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REIA Centennial Congress to address future demands and challenges in the real estate sector


The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) has unveiled the final program for its historic REIA Centennial Congress, focusing on the future demands and challenges faced by Real Estate Institutes, agencies, and practitioners.

REIA President, Ms Leanne Pilkington, said, “The REIA Centennial Congress examines the real estate transaction from all angles with priorities determined directly by your Real Estate Institute leaders.”

The Congress will delve into various topics, including the future customer, housing supply, cybersecurity, anticipatory experiences for renters, vendors, and investors, interest rates, lending, and the Australian economy, as well as strategies to future-proof businesses from disruption.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the Assistant Governor of the Reserve Bank, Ms Sarah Hunter, Minister for Housing and Small Business, the Hon Julie Collins MP, and experts and leading thinkers on critical inputs to a successful real estate sector, such as workforce, AI, and digital disruption.

One of the key topics to be addressed is the potential for real estate to be replaced or disrupted by technology. Alternative futurist and former Lonely Planet CTO Gus Balbontin will share learnings from an industry that experienced this disruption and discuss how to future-proof the sector to prevent a similar fate.

Renowned demographer Mr Charlie Nelson will provide insights into consumer trends from both economic and political perspectives, while emcee and finance expert Effie Zahos will offer a housing market outlook.

Ms Pilkington also announced that International Real Estate Federation (FIABSCI) World President Mr Budiarsa Sastrawinatra would attend the ANZ REIA 100 and lead a panel on global insights to housing supply.


“The profitability and resilience of our sector; and the prosperity of our customers – is directly linked by our ability to bring homes to market. The International Real Estate Federation brings invaluable insights into where we can unlock supply using innovations from around the world,” Ms Pilkington said.

The REIA Centennial Congress is a component of the ANZ REIA 100 Gala hosted by the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania, which aims to Commemorate, Reflect, and Look to the Future. The event also incorporates the REIA National Awards for Excellence and the Australasian Auctioneering Championships.

The insights gathered from the REIA 100 Congress will directly inform REIs blueprint for REIA as part of a larger Centennial Framework.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online, and media passes are available for interested journalists.

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