Following the appointment of Sir Bryan Carsberg in June as the E-Homebuying Forum’s first President, Tom Parker, founder and former Managing Director of Quest, has joined the group as the new Chairman.
He takes over from outgoing Chairman Mark Riddick. Mark was Chairman of the E-Homebuying Forum since its establishment in 2008. The EHF was set up in 2008 to represent all elements of the home buying process in order to provide a unique and well informed perspective of the current state of the marketplace and to create solutions as to how the homebuying and selling process could best be improved. The forum’s long term objectives include greater commitment to improving information flows and transparency in the homebuying chain; greater efficiency in reducing transaction failure, reducing wasted costs and inefficiencies in the homebuying process; the reduction of uncertainty and stress for the consumer and the speeding up of the homebuying process.
Current executive members of the forum include Goldsmith Williams, MyHomeMove, MDA, Easy Convey, Landmark, Conveyancing Liability Solutions, TM Property Group, Law Firm Services, OneSearch Direct, SearchFlow, Richards Gray, Xit2 and Wessex Searches. They meet six times a year.
Sir Bryan Carsberg, President of the Forum says: “Tom’s wealth of experience coupled with his enthusiasm for the role of the Chairman is good news for not only EHF members but for all those in the industry. He will be continuing Mark Riddick’s brilliant work, supporting EHF members and working with industry and stakeholders to improve the home buying and selling process and we look forward to having him on board.”
Tom stated: “It is a great honour to join a group of forward thinking businesses as we work towards transforming the property transaction. This year has already proved to be a crucial year for the property marketplace and the next 6-12 months will be just as important. The recent change of Government requires industry to take a different approach in its approach to reforming the process, providing a clear need to act collaboratively to deliver market-led improvements. The EHF provides the perfect setting for this debate and part of my role will be to call on businesses of all sizes to join us and support the principles set out in our Blueprint. The opportunity for reform has never been greater and I am very excited about what we can achieve together.”