The annual RESI conference, usually dominated by developers and debates over housebuilding totals, is this year to include a discussion on online agents for the first time.
Rob Ellice, chief executive of easyProperty, is giving a key speech in a session at this autumn’s conference entitled ‘Clicks vs Bricks Revolution – Agents under the Spotlight!’
The session will look at how online estate agents operate within the industry, comparing this to the business models that have evolved in the travel and leisure sectors. The debate will also consider brand recognition and customer service initiatives, and how the sales and lettings sectors can keep up with fast moving innovations.
RESI 2015 takes place at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport from September 7-9. Other debates cover topics including Build To Rent, a presentation by Savills agency on the ‘generational divide’ in housing, the outlook for housing supply following the general election, planning obstacles to development and the identification and release of land for more housing.
However, it is likely that for agents the online debate will be the key attraction, coming at about the same time as easyProperty is expected to extend from its current online rental offer into the sales market as well.
This is RESI’s ninth year; it regularly attracts over 1,000 delegates.