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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

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

Chicago: REIA

August 15, 2013. Around Chicago there are new high rise office buildings sprouting up and many more planned for development.  Simultaneously, existing office inventory is actively trading hands and being recapitalized, while obsolete loft building product and other commercial property inventory is being redeveloped into unique office product to fill demand across various industries.  Enter REIA, the Real Estate Investment Association, and it’s there for “networking, information-sharing and resources for private real estate investors, lenders and developers”, we heard.  Apparently REIA is comprised of “a unique mix of some of the brightest, most visionary real estate investment entrepreneurs and professionals in the Chicagoland real estate industry”. The formation of REIA was originally driven by a desire to address the interests and needs of all real estate investors, regardless of the form of ownership.  All together now: “My… kind… of town, Chicago is…”

San Diego: NAA Education Conference

June 19-22, 2013. NAA is the National Apartment Association, and it was awash with key apartment industry decision makers, both from the field and people directly involved in purchasing.  On hand were 6,300 property management buyers.  This event boasted world-class General Session speakers, (Sir Richard Branson took the leading spot), and offered more than 50 education sessions led by topic experts.  More than 380 suppliers demonstrated the latest products and services for the apartment side of the property industry.  An important component in the marketing mix, we heard, had to include personal face time with the most valuable customers. The 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition aimed to provide that opportunity. A presence could build trust among NAA members and keep a service or supplier company top of mind when delegates were making final purchasing decisions.  Okay, coffee then;  your apartment or my apartment?