Real es­tate gu­rus set to flock to the Coast

There’s a buzz in the air as the real es­tate in­dus­try counts down to Aus­tralasian Real Es­tate Con­fer­ence (AREC), to be held on the Gold Coast on May 27 and 28. The con­fer­ence, in its 21st year, is set to set to fo­cus on strate­gies for the fu­ture and featu

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS ALEISHA DAW­SON

THE cream of Aus­tralia’s real es­tate in­dus­try will de­scend on the Gold Coast next week­end for the Aus­tralasian Real Es­tate Con­fer­ence.

In its mile­stone 21st year, the line-up of more than 30 speak­ers at AREC 18 has proven to be a ma­jor draw­card with 3450 reg­is­tra­tions from as far away as the UK, South Africa and Hawaii.

The two-day con­fer­ence, set to fo­cus on strate­gies for the fu­ture, returns for the sev­enth year to the Gold Coast Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

NSW and Vic­to­ria are lead­ing reg­is­tra­tions with 38 per cent and 31 pre cent re­spec­tively.

Queens­land fol­lows with 12 per cent while New Zealand has 10 per cent of del­e­gates cur­rently reg­is­tered. There are also four reg­is­tra­tions from UK, four from South Africa and one del­e­gate from Hawaii.

“Last year we achieved our largest at­ten­dance in AREC’s his­tory and the momentum from that has car­ried over into this year’s event,” Ni­chola Byrne, gen­eral man­ager of To­tal Real Es­tate Train­ing, said.

“We be­lieve we have our best line up of speak­ers in our 21 years, as we are see­ing and feel­ing the ex­cite­ment and an­tic­i­pa­tion from our del­e­gates, and we are on track to break last year’s record at­ten­dance.

This year’s key­note speak­ers in­clude Aus­tralian busi­ness whiz Chris Helder (smaller pic­ture), Canada’s in­spi­ra­tional speaker and New York Times best-selling author Amanda Lind­hout.

At­tend­ing ev­ery sin­gle AREC since its in­cep­tion, James Tostevin (main pic­ture) will give a key­note pre­sen­ta­tion at AREC18.

In the past four years Mr Tostevin has ranked as one of the top two per­form­ers in Aus­tralia. “From my pre­sen­ta­tion I plan to give del­e­gates an un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of ar­tic­u­lat­ing their points of dif­fer­ence in a list­ing pre­sen­ta­tion, both their own and that of their com­pany,” he said.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the Coast econ­omy was forg­ing ahead fol­low­ing the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games with a range of com­men­ta­tors speak­ing pos­i­tively about the real es­tate, tourism, health and knowl­edge and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors.

“Se­cur­ing sig­na­ture con­fer­ences such as AREC al­lows our city to take cen­tre stage with some of the most in­flu­en­tial minds in the real es­tate busi­ness,” Mayor Tate said. “It is a com­ing of age for the Gold Coast — bring it on.”

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