By Eleanor O'Connor – On
We’ve curated a list of five virtual conferences, webinars & in-person events (happening towards the end of 2020) for real estate and mortgage professionals to attend surrounding COVID-19, technology transformation, the state of the housing market, and marketing during times of uncertainty.
Consider this your guide to business continuity and real estate success during and after COVID-19.
Virtual Conferences & Webinars Happening in 2020
The following are arranged in chronological order. Events with a strike through them have already passed, but you can still access recordings of the virtual events on this list.
We've linked to the webinar & event recordings for your convenience; enjoy!
#1: Real Estate & COVID-19 Webinar
We may be biased, but we think you’ll find our webinar with Kristi Kaczorowski, a Buffalo real estate agent with 36 years of industry experience, extremely valuable.
And no, this event is NOT number one on our list because we happen to be hosting it, it’s because the webinar will be live tomorrow April 30th, at 1:30 PM EST!
Time is running out, so be sure to register before the start time to hear Kristi’s COVID-19 real estate communication survival tips live. Oh, and be sure to bring your questions about real estate team & client communication during the time of COVID-19. Kristi will be available to answer your questions in real time.
Event Date: April 30, 2020 @ 1:30 PM EST [EVENT HAS PASSED]
Location: Event is virtual; attend from anywhere!
Cost to Attend: FREE
The event has already passed, but you can watch the webinar recording here!
#2: 2020 National Association of Realtors Virtual Conference Sessions
Yes, it’s another event to attend during the month of May. With the impacts of COVID-19, May will be the hottest time to catch a webinar or attend an online event! Your schedule will be full, but this virtual conference is one you won’t want to miss.
Complementary to National Association of Realtors (NAR) members, the 2020 conference will feature 9 sessions focusing on navigating uncertain times with the intent of educating and generating member discussion.
Hot Topics of Interest to Be Discussed
➤ Residential Real Estate & Housing Market Impacts of COVID-19
➤ How technology is continuing to change real estate appraisals and valuations
➤ And something we all need… how to find peace during turbulent times
Event Dates: May 12-14, 2020 [EVENT HAS PASSED]
Location: Event is virtual and can be streamed via the NAR virtual platform, facebook live or youtube channel.
Cost to Attend: Complementary for NAR members
Where to Register: Click here
The event has already passed, but up until 6/15/2020 the session & meeting recordings are accessible here!
#3: Webinar on Expediting eClosing & RON in The Current Environment
In addition to real estate agents, digital transformation is rapidly accelerating for mortgage lenders. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, lenders are rapidly transitioning to eNote eClosings & taking action to implement Remote Online Notarization (RON) in an effort to limit in-person contact. Here's what you'll learn more about during the event:
➤ Progression & growth of eClosing
➤ What lenders can do right now to make loans e-friendly
➤ Up to date information on hybrid & full eNote eClosings
➤ Acceleration of eNote adoption
➤ Remote Online Notarization (RON) & the eNotary landscape
➤ How to implement an eClosing strategy
If you're thinking about implementing eStrategies, you'll want to attend this free webinar.
Event Date: May 14 @ 1 PM CST [EVENT HAS PASSED]
Location: Event is virtual, attend from anywhere!
Cost to Attend: FREE
Where to Register: On the HousingWire website
#4: engage.marketing Summit
This live online event by HousingWire is something our marketing team at Arbeit found particularly interesting. The event is focused on learning how to become an agile marketer in the real estate and mortgage industries complete with master classes, networking, breakout sessions, and a full lineup of speakers in the industry.
During these uncertain times, industry experts have recommended that real estate and mortgage professionals focus on helping their communities and building name recognition. Implementing successful and cost-effective marketing now will be the key to bouncing back when things start returning back to “normal.”
Discussion Topics We’re Curious About
➤ Keeping prospects “warm” (speaker)
➤ Branding (master class)
➤ Embracing sales in a marketing role (speaker)
Speakers You Won't Want to Miss
Mortgage Marketer David Arnett: With over 20 years of experience in creative design and marketing, David will be sharing tips on how to maximize marketing's influence on sales and internal teams. And he is no stranger to the mortgage industry either. As shared by HousingWire, David has launched a marketing services website for loan officers and completed a full website redesign in his position as Vice President of Marketing & Communications at Cherry Creek Mortgage.
Realtor Leigh Brown: According to HousingWire, Leigh was a crowd favorite at last year's conference being described as concise, relatable, and informative. Leigh is a realtor, broker/owner, author, keynote speaker, sales coach, and podcast host, so we are sure she'll be offering a wealth of information.
Chelsea Peitz's Instagram Master Class: Are you incorporating Instagram into your real estate marketing strategy? If not, this master class will help you get started! Chelsea will be sharing her tips as they apply to the real estate and mortgage industry during a twenty minute master class.
Currently in her role as National Director of Social Sales for Fidelity National Financial, she helps sales teams improve their market share, branding, and client-focused content creation. And that's not all. She hosts "The Voice of Social Sales" podcast, so be sure to check it out!
Facebook Marketing Strategist Travis Thom: We love to see more social media topics! During a twenty minute session, Travis Thom will be discussing how real estate agents and loan originators can use Facebook to improve their reach. He spends his time helping real estate agents and brokerages generate brand awareness, leads, and find qualified job candidates. According to HousingWire, the session will be valuable for Facebook marketing experts and beginners alike.
Event Dates: June 11-12, 2020 [EVENT HAS PASSED]
Location: Event is virtual; attend from anywhere!
Cost to Attend: Tickets range from $195 to $1,500
The event has already passed, but you can access top takeaways from the event using the links below!
#5: Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo
This event has been held annually since 2000 - wow! There’s something for everyone in the real estate industry at this event including REALTORS®, brokers, and appraisers. With 50+ speakers in the industry, you’ll learn the nitty gritty of best practices and recent developments in your space.
As of April the in-person event has not been transitioned online, but please continue to check the event website for the release of the 2020 agenda and potential rescheduling/changes.
Event Dates: December 7-10, 2020
Where to Register: TBD