Attending industry events is a great way to stay abreast of changing trends, keep up with the latest technology, and network with potential partners and vendors from across the country.
It’s a pretty nice break from the daily grind, too!
Not sure which events should be on your radar this year? We’ve rounded up your 8 best bets right here.
Realtor Broker Summit
When: April 2-3
Where: Austin, Texas
What it is: An official National Association of Realtors event, the Broker Summit covers everything from tech and wire fraud to best practices and business strategy. And if you’re interested in upping your social media game? Consider this event a must. One of the keynote speakers is Jennifer Golbeck, director of the Social Intelligence Lab and longtime social media researcher.
IMPACT Agent University Conference
When: April 11-12
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
What it is: IMPACT Agent University is a brand new conference designed by real estate agents for real estate agents. Sessions will feature long-time coaches, motivational speakers and trainers — all with deep experience in the real estate industry. Topics will span everything from goal setting and social media to growth marketing and scalability. The conference coincides with New Orleans’ ever-popular French Quarter Fest, so it’s sure to be a fun and celebratory time.
Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo
When: May 13-18
Where: Washington, D.C.
What it is: Want to affect change at the highest level? Have big ideas for where the industry can go? Then this is the event for you. Aimed at talking big-picture, public policy topics relating to real estate, this conference is where all the industry’s biggest changes begin. You can also have a hand in planning up-and-coming initiatives for the National Association of Realtors.
When: July 23-26
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
What it is: This event is designed for all kinds of real estate pros, including agents, C-suite executives, tech firms, and marketing experts. Hosted at the Aria Resort & Casino, Inman Connect brings in 4,000 visitors to its twice-annual events. Featured speakers include author Molly Bloom and Glenn Kelman, the CEO of Redfin.
Realtors Conference & Expo
When: November 8-11
Where: San Francisco, California
What it is: The National Association of Realtors’ biggest annual event, the Realtors Conference & Expo (also called ReCon) is one that should be on every agent’s radar. Though speakers haven’t yet been announced, if last year’s event is any indication, it should be jam-packed with entertaining sessions. The 2018 conference featured actor Mark Wahlberg and TV host Andy Cohen. Registration for this year’s event starts in May, so mark your calendars.
Tom Ferry Success Summit
When: August 12-16
Where: Anaheim, California
What it is: Hosted by one of the industry’s top educators, the Tom Ferry Success Summit is all about bettering your skills, services and overall career as an agent. More than 4,000 agents from all over the world attend this annual event, which offers up sales, marketing, and business guidance for real estate pros of all backgrounds. Speakers and sessions haven’t been announced yet, but last year’s event included sessions on email marketing, Instagram, lead conversion, productivity hacking, and team building.
When: October 16-18
Where: Beverly Hills, California
What it is: Working in the luxury market? Want to take on more luxury listings? Then Luxury Connect is the place to start. The premier event for luxury real estate agents, this conference is three days of networking, training, learning, and just plain fun. This year’s feature speakers include Tom Ferry, Robert Reffkin (Compass), Laura Brady (Concierge Auctions) and Mauricio Umansky (The Agency).
When: Throughout the year
Where: Varies monthly
What it is: Tech Edge is a series of one-day events hosted by the National Association of Realtors in markets across the country. It’s a fully tech-focused conference boasting short, impactful sessions and some of the most knowledgeable reach estate tech experts around. This year’s Tech Edge events are set for Columbus, Ohio (March 14); San Jose, California (May 21); Richmond, Virginia (June 6); Nashville, Tennessee (June 11); Austin, Texas (July 23); Southfield, Michigan (August 27); Wichita, Kansas (September 17); and Columbia, South Carolina (October 17).
Other Training and Networking Events
You should also check with your state’s or county’s Realtor association for events, as well as any local broker or real estate-related groups. These can often provide niche, market-level data that can keep you in tune with local trends, as well as help you grow your business and reach more customers. Use NAR’s tool to find an association near you.
There are also brokerage-specific events you might consider. Keller Williams, for example, offers a wide range of camps, conferences, and expos throughout the year, as well as online webinars for additional training. Re/Max and Coldwell Banker also host regular events for their agents. Be sure to check with your brokerage to see if there are any opportunities or events you can take advantage of in 2019.