The 20/20 Chicago Global Real Estate Conference & Expo | Chicago Association of REALTORS®


The 20/20 Chicago Global Real Estate Conference & Expo

Thursday, April 30, 2020
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
CAR members through February 7: $75; Feb. 8 - April 3: $85; April 4 - April 24: $95; on-site: $105 | Non-members through April 24: $105; on-site: $125

Registration will close April 29th at 5:00 PM.

Parking: Please visit the Roosevelt University Parking Page for information on the various lots and pricing in the area. We recommend using an app like SpotHero to assist you in finding parking near the university.

Take a trip around the globe with the CAR Global Real Estate Council as they present a full-day conference to highlight heavy investment areas within Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas! You will hear from dynamic speakers and experts on how to tap into these markets to expand your business and clientele, obtain new marketing tools and identify new trends. You’ll learn about some of the many emerging markets and international developments worldwide, along with new data and trends to gain a strategic advantage. We will also feature an expo and plenty of networking opportunities. Make sure you bring plenty of business cards!

This conference will help you apply perfect 20/20 vision to your overall global outlook and business plans for the next few years and beyond! Do not miss the opportunity to connect with speakers and fellow attendees and obtain great information during this event!

Session I: North America | Risks, Opportunity, and Adaptation

North America is one of the most dynamic real estate markets in the world due to its few restrictions on ownership, ample profit potential and wide variety of opportunities for investors of all classes. Since exiting the economic downturn, North American real estate values have soared to meet or exceed the highs of more than a decade ago. Some analysts believe the market is in for a correction, while others think volatility will rule the day. Three experts discuss the risks, potential opportunities and creative adaptations that mitigate perils for investors.

  • Brandon Svec | Director, Market Analytics, CoStar Group
  • Scott Goodman | Founding Principal, Farpoint Development

Session II: Africa | The Next Frontier

Africa is emerging as a prime opportunity for real estate development and financial investment, including a surge in FinTech development in several nations. We’ll hear an overview of the African state of affairs and current trends, and gain knowledge on the real estate transaction process and the types of opportunities available to developers and investors.

Africa is recognized as the next frontier when it comes to untapped and unrealized opportunities, so if you or your clients are interested in investing where the rewards are as high as the risks, you won’t want to miss this session!
  • Olivier Kamanzi | President and Chairman, African Global Chamber of Commerce

Session III: Latin America | Sustainability, Innovation & Investment

With an inherent focus on sustainable practices, more builders are looking to green real estate development to build more efficient living spaces. This innovation has dramatically changed the face of development over the past several years. Our experts will dive into today’s new building sustainability and innovation practices in Latin American real estate markets, which are offering exciting real estate investment opportunities in the region.

  • Antonio Hannah Grayeb | CEO, Hanna Immobilare
  • Michael Simons | Co-owner & Broker, RE/MAX Tres Amigos/Prestige Properties/Ocean Village Costa Rica

Session IV: Asia | Economic Engine of the World 

According to the 2019 NAR Profile of International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate report, Asia accounted for 27% of all foreign buyers, the largest percentage in the U.S. As the continent is known as the largest economic region across the globe, we will take a closer look into new developments, risks and opportunities that will impact inbound and outbound real estate in the coming years. Additionally, this session will specifically address political risks for global investment and highlight new opportunities and necessary nuances you need to know when working with Asian buyers.

  • Winchell Cheung | Director, Midwest, Hong Kong Trade and Development Council

Session V: Europe | A View Across the Changing Continent

Join us as we examine the investment environment across an evolving EU landscape. Our panelists will provide a look into the current European economic environment, along with insights on investment opportunities and restrictions for foreign investors. We will journey from the ancient world, to a modern-day global economic leader, to a new economy emerging from decades behind the iron curtain.

  • Vidmantas Verbickas | Economic Affairs Consulate General, The Republic of Lithuania in Chicago
  • Dmitri Petropoulos | Trade Commissioner/Manager, Office for Economic and Commercial Affairs, Consulate General of Greece in Chicago


  • 2020 Global

  • Space is limited. Please click here for more information on CAR’s event attendance and cancellation policy. A limited quantity of on-site registrations will be accepted, pending availability.

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