Networking is an essential component to being successful in the commercial real estate industry, and attending industry events makes this all the more simple. On top of relationship-building opportunities, commercial real estate events can offer sponsorship opportunities to build brand awareness, speaking engagements to establish thought leadership, and educational workshops to stay updated on industry trends.
The commercial real estate calendar is packed full of events, covering a broad range of topics. As much as we would love to cover every single event, we had to make a few cuts to make this list as succinct as possible.
Here is our comprehensive guide to the top commercial real estate conferences for 2018-2019:
June 21, 2018 | San Francisco, CA
September 13, 2018 | Los Angeles, CA
October 18, 2018 | Chicago, IL
December 6, 2018 | New York, NY (Details TBD!)
CREtech is a leading source for all things tech in the commercial real estate space. Since launching their event two-city series in 2017, CREtech has grown to include Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. CREtech’s events are stacked with top-notch panelists and allow for fun, yet productive networking opportunities in a casual atmosphere.
June 23-26, 2018 | San Antonio, TX
BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) organizes an annual conference packed with engaging workshops about innovative technologies as well as educational tracks about a range of topics from Creating Asset Value to High Performance Buildings.
July 16-18, 2018 | Boston, MA
October 8-10, 2018 | Los Angeles, CA
December 4-6, 2018 | New York, NY
ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) hosts large regional conferences that provide educational sessions and networking opportunities for commercial real estate professionals who specialize in the retail space. Check out this page for smaller local events happening throughout North America!
July 30 – August 1, 2018 | Nashville TN
The Appraisal Institute is an international organization that engages in education and advocacy for real estate appraisers, and their Annual Conference provides ample networking time and exciting breakout sessions on a variety of topics ranging from commercial historical preservation to commercial real estate sustainability.
September 5-7, 2018 | Las Vegas, NV
Hosted by the California Mortgage Bankers Association, the annual Western States CREF Conference brings together hundreds of leading lending professionals in the commercial real estate space. To encourage young professionals to attend the conference, the CMBA allows member companies to send up to three employees, 35 years of age or younger, to the event for free!
October 7-11, 2018 | Chicago, IL
The CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Institute is a professional network for commercial real estate professionals that seeks to arrange opportunities for its members via educational programming. The Institute also provides recognition for those who have demonstrated their excellence in the industry through the conferment of the CCIM designation, a certification granted to real estate leaders who have completed high-level coursework in financial and market analysis. Every year, the Institute’s conference brings together commercial real estate professionals, CCIM members or not, to exchange ideas around topics such as crowdfunding, big data, and technology.
October 8-11, 2018 | Boston, MA
The ULI (Urban Land Institute) Fall Meeting draws in over 6,000 commercial real estate professionals every year and features content, tours, and networking events for developers, investors, architects, planners, brokers, academics, attorneys, and policymakers alike. This event is unique in that nearly every sector of the commercial real estate industry is represented, making your attendance all the more worthwhile.
October 11-13, 2018 | Denver, CO
April 10 – 13, 2019 | Washington, DC
SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) hosts a bi-annual conference that connects top brokers, agents and professionals in commercial real estate for three days of relationship-building, educational workshops (redeemable for real estate continuing education credit in some states), and social opportunities.
October 14-17, 2018 | Boston, MA
CORENet Global Summit attracts over 2,000 attendees from the corporate real estate sector and features over 200 speakers and 100 breakout educational sessions, providing ample opportunities to network and expand your industry knowledge.
October 15-16, 2018 | Chicago, IL
October 24-25, 2018 | Miami, FL
January 16-18, 2019 | Laguna Beach, CA
February 7-9, 2019 | New York, NY
IMN (Information Management Network) is a preeminent organizer of commercial real estate forums around the United States. Events themes range from topics such as Middle Market Multifamily in the Midwest, Middle Market Multifamily in the Northeast, Real Estate Office & Private Wealth Management, Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing, and more. IMN events feature highly vetted industry leaders as speakers and panelists, which facilitates a productive networking environment.
October 17, 2018 | Washington, DC
November 13, 2018 | New York, NY
CRE News platform Commercial Observer produces a variety of events and forums about topics ranging from construction to commercial financing. Financing events are well-attended by over 200 industry leaders and provide access to emerging trends and insights about the lending space.
October 17-19, 2018 | San Diego, CA
Comprised of over 1,000 members, CREW Network is a premier networking organization for women working in commercial real estate. Their annual convention provides a series of educational seminars, professional development opportunities, and features an impressive lineup of speakers.
October 15-17, 2018 | Washington, DC
Organized by NAIOP (National Association for Industrial and Office Parks), CRE.Converge is attended by over 1,500 commercial real estate professionals and provides engaging programming from industry leaders.
October 22, 2018 | New York, NY
The Global Real Estate Summit & Expo brings together over 600 professionals involved with brokerage, development, investment, lending, technological and legal sectors to engage in a wide range of discussions about the ever-changing commercial real estate space.
October 23, 2018 | Napa Valley, CA
The Private Equity Real Estate Forum will host workshops covering a range of topics, including the rise of commercial real estate debt and the effect of ‘Trumponomics’ on commercial real estate investment.
October 29-30, 2018 | Los Angeles, CA
Presented by GlobeSt.com, RealShare will bring together over 1,000 top owners, investors, developers, brokers, and financiers as well as over 70 top-quality speakers to discuss numerous topics related to the multifamily sector.
November 2-5, 2018 | Boston, MA
NAR (National Association of Realtors) is the largest trade organization in the U.S., boasting a membership of over 1.3 million professionals involved in commercial and residential real estate. Their annual conference attracts over 20,000 real estate professionals and offers several commercial-focused educational sessions, a trade show featuring over 400 exhibitors, and plenty of opportunities to network.
November 7-8, 2018 | New York, NY
Attended by over 250 professionals last year, PERE America brings together members of the private equity real estate community to engage in insightful discussion about the future of the industry.
November 7-9, 2018 | San Francisco
REITWorld offers opportunities to directly interact with members of the real estate investment community in the form of private meetings, educational sessions, and networking events.
January 14-16, 2019 | Miami, FL
June 10-12, 2019 | New York, NY
Every year, the CRE Finance Council hosts two major conferences which cover a variety of topics facing the industry. Last year, panel discussions focused on subjects ranging from fiscal policy to changing consumer trends.
January 28-31, 2019 | San Francisco, CA
February 10-13, 2019 | San Diego, CA
March 24 – 27, 2019 | Dallas, TX
May 14 – 17, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA
May 19 – 22, 2019 | New York, NY
The Mortgage Bankers Association represents members of the commercial real estate financial community and hosts a series of events to keep its vast network engaged through educational seminars and industry conferences.
March 14 – 15, 2019 | Dallas, TX
PREA’s (Pension Real Estate Association) annual conference brings together a wide variety of commercial real estate professionals and features high-quality panels that address emerging the latest trends affecting pension funds such as blockchain and big data.
2019 Date TBD
Attended by thousands of professionals every year, RealComm brings together industry leaders in the commercial real estate sector to debate and discuss emerging technologies and innovations impacting the industry. In the past, RealComm panel discussions have tackled subjects such as tech strategy, data science, robotic process automation, and more!
The 2018 conference has already come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to next year’s event!
Multiple dates across 25+ cities
Bisnow is not only a trusted source for commercial real estate news but also a major producer of industry-specific events across the United States that feature engaging speakers and thought-provoking panels. Upcoming panel topics will cover trends faced by the multifamily, healthcare, industrial, office, investment sectors, and more.
If your event is missing from this list, let us know. Be sure to look out for Reonomy when you’re on the road!