What is your name? Rhodri Pugh
What is your job title?
Rezi Account Manager
How many years have you been at Dezrez?
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?
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.
What 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 email@example.com
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
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
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!
Don’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?
We hope you like the new logo and we look forward to emailing you soon about some new features we have planned for DezrezOne!
The managing director of DezrezLegal, the in-house conveyancing solution integrated into the offering of market-leading estate agency software provider Dezrez, has been nominated for a business award.
Laura Liddell has been nominated in 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 will be revealed at a glamorous awards luncheon being held at the Marriott Hotel, Swansea, on Friday October 3.
The ‘Rising Star of the Year’ category is designed to recognise 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.
She has made a shortlist of three chosen from around 60 nominations. The shortlisted women 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 certainly ticks all the boxes of this category. 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 successfully worked her way up to Managing Director of DezrezLegal.
“It’s a great honour to have been nominated for this award and to have made the final three candidates. 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.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with my amazing colleagues pushing DezrezLegal from strength to strength.”
Reacting to the announcement, Justin Morris, Director of Dezrez said:
“We started off DezrezLegal as a way to help our customers, help their customers with smooth sales & purchases, keeping all parties happy. I’m delighted it’s grown into the business it has become.
“We have had consistent positive feedback from customers and the staff are regularly receiving gifts. It is without a doubt that DezrezLegal is the success it is because of the hard work & commitment of Laura Liddell and to that end, I am delighted she has been shortlisted for the Rising Star Award, she deserves it.”
The aim of The Women in Business awards is to highlight and reward the achievements of women in business in the region. All winners will be profiled in future issues of Swansea Bay Business Life and the Evening Post.
DezrezLegal 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.
Dezrez Branding Team
We are happy to announce the release of 3 new Site in a box products!
Our branding team have been hard at work to bring you 3 new eye catching designs.
Each of the designs boasts responsive functionality, which allows mobile and tablet users to maximize their browsing experience as the design adapts to these devices.
With clever uses of subtle animation and quick loading the user experience on each of the sites is certainly a smooth one.
The latest web / coding standards are met by all 3 of the designs, meaning not only will your site function and perform well, but it will also be reliable
All 3 new designs have an attractive home page and interactive sliders for property searching, these websites are an all-in-one solution for estate agents of all sizes.
Just click on the designs below to find out more or contact us on 0845 465 2222.
Site in a Box – DZ5
Site in a Box DZ6
Site in a Box DZ7
DezrezLegal Trailblaze Apprenticeships
Swansea-based DezrezLegal are thrilled that the Government has today announced their support for two new apprenticeships in conveyancing.
Playing an active role in the Licensed Conveyancers Apprenticeship Consortium for the past 8 months, DezrezLegal actively encourages and supports the development of quality in-house Conveyancers.
Skills Minister Nick Boles also commented on the launch of the scheme:
“I’m delighted that the Licensed Conveyancers Apprenticeship Consortium has developed two new apprenticeship standards for a Licensed Conveyancer and for a Conveyancing Technician.
“Since 2010 there have been 1.8 million apprenticeship starts and the Licensed Conveyancers Apprenticeship Consortium are leading by example in the development and delivery of high quality apprenticeships that give people the chance of successful careers and help businesses get the skills they need to grow..”
As part of the commitment to innovation within the conveyancing sector, DezrezLegal have been actively involved with the Trailblazers scheme to develop new routes into the profession and ensure high quality training that is relevant to the sector today and for the future.
Laura Liddell, Managing Director of DezrezLegal said:
“We consider this announcement to be a big step forward in the provision of high standard training in our sector in order to meet the demands of what is a challenging and growing market.
“We were so excited to be part of such a forward thinking initiative as the Trailblazers scheme and are very much looking forwarded to seeing the impact of the new apprenticeships, encouraging a wider variety of quality individuals into our sector both at Technician and Conveyancer level, ensuring the future of our profession is bright.”
The development of the Conveyancing Trailblazer Apprenticeships have been supported directly by Dezrezlegal’s Licensing body, The Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).
Chief Executive of the CLC, Sheila Kumar said:
“We are delighted that the excellent work of the consortium has been recognised by Government and that the two new apprenticeships in conveyancing will go ahead. With the recovery of the housing market it is important that there is a reliable pipeline of talent entering the profession with rigorous qualifications based on great education and training to the highest standards. The creation of the new qualification of Conveyancing Technician is a response to demand from employers and those developing legal careers.
“These apprenticeships are an innovative route into rewarding legal careers without the burdens of student debt, and they are not just for school-leavers – those looking to formalize their current legal careers or looking for a career change can all benefits from an apprenticeship approach. There is even government funding available for employers with apprentices on this scheme.
“Throughout its history, the CLC has been at the forefront of creating different ways of providing opportunities for meaningful careers in this important sector, and we are very excited about the development of these apprenticeships and the new role of Conveyancing Technician.
“Following the success of the conveyancing apprenticeship development so far we are working with another group of employers as well as the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners to explore the possibility of developing an apprenticeship in probate as part of the next wave of the scheme.”
To find out more about the Government initiative, please visit The Council for Licensed Conveyancers website
DezrezLegal was established in 2009 to provide fast, efficient, quality conveyancing services to the customers of Dezrez. Located in the same offices as Dezrez they are committed to innovation within their field and have grown at an impressive rate since their inception. Focussing on building great relationships with estate agents and clients DezrezLegal make the process of moving home as straight forward as possible.
For further information about DezrezLegal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi! I’m Ian Hawkins, Telesales Consultant for Dezrez Marketplace. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you our Facebook Property App and give you an overview of how it would benefit your business.
The Dezrez property search app for Facebook is an essential tool that every estate agent should have in their marketing arsenal. It is a must have for any agent that wants to have a presence in the social spaces and would like users to be able to view their properties and arrange contact. Any estate agent with a “Page” on Facebook can take full advantage of this great marketing app.
With a quick install from our experienced Branding & Advertising Team, your page will be turned into a quick and accessible property hub.
Visitors are then able to search for properties in the same way they can on your website or on Rightmove without actually leaving the comfort of their Facebook environment.
With comprehensive search options, detailed property pages and the ability to like and share properties with their friends on Facebook; and given that a majority of the UK population are now on Facebook, it means that this application is a vital addition to an estate agents marketing sector.
Visit our Marketplace today for more information.
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The team behind our new cloud-based estate agency software have been working hard for the last 12 months creating Rezi. Often forgotten in the deepest, darkest dwellings of the development department, the team have built Rezi from the ground up. From big wild ideas to the tiny touches that makes Rezi easy to use; from designers’ sketches on a napkin during an “eureka!” moment to the developers writing the HTML5 web application code that brings it all to life – all the while testing with real estate agents & continuing to improve the software.
We thought you’d like to know a bit more about the Rezi Team and what’s been happening during the development of Rezi. Enjoy!