The real estate market is far from static, and especially this late in the cycle, it’s important to keep up with the latest trends in the industry. A great way to stay informed and to build relationships with the industry’s real estate professionals is to attend events and conferences that tackle real estate topics and issues. These events usually host highly regarded industry speakers who share their knowledge and success stories, and panel sessions can educate audiences and offer solutions to everyone’s challenges.
While New York City hosts a big number of real estate-related events throughout the year, these are our top picks for the following months. Whether your area of expertise is commercial real estate or residential real estate, these events can keep you up to speed with what’s going on in the market, and what trends to look out for in 2020.
Fall Financing Commercial Real Estate Forum
The half-day event will start at 8:00 am on November 20, 2019, at The Metropolitan Club at 1 East 60th Street on the Upper East Side. Make sure you dress up properly, as the venue has a strict code–jacket and tie are a must for men, and no jeans or sneakers are permitted. The event is organized by the Commercial Observer and will consist of nine sessions that will cover topics such as the year-over-year evolution of the CRE CLO sector, the performance of bridge loans on transitional assets this late in the cycle, the effects of increased competition on spreads, as well as the most attractive property types from a financing standpoint.
The speakers, which include professionals from J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, CCRE, Newmark Knight Frank Capital Markets, PGIM Real Estate Finance, Cushman & Wakefield, Meridian Capital Group, Starwood Property Trust, Silverstein Properties, and others, will also highlight the hottest markets in the U.S. for domestic and foreign investment, while also determining the drivers of the internalization of real estate as an asset class and whether it is still regarded as a safe haven for foreign capital. You can register here.
RELA NYC Lenders Syndications Event
The Real Estate Lenders Association has a few events coming up that New York City industry professionals can attend. The RELA NYC Chapter will be holding its annual NYC Lenders Syndications Event on November 20, 2019, at Wild Ink, overlooking the Vessel at Hudson Yards. All attendees will also get complimentary Vessel tickets. Tickets for members are $145, while non-members can attend the event with a $195 ticket – you can register for the event here.
RELA will also be hosting a NYC December Breakfast Meeting on December 4, where the focus will be a South Bronx Development Presentation. The expert panel will discuss new developments in the borough, including 2401 Third Avenue, Bronx Point, and Austin 147. This event will take place from 8:00 am to 9:30 am, at The Yale Club at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue near Grand Central.
Cap Intro: Real Estate Fund Investing
Catalyst Financial Partners is a specialist events and services firm for the private funds industry that, since 2008, has been linking alpha-oriented private funds with institutional-grade investors. Their next event takes place on December 9, 2019, at Sparks Steak House at 210 East 46 Street in Midtown, starting at 12:30 pm. At the venue, managers will give short presentations followed by introductions with the investors in priorly arranged private meetings, based on the merits of each investment manager and the requests made by the investors. Those interested can register here.
New York Deal Making
The International Council for Shopping Centers was established about 60 years ago in Chicago. The network has grown to more than 70,000 members worldwide and is on a mission to sustain the retail real estate industry around the globe. The ICSC host more than 100 events per year, connecting investors with innovators in the retail sector, and their next one in New York will take place from December 10 to December 12 at the Javits Center at 655 West 34th Street. The event will kick off with 15 workshops on topics such as operating strategies for increased profitability, key principles of design and construction, gentrification, retail asset management, retail property law, technology updates and more. Register here.
Global Institutional Real Estate Investor Forum
The 7th Annual Global Institutional Real Estate Investor Forum takes place on December 11-12 at the Union League Club at 38 East 37th Street in Murray Hill. The forum brings together more than 300 investors, funds and advisers who will discuss sectors, due diligence and real estate investment opportunities in the U.S. and around the world. Speakers will focus on the state of real estate fundamentals this late in the cycle, will evaluate local economies on a submarket level versus a macro-level, will advise on finding investment opportunities in light of solid growth and a foreign buyer glut, and will shed light on how investors source and screen managers for real estate vehicles. Other key topics of the event will focus on examining the role of core, value-add and opportunistic assets in international portfolios, and how to leverage the liquidity benefits of REITs and the benefits of a largely core-focused security. For this event you can register here.
Middle-Market Multifamily Forum Northeast
Founded in 1994, IMN is a global organizer of institutional finance and investment conferences. In 2020, the third annual Middle-market Multifamily Forum returns to New York on February 6 and 7 at the Marriott New York Downtown at 85 West Street in Lower Manhattan. The last edition gathered more than 400 attendees, including more than 200 owners/operators and 25 exhibitors. The announced themes for the next event include the companies’ itineraries from small to mid-sized players, working with institutional capital, investing in and managing apartment buildings with up to 50 units, equity financing and small owner joint ventures and Class B and C apartments. The registration page is here.
Boutique Hotel Investment Conference
Hosted by StayBoutique, a hub providing a guide to upscale hotels, brands and moments, the conference will take place on June 3, 2020 at a New York location that’s yet to be announced. This edition will focus solely on boutique hotels and will discuss topics such as alternative funding, industry facts and figures, behind the scenes of boutique hotel transactions and international influence. The main theme will revolve around financing and the event will consist of workshops, keynotes, panels spotlights and stories. Tickets can be purchased here.
Alternative Investments Research & Due Diligence Forum
The Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association is a national trade association of decision makers founded in 2003 with approximately 4,500 members. They represent more than 220,000 professionals throughout the country that include sponsor members who have raised more than $200 billion in equity and serve more than 1 million investors. Their next event will take place on July 14-15, 2020 at New York Hilton Midtown near Times Square, and further details are yet to be announced.
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