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Are Real Estate CEOs missing out on the technology opportunity?


In its 21st annual survey of CEOs from around the world PwC found that technology does not top the agenda for real estate CEOs either as a threat or an opportunity.

Only 17% of real estate CEOs cite cyber threats as a danger to their growth prospects, compared with 40% of all CEOs who took part in the survey.  While even fewer, only 10% of real estate CEOs, view the speed of technological change as a threat to their organisations compared with 38% of all CEOs.

Looking at opportunities only 20% of real estate CEOs said they clearly understood how robotics and artificial intelligence can improve customer services compared with 47% of all CEOs.

Real estate also appears to be a bit behind the curve when it comes to future talent with  just 43% of real estate CEOs rethinking their human resources function to attract digital talent compared with 60% of CEOs overall.

The capital-intensive real estate industry is traditionally slow on decision and sometimes can characterised of conservatorism. Technology, urbanisation and current social changes are elements that need to be taken into account by real estate executives in order to adapt to the new market requirements. A first step in addressing these trends needs to be represented by efforts to recuperate the gap, compared to other industries, in adopting digital technologies. In our view, this process should start through building a more diverse group of talent, including data scientists and behavioural experts, to work alongside their existing talent. This is an important step towards combining technical abilities with the ones specific for the real estate industry” said Francesca Postolache, Audit Partner, Real estate services team leader, PwC Romania.

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