Homes conference details launched
INDUSTRY leaders will debate how best to tackle Ireland's growing housing problems in a major national industry conference to be held in O'Reilly Hall UCD on Thursday, April 30.
The event will bring together key stakeholders in the residential property and mortgage lending sectors including the estate agencies, mortgage brokers, the banks, fund managers, professional advisory firms, financial brokers, developers and Government.
To be chaired by leading broadcaster Pat Kenny, the National Residential Property Conference 2015, will be the largest gathering of residential property and mortgage professionals held in Ireland over the last 12 years.
Given the continued shortage of affordable housing and the changes recently introduced to mortgage lending by the Central bank, it is expected that well over 700 delegates will attend.
Eunan O'Carroll, Director of Core Consulting, producing the conference on behalf of Independent News and Media, said: "Given the challenges facing the next generation of first-time buyers and those looking to buy a family home, this conference is long overdue. It will debate the policies and changes necessary to establish a more sustainable housing sector in Ireland."
Jim Ryan, Managing Director of Branch Banking at Ulster Bank which is the conference's lead sponsor, has also welcomed the event stating: "At Ulster Bank, we are constantly trying to help our customers fulfil their ambition to own their own home - supporting this conference is part of our wider strategy."
Key speakers will include the bank's chief economist, Simon Barry, who will discuss the various issues affecting finance.
Other keynote speakers will include Keith Lowe, Chief Executive of the DNG estate agency network, who added: "We believe it is important that the property industry looks forward and anticipates future trends in the housing market. These include predicting the effects of such factors as housing demand, estimated housing construction output, availability of funding for mortgages and development."
Speaker Enda Gunnell, CEO of Pinergy, which is also sponsoring, said: "Developments in this sector have important implications for businesses like us, who provide essential utility to the residential market and provide cost-reduction, risk-removal solutions to landlords and property managers."
The conference will also hear from Pauline Daly, president of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland. Ms Daly commented: "As we enter a new phase of the property market cycle, we need to ensure that there is discussion and joined-up thinking among all stakeholders and this new residential market conference will contribute towards that."