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A view from the experts

Sector View Panel – Latest Current Events

Our Sector View Panel on Wednesday the 21st September brought another great panel of industry experts together. Gain insightful information on the recent Government changes to the Social Housing Programme, plus analysis of Option Agreements and more.  
 
Key Topics:

Government Social Housing Programme – the changes made and its impact on Shared Ownership and other affordable housing.
Legal News & Option Agreements – hear from Sharon Kirkham from Devonshires.
Live Property Market Analysis – with Ross Allan from Hometrack.

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On October 7th we held an open demo for ProVal allowing everyone to view a live demonstration of our market leading Financial Viability appraisal tool!

Speaker:
Andrew Markham Andrew Markham will show you how to review all the main viability results during this session, and demonstrate how easy it is to appraise your housing projects and meet the strategic aims of your organisation.

Viability – enables you to access the performance of your scheme using your own business assumptions down to the individual unit. Appraise using a variety of industry standard methodologies. NPV, IRR, ROCE and many more.

Optimize Your Schemes – appraise an unlimited amount of dwelling types and include an unlimited number of tenures in a single appraisal. Create your own product types bespoke to your organisation.

Scenario Planning – introduce different scenarios to allow for predictive modelling. See the Impact on your scheme immediately. Visualise how the change affects the overall outcome of your Development.

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Viability – Are you on top of current trends?

With the main components of viability constantly evolving as the sector changes through political and economic events, we looked at what the current sector trends are and whether your organisation is on top of them. 
 
Key topics:
  • Net Profit Value
  • Internal Rate of Return
  • Loan Repayment Period
  • Sales Values
We were joined by representatives from both Local Authorities and Housing Associations, providing us with a good mix of views and opinions. Viewers were also able to have a Q&A opportunity at the end plus an interactive polling session giving them the chance to give us their thoughts too!
 
Our expert panel includes:
Andrew Markham – Head of new business & consultant
Fiona Mcauley – Consultant
Phil Diffey – Development Lead

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Speaker:
Andrew Markham Andrew Markham will take you through how the private sector calculates their Residual Land Value and how the affordable sector can do this too.

Viability
Focusing solely on viability, Landval enables you to optimise dwelling mixes in a clear and concise manner to produce competitive land values.

Schemes
Your schemes can be appraised quickly with minimum information, or fully analysed for a more detailed view.

Sensitivity
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Panel views on the new norm

Welcome to our 14th webinar. Join us as we hear from a spectrum of industry professionals who are actively working to help organisations prepare for the challenges ahead.

Key topics:
Planning & Viability – announcements on changes to the system
Current Market Conditions – sales predictions
Political/Economical Landscape – currency strength, inflation

Panelists:
Hannah Langford – Partner, Devonshires: Planning reform
Adéy Badmos – Head of Development & New Business, Hexagon: London Sector View
Greg Warner-Harris Senior Partner on residential sales forecast research summary: AHP grant programmes and expectations
Andrew Markham Head of New Business & Consultant, SDS: Viability Changes

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What lies ahead for the sector – a view from the experts

Over the past 10 weeks, we have brought to you a series of webinars covering topics from Viability through to Sales. All different, and all designed to make you think, learn, and to provide a portal to industry experts.

View our final webinar, before we take a break for the summer, where we cover wide ranging topical subjects post Covid such as sales values, Brexit, new grant funding, construction, new rural housing demand surge, and more.

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Joy Whinnerah, Executive Director of Development and Investment, Broadacres HA
Duncan Smith, Commercial Director, Walsall Housing Group
Andrew Markham – Consultant Director, SDS

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Looking at how you are calculating Residual Land Value

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A practical look at the impact of the pandemic on Service Charges

We all know that when your scheme was first appraised, it was under very different circumstances. How viable are those decisions now? 

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How are you handling the skills shortage in our sector?

With everything that has been thrown at us, such as Brexit and now Covid19, it’s not surprising that we are now seeing a shortage in skilled workers across our sector. But what can we do about it? What should we be doing about it? Who is out there and how do we make the most of who we have?

  • Motivation – how we can engage and enhance our current team
  • Loyalty – why you should consider a more sustainable, long term approach
  • Talent – building talent through training rather than buying it in
  • Investment – by investing in your employees future you are investing in yours

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