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RICS Residential Property Conference 2016

Conference London, 6 Jul 2016

2016 will see a number of changes to the residential market. The introduction of the new Housing Act is set to have wide ramifications for the future of affordable housing.

Our RICS Residential Property Conference 2016 comes at the perfect time. Attend and join the conversation on how to tackle and solve the biggest issues facing the industry including:

  • Is there such a thing as affordable housing?
  • Will online services alter the face of traditional high street agencies?
  • London vs the regions: where are investors and occupiers heading?
  • Can PRS fill the gap created in the wake of a shrinking supply of social housing?

The event will be a mixture of high-level strategic debate mixed with practical technical sessions that will improve your day-to-day practice. Our dedicated technical breakout for survey, valuation and agency will provide best practice examples to improve and enhance your practice.

This is the must attend event for everyone who wants to be at the forefront of the residential sector. 

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RICS Members Standard Rate £155 + vat
Non Members Rate £209 + vat
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08:30 Registration and refreshments

Opening Plenary

09:15 Chair’s opening comments

09:20 Economic update
- Outlook for the residential property market
- RICS Residential Property Market Survey
- Key macro risks
Simon Rubinsohn, RICS

09:50 Housing Bill 2015/16
- Latest updates and key developments
- The policy changes you need to know

10:15 Panel debate – the changing residential market
- The market implications and opportunities
- The impact of the Housing Bill 2015/16
- How the UK’s economic growth will impact the housing market
- Result of the Brexit vote: the implications of the vote
- Changes in buy-to-let
Jeremy Blackburn, RICS

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 – 13:00 Break-out session 1: Delegates choose between two parallel break-out sessions

Breakout 1A: Agency

11:30 Legal roundup
- Landlord and tenant legal update
- What is happening in the agency world
- Latest case law changes and their impact

11:50 Tactics for business growth - How to recruit and retain skilled staff - Top tips: small changes that will make a big impact to your business

12:15 Panel Debate - Estate agencies: what does the future hold?
- The impact online services will have on traditional high street agencies
- What steps you must take to future-proof your business
- The rise of hybrid business model
Joanna Upton, Property Director, Allsop Letting and Management

Breakout 1B: Surveys

11:30 Panel - The changing survey and valuation landscape
- Latest updates on the Home Buyer Report
- Business development – find a surveyor
- RICS meets the lenders – what survey and valuation looks like going forward
- Key issues – AVM, fees, the rise of surveys

12:15 Ombudsman update
- Most common complaints in relation to the “Home Buyer Report”
- What positive steps can surveyors take to prevent a claim?
- Ways to effectively establish client’s expectations before your conduct a survey
- How to handle complaints effectively
John Baguley, Ombudsman

12:40 Latest technology surveyors must know
- What are the key technologies that will enhance your business
- Practical guidance on the use of drones and thermal imaging
Go Report

13:00 Networking lunch

14:00-15:30 Break-out session 2: Delegates choose between two parallel break-out sessions

Breakout 2A: Valuation

14:00 Valuations of diminishing leases
- Valuation process required by legislation
- The basic principles of lease extension
- Principles, methods and examples for valuation

14:30 - Valuation of properties with energy efficiency improvements
- Identifying solar PV, solar thermal or air-source heat pumps
- Impact of energy efficiency improvements on valuations
- SDLT/ EPC debate

15:00 Latest RICS guidance on valuation
- Valuation of new build /starter homes
- Valuation of HMO’s and Buy to Let
- Valuation of Starter Homes

Breakout 2B: Supply and demand

14:00 Geography and demography
- London vs the regions
- Potential impact of devolution
- Where are investors heading?
- What do occupiers really want?
- Housing and aging population

14:45 Housing Supply
- Demand vs supply
- Site availability, planning and infrastructure
- Construction capacity, skills shortages & modular homes
- Will the Housing Zone model work ?
- Achieving churn
- Flexible tenure
- HA Right to Buy and building capacity

1530 Networking refreshment break

Closing Plenary

15:45 International Ethics and IPMS for Residential Buildings
- An overview of the new standards
- How IPMS can benefit every surveyor and their client: tangible examples
- How do I measure and report now?

16:10 Ethics in practice
- Case studies and scenarios for solving ethical dilemmas
- Anti-money laundering
- Conflict of interest
- Discrimination in letting
- Disclosure
- Interactive session
Peter Bolton-King

16:45 Is there such a thing as affordable housing?
- How to house generation rent?
- Can PRS fill the gap created in the wake of shrinking supply of social housing?
- Build-to-Rent: a glamorous sideshow or a serious contender?
- Starter Home
Andrew Bulmer (Chair)

17:15 Chair’s closing remarks

Price excl. VAT

£155.00 for RICS members

£209.00 for non-members


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