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8 commercial real estate conferences to attend in 2021

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We’re back with our annual roundup of commercial real estate conferences to attend! While many in-person events and conferences have been canceled or postponed until later this year, there are still plenty of opportunities to network virtually in 2021.

Prospecting, nurturing relationships, and networking are crucial to success in commercial real estate. And brokers know that one of the best (and most fun) ways to network is at conferences. Even if you’re attending these events virtually, they are still great opportunities to learn about industry trends from highly regarded speakers and through continuing education sessions.

While there are countless options to choose from, especially when you don’t always need to factor in T&E, here are the top eight conferences we think brokers should check out in 2021.

Please note: With the ever-changing state of affairs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please check all event websites for the most up to date information.

CORFAC Virtual Spring Conference

March 16-25

Location: Virtual

CORFAC International is a global network comprised of independently owned commercial real estate firms. Their 2021 Virtual Spring Conference is free to members and will offer two weeks of live education sessions, which will also be available on demand in case you miss any. CORFAC and its events allow members to collaborate across markets so they can provide the best service possible to clients.

CREW Network Convention

Sept 28-30

Location: Las Vegas, NV

The Commercial Real Estate Women Network is the premier business network dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry through advancing women globally. The speakers and agenda for their annual CREW Network Convention have  yet to be announced. However, in the interim, they are offering a lot of great virtual learning opportunities including a DEI Training Series. The first webinar takes place on March 23, and the series will explore systemic barriers and normalized inequalities that exist in the industry, as well as DEI strategies and initiatives that can be implemented in the workplace.

SIOR TransACT 360

April 28-29

Location: Virtual

Real estate professionals who have earned the SIOR designation are recognized as the most capable and experienced brokerage practitioners in the office and industrial spaces. Members can enjoy discounted registration fees for TransACT 360, which will feature renowned speakers, educational programs, and networking opportunities.

ICSC RECon Digital

May 25-27

Location: Virtual

Every year, retail real estate professionals gather at ICSC RECon in Las Vegas, Nevada to conduct a year’s worth of business under one roof in record time. Though the spring event is virtual, an in-person RECon with proper safety precautions and CDC health guidelines in place is on the books for December 5-7. RECon gives you the opportunity to connect with iconic brands, hear from industry experts, and make deals on the largest industry show floor.

NAIOP CRE.Converge

September 26-29

Location: Miami, FL

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners, and investors of office, industrial, retail, and mixed-use real estate. CRE.Converge brings members together for networking opportunities, educational sessions, and to learn about trends and innovations in the industry.

MBA Annual Convention & Expo

October 17-20

Location: San Diego, CA

Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the only association that represents all segments of the real estate finance industry. Their Annual Convention & Expo, which offers a discounted price to members, allows you to meet with hundreds of exhibitors to see the latest products and services and to hear from MBA experts and advocates to get a pulse of the industry.

REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Nov 12-15

Location: San Diego, CA

Whether you’re a new agent or an experienced broker, the National Association of REALTORS® gives members opportunities and resources to enhance professional skills and maximize earnings. The annual REALTORS® Conference & Expo is one such opportunity where you can take part in education sessions, find products and services that will help you conduct business more efficiently, and network with industry peers to expand access to viable buyers and sellers.

CCIM Global Conference 

TBD

CCIM stands for Certified Commercial Investment Member. CCIMs are recognized as the leading experts in commercial investment real estate. Although the CCIM Institute has yet to announce when and where the 2021 Global Conference is taking place, past years have featured opportunities to refresh your skills and connect with industry leaders to discuss trends and the future of CRE. The event is always free for CCIM Institute members.