PROPTECH-X ‘Proptech & Property News’: AI is reshaping the property industry | Generator Group achieves record uptick in revenue

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AI: Reshaping the property industry in a good way

Full disclosure as a NED of the related accelerator, I (Andrew Stanton) do have a commercial tie to the The following though is a press release and been submitted to a number of trade publications, and as we receive dozens of press releases a week we have decided to run it as it is newsworthy.

PRESS RELEASE LONDON 2nd Oct 2023 – Artificial Intelligence (AI) has rapidly emerged as a transformative force across various industries, and the property industry in the UK is no exception. There is no doubt that the property business is a people business, and rather than trying to replace the human element, AI can be a tool that helps agents to understand and process far more data than ever before. This means the potential to vastly improve aspects such as marketing, advertising, and the overall customer experience, to name a few.

According to Richard Combellack, Chief Commercial Officer at, the key benefit of AI for estate agents is the ability to streamline operational processes and handle repetitive tasks so that agents have more time to spend on the aspects of their jobs that a machine can’t do, such as build relationships with customers. “Estate agencies are people-driven businesses, and AI complements this by freeing up valuable time for property professionals to focus on strategic and value-added activities,” he adds.

Combellack says that there are numerous ways in which AI can be integrated into the property sector to help agents, such as the property valuation process. AI algorithms analyse vast amounts of data, including historical property prices, market trends, and neighbourhood information, to provide accurate and up-to-date property valuations. This technology streamlines the valuation process, minimises human error, and ensures fair and competitive pricing.

He notes that there is also AI’s predictive capabilities, which extend to market trends, enabling agents to make data-driven decisions. By analysing historical and current property data along with external factors like economic indicators and demographic data, AI can forecast future market trends accurately. This eliminates the need for gut instinct and allows estate agents to make highly accurate business decisions. “There are platforms that use data to predict a homeowner’s propensity to move, insight which can help an agent be more targeted with regard to their marketing and lead conversation strategy,” Combellack comments. 

Personalising the customer journey is another way that AI can take an agent’s business to the next level. Natural language processing and chatbots such as Yomdel operate 24/7 and offer immediate assistance, engaging with website visitors in real-time, answering inquiries, scheduling viewings, and providing essential information. This leads to improved customer satisfaction and engagement, ultimately increasing the chances of conversions.

“Employing a live chat bot reduces the need for round-the-clock human customer support, saving operational costs for property businesses. Yomdel’s chatbot also captures and qualifies leads efficiently, ensuring that agents focus their efforts on genuinely interested prospects. The data collected by the chatbot will also provide the agent with valuable insight into customer behaviour and preferences, allowing property businesses to make informed decisions and tailor their services accordingly,” Combellack adds.

He notes that BriefYourMarket, another innovative player in the UK property industry, has leveraged AI within its BuildYourMarket platform, an integrated prospecting solution that maps on-market data to an agent database, identifying secondary sales opportunities for agents. BuildYourMarket presents every active listing from one dashboard, with advanced data views for fall-throughs and withdrawn properties allowing agents to build filters for targeted marketing.

Digital marketing and lead generation specialists such as Starberry, have been using AI as an integral part of their digital marketing campaigns, whether it be in assisting with research, helping with content development across blogs, market research, area guides, social media posts, meta data in SEO, and video storyboarding, just to name a few.

He adds that AI is no longer a pipe dream of the future but rather an element that is currently integrating into the sector. “The UK property industry is undergoing a profound transformation through the integration of AI technologies. AI innovations can enhance customer interactions, improve marketing efficiency, and provide valuable data insights.

As AI continues to evolve, the property industry in the UK will undoubtedly benefit from increased efficiency, reduced costs, and improved customer experiences, making it an exciting time for both businesses and consumers in the sector. Estate agents that embrace AI can gain a significant competitive advantage by streamlining operations, making data-driven decisions, and delivering personalised customer experiences.

Generator Group Achieves Record EUR 225M Revenues and EUR 75M EBITDA

Press Release London: 2 October 2023: Generator Group, a leading lifestyle hospitality platform which owns, operates, and develops lodging assets across Europe and North America, has today reported record revenues of EUR 225M (vs EUR 180M 2019) and EBITDA of EUR 75M (vs EUR 50M 2019).

Owned by Queensgate Investments, Generator Group consists of 21 hotels, totalling nearly 12,000 beds across 17-tier one cities and 10-countries. All Generator properties are independently branded and operated by a fully integrated in-house management team.

To the millennial traveller Generator Group delivers safe, affordable and lifestyle accommodation in city centre locations across Europe and the US. In addition, the common areas boast vibrantly designed F&B and night club areas to entertain both on site and non hotel guests alike. The secret sauce comes from the sharing of rooms optimising room revenues; and the integrated real estate, operations and IP allows for maximisation of cash margins.

Generator Group is now armed to expand both on asset heavy or asset light basis. Jason Kow, CEO of Queensgate Investments said: “Generator Group is enjoying the best year of earnings in its history. Generator Group with its unique business model winning on both top line and bottom line is now at a unique inflection point to expand on both an asset heavy and asset light basis.”

Queensgate Investments is a nimble special situations investment manager with c. EUR 3Bn of assets.


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Andrew Stanton is the founder and CEO of Proptech-PR, a consultancy for Founders of Proptechs looking to grow and exit, using his influence from decades of industry experience. Separately he is a consultant to some of the biggest names in global real estate, advising on sales and acquisitions, market positioning, and operations. He is also the founder and editor of Proptech-X Proptech & Property News, where his insights, connections and detailed analysis and commentary on proptech and real estate are second to none.

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