currently shows some attractive eye catching graphics; but also takes advantage of the featured properties widget that has been included in the dezrez plugin suite, they have customized this widget to match the appearence of their theme.

Search Results

The search results page has been fully customized to suit the appearence of the theme with custom pagination styles which are attractive and well laid out. They have also made great use of the WordPress sidebar which they have put a twitter feed and testimonial widgets into.

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Property Details

The property details page is minimalistic and includes a tabbing system for switching between various content, a custom javascript has been developed to display not only a google map on the page but also a street view of the area. The co-ordinate data for this feeds directly from dezrez and can be pulled through using our plugin.

The page also takes advantage of a gallery feature which our plugin is compatible with. Our plugin is also lightbox compatible and an attached script is bundled to allow this to function.

And lastly the site utilizes the login area feature in the form of attractvie stylish buttons enticing the end user to Arrange a Viewing, Valuation or Reigster for Property Alerts.

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The Thomas H Wood website is a great example of what the Dezrez WordPress Plugin can really do!

dezrez Live Chat On Your Desktop

February 12th, 2014 No comments

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As we release our latest upgrade across our entire customer base, you may have noticed you have a new icon on your desktop.

This icon will allow you to contact the dezrez support team via Live Chat.

Live Chat allows you to speak directly to a Support Technician without the need to call or email. The Support Technician can connect to your PC with a simple click of a button allowing us to resolve your query even quicker.

Alan – Nice and quick and no options on the phone to wait for!!!!!!!!!!!!

What are the benefits of Live Chat?

Live Chat technicians can handle multiple chats at the same time while phone technicians are always limited to one call at any given time. It is also quicker, no need to write up an email and await a reply, write your query directly to a Support Technician and get the answer in real time.

Auction Department – Online chat is the way forward for those who have a busy working day.

Andy – Great. The online chat is a great added extra. Makes things quick and easy to sort out. Cheers

Take a look at the video below to see it in action.

If you have any questions about the new Dezrez Tools please contact your account manager or our support team on 0845 465 22 22.

Dezrez System Updates | 12.04.14

February 12th, 2014 No comments

Important dezrez system updates.  PDF generator, saving to a network drive, PDF file names, diary and custom diary entries.

 

 

PDF generator

We have updated the PDF generator so that the default filename is now made up of the “<Template Name><Property ID>” instead of “<Full Property Address><Template Name>” or if you’d prefer you can still assign your own name to the PDF.

Saving to a network drive

This functionality now works correctly

PDF file names

PDf file names limit has been increased to 100 characters

Diary

We can enable back dating of appointments within the diary. Please contact your account manager to find out more.

Custom diary entries

You can now add custom diary entries in the system. This could be separating your leaflet drops or car diary into a different colour.

If you have any questions about the new Dezrez Tools please contact your account manager or our support team on 0845 465 22 22.

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Dezrez Tools 2 Upgrade – The Ultimate Search Companion

February 12th, 2014 No comments

Tools 2 Upgrade – The Ultimate Search Companion

 

Over the last 6 months we have been working hard on making massive improvements to our search companion Dezrez_Tools_quickstart.pdf. We have listened to your feedback and the number one issue you had with Dezrez Tools was not being able to backspace when searching in tools.

We made it our priority to get this fixed in the new version.

 

How do I get the Dezrez Tools 2 Update?

Dezrez Tools has moved from its old home to a new location in Internet Explorer. You will be able to find it under Tools > Dezrez Tools

What changes have you made?

  • You can use backspace while searching
  • Can be open without the need for Internet Explorer to be open
  • Can be moved around to a position of your choosing.
  • New clean interface
  • Support tools built into the new tools
  • Can be pinned to the left side, saving desktop space

I love the old dezrez tools – Can I still use it?

I have programmed my brain to always press SHIFT with the delete key and cannot function any other way. Will I be able to use the old Dezrez Tools?

Yes, you can use the older version of Dezrez Tools alongside the new one, if you prefer.

 

If you have any questions about the new Dezrez Tools please contact your account manager or our support team on 0845 465 22 22.

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Dezrez Property Management Pub Quiz

February 6th, 2014 No comments

Dezrez Property Management Pub Quiz

Grab yourself a drink and join in.  Fancy yourself as a Property Management professional?

 

Dezrez Property Management Pub Quiz

 

1. Which of these companies is not an approved authority for registering deposits?

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2. Section 8 of the housing act 1988 has several grounds for eviction – what does Ground 14 relate to?

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3. Who will gas engineers need to be registered with?

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4. What is the maximum length of time an assured shorthold tenancy can be agreed for?

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5. At what amount of rent will a tenant need to pay stamp duty?

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6. What is the rate of tax for a non-resident landlord under HMRC rules

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7. What regulations must the landlord of an unfurnished property with a gas supply comply with?

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8. The Tenancy is coming to the end of its original fixed term and the landlord wants the tenant to vacate, what is the best way to get the tenant out?

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9. The rent for a statutory periodic tenancy was increased 6 months ago; the landlord wants to increase the rent immediately by 10%, can they?

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10. You are setting up an agreement with the following tenancy details: 12 months tenancy with a 6 month Break Clause on an unfurnished leasehold property for £2310pw, what stops this tenancy being co

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