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RICS Residential Property Conference 2017

Conference London, 6 Jul 2017

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.

This year's conference has now passed. Register your interest in the 2017 conference. Date and venue for 2017 conference is yet to be confirmed.

Our RICS Residential Property Conference 2016 came at the perfect time. Delegates joined 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 was a mixture of high-level strategic debate mixed with practical technical sessions that will improve delegates day-to-day practice. Our dedicated technical breakout for survey, valuation and agency provided best practice examples to improve and enhance your practice.

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

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2016 Programme

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
Lord Richard Best, OBE

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
Kathleen Kelly, Assistant Director of Policy and Research, National Housing Federation 
Philip Nell, Fund Director, Hermes Investment Management
Liam Bailey, Head of Residential Research, Knight Frank
Stephanie McMahon, Head of Research, Strutt and Parker

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
Roger Hardwick, Head of Residential Leasehold, Brethertons

11:50 Tactics for business growth
• 5 top tips that that will have a big impact on your business
• How to utilise your database effectively
Stephen J Brown, Director Stephen J Brown Consultancy Ltd

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
Andy Jones MARLA, Managing Director, Allsop Letting and Management
Robert Ellice, CEO, easyProperty
Graham Bell, Managing Director for London, Countrywide

Breakout 1B: Surveys

11:30  The changing survey and valuation landscape
- Latest updates on the Home Buyer Report
- Business development – find a surveyor
- Key issues – AVM, fees, the rise of surveys
Joe Arnold, Director, Arnold & Baldwin

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 
New technologies are dramatically changing how surveyors carry out their work
- drones
- cloud storage
- automated voice to text
- 3D modelling
- wearables
Examples of various tools surveyors can use every day to help make their job easier, increase their efficiency and ultimately impact their bottom-line
Mike Llewellyn, CEO, GoReport 

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
Daniel Walmsley, Associate Director, JLL

14:30 Valuation of new build, starter homes and buy to let
- Latest RICS guidance 
- New‐build attributes
- How to assess a new‐build premium
Anne Hinds, Consultant, Anne Hinds Consultancy
 
15:05 - ReValue: assessing the value of energy efficient properties
- Future trends in the property market and the need for the ReValue Project
- How is energy efficiency taken into account in property valuation?
Sarah Sayce, Professor, Royal Agricultural, University and Emeritus Professor, Kingston
University

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
Lucian Cook, Director Residential Research, Savills

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
Peter Andrew, Deputy Chairman, Home Builders Federation
Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy, British Property Federation

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?
Alexander Aronsohn, Director Technical International Standards, RICS

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
Chair - Andrew Bulmer, UK Residential Director, Professional Groups and Forums, RICS
Marc Vlessing, CEO, Pocket
Paul Belson, Non-Executive Director, LSL Corporate Client Department
Tony Brown, Global Chief Investment Officer, M&G Real Estate

17:15 Chair’s closing remarks


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