Real estate industry meets

Homegrown: Proceedings during last year's Real Estate Conference and Expo PIC: SUPPLIED
Homegrown: Proceedings during last year's Real Estate Conference and Expo PIC: SUPPLIED

The second annual Real Estate Conference and Expo is scheduled to take place this Thursday and will this year focus on how to take one’s own property or family properties and grow them into a real estate business.

In a statement, the organisers, Property267, said high profile speakers will showcase how their companies started as Botswana based businesses and grew to international strength.

“Informative industry and economic insights will be presented by leading experts in the field with a key presentation on trends in the property market being delivered by Associate Professor Francois Viruly from the University of Cape Town,” a statement from Property267 reads. “There will also be some informative workshops from key legal and tax practitioners covering matters pertaining to the industry.”

This year the conference’s lead sponsor is Letlole La Rona with FNB / RMB, Seeff Properties, Apex Properties, Peo Legal, RDC Property Group, Grant Thornton, Saint Gobain and ABSA as key sponsors. The conference has been endorsed by the Real Estate Institute of Botswana (REIB), the Real Estate Advisory Council (REAC) and Botswana Women in Construction Organisation (BOWICO).

Organisers said the Real Estate Conference and Expo 2022 was a resounding success with many of the delegates having found real value in the content, programme and networking opportunities presented on the day. Topics covered last year include affordable housing and sectional titles, Tribal Land Act, Transfer Duty, entrepreneurship and careers in the industry, trends and forecasts as well as funding commercial property.

The Real Estate Conference and Expo is the brainchild of Kim Bekker and Maje Maje, both seasoned professionals in their respective industries.

“Maje is the co-founder of Apex Properties and, having been involved in three large scale conferences for the Real Estate Institute of Botswana (REIB), is well positioned to organise and manage this conference. “Likewise, Kim, Licensee and Director of Seeff Properties, was also involved in the organisation of the REIB conferences,” the organisers said.

Property267 was formed at the beginning of 2022 as a PropTech company. However, both Bekker and Maje realised there was a substantial need for a Botswana based (and coordinated) Real Estate Conference, one which tackled matters relevant to the real estate industry in a Botswana context.

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