Raise your hand if you’re going to any real estate conferences in 2019!
Real estate conferences are a great industry introduction for new real estate agents. You’ll have the opportunity to pick the brains of real estate experts and mingle with agents from other markets.
And real estate conferences are also advantageous for veteran agents who want to shake things up and explore new ideas for their real estate practices.
The hardest part is deciding which real estate conferences to attend. There are conferences all over the world and for every conceivable niche in the industry.
In this post, we’ll discuss the benefits of attending real estate conferences and let you know which conferences you can’t miss in 2019. We’re focusing on residential real estate conferences since most of our readers are residential agents and brokers.
Why It’s Important to Attend Real Estate Conferences
Before we jump into the list of can’t-miss real estate conferences, let’s talk about the benefits of attendance.
Many agents, especially newer agents who aren’t yet realizing their income potential, are deterred from attending conferences by the costs. There’s the cost of the conference ticket, plus the cost of travel, lodging, and food. Real estate conferences are a financial investment (albeit a tax-deductible investment!).
But the real estate conferences on our list are well worth the expense. Here’s why:
1. You’ll learn from the best and the brightest.
The speakers at real estate conferences are true real estate experts. They have a proven track record of success in the industry. They’ve been through the highs and lows of the real estate market, and they know how to generate leads and close deals no matter what the economy is doing. If these experts are speaking, you want to be listening.
2. You’ll extend your professional network.
Real estate conferences are a great place to network with other industry professionals. You’ll be able to exchange ideas and best practices. Plus you’ll be building relationships with out-of-area agents, which could potentially result in referrals for buyers relocating to your area.
3. You’ll hear about industry innovations.
Technology is changing the way we do business in every industry. And real estate is no exception. If you’re going to attract the next generation of buyers and sellers, you need to stay on top of the innovations in real estate.
4. You’ll leave feeling rejuvenated.
This is one of those intangible benefits that most people don’t think about. But real estate conferences are inspiring. With all the new ideas flying around, you’ll leave with a fresh perspective on your business. You’ll be energized and motivated to implement the things you learned at the conference.
5. You’ll see first-hand what it means to be a real estate expert.
The professionals attending real estate conferences are typically the top producers because they recognize the value in attendance. You’ll find people you can emulate in your business and your life. Who knows? You might connect with some of the presenters during your 2019 conferences and find yourself speaking to a crowd of your peers in future conferences. You’ll become the real estate authority in your market!
Can’t-Miss Real Estate Conferences for 2019
So which real estate conferences should you attend in 2019? Here are our top picks, sorted by how soon they’re coming up on the calendar.
Inman Connect brings more than 4,000 top producer agents and brokers, industry CEOs, MLS executives, and marketing experts to share ideas covering all aspects of real estate. Here are just a few of the sessions you can attend at Inman Connect: Building Your Personal Brand from Scratch Rethinking Your Lead Generation Strategy 10 Tech Trends You Cannot Ignore in 2019 The Real Estate Marketer’s Toolbox
You can’t afford to not attend!
Where: In New York City, New York. At the Marriott Marquis Hotel. When: January 28 through February 1. Cost: Normally priced at $1,200, individual conference passes are available for $999 as of the date of this post. You can also contact Inman to check prices on group packages if several of your colleagues are interested in attending. Additional options: Can’t make it to NYC in January? There’s another Inman Connect conference at the Aria in Las Vegas from July 23 through July 26. Tickets for this event normally go for $1,299, but the early bird discount will get you a pass for just $799.
Realtor® Broker Summit
The Realtor Broker Summit has been the premier real estate conference for members of NAR who are brokers (including broker-agents). The summit focuses on educating brokers on ever-changing best practices so they can take new ideas back to their offices and elevate the entire brokerage.
Details on the 2019 Realtor Broker Summit are just starting to be released. At this point, we know the summit will take place in Austin, Texas on April 2nd and 3rd. The Summit is a massive success every year, so even without having the 2019 details, we’re confident that you’ll benefit from attending the Summit.
To give you an idea of the topics discussed at the Realtor Broker Summit, here are a few of the sessions from last year’s Summit: Training, Coaching, and Culture Social Media Marketing and Promotions * The Changing Landscape of Brokerage Management
If you’re a Broker, give the Realtor Broker Summit serious consideration.
Where: Austin, Texas. The venue has not yet been published as of the date of this post.
When: April 2 and 3 Cost: Prices have not yet been published as of the date of this post.
IMPACT Agent University Conference 2019
The IMPACT Agent University Conference 2019 is the new real estate conference on the block. And they’re moving in with a BANG! Keynote speakers include household names (for real estate agents anyway!) like Tom Ferry, Tom Bilyeu, Sharran Srivatsaa, and Jon Cheplak. And there’s an impressive list of other real estate experts who will also be presenting at the conference.
The IMPACT Agent University Conference was “started by real estate agents, for real estate agents”. And they aim to be the most diverse real estate conference in existence.
Topics on this year’s agenda include: How to Scale Your Real Estate Business 7 Ways to Double Your Business in 11 Months * Building a Billion Dollar Mindset
The IMPACT Agent University Conference includes fun activities like sunrise yoga, a networking cocktail hour, and easy access to the New Orleans’ French Quarter Fest when the conference ends at 6:00 on Friday! It’s a can’t-miss event.
Where: In New Orleans, Louisiana. At the Hilton Riverside Hotel. When: April 11 and 12, to coincide with New Orleans’ French Quarter Fest Cost: $399 for Standard Admission and $499 for VIP Admission, which includes exclusive access to the conference's Billion Dollar Listing Presentations with Sharran Srivatsaa and access to the VIP lounge where the presenters will be hanging out before and after events.
Realtors® Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo
If you want your conference-going experience to include a chance to change legislation for the better, you need to check out the Realtors Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington D.C. this May.
This is where NAR members actively work to advance the real estate industry and public policy. Details on the 2019 conference haven’t been released just yet, but we know the event will take place in D.C. from May 13th through May 18th. This is another annual event that is a success every single year, so we can recommend it without knowing the specifics for 2019.
Where: In Washington D.C. The venue has not yet been published as of the date of this post.
When: May 13 through May 18 Cost: Prices have not yet been published as of the date of this post.
Tom Ferry Success Summit
Tom Ferry is one of the most recognizable names in residential real estate. You may have one of his books on your shelf or Kindle right now! Every year he hosts his Tom Ferry Success Summit to show real estate agents how to build a successful business and continue to grow year after year.
You’ll learn proven sales, marketing, and time management skills to take your business to the next level in 2019. Don’t miss this one!
Where: In Anaheim, CA. At the Anaheim Convention Center. When: August 13 through August 16 Cost: Normally $799, but just $229 with early bird pricing as of the date of this post. Tom Ferry’s coaching clients can get special reduced rates.
But that’s not all!
Many annual real estate conferences are still wrapping up their 2018 events, so they haven’t released information on the 2019 events just yet.
Here are a few annual conferences you’ll want to check on in January for 2019 updates:
Realtors® Conference & Expo
Realtors Conference & Expo is THE annual National Association of Realtors event. While the 2019 conference information isn’t available as of the date of this post, the 2018 conference boasted 125 sessions from 150 speakers over 4 days. This is truly a can’t-miss event every year!
Tech Edge is a one-day event full of short sessions focused on the latest tech trends in real estate. Every year there are multiple Tech Edge conferences in multiple locations around the country. This is a quick, fun, and inexpensive way to keep your business up-to-date in the ever-changing world of technology.
Luxury Connect , sponsored by Inman, is your ‘in’ to the exclusive world of luxury real estate. The 2018 conference in Beverly Hills featured speakers like Tami Pardee of Halton Pardee and Partners, Tom Ferry (yes, that Tom Ferry), and Laura Brady of Concierge Auctions (you may have heard our own Blake Garrett’s interview with Laura! ).
Whichever real estate conferences you choose to attend, go in with an open mind, and get ready to grow, both personally and professionally. Make 2019 your best year yet!