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. If you'd like to jump to upcoming events, click here.

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!


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#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. 

If you’d like to do your own research on this event before making an investment, you can check out last year’s conference video and the full 2019 recap. 

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: Inman Connect Now Series

Connect Now is a series of virtual events that will help you network and grow in the real estate industry. Below are the upcoming events for 2020!

Your Job

Do you ever feel like the real estate industry has completed changed because of COVID-19? You're not alone. In fact, this is how most people in most industries feel right now. To put it simply, 2020 has been the year of adapting. Adapting doesn't come naturally to all of us though. Are you one of them? 

You don't need to feel lost any longer. The Connect Now September 15th event is all about getting back on track. As stated on the event website, "you'll learn specific, actionable skills to work on that you can further hone in the month leading up to the October event." Also, each session is tailored to either the industry as a whole, a specific role, networking, or tech & data. So quite literally, there is something for everyone.

Considering the current climate, below are sessions that we think you might find valuable based on your role.

Top Sessions for Real Estate Agents

➤ Marketing Bootcamp: How to Leverage Your Social Media Today to Generate Leads

➤ Video Marketing Show and Tell

➤ Top Agent Tips, Strategies and Habits for Success

Top Sessions for Real Estate Brokers

➤ Digital Tools Powering the Modern Brokerage

➤ How to Pivot Your Training and Recruiting Strategies

➤ Tips for Managing Your Business Through Uncertainty

Event Dates: September 15th

Location: Virtual Event

Cost: $149 for general attendees & $49 for select members

Where to Register: On the Inman website

Your 2021 Plan

The agenda for this event has not been announced yet, but I think we both can agree that from the sound of the September 15th event it's going to be valuable. 

Many of the changes we've seen in the real estate industry during 2020 will be here to stay. Meaning real estate professionals won't be able to wait around for things to go back to "normal."

Some of the changes that we think are here to stay are virtual open houses and video conferencing with clients, prospects, and team members. Why? Because it's a whole lot faster and simpler once tools such as a VoIP phone system or cloud-based collaboration tool are implemented.

With virtual open houses, potential home buyers can quite literally attend open houses and grocery shop at the same time. Your clients & prospects value their time, and whether they want to be communicated with in-person, over the computer, or both, it's your job to accommodate them as best as possible.

With that being said, the Connect Now October 20th event will be all about understanding how to set and exceed realistic goals, understand market conditions, and learn best practices as we move closer to 2021. We're so excited to see what's on the agenda for this one!

Event Dates: October 20th

Location: Virtual Event

Cost: $149 for general attendees & $49 for select members

Where to Register: On the Inman website

*Note: if you'd like to attend both of the Connect Now events, the cost is $179 for general attendees and $79 for select members.*

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