Morning Briefing: This is set to cause “major disruption” to the real estate industry

by Steve Randall26 Jan 2016
This is set to cause “major disruption” to the real estate industry
Machines are set to play a significant role in real estate according to a symposium held by the Urban Land Institute. The event, held in Hong Kong discussed the impact on the industry as machines communicating with each becomes a factor of “major disruption.” The fourth industrial revolution will be “as hugely impactful on the global economy and real estate industry as the three preceding industrial revolutions” the participants said.

Among the main findings of the symposium:
  • The speed at which technological innovation is arriving continues to increase, as does the speed of adoption; affecting the real estate industry on an unprecedented scale.
  • As an industry, real estate remains generally conservative and behind the curve in responding to innovation.
  • The millennial generation is an increasingly important part of the equation, partly because millennials are increasingly prominent demographically, and partly because they have an instinctive grasp of the potential of new technology.
“Taken in combination, the impact of this wave of incoming innovation will only grow in force in coming years, forcing real estate practitioners to adapt or go the way of the dinosaur,” the report concludes. “This is not only because new technology will likely create opportunities for greater efficiencies that will provide significantly better products or services, but also because the next generation of industry leaders is already steeped in the cyber-world dynamic.”
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