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PROPTECH-X ‘Proptech & Property News’: Will we work from offices or is Hybrid here to stay? | Fine & Country partners with Lumon

Work, how we do it and where we do it is changing, will it be office based or a hybrid version – we have some answers.

Back in February I was lucky enough to host the two day conference at the London Proptech Show, where speakers from around the globe gave insights into specific areas of excellence. There were also a number of panels, and I moderated a discussion on ‘Hybrid Offices – workplaces for modern occupiers.

Members of the panel were Benjamin O’Connor Director of New London architecture, Jakob Schultz Executive Advisor to the German Proptech Inniative, Hannah Dwyer EMEA Head of Work Dynamics Research & Strategy JLL and Lewis Martin – who now is Director at LMC Delivering Executive Search & Talent solutions to the climate technology ecosystem.

The full panel discussion can be watched and listened to here, please click on this LINK. What is fascinating is that the topic covered many of the big questions being asked about how we work now, and how we will work in the future. What is certain is that we are in a state of flux.

Also, the hybrid working pattern was put under the microscope, the need to empower the individuals who work, the need to train and upskill workers and the possible end of the five-day week. Given that the panelists all had lots of first hand experience and data about the topic, this 35 minute primer, starts to peel away all the froth on the topic and focuses on the key points that anyone leasing a building or looking to lease a building should be thinking about.

More than that it gives clues as to how modern businesses must align themselves to the wants and the needs of workers, and also the practicalities that surround different industries, it is hard to build a Tesla if you are not in a factory, but if you want top talent demanding they do a 40-hour week in an office may not be the solution.

It also shows that collaborative thinking can often help decision makers see the wood for the trees and the need for better data driven solutions. I think we have moved from the days of big data, to what does that data tell us is the new paterns emerging.

On the topic of cpollabrative thinking, anyone who is in London from the 13th you can catch up with me at ERES 2023 at the UCL using this link :

A good deal of research presentations and papers is accessible on the conference platform for all registered participants.

I will be on the first Panel 1: Translating Research into Business Models and the Proptech Ecosystem. There are four days of the event, well worth getting involved. That panel is being moderated by 
Björn-Martin Kurzrock, and the panelists: Andrew Knight | Damien D. Nouvel | Prof. Dr. Verena Rock MRICS | Andrew Stanton. This starts at 11.30 m to 13.00.

Other panels on the first day.

Publishing Workshop
IOE 728 | 12th July 2023 | 12:00-13:20
Paloma Taltavull de La Paz
Panelists: Clare Lehane | Nick French, Editor JPIF | Peng Liu, Editor JREPM | Kwan Ok Lee, Co-Editor Journal of Urban Studies | Steve Hood, Costar Group

Panel 1: Translating Research into Business Models and the Proptech Ecosystem 
IOE728 | 13th July 2023 | 11:30-13:00 
Björn-Martin Kurzrock
Panelists: Andrew Knight | Damien D. Nouvel | Prof. Dr. Verena Rock MRICS | Andrew Stanton

Panel 2: Data Alliance: Bringing the Academics and Professionals Together
IOE736 | 13th July 2023 | 11:30-13:00  
PD Dr. Marcelo Cajias
Panelists: Prof. Dr. Sven Bienert MRICS REV | Bing Zhu | Steve Hood

Panel 3: Sustainability: challenge and the role the technology plays, sponsored by IJUS 
IOE728 | 13th July 2023 | 14:00-15:30
Franz Fuerst
Panelists: Nick Hogg | Kim Politzer | Jorn van de Wetering | Paul Ruyssevelt

Panel 4: Challenges and Opportunities for listed real estate by EPRA 
IOE736 | 13th July 2023 | 14:00 -15:30
Dilek Pekdemir, PhD.
Panelists: Dr Samuel Duah, CRE | Matthew Norris, CFA | Bing Zhu

Panel 5: The extent to which our academic research is proving useful to practitioners by IRES 
IOE739 | 13th July 2023 14:00-15:30  
Chair: Steve Williams, IRES 2023 President 
Panelists: Milcheva Stanivera | Simon Mallinson | Alan Dalgleish | Bert Teuben

Panel 6: Integrating ESG: an answer, not a Problem – The Value of Sustainability in Real Estate
IOE780 | 13th July 2023 | 14:00-15:30
Chair: Yolande Barnes
Panelists: Marie Hunt | Anna Rose | Patricia Brown | John Alker

Panel 7: A Student Certification in “CoStar Real Estate Analytics” by the SHARE Center CoStar Group 
IOE790 | 13th July 2023 | 16:00-17:30
Chair: Steve Hood 
Panelists: Elaine M Worzala | Robert Jeffrey | Peng (Peter) Liu | Qiulin Ke

Panel 8: Affordable Housing organised by the Bartlett Faculty, UCL 
IOE728 | 14th July 2023 | 13:30-15:00
Chair: Stanimira Milcheva
Panelists: Pa Tom Paul | Josh Ryan-Collins | Pete Gladwell | Sonia Freire Trigo

Panel 9: Blended Learning in the post Covid Landscape: Experiences and Perspectives, organized by
IOE736 |14th July 2023 | Time Slot:13:30-15:00
Sam Butcher
Panelists: Fernanda Antunes | Eamonn D’Arcy | Steve Hood | Saul Nurick

Panel 10: Real Estate Education in the Era of AI Chatbot: Opportunity or Challenge? 
IOE736 | 14th July 2023 | 15:30-17:00
Chair: Eamonn D’Arcy
Panelists: Patrice Derrington | Deborah Levy | Robert Jeffrey | Bertram Steininger


Fine & Country partners with Lumon to offer specialised currency services for international clients

International premium estate agency, Fine & Country is pleased to announce its partnership with Lumon, a trusted currency specialist with over 23 years of experience in helping clients achieve their dreams of owning property. Lumon offers personalised services for international money transfers, ensuring a seamless and efficient process for clients looking to move funds across borders.

With a deep understanding of the buying process and bi-lingual teams exchanging in over 55 different currencies, Lumon is uniquely positioned to assist Fine & Country’s international customers. Their expertise extends to having in-country bank accounts and being fully regulated to serve international clients, providing an added layer of security and convenience.

According to Nicky Stevenson, Managing Director of Fine & Country, the partnership will offer several benefits for the brand and its network of international property professionals. “By offering Lumon’s specialised currency services, our agents can enhance client loyalty by providing value-add solutions contributing to a seamless property buying experience. Another benefit is client qualification. Through Lumon’s comprehensive understanding of a client’s financial situation, our agents can better qualify their clients, ensuring a smoother transaction process,” she comments.

Stevenson believes that the partnership with Lumon will be a fantastic value-add for the network when it comes to dealing with international clients and property purchases across borders. “As an international brand working within the premium property sector, having brand partnerships in place that can elevate our customer service journey is essential. Through partnerships such as this one, we will be able to continue to expand our international network, offering a premium service to our client base,” Stevenson adds.

Vic Darvey, CEO at Lumon, commented, “This is a hugely exciting time for Lumon as we grow our brand and enhance our value proposition in market. We’re delighted to have been chosen as the preferred currency partner for Fine & Country and we look forward to working with the team to enhance the property buying experience.”

Steve Eakins, Director at Lumon, remarked: “We are thrilled to partner with Fine & Country and bring our specialised currency services to their esteemed network and valued clients. This collaboration represents an exciting opportunity to enhance the property buying experience for international customers, providing seamless and efficient currency solutions. We look forward to supporting Fine & Country’s agents in delivering exceptional service and ensuring smooth transactions for their clients across borders.”

“Together, we are committed to delivering exceptional value to both Fine & Country and their valued clients.”

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Andrew Stanton Founder & Editor of 'PROPTECH-X' where his insights, connections, analysis and commentary on proptech and real estate are based on writing 1.3M words annually. Plus meeting 1,000 Proptech founders, critiquing 400 decks and having had 130 clients as CEO of 'PROPTECH-PR', a consultancy for Proptech founders seeking growth and exit strategies. He also acts as an advisory for major global real estate companies on sales, acquisitions, market positioning & operations. With 100K followers & readers, he is the 'Proptech Realestate Influencer.'