Whether you need to brush up on some basic concepts, get updated on the latest markets trends, or learn how to source more deals as an agent, webinars can be a great source of education.

They are offered by a myriad of real estate companies and professional organizations, and cover just about any topic related to leasing, managing, operating, or investing in real estate.

Nevertheless, it is important to only choose webinars that are led by experienced industry professionals and reputable companies in order to ensure the quality of the information being shared.

A Look at Commercial Real Estate Webinars

Simply put, webinars are interactive online classes or presentations led by one or more subject matter experts in a live session.

They typically range in duration from 30 to 90 minutes and feature a Q&A segment at the end.

Most webinars are also recorded and made available for on-demand watching after the live event is over.

While many webinars are offered for free, professional organizations sometimes charge as much as $99 for a single session.

On the positive side, some of these paid webinars award continuing education credit towards various professional certifications.

In the sections below, we will highlight a handful of webinars that discuss current market and industry trends, evergreen topics related to commercial and multifamily real estate, and more.

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Webinars for Learning About the Industry

Commercial Real Estate Basics for Small Business Owners

Presented by: Accion

Leasing the right commercial space is one of the most important decisions that brick-and-mortar small business owners have to make when starting their business.

Getting familiar with the industry terminology and the leasing process ahead of time can make the task much easier to navigate.

Presented by Accion, the largest nationwide nonprofit lending network and Victoria Felix of Keller Williams NYC Tribeca, this webinar explains the basics of commercial real estate leasing.

In addition to defining general industry terms and the different types of leases, the presenter talks about how to estimate the square footage needs of your business, how to select the right location, and whether you should retain a real estate attorney.

Retail Real Estate Webinar Learning Series

Presented by: ICSC
7/1/2019 – 12/31/2019

This webinar series offered by ICSC consists of 12 separate courses covering a variety of topics related to the retail and shopping center industry.

Course subjects include retail real estate finance, planning, development and project management, design and construction, leasing and marketing strategies, and property management and operations.

Learning sessions are presented by notable industry leaders with proven track record as ICSC faculty and many are also members of the Certification Admissions & Governing Committee.

The webinars also feature interactive quizzes and recommended readings, and are a great learning resource for professionals preparing for the CRRP (Certified Retail Real Estate Professional) exam.

Webinars on Technology and Commercial Real Estate

The Autonomous Future of Real Estate

Presented by: SIOR
Recorded on: 3/14/2018

When it comes to embracing digital innovation, the real estate industry has been trailing the rest of the business world for years.

Thanks to a number of proptech companies, technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, automation, and blockchain are finally starting to make an impact on how business is done in the industry.

This webinar, presented by James Scott from MIT’s Real Estate Innovation Lab, is an opportunity for real estate professionals to familiarize themselves with these new technologies and their importance, as well as learn about their existing and future applications in the industry.

Key Takeaways from the Commercial Real Estate Technology Effectiveness Survey

Presented by: BOMA
Recorded on: 11/07/2018

Commissioned by BOMA International’s Technology Committee and Building Engines, the 2018 CRE Technology Effectiveness Survey addresses the recent technological advances in commercial real estate and their adoption by industry professionals.

This webinar presents the findings of the survey and discusses the benefits of embracing new technology.

Henry Chamberlain, President of BOMA International, Coleen Spratt, Managing Director at Colliers International, and Phil Mobley, Head of Research at Building Engines also talk about how successful organizations are using technology to their advantage and what’s next for proptech.

Webinars on Commercial Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Investment Strategies for a Changing Economic Climate

Presented by: Marcus & Millichap
Recorded on: 9/12/2019

Economic ups and downs and financial market performance are two factors that can have a huge impact on the success of real estate investments.

A proper assessment of the risks and opportunities however can deliver positive results in any market conditions.

A panel of Marcus & Millichap executives, including President and Chief Executive Officer Hessam Nadji, discusses such topics as recession risk, financial market volatility, falling interest rates, capital markets, and the latest lending trends.

The webinar also offers an analysis of the supply and demand in various real estate asset categories and strategical advice on investing in the current market environment.

Introduction to Multifamily Investing

Presented by: 37th Parallel Properties

Multifamily investing can be a great way to generate passive income while growing your wealth overtime with relatively low risk.

As with any other business activity however, it requires a fair amount of research, education, and experience in order to be successful.

This webinar educates investors how to make better real estate investment decisions in order to generate tax advantaged income and grow their equity.

Additionally, the presentation discusses the use of retirement accounts to invest in real estate and the market trends that will influence the multifamily industry over the next 25 years.

The webinar is offered by 37th Parallel Properties, an established provider of commercial multifamily acquisition and asset management services.

Opportunity Zones Webinar

Presented by: NAIOP
Recorded on: 07/16/2019

This webinar takes a comprehensive look at Opportunity Zones as a real estate investment option and the associated tax benefits and regulatory policies.

Topics discussed include the basics of Qualified Opportunity Funds, newly proposed regulations, and fund creation compliance.

Additionally, the presenters explore the impact of Opportunity Zone investments to the surrounding communities.

The webinar is led by Allen Gregory and Mark Kennedy.

Mr. Gregory is Lead Federal Tax Partner at TaxOps and founder of AG Tax and Consulting. Mr. Kennedy is CIO of FUEL.LA Innovation Hub and Opportunity Zone Fund.

Webinars on CRE Industry Trends

Is Your Office Portfolio Ready for a Shift?

Presented by: NAIOP
Recorded on: 08/14/2018

A steadily growing trend in commercial office space leasing, coworking has presented property owners, managers, brokers, and investors with a unique set of opportunities and challenges.

Presented by Kane Willmott, the president of the Global Workspace Association and CEO of iQ Office Suites, this webinar offers practical advice on embracing coworking as an option for office real estate portfolios and excelling at it.

Learn what it takes to transition to this new trend in office leasing, how to attract and retain high quality tenants, and more.

What’s Next for the Dynamic Industrial Market?

Presented by: NAIOP
Recorded on: 04/16/2019

E-commerce, last mile delivery, two-story urban distribution centers, and other new trends in the consumer goods market have refueled the demand for industrial real estate, while reshaping the industry at the same time.

Led by Dr. Josh Harris, an Academic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate, this webinar presents data and findings from the NAIOP Industrial Space Demand Forecast.

Dr. Harris also discusses the current economic trends driving the increased demand for industrial space and shares his insights on what’s next for this real estate sector.

Multifamily Recap & Forecast – Fall 2019

Presented by: Yardi Matrix
Recorded on: 11/6/2019

The multifamily housing market has received a lot of attention from real estate developers and investors in recent years.

This webinar reviews the current state of the industry and offers a forecast of where the market is headed next year and beyond.

Led by industry experts Jeff Adler and Jack Kern from Yardi Matrix, this session covers multifamily fundamentals including supply, demand, rent, and occupancy.

The presenters also discuss hot industry topics such as the effects of political risk when making investment decisions, and rent control management.
Operations and Sustainability

In Case of Emergency: The Future of Emergency Preparedness

Presented by: BOMA
Recorded on: 12/13/2017

Natural disasters, crime, and accidents can happen at any time and without notice.

When such emergency situations arise, real estate owners and managers need to have a plan in place in order to ensure the safety of their building occupants, protect the property, and restore operations as soon as possible.

This webinar discusses the current best practices for emergency preparedness, latest trends in risk management, and the responsibilities of property owners and managers during a crisis.

The presenter, Joe Donovan, Director Operational Risk at Beacon Capital Partners, also shares important tips such as how to stay connected when responding to emergencies.

Reducing Water and Waste Starts with Data

Presented by: BOMA
Recorded on: 6/12/2018

Energy benchmarking legislation has been enacted in a number of cities across the country, and building owners and managers in these locales are required to track the energy consumption in their properties.

Even if you own or operate real estate assets in areas where benchmarking laws are yet to come, it is a good idea to get familiar with this new regulation ahead of time.

Eric Duchon, Global Head of Sustainability at LaSalle Investment Management, Randy Moss, Consultant at Yardi, and Sara Neff, Vice President of Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation discuss the new regulations, explain how to use ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® to begin benchmarking and analyze the collected data, and how to implement changes.

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