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The Top 7 Commercial Real Estate Associations For You To Join

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July 19, 2018 3 mins

As a commercial real estate professional, you have the opportunity to join and take advantage of several industry specific associations. Not only do these organizations provide you with wonderful networking events, but they also help you to differentiate yourself from your competitors, and stay on top of the ever-changing trends in the industry. All of these organizations offer something unique, so it’s best to do some research and become active in the ones that are best suited for you.

CCIM Institute

The Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) lapel pin denotes that the wearer has completed advanced coursework in financial and market analysis, and demonstrated extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry. CCIM designees are recognized as leading experts in commercial investment real estate. Above all, the CCIM designation represents proven expertise in financial, market, and investment analysis, in addition to negotiation. Courses in these core competencies are taught by industry professionals, ensuring all material reflects the state of the industry. With this real-world education, CCIM designees are able to help their clients in a variety of beneficial ways.


The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) is the leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association. With more than 3,200 members in 686 cities and 36 countries, SIOR represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists. SIOR has certified thousands of members with the prestigious SIOR designation, a professional symbol of the highest level of knowledge, production, and ethics in the real estate industry. Real estate professionals who have earned the SIOR designation are recognized by corporate real estate executives, commercial real estate brokers, agents, lenders, and other real estate professionals as the most capable and experienced brokerage practitioners in any market.


NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises over 19,000 members and provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities through a powerful North American network. NAIOP currently has over 51 local chapters across North America that offer access to market education, personalized networking opportunities and legislative efforts in your community on a local level.

Urban Land Institute

Urban Land Institute (ULI) is the oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world. With over 40,000 members, they are a global network of professionals in every sector of real estate development and land use, from private enterprise to public service. Through their members’ dedication to the mission and their shared expertise, the Institute has been able to set standards of excellence in development practice. ULI provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.


The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) was founded in 1957, and today has over 70,000 members joined together in one vibrant global community. Their mission is to ensure the retail real estate industry is broadly recognized for the integral role it plays in the social, civic and economic vibrancy of communities across the globe. They aim to build communities, fuel economies, and inspire innovation.


The CREW Network was founded in 1989 to bring together women involved in the many aspects of commercial real estate to exchange information, develop business contacts and help each other succeed professionally. Today, CREW is the premier business networking organization dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. They provide support to over 10,000 members worldwide through business development, leadership development, industry research and career outreach.


The National Multi-Family Housing Council (NMHC) is the place where the leaders of the apartment industry come together to guide their future success. With the industry’s most prominent and creative leaders at the helm, NMHC provides a forum for insight, advocacy and action that enable both members and the communities they build to thrive.

With all of these great associations to choose from, you’ll be learning, networking, and expanding your database in no time. Keep track of all your contacts, deals, and events with the only all-in-one CRM built specifically for the commercial real estate industry. Want to learn more? Contact us today to schedule an overview. Ready to experience ClientLook® for yourself? Then signup for a free trial to see how our CRM can help you save time, increase productivity, and make more money in your commercial real estate business.

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