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 Blog entered Sunday 15th April 2012.

Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 14/04/12 to 18/04/12, Website.

There were 29 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 14/04/2012 and 18/04/2012.

Of these 29 properties 13 had "No Photo Available".
                                            6 had "Artist's impression" photographs.
                                          10 had "Front View".

The biggest culprit for not showing a photograph was Devon & Cornwall Housing Association with 11 Properties. One "Artist's impression" photograph by Devon & Cornwall HA, Ref : 7351, showed the front door and close-up of the property.

Coastline Housing, and Ocean Housing, each showed one property with "No Photo Available".

These statistics show that only 10, less than half, of the 29 advertised properties showed the actual property being offered for consideration. Of these some often showed multiple dwellings of which the one being offered is only but one of them and is not indicated.

In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I find the above pathetically inadequate, misleading and lacking  transparency.

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Blog entered Wednesday 25th April 2012.


Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 21/04/12 to 25/04/12, Website.


There were 53 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 21/04/2012 and 25/04/2012.


Of these properties 11 had "No Photo Available".
                                       9 had "Artist's impression" photographs.
                                     32 had "Front View". 
                                       1 had "Actual property not shown".


Of the "Front View" and "Artist's impression", 8 were pre-dated stock photos the oldest being over 10 years old. (1 was dated 22/03/2011, 1 was dated 3/11/2003, 1 was dated 21/8/2002, 1 was dated 30/1/2002, 1 was dated 11/7/2003, 2 were duplicated and dated 11/7/2003 and 1 was dated 23/10/2003).
 

These statistics show that only 32 of the 53 advertised properties showed the actual property being offered for consideration. Of these some were old dated stock photographs.


Of the 9 "Artist's impression" photos some often showed multiple dwellings of which the one being offered is only but one and is not indicated. Of these some were old stock photographs.


Sanctuary Housing Association was responsible for the "Actual property not shown" photograph and might just as well have not used a picture at all.


In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I still find the above pathetically inadequate, misleading and lacking transparency.
 

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Blog entered Tuesday 1st May 2012.

Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 28/04/12 to 02/05/12, Website.

There were 33 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 28/04/2012 and 02/05/2012.

Of these properties 6 had "No Photo Available".
                                    4 had "Artist's impression" photographs.
                                  22 had "Front View". 
                                    1 had "Street view".

The term "Front View" is now becoming less transparent in now showing multiple properties or even a street of properties."Artist's impression", similarly more often shows multiple properties and the individual property on offer is not indicated. 2 photographs were pre-dated stock photos the oldest being over 10 years old.
According to my statistics only 10 of the 33 advertised properties showed the 'actual property' being offered.

Like last week Sanctuary Housing H/A introduced yet another new term in "Street view" presumably for a homeless applicant not seeking anything other than the great outdoors.

In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I still find the above pathetically inadequate in the way the terminology and images are actually becoming more misleading and even less transparent.
 

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Blog entered Wednesday 9th May 2012.


Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 05/05/12 to 09/05/12, Website.


There were 48 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 05/05/2012 and 09/05/2012.


Of these properties 11 had "No Photo Available".
                                    12 had "Artist's impression" photographs.
                                    23 had "Front View" photographs. 
                                      1 had "Actual flat not shown" photograph.
                                      1 had "Energy Performance Certificate" property photograph.


The term "Front View" is now becoming even less transparent to the previously entered blog in now showing even more multiple properties or even a street of properties."Artist's impression", similarly more often shows multiple properties and the individual property on offer is not indicated. 5 photographs were pre-dated stock photos the oldest being over 9 years old. I "Artist's impression'" showed an actual artist impression. 1 "Artist's impression" by Sanctuary Housing Association showed a street of houses for a 3 Bed House in Holsworthy, DEVON.

Like last week Sanctuary Housing Housing Association introduced yet another new term in "Actual flat not shown" which is perhaps the most honest remark of the week though still rather unhelpful to would be bidders. The most bizarre entry was "Energy Performance Certificate" for a 2 Bed Flat in Penzance by Penwith Housing Association.


According to my statistics less than a third of the advertised properties showed the 'actual property' being offered.


In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I still find the above pathetically inadequate in the way the terminology and images are actually becoming more misleading and even less transparent. In my view some of the terminology/images are bordering on contempt for the very people the housing associations are looking to attract. 

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Blog entered Friday 18th May 2012.

Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 12/05/12 to 16/05/12, Website.

There were 22 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 12/05/2012 and 16/05/2012.

Of these properties 0 had "No Photo Available".
                                    2 had "Artist's impression" photographs.
                                  20 had "Front View" photographs.

A marked improvement over previous weeks but a marked reduction in the number of properties available. The term "Front View" continues to show multiple properties but more often, I feel, attempted to show a single property. Both "Artist's impression" photographs were not particularly helpful with one showing a block of flats while the other showed an entire street of properties presumably all owned by Sanctuary Housing Association. Only 1 photograph was, presumably, a pre-dated stock photo as date had been scrambled.


In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I find the above is an improvement over previous weeks and was an attempt to become more transparent and less misleading and unhelpful. Time will tell.

 

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Blog entered Tuesday 22nd May 2012.

Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 19/05/12 to 23/05/12, Website.

There were 31 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 19/05/2012 and 23/05/2012.

Of these properties 5 had "No photo available".
                                    3 had "Artist's impression" photographs.
                                  23 had "Front view" photographs.

Biggest change this time was the unwelcome return of "No photo available", from 0 last time to 5 this time. Not very helpful to would be bidders. Most "Front view" properties continue to show more than one property but nearly as many showed no more than 2 properties. "Artist's impression" photographs continue to be low in number though this may have more to do with the amount of properties on offer. These still tend to show multiple properties.


In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I find the above continues to show an improvement. Unfortunately almost 1/6th of the properties on offer showed no photo at all to help would be bidders.

'Crap Picture Of The Week Award' goes to Ocean Housing Ref : 7708, for shooting into the sun.
 

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Blog entered Wednesday 30th May 2012.

Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 26/05/12 to 30/05/12, Website.

There were 47 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 26/05/2012 and 30/05/2012.

Of these properties 9 had "No photo available".
                                    8 had "Artist's impression" photographs.
                                  30 had "Front view" photographs.

An increase in available properties shows an unwelcome increase in "No photo available", from last time. Most "Front view" properties continue to show more than one property but nearly as many showed no more than 2 properties. "Artist's impression" photographs showed an unwelcome increase and these still tend to show multiple properties.

In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I still find the above shows little to no improvement with regard to "Artist's impression", and "No photo available". Of the latter almost 1/5th of the properties on offer did not show an image of the property at all to help would be bidders.
 

The 'Box Brownie' award goes to Cornwall Council - East, for using one photo dated 15/10/2001, another dated 30/1/2002, and another dated 22/5/2002 under the description "Artist's impression". Obviously from it's 'Nostalgic Yesteryear' collection.

A close second was Devon & Cornwall HA with a photo dated 01/01/2003. A far cry from it's more accurate property photo dated 16/05/2012, which is the photo of the week.

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 Blog entered Wednesday 6th June 2012.

Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 02/06/12 to 06/06/12, Website.

There were 22 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 02/06/2012 and 06/06/2012.

Of these properties 3 had "No photo available".
                                    2 had "Artist's impression" photographs.
                                  16 had "Front view" photographs. 
                                    1 had "Garden" photograph.

A decrease in available properties this time. Most "Front view" properties continue to show more than one property but nearly as many showed no more than 2 properties. "Artist's impression" photographs still tending to show multiple properties/flats.

In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute the above shows an improvement but most likely due to the small number of available properties on offer.

The 'Two green fingered' award goes to Devon & Cornwall Housing for it's "Garden" photograph, for those Homechoice applicants looking to live outdoors.

Photo of the week also goes to Devon & Cornwall Housing for it's photo dated 23/05/2012, for those Homechoice applicants looking to live indoors.

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 Blog entered Wednesday 13th June 2012.

Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 09/06/12 to 13/06/12, Website.

There were 35 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 09/06/2012 and 13/06/2012.

Of these properties   4 had "No photo available".
                                      1 had "Artist's impression" photograph.
                                    27 had "Front view" photographs.
                                       1had "Entrance" photograph.
                                       1had "Front Entrance" photograph.
                                       1had "Actual property not shown" photograph.

A welcome decrease in "Artist's impression" photographs this time. Some "Front view" properties continue to show more than two properties but a welcome increase in properties showing no more than 2 properties. "No photo available" still low compared to the number of properties available but I still feel there is no excuse in this day and age for not using a recent photograph.

In an age when a digital photograph/scanned photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I still find the above unhelpful in terms of not showing any photograph or showing only old stock photographs taken years ago. An Estate Agent could and would do better.

The 'Box Brownie' award again goes to Cornwall Council - East for continuing to use photographs from it's 'Nostalgic Yesteryear' Series, with Ocean Housing coming in a close second.

Sanctuary Housing Association made not such a grand entrance with it's oddball "Entrance" and "Front Entrance" descriptions for two properties using the same photograph, and for it's even odder "Actual property not shown" to a photograph taken in 2007. Presumably, five years on, the property is there now. Not very helpful.

The photograph streets ahead of all the others is Ref : 7878 from Ocean Housing showing mostly a street.

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Blog entered 19/06/2012.

Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 16/06/12 to 20/06/12, Website.

There were 40 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 16/06/12 and 20/06/12.

Of these properties 7 had "No photo available".
                                    6 had "Artist's impression" photographs.
                                  26 had "Front view" photographs. 
                                    1 had "Living room"

An increase in available properties shows a continuing increase in "No photo available", from last time. Most "Front view" properties continue to show more than one property but nearly as many continue to show no more than two properties. "Artist's impression" photographs showed an unwelcome leap and these still tend to show multiple properties.

In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I find the above disappointing with regard to "Artist's impression", and "No photo available". The latter being of no help whatsoever to would be bidders.

The 'Box Brownie' award goes yet again and again to Cornwall Council - East, for using one photo dated 10/10/2001, and another dated 29/10/2003, under the description "Artist's impression". Obviously from it's 'Francis Frith' collection.

The 'Back to basics' award goes to Cornwall Council - Central, for including a thumb, I do hope it was a thumb, in it's photograph of Chy Nampara, Ref : 7939.

The "Living room" award of the week goes to Devon & Cornwall HA, Ref : 7964, for thinking inside the box.

Promotional picture of the week goes to Cornwall Council - East, Ref : 7923, for offering us a thought provoking "Front view" of West Looe. Presumably a novel 'Pin the tail on the Donkey' idea that wherever the pin lands that is where the applicant will reside (mind the water unless you can swim). Or a welcome diversion perhaps that it is time to forget about a roof over one's head and a time to spend more time outdoors siteseeing, sailing, or maybe just selling postcards.
 

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Blog entered 27/06/2012.
Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 23/06/12 to 27/06/12, Website.


There were 35 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 23/06/12 and 27/06/12.


Of these properties      8 had "No photo available".
                                         6 had "Artist's impression" photographs.
                                       20 had "Front view" photographs. 
                                         1 had "Property type"


An unwelcome increase in "No photo available", from last time with almost a quarter of the available properties not having an image at all to help would be bidders. Most "Front view" properties show a welcome increase in photographs showing no more than two properties with less than half showing multiple properties. "Artist's impression" photographs still show uncertainty and multiple properties.


Biggest culprit for not showing any photograph was Devon & Cornwall HA, then Coastline Housing, and Sanctuary Housing and Ocean Housing in joint third position.


In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I find the above disappointing with regard to "No photo available" and "Artist's impression". The latter being an unhelpful term anyway.


There is no 'Box Brownie' award this week. Congratulations.


There is no 'Back to basics' award this week. Congratulations.


The "Property type" award of the week goes to West Country HA, for indecision.


The two "Green Fingered" award goes to Cornwall Council - East, Ref : 7976. Preference obviously going to any applicant who owns a lawn mower. Combine harvester ! even better.


The "Savaldor Dali Award" goes to Devon & Conwall H/A, Ref : 8009, for showing an entrance. How surreal is that. No melty clocks with these people.

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 Blog entered 04/07/2012.


Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 30/06/12 to 04/07/12, Website.

There were 30 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 30/06/12 and 04/07/12.

Of these properties 4 had "No photo available".
                                    8 had "Artist's impression" photographs.
                                  18 had "Front view" photographs.

A welcome reduction in "No photo available" from last week but still no help to would be bidders. Most "Front view" properties show a welcome increase in photographs showing no more than two properties with less than half showing multiple properties. "Artist's impression" photographs show an unwelcome increase over last week and this with less properties on offer.

Biggest culprit for not showing any photograph was Devon & Cornwall HA, again, and West Country HA and Guinness Hermitage in joint second position.

In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I still find the above disappointing with regard to "No photo available" and "Artist's impression". With regard to the former not bothering with a photo serves only to treat would be bidders with a certain contempt. Because Devon & Cornwall HA continue to be the biggest culprit I have introduced a Marie Antoinette Award.

The 'Marie Antoinette Award' goes to Devon & Cornwall HA, for making life's choices that much more difficult for people who are not fortunate enough to have what they have.

The 'Box Brownie' award goes to to Cornwall Council - East, again, for sharing some more of it's vintage images with us, one dated 21/8/2002 and the other dated 23/10/2003. And the properties are still standing, wow, how about that.

There is no 'Back to basics' award this week. Congratulations.

A special mention to Coastline Housing for using two architectural drawings for properties : 8042 and 8044, under 'Artist's impression'. Taken literally it is probably more accurate to show architectual drawings and plans than it is to use a photograph of multiple properties or an abstract part of a property.

That said, surely the point is if you genuinely and sincerely want to help people, people most likely in very difficult circumstances, find somewhere to live, a home, this is not the way to help them. I see very little difference between not showing a photo to showing a technical drawing. Neither is very helpful or clever.

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Blog entered 11/07/2012.

Cornwall Council Homechoice Properties 08/07/12 to 11/07/12, Website.

There were 57 'Social Housing' properties (CBL) advertised on Cornwall Council's Homechoice website between 08/07/12 and 11/07/12.

Of these properties 11 had "No photo available". 
                                    12 had "Artist's impression" photographs. 
                                    30 had "Front view" photographs. 
                                      1 had "Actual flat not pictured".
                                      1 had "Bedroom 2".
                                      1 had "Typical property".
                                      1 had "Actual property not shown".

Almost a 1/5th of properties had "No photo available" which is of no help whatsoever to would be bidders. Most "Front view" properties still helpfully using photographs showing no more than two properties with less than half showing multiple properties. "Artist's impression" photographs still showing mostly multiple properties with the exception of West Country H/A which uses an artist's impression, in the true meaning of the expression, to show similar properties numerous times.

Biggest culprit for not showing any photograph was Devon & Cornwall HA, again, Ocean Housing in close second and Coastline Housing in third position.

In an age when a digital photograph can be uploaded onto a website in less than a minute I still find the above disappointing with regard to "No photo available" and "Artist's impression". With regard to the former not bothering with a photo serves only to treat would be bidders with a certain contempt.

Because Devon & Cornwall HA continues to be the biggest culprit for not showing a photo I have again awarded it the "Marie Antoinette Award".

There is no 'Box Brownie' award this week, congratulations.

The 'Back to basics' award goes to Ocean Housing, Ref : 8129, for it's offering of a social structure which definately leans to the right, or has serious subsidence issues . A close second goes to Cornwall Council - East, Ref : 8091, for it's dark moody image of a 2 bed flat in St Germans which looks remarkably like a certain castle in Germany. Third position goes to Ocean Housing, Ref : 8130, for it's dark moody image with flare.

The "Don't blame me blame my camera Award" goes to Cornwall Council - East, Ref : 8106, for helping me experience as much barrel distortion as the time I got locked in the cellar of a real ale pub.

The "Ambiguous Landlord Award" has four winners, or losers. Guinness Hermitage for it's "Actual flat not pictured", but it could be there. Cornwall Council - East for it's "Bedroom 2", a sequel perhaps ? Sanctuary Housing Association for it's "Typical property", from a typical landlord, and Sanctuary Housing Association, again, for it's "Actual property not shown", but they thought you might like to see something anyway.

A special mention to property Ref : 8156, belonging to Devon & Cornwall H/A, for producing a postage stamp which is not only on the wrong side of the envelope but does not have the queen's head on it.

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