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Gearing for Growth: 2022 Real Estate Industry Summit to assess the state of SA’s property market

The Real Estate Industry Summit (REIS), one of the biggest property events in South Africa, in partnership with ABSA and Private Property, will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 27th of October 2022 to address the challenges and opportunities the property sector is currently facing.

Themed ‘Gearing for Growth’, this year’s REIS will offer an insider’s look into current trends, provide the knowledge, success strategies, and other pertinent information required to navigate one of the country’s most established and volatile business sectors.

Carl Van den Berg, Businesses Development Executive at Private Property, says the industry has emerged from the Covid-19 crisis buoyant and stable: “One of the hardest lessons learned for our industry over the last two years is that nothing is guaranteed. The real estate industry was hit hard but has done more than claw its way back, in fact, we are seeing a boom in certain areas along with many people investing back into their homes with aesthetic and practical upgrades making their homes more marketable to sell.”

Attendees will learn more about the tools and innovation in this space to assist them with running their businesses seamlessly as well as setting them on a path for growth.

The summit will focus on:

  • Reviewing and exchanging relevant and actionable information, in-depth insights, and inspiration that attendees can instantly implement in order to improve and grow a property business or portfolio.
  • Discussions on hot topics presented by credible industry thought leaders from various property-related sectors including banks, real estate companies, and real active consumers in the property market.
  • Thought-provoking and holistic industry debates will examine and expose contentious issues and challenges confronting the real estate industry in South Africa from a service provider, investor, seller, and buyer perspective.

The keynotes and panel discussions include:

  • Insights that matter with Hayley Ivins Downes (Head of Digital at Lightstone): Insights on market growth, volumes, and bonds, providing the data to grow businesses.
  • How the PPRA will play a role in the development of the South African property industry with Deli Nkambule (Acting CEO of PPRA).
  • A panel discussion unpacking the big issues of today and tomorrow around regulation and compliance within the industry with Deli Nkambule, Tony Clarke (Chairman of the Board at Real Estate Business Owners of SA), and Carlize Knoesen (Chief Registrar of Deeds).
  • Global Trends within the PropTech space with Gary Barker (CEO of PropTech, BetterHome Group) – How estate agents are taking advantage of technology to enable their businesses globally.
  • A panel discussion on Business Models within Real Estate with Ricard Gray (CEO Harcourts) Andrew Thompson Managing broker (eXp South Africa) and Antonie Goosen (Managing Director and Principal of Meridian Realty).

Other speakers include:

  • Amasi Mwela, CEO, Private Property
  • Nondumiso Ncapai, Managing Executive, Absa Home Loans
  • Dawie Roodt, Founder, Director, and Chief Economist of the Efficient Group
  • Aki Anastasiou, Technology influencer, Journalist, and Futurist
  • Dr Justin Cohen, Global Speaker, and Best-selling author
  • Abdullah Verachia, Global Strategist
  • Mike Sharman, Co-founder of Retroviral, Retroactive,, and
  • Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Gift of the Givers founder
  • Stafford Masie, leading global IT trend-tracker and inventor
  • Michelle Dickens, Deputy CEO of Payprop

In previous years, we saw over 1000 people attend, this year we are expecting 1500. It’s again an opportunity to share and learn with industry leaders who have carved out successful careers with tenacity in an industry that is often underestimated and now evolving with technology,” says Van den Berg.

REIS 2022 will take place between 9:00am – 17:30pm before an evening of networking.  General access tickets are available from R350, R550 for general access+ to the summit and to the post-event networking cocktail party, and R850 for VIP which includes an additional catered lunch providing an additional networking opportunity for guests.