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San Diego: National Association of Realtors – NARAnnual

NAR is the National Association of Realtors, and this expo is supposed to host the largest trade show floor in real estate, with 400 exhibitors eager to show off their innovations and ideas. Solutions showcased at the expo included tech tools, real estate software, internet advertising, mobile devices and applications, mortgage and financial services, home protection and warranties, professional development and training, franchises and referral services, office products, “Green” innovations and real estate properties and developer referral programs. A newly designed space featured commercial technology presentations, deal-making networking tables and a property pitch session – all designed to increase every opportunity to find and generate new business in real estate. Delegates could even meet football legend Emmitt Smith, if they tipped up at the NAR booth. Got your NAR pass? No need for a Hail Mary pass, then…. #narannual

Trade Shows Las Vegas: ReCon 2015 #ReCon2015

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is all about advancing the shopping center industry and to promoting its role in the commercial distribution of consumer goods and services.  Recon is their Global Retail Real Estate Convention, and a fine platform for explaining why things are going well for the business;  for instance the industry as a whole has been thriving and “only going up”. In 2014 the average value of shopping center construction ($14.5 billion), occupancy rates (92.7%) and rent (+ 6.5%) all soared to record-breaking highs since 2008. Shopping center NOI (that’s Net Operating Income to us acronym ignoramuses)  also experienced a record growth rate (+8.3%) since 2000.  Mall sales productivity per square foot was up from $385 dollars in 2009 to over $475.  Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, the value of shopping center construction, including work done on both new and/or existing structures, reached $14.5 billion in 2014, the highest since 2008. The recession?  It’s just so over…  #ICSC2015 #ReCon2015

Baltimore: National Facilities Management and Technology – NMF&T

NFMT stands for National Facilities Management and Technology, a show and expo designed for anyone  involved in facilities management, maintenance or operations.  This was a three-day event that gave delegates customizable facilities management training, product discovery and non-stop networking. Major take-aways were new best practices, operational strategies, tricks of the trade, new relationships, fresh ideas and innovative solutions that would help manage facilities more productively in 2015. The NFMT Conference program featured more than 120 educational sessions for facilities management professionals, who could choose from every topic imaginable: from best practices for reducing energy, to maintenance planning and scheduling, to Finance 101 for FMs, to a review of ADA regulations, to developing a leadership style that leads to success.  These guys had a facility for managing…

New York City: International Council of Shopping Centers/New York – ICSC

ICSC is the International Council of Shopping Centers in New York City, and its stated purpose is to advance the shopping center industry and to promote its role in the commercial distribution of consumer goods and services.  ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry, with more than 65,000 members in over 100 countries, member types including shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  As a global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.  Dubbed the New York National Deal Making Conference, ICSC was a great opportunity for owners, developers, retailers, brokers, lenders, municipalities, property asset managers and product and service providers to gather under one roof to exhibit, make deals and form successful business partnerships.  So who wants to play Let’s Make A Deal…?   #ICSC

Denver: Colorado Association of Realtors – CAR

CAR is the Colorado Association of Realtors, and home ownership, we heard, is an important part of our economy, helps our communities thrive and gives our children the stability they need. Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. so the Colorado association is there to protect state consumers’ rights every day through political advocacy efforts and in various other ways.  CAR professes to stand for economic vitality, jobs, housing opportunities, the environment, property-owners’ rights, and building better communities.  They’re ready to consider measures to improve infrastructure like roads, bridges, highways, water, pretty much anything which supports and sustains quality of life by accommodating residential, commercial and industrial growth and facilitating economic development.  That’s how “estates” get “real”…

Denver: National Apartment Association – NAA Education Conference

The NAA Education Conference is the go-to get-together of the National Apartment Association.  NAA is a gathering of over 7,000 multifamily housing professionals, and is the largest event in this specialized branch of the industry.  The NAA Education Conference and Exposition is a draw for multifamily industry professionals who want to expand their knowledge. This year’s conference opened with keynote speakers such as actor Michael J. Fox and “Shark Tank” judge Barbara Corcoran, plus thought leaders such as real estate entrepreneur Bill Rancic.  Erica Campbell Byrum, director of social media of For Rent Media Solutions, (and one of the industry’s top social media experts), spoke at two NAA sessions. In the first, Erica joined Barbara Savona, CEO of Sprout Marketing, to discuss “The Big Brand Theory: Every Touchpoint Counts”; they discussed how to better secure business prospects by making every touchpoint count, and how social media is changing the way consumers engage with brands.  Engaging, no…?  #apartment

Las Vegas: ICSC RECon