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Melbourne: Defensive Development

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Rydges Melbourne

186 Exhibition Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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The wave of commentary surrounding Australia’s residential development sector has reached record levels and many questions remain unanswered for the broader industry.

A recent Industry Sentiment Survey conducted by The Urban Developer found that the reality in boardrooms and construction sites across Australia differed substantially to the headlines that have been splashed across the nation’s media mastheads.

In one of the largest industry surveys ever undertaken in Australia, we sought to better understand the prevailing attitudes towards the cities, sectors and disciplines within the industry.

As the pressures of funding restrictions impact both developers and purchasers alike, and the industry braces for a slowdown in construction activity, we are now beginning to ask ourselves questions of survival rather than opportunity.

So, what did the survey results find and how can developers and the industry adapt and thrive in uncertain times?

The Urban Developer, in association with Development Finance Partners, is delighted to invite you to a unique and exclusive look into the sentiment underlying the property sector in 2017.

With a focus on the big factors looming on the horizon, such as the outlook for off-the-plan settlements, construction and purchaser funding, settlement valuations, construction pricing and site values, we will further delve into how the industry can manage risk and find opportunity in uncertain times.

The event will feature a detailed review of the results of the Industry Sentiment Survey followed by a panel discussion with industry experts from across development, research, finance and valuations into the implications on the ground.

This is a unique event that aims to dispel the media myths and provide attendees with a clearer understanding of the forces influencing the future of the residential development sectors in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Networking drinks and food are included in ticket price.

Who Are The Speakers?

Baxter Gamble - Founder & Director, Development Finance Partners

Baxter Gamble has 20+ years of practical experience in providing creative funding solutions for some of Australia’s landmark developments.

Over the past 20+ years Baxter has developed strong relationships with the decision makers within a large and diversified range of Banks, Building Companies, Institutional Equity providers, as well as high net worth individuals. These relationships are critical to the value proposition to the DFP’s clientèle.

Baxter has been a regular contributor of commentary to the press in regards to various issues the sector has faced, and has spoken at a number of high profile events such as the Master Builders Awards and The Building Institute of Australia.

Sam Nathan - Managing Director, NPM

Prior to his position at NPM, Sam spent 15 years with one of Australia’s largest property advisory firms, specialising in residential and mixed use development and housing markets and constantly engaged with major domestic and international developers, investors, consultants and financiers on some of Melbourne’s largest and most complex residential developments.

NPM builds on this experience, comprising a full service real estate agency with a specialised focus on the central city and city fringe of Melbourne, offering clients a different perspective and higher level understanding of the market across sales, leasing and property management.

NPM provides a range of services across established and new developments, including resales, property management and specialised developer and off the plan purchaser services at the back end of projects. NPM’s senior team have been key stakeholders in sales, leasing, property management and market advisory across some of Melbourne’s most iconic and comprehensive residential and mixed use developments.

Brihony Boan - Partner, Gadens

Brihony Boan is a Partner in the Property, Construction and Planning Team at Gadens in Melbourne, specialising in property development and distressed property sales. Brihony's practice has focused on mixed use "off the plan" developments, vacant land subdivisions and distressed asset sales of property. She has also acted on a number of significant property acquisitions and disposals.

Brihony has worked with a broad range of clients including a range of institutional and private property developers, corporate advisory clients and lending institutions in relation to insolvency related property transactions. Prior to joining Gadens, Brihony spent 9 years at K&L Gates in the Real Estate team.

Jozef Dickinson - Associate Director, Valuation and Advisory Services, CBRE

Jozef is a Certified Practicing Valuer with CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services business line. His primary area of specialisation is Residential Development Valuations and Consultancy Advice.

Jozef is an Associate Member of the Australian Property Institute and has been training in multiple asset classes within the Melbourne property market for the past 9 years, with a particular focus on Residential Development Valuations since 2010.

Jozef’s primary focus is providing mortgage security valuations for land purchases and development funding, development management advice to achieve highest yield and appropriate accommodation mix to maximise realisations, acquisition and disposal consulting advice for various entities including major banking institutions, developers, institutions and government agencies.

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