Registration is open now for the new real estate summit in March.
As the market ramps up this spring, so too will the competition for leads, listings and the attention of buyers and sellers in Chicagoland. That situation was what inspired staff at Chicago Agent magazine to organize the Accelerate Summit taking place on March 5 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.
“We talk to agents and brokers every day, and we’re hearing this from everyone: It’s time to prepare for change in the market and for a more competitive marketplace,” said Anne Hartnett, managing partner of Agent Publishing, the parent company of Chicago Agent magazine, which is hosting the event. “This hyper-competitive market is such a pivotal time for agents. We knew it was important to create an event where they could build relationships, identify best practices, and gain the necessary knowledge to execute a successful real estate career.”
The summit will kick off with an opening session from American Advisors Group Strategic Business Specialist Ryan Ponsford called The Art and Science of Trusted Relationships. The breakout sessions will cover a wide variety of topics, including team building, social selling, navigating a shifting market, leveraging marketing automation and lead generation. The day-long event will end with a keynote session and cocktail hour.
Summit registration is restricted to licensed real estate practitioners only. Hartnett said this is part of an intentional design to focus programming on the needs of working professionals. “There will be a lot of actionable takeaways,” she said. “We’re confident all attendees will return to the office with new ideas on how to be more impactful sales leaders.”
Still, the event has been attracting interest from many others in the residential real estate world. For example, Chase Bank was quick to secure the highest level of sponsorship available for the event. “This was an ideal event for Chase to be involved in because we share Chicago Agent magazine’s commitment to helping our shared customers,” said Maxwell Koziol, executive director of home lending at Chase Bank. “We want to help strengthen the communities in which we all live and work.” Other sponsors include Guaranteed Rate and Blueleaf.