The dust has settled on NARA’s Spring Conference, held at the prestigious Haberdashers’ Hall in London, and what an event it was! This year’s theme, “Disruption and Reality,” couldn’t have been more timely, as the real estate industry grapples with the ongoing impact of alternative lenders and a shifting economic landscape.

The conference brought together a stellar line-up of industry experts, all moderated by the ever-insightful property commentator, Peter Bill. Let’s revisit some of the key takeaways from each speaker’s presentation:

James Alexander MBE offered a thought-provoking keynote, delving into the impact of Peer-to-Peer Lending and how it has transformed the real estate sector. He also explored potential future risks associated with this innovative financing model, prompting a lively discussion about its long-term implications.

Simon Rubinsohn, RICS Chief Economist, provided a much-needed overview of the current state of the UK economy and its influence on the real estate market. His insights shed light on the complex interplay between economic forces and real estate trends.

Karina Hutchins, representing UK Finance, tackled the hot-button topic of mortgage stress testing. Her analysis explored the impact of these measures on borrower affordability and the resulting rise in Fixed Charge Receiver (FCR) appointments. This presentation sparked a crucial conversation about balancing financial security with market accessibility.

Gil Martin from Belmont Estate shone a light on Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG), a recently introduced policy with game-changing potential for the development sector. He shared his experience navigating this new regulation, offering valuable insights for developers seeking to comply with BNG requirements while ensuring the success of their projects.

Beyond the thought-provoking presentations, the conference provided an invaluable platform for networking. Attendees enjoyed lively discussions during the dedicated refreshment break and continued the conversation over drinks and canapés at the post-talk reception. This opportunity to connect with fellow professionals was undoubtedly a highlight for many.

Overall, NARA’s Spring Conference proved to be a resounding success. It delivered a powerful dose of knowledge, insightful discussions, and valuable connections, leaving attendees well-equipped to navigate the ever-evolving world of real estate.

About the Author

Matthew Blackhall
Senior Advisor

Matt joins J3 having developed an impressive network of property professionals since moving to London. His experience centres around supporting SME housebuilders and housing associations in arranging and placing structural warranty insurance. His commitment and track record of securing the best possible outcome has been his professional trademark which underpins his successful client relationships. Matt was raised in Leeds, and studied in Newcastle before moving to the capital.