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The Big Debate: Online versus Traditional Agency - we want your questions

One of the industry debates of the year will be held next week when the inaugural FUTURE : Property Tech conference includes a not-to-be-missed session entitled Online Agents vs Traditional Agents - “Who Really Is Best For The Customer?!”

It's a debate that has been hot on industry websites and on social media for well over a year as online agents have attempted to make inroads into sales and lettings.

Now there is a unique offer to Letting Agent Today readers to have their say by submitting questions to the session's high-profile panel - Alex Bailes (chief digital officer at Countrywide), Russell Quirk (eMoov chief executive), and Michael Bruce (Purplebricks chief executive). It will be moderated by Paula Higgins, chief executive of the consumer group, HomeOwners Alliance.


Do you have a question for any or all of these?

For example, is Countrywide going to come clean about its much-rumoured online agency launch - which some in the industry tip will happen next year?

How can eMoov seriously value itself at £20m, as it has recently, when it has yet to turn a profit?

Can Purplebricks genuinely claim to offer a service as good as traditional high street agents which have been operating with local contacts for years or even decades? 

The organisers of this session want LAT readers to put the panel on the spot.

Please leave your questions in the Comments section below this news story - we promise that however tough the questions, they will be put to the panel.

The one-day conference will feature more than 200 attendees and over 30 expert speakers. 

Brandon Lewis will address delegates on how the government plans to leverage technology to improve the property sector and will also take part in a Q&A following his keynote address.

Other featured speakers will include Rajeev Nayyar of Fixflo, Mary Criebardis of PiLabs, JLL’s James Brown as well as speakers from the Property Redress Scheme plus high-end agencies including Savills, Cushman Wakefield and CBRE. 

The event will be hosted by Vanessa Warwick & Nick Tadd of Property Tribes and the organiser is Gary Chimwa of Met Events.

There is still a 20 per cent discount available on a strictly limited number of tickets for Letting Agent Today readers using Discount Code EAT20. You can register for tickets directly from the website here www.propertytech.co.

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    Hi, we (VTUK) covered this particular debate in great detail in July 2014, the video of the debate can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfOwoNXowSE - this does have quite a few good posing questions which could be used again, and the summary following the debate is: http://vtuk.com/-VTUK-Round-Table-Debate-Full-Write-Up.


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