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2021 webinar

Sector Forecast 2021

As we enter 2021, still in the midst of a global pandemic, government restrictions will continue to push us to be more dynamic in our way of working and delivering social housing.

Hosted by Christopher Wandel on 27th January the webinar started with SDS CEO, Phil Shelton sharing his plans for the ProVal and Sequel cloud roll out over 2021/2022.

Up next was Alex Rose, Director of New Homes from Zoopla, who gave us an overview of what he is seeing in the market today. He discussed the demand for homes is at unprecedented levels, but supply is falling short. As a result of this prices are being pushed up. Alex also commented on:

  • Wealthier / older demographics are the beneficiaries and more likely to move
  • Demand for rental products are also up but faces supply issues
  • The number of people priced out of ownership is likely to widen

Following that, well known London based consultant, Mark Baigent discussed 3 key non COVID related challenges this year: 

  1. Planning for the new building Safety regulatory regime
  2. Gearing up to deliver zero carbon and 
  3. Continuing to push ahead with affordable housing

Mark’s focus was on the interrelationships between these three priorities and financial pressures across the piece ultimately asking the tough questions:

What is the right balance between investment in new housing and existing stock?

What are the advantages/perils of UK housing organisations adopting zero carbon technology now?

Jo Fallon, Assistant Development Director of WeaverVale covered:

  • The New Affordable Homes Programme; Shared Ownership reforms
  • Increasing the delivery of home ownership products during this market uncertainty
  • The potential impact of planning reforms to affordable housing delivery and the need to diversify our procurement of schemes
  • Challenges around rising construction costs and the drive to improve the quality of our homes and neighbourhoods (referencing the climate change agenda)

Jo highlights the key question:
Is the Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) industry ready to scale up?

The audience showed concern over Stamp Duty holiday extension, lenders insisting on EWS1 surveys and sqm costs rising.

If you missed it you can watch the recording below….

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Housing stock quality and future investment needs

The stock of over 4 million social homes in the Country are a vital asset and the foundation to the business of registered providers.

However, the need for increased investment to meet the requirements of Building Safety, Zero Carbon and a revised Decent Homes Standard, means more resources will be invested in them over the next 10-15 years than they have for the previous decade.

We were delighted to hear from Keynote speaker Jonathan Walters on how providers are meeting this challenge, on the risk associated with the existing stock in a world of rising customer expectations and a need for continued construction of new social homes to meet the housing crisis. Also joining us were industry experts Helen Spencer, Duncan Smith and Joy Whinnerah. 

Our panel covered:

– How providers are meeting this challenge

– The risk associated with the existing stock in a world of rising customer expectations

– A need for continued construction of new social homes to meet the housing crisis

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HomeMatch – Open Demo

Watch our HomeMatch Open Demo hosted on the 25th of November. In this webinar we demonstrated how we can help manage your sales process more efficiently, removing wasted time, reducing human error and automating the document/reporting flow.

Streamline your sales process with HomeMatch

We know how difficult and messy reporting and sales tracking can be when your sales teams are using spreadsheets or standard estate agency CRMs that are not always fit for purpose, which is why we created HomeMatch. It has been designed to simplify and automate the various administrative tasks in your sales process giving you clarity, efficiency and a fully customisable workflow:     

Data – Manage/collect all your customer data via an online portal

Properties – Upload property data or create a live link with SDS Sequel

Marketing – Issue promotional materials and manage viewings

Smart Matching – Match applicants and properties using embedded HE Calculator

Workflow – Configure workflow to your organisation’s needs, automate your letters/documents/reports

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Best Practice in Sales & Marketing

From how we design and promote houses to selling them, Covid has found a way to impact on our Sales & Marketing processes. Watch as we hear what new tactics and adaptations have been successful, and what we see continuing in the longer term!

On the 18th of November, Andrew and Chris were joined by Sales & Marketing experts Claire McCourt from Together Housing and Greg Warner Harris, SDS Consultant. Claire shared Together’s new marketing strategy, while Greg updated us on the recent changes made to Shared Ownership legislation.   

Key areas discussed:

  • New Shared Ownership program 
  • Sales strategy changes and what we can take from the private sector
  • Market Appraisal/Research and why you should do it
  • How Constructors/Architects are adapting  their designs for homeworking

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Best practice in project management webinar

Best Practice in Project Management

Our webinar on the 4th of November featured Andrew and Christopher as they covered crucial factors in project management and were joined by a panel of experts:

Simon Theobald, Head of Finance for London Borough of Hackney covered best practices in project management specifically focussing on challenges of development in the current situation.

Duncan Smith, Commercial Director of Walsall Housing Group provided us with insights into ‘Land-Led’ development.

What was covered:

Baseline considerations – financial risk, timeframe and contingency planning

Commercial Structure – key roles & skills for success

Sourcing & Purchasing land – how to do it and what to watch out for

Planning Process – what considerations should you be looking at

Supplier Management – how best to manage the constructors & suppliers

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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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Webinar for ProVal demo

Open ProVal Demo

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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SDS webinar 15

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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Landval Demo

Open Landval Demo

On September 23rd we held an open demo for Landval allowing everyone to view a live demonstration of our land appraisal tool!

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
Using Landval’s stress testing scenarios you can investigate the gearing effect of sales values, increased development costs and how this affects the residual land value and the gross margin for your organisation.

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Panel views on the new norm

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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