The 2018 Real Estate Conference Calendar for Agents and Brokers
By Matthew Bushery
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It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday season and lose track of time. To make sure you don’t miss out on any early 2018 real estate conferences (and excellent opportunities to enhance your industry knowledge), we’ve put together this easy reference guide so you can plan ahead.
Going to at least a few of these conventions, meetups, and seminars throughout the year and picking up new tricks of the real estate trade along the way can definitely help your business and make you a more well-rounded real estate agent.
Our roundup certainly doesn’t include every major industry event, but the dozen-plus 2018 real estate conferences outlined below are all well-established ones that we think are definitely worth checking out in 2018 and beyond.
Take a look at the list and take note of the ones that catch your eye!
January 22 – 26
Brad Inman and Co. over at Inman News have turned a widely respected industry publication into several renowned real estate conferences over the past decade.
The first 2018 real estate event on our list is Inman Connect New York (ICNY), which takes place in Times Square and features dozens of intriguing and insightful speakers.
Franchise executives, tech leaders, top producers, and housing economists account for just some of the numerous real estate minds that will take the stage at ICNY. We will be attending this popular industry conference, so stay tuned for our coverage!
January 29 – February 2
Technically, there are five distinct real estate conferences at this prestigious, three-day event from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, all of which take place in sunny Las Vegas:
- Agent Summit: Attendees can get tips on everything from productivity to negotiation from fellow sales associates nationwide.
- Sales Manager Summit: Brokers and other agency admins and execs can get advice on how to effectively manage their teams.
- Luxury Portfolio Agent Summit: High-end agents and brokers can learn about the latest luxury real estate marketing strategies.
- Annual Conference: Real estate professionals can get up to speed on industry trends and news items.
- MarTech: Agents can explore the latest and greatest marketing and sales technology.
With so many choices at agents’ and brokers’ disposal, there’s at least one ideal event for everyone.
February 5 – 6
Many of today’s top-producing sales reps will head to Dallas for this premier real estate conference, run by the newly named Residential Real Estate Council.
Motivational speaker Mel Robbins of TED Talk fame will offer her business insights to agents and brokers in attendance.
In addition, there will be informative sessions on prospecting, listing presentations, and client satisfaction.
February 16 – 20
The first of several franchise-specific 2018 real estate conferences, this one from industry giant Keller Williams is always an enjoyable and enlightening experience for its members.
This year’s edition takes place in Anaheim and, as usual, will feature numerous KW members sharing brand updates as well as niche marketing and sales techniques.
New KW CEO John Davis will also join other KW executives to present the annual State of Your Company and note areas in which the franchise has grown in the past year.
February 26 – March 1
Another large franchise, RE/MAX, will also start the year off with a bang by conducting its annual R4 Convention in Las Vegas.
The 2017 edition of this event featured 6,000 agents and brokers within the brand who came from 60 different countries. This year, the convention is expected to attract just as many RE/MAX members.
One of the primary topics of discussion in 2017 was technology and how RE/MAX members could continue to integrate new tools and resources into their digital marketing plans. That subject will surely be a prominent one this year as well.
March 4 – 6
Innovation is the core theme of this year’s Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sales Convention, which will take place in San Antonio.
Awards will be handed out to notable BHHS members, university courses will provide in-depth business tips and tricks, and notable speakers like real estate coach Brian Buffini will share their business best practices with franchise members.
In addition, BHHS agents and brokers get the chance to meet up, discuss their distinct brands, and share how they plan to grow in the year ahead.
March 11 – 14
Not to be outdone, Century 21 has organized what is sure to be one of the must-attend 2018 real estate conferences for its large member base.
The four-day convention based in Orlando will provide Century 21 agents and brokers the opportunity to take part in several learning sessions intended to help them scale their businesses.
One21 is just the first of three Century 21 real estate conferences during the year; Leadership Summit and Top Agent Retreat both take place at the end of 2018.
April 4 – 5
Before the big National Association of REALTORS real estate conference (more on that in a few), brokers in the trade group will assemble in Nashville to chat about all things business.
From training and coaching classes intended to make brokers better leaders for their agencies to sessions outlining the future of the housing and mortgage markets, those who attend are assured to leave with lots of useful info.
April 10 – 12
Swanepoel T3 Group Chairman and CEO Stefan Swanepoel and his team have put together one of the can’t-miss 2018 real estate conferences for top producers.
This invitation-only event brings together many of the nation’s highest-earning, innovative agents and brokers along with top executives and business leaders.
Past speakers include Zillow’s Spencer Rascoff, Coldwell Banker’s Charlie Young, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate’s Sherry Chris, and Placester’s very own Matt Barba.
May 16 – 18
Executives, senior management, and brokers from throughout the country are the primary audiences for this esteemed event, held in Denver by residential news and analysis firm REAL Trends.
If you’re looking to get actionable advice you can bring home to your brokerage and use to increase your bottom line, this is definitely the 2018 real estate conference you should attend.
This year, Realogy Franchise Group’s John Peyton will discuss the role artificial intelligence and predictive analytics play for firms nationwide, while Rob Hahn of 7DS Associates is on tap to chat about evolving industry regulations and consumer behavior.
July 16 – 20
Once you’ve had enough time to take in all of the valuable information served up at Inman Connect New York, you can secure a ticket to the summertime edition – hosted in San Francisco.
The format for the second instance of Inman’s 2018 real estate conferences remains largely the same as the New York variety: Lots of comprehensive sessions on real estate marketing, sales, and technology.
Speakers and details for this version of Inman Connect are TBD, but it’s practically a guarantee this popular industry event will deliver the goods needed to help your business grow.
It’s not just the biggest franchises that host their own conferences. Reputable real estate coach and speaker Tom Ferry has his own brand of events, focused on helping agents develop better processes for their businesses.
Ferry, who has 30 years of industry experience, uses this event and others he holds each year to guide sales reps and agency heads through their daily routines and long-term planning.
In short, the Success Summit lives up to its name: making you a more successful real estate agent!
If you want motivational and tactical tips to better your business, you know which 2018 real estate conference is perfect for you.
In response to Hurricane Harvey, which hit the area of Texas where the 2017 version was scheduled to take place, the Keller Williams community gathered together instead to help those in need in the state: a gesture the countless displaced and affected residents there no doubt appreciated.
In 2018, KW will gather once again in Austin to bring together both current and aspiring Mega Agents to offer up expert insights.
The sessions are meant to help top-producing agents continue to thrive, and high-earner hopefuls develop processes that can elevate their businesses.
September 9 – 11
Many real estate conferences offer plenty of entertainment options for their guests, like concerts and general speaking engagements with high-profile individuals.
Few industry events, though, include full-on music festivals as part of the festivities. One such convention is the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals National conference.
Latino agents, brokers, and executives nationwide convene annually to this engaging event, where they network, share their secrets to real estate success, and enjoy lively music and cultural cuisine during the festival.
October 2 – 4
The National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals will hold its 2018 real estate conference in California for “three power-packed days of learning and networking with the best in the business.”
In 2017, the conference featured speakers like The Malibu Life’s Madison Hildebrand, U.S. Congressman Mark Takano, and Placester’s Seth Price.
This fall convention follows the LGBT Housing Policy Summit in spring, when the organization’s leadership will meet with residential regulators and other housing leaders to discuss fair housing policies and advocate for legislation.
November 2 – 5
And finally, we arrive at what is considered and expected to be the biggest 2018 real estate conference: the National Association of REALTORS Conference & Expo.
Boston is the destination for this year’s edition of NAR Annual, and tens of thousands of the trade group’s members are expected to attend as they do every year.
Dozens of conference programs, educational sessions, and world-famous industry speakers account for much of the activities at NAR Annual, not to mention a dazzling array of vendor booths to visit on the expo floor. Since Boston is home to Placester HQ, you can expect to see a lot of NAR Annual coverage on the Academy this fall!
The bottom line is this: If you’re a REALTOR, this is the preeminent event to attend in 2018 — one that can help you discover new marketing trends, sales techniques, and tech that can help you achieve your long-term business goals.
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Published on December 14, 2017
Written by Matthew Bushery
I'm the Sr. Content Creator for Placester, where I educate real estate professionals about modern marketing and, in turn, help agents and brokers make the most of their online presence, earn more traffic, and generate more leads and business.