RESI ROUND-UP


DAY ONE: Digital technology is transforming the housing industry.
DAY ONE: Digital technology is transforming the housing industry.

It has also transformed the RESI Convention. Due to Covid-19, this year’s event is online-only, and delegates embraced the chance to network virtually, using RESI’s engagement platforms to connect with peers and view the innovations showcased by convention partners. “Covid has accelerated us into the future,” said Daniel Hulme, the CEO of AI technology provider Satalia during the first day’s RESI keynote.

DAY 2: Housebuilding and construction lie at the centre of the UK’s economic recovery.
DAY 2: Housebuilding and construction lie at the centre of the UK’s economic recovery.

With Secretary of State Robert Jenrick running late, Savills research director Lawrence Bowles opened proceedings with a typically incisive presentation on future trends in residential development. He forecast house price growth of 4 percent in 2020, despite the wider economic gloom, and for activity to continue strongly into 2021 before flattening, with further growth to come as the economy reverts to pre-Covid levels by 2023.