the Wilmington Convention Center  |  September 15-18, 2018 Wilmington, NC
September 15-18, 2018
SAT 9/15: State of Real Estate

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A day-long forum featuring a dynamic panel and workshops with real estate influencers.

North Carolina’s only statewide State of Real Estate forum premiers September 15, 2018, in Wilmington NC, at the Wilmington Convention Center. The day-long event is comprised of an influencer panel, hands-on workshops, lunch, and trolley tours and is hosted by NC REALTORS® during its annual convention, XCHANGE ’18. Bringing together public and private sectors, REALTORS® and consumers, influencers and regulators, and visionaries and implementers, the forum is designed to solve current statewide issues and challenges that impact different areas of real estate and economic development, such as smart growth, affordable housing, disaster planning, and more.

Registration Fees*

Add on to XCHANGE ’18 – $39

If you have already registered for XCHANGE ’18 and would like to add the State of Real Estate event, please call the NC REALTORS® Events Department at 336-294-1415.



*All registrations include lunch and tours. Registrations and cancellations must be received by Friday, August 31, 2018. All registrations are non-transferable and no on-site registrations or walk-ins will be accepted. No refunds will be given after August 31, 2018.


Keynote and Q&A with Vivian Howard

8:00AM - 8:45AM | Location: Ballroom ABC

Deep Run Roots | Restoring Communities with Culinary Collaboration

Returning to her eastern North Carolina roots as keynote speaker, Vivian Howard is certain to light a fire inside attendees and get them motivated for a day of collaboration, hands-on learning and in-depth problem solving. She will reveal the recipe of her success for community, economic and personal vitality – from award-winning restaurants to TV shows to books – and how attendees can take her personal “recipes” and apply them in their own communities and businesses.

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Intersection of Data and Real Life

8:45am - 10:00am | Location: Ballroom ABC

In a world where data is collected on every aspect of our lives, it is important to understand how that data affects decision-making. In sectors like real estate and economic development, data is vital for distinguishing between communities.  Dr. Lawrence Yun is a nationally-recognized voice of the real estate community as Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of REALTORS®.  Ted Abernathy has more than 35 years of experience in economic development and workforce and currently serves as the Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC.


  • Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership
  • Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research, National Association of REALTORS®

Housing Needs and Solutions in North Carolina

10:15am - 11:15am | Location: Ballroom ABC

Housing is one of the most important components of any community. Supporting current residents, as well as those who may be brought into a community from an economic development project, should be treated with equal importance. But not all housing is created equal, and it must be structured in a way which best fits the characteristics of the area.

We will explore how the lack of readily available housing influences:

  • Economic Development
  • State Coffers
  • Community Characteristics/Urban vs. Rural housing needs


Opportunities and Success Stories

11:15am - 12:00pm | Location: Ballroom ABC

Creating opportunities for local economic success is vital to statewide economic development. While community-level goals and objectives vary, there are common strategies and traits that set successful communities apart. In this session, successful economic developers, community leaders, and businesses share their recipes for success and how other communities can replicate it.


Lunch Tours

Grab a boxed lunch starting at noon and join us for one of these interesting and informative local experiences:

Boat Tour of the Port of Wilmington

12:30pm - 1:45pm | Location:

Ever driven by the Port of Wilmington and wondered what actually goes on behind the gates? Join us for an in-depth look at the work that goes into supporting industries across North Carolina through the import and export of finished products and raw materials.

Hollywood Location Walk

12:30pm - 1:45pm | Location:

Wilmington has more than 500 movie, TV, and commercial credits. Want to see where some of those productions were filmed? Join the Hollywood location tour for an insiders’ look at places featured in shows like Dawson’s Creek and Under the Dome and movies such as Iron Man 3 and A Walk to Remember. Recreate fan-favorite scenes. Take selfies as you imagine yourself playing the leading role. Learn how a thriving film industry is vital to local economic development and what the future of North Carolina’s film industry looks like.

Tour of South Front District

12:30pm - 1:45pm | Location:

Wilmington’s newest mixed-used development is located along the Cape Fear River – South Front District and features apartments, shops, and restaurants, such as Benny’s Big Time from acclaimed chef Vivian Howard and Ben Knight. Get an inside look behind the scenes at this up-and-coming area, and discover why it’s so successful.


Historic Wilmington Tour

12:30pm - 1:45pm | Location:

Join the Historic Wilmington Foundation for a backdoor tour of Wilmington’s most walkable community: it’s historic district. Learn how the community collaborated with property owners to support the restoration of these properties and how the district fits into the long-term plans for the area.


  • Beth Rutledge, Executive Director, Historic Wilmington Foundation


State of Housing Workshop

2:00pm – 4:30pm | Location: Ballroom A

State of Economic Development and Global Engagement

2:00pm – 4:30pm | Location: Ballroom B

Community Resilience

2:00pm – 4:30pm | Location: Ballroom C

State of real estate cast

Pre-registration for the Conference is closed. Onsite registration will be available.