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2018 Annual Forecast Conference & Member Showcase

January 18, 2018 - 9:00AM
to 5:00PM

Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, Maine

About the Event:

Each January, over 750 of the state’s leading real estate experts attend MEREDA’s TD Bank Sponsored Signature Event, the Annual Forecast Conference & Member Showcase.  Scheduled to be held on January 18, 2018 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, this unique conference brings together the largest gathering of commercial real estate professionals in Maine, and is specifically geared toward developers, brokers, architects, bankers, attorneys, accountants and other industry professionals. Each year MEREDA assembles some of Maine’s top real estate leaders to provide an economic overview and outlook on the profession’s key economic indicators, along with the popular market overview by property type, focusing on both commercial and residential real estate forecasts.

This event is well-known as an annual “must attend” for anyone involved in, or touched by, the real estate industry. You should attend if:

  • You want to network with Maine’s top industry professionals.
  • You could benefit from a sneak peek into Maine’s real estate industry – and would like to learn about key trends and transactions in regions and market segments (i.e. Southern Maine vs. Bangor region etc., and multi-family vs. retail transactions, etc.)
  • You desire a front row seat for forecasts from leading insiders about industry trends and the economic recovery.
  • You are in need of continuing education credits.
  • You believe that Maine’s real estate sector is an important economic driver and want to support the future of the industry.

Supplementing the conference each year is MEREDA's popular Member Showcase with MEREDA members exhibiting their products and services.  The exhibition has become an integral part of our annual event providing a unique opportunity to network with MEREDA’s members. 

Click here to see a list of 2018 exhibitors

MEREDA IndexThe MEREDA Index is the industry's leading measure of the health of Maine's real estate market. The latest Installment of the metric will be unvailed at the conference, thanks to these companies:
Eaton Peabody   Bedford
Trane   Redstone

The speaker roster for this year’s event is outlined below. Be sure to mark your calendar now to attend one of Maine’s premier real estate conferences!











9:00 - 10:00 AM


Registration | Member Showcase Open






10:00 AM


Seminar Introductory Remarks: 
Paul Peck President, MEREDA Board






10:15 AM


WELCOME ADDRESS: Greg Powell, Chairman of the Harold Alfond Foundation

















10:30 AM


Southern Maine Industrial Forecast: 
Justin Lamontagne, NAI The Dunham Group






10:50 AM


Central Maine (Lewiston / Auburn / Augusta) Market Forecast:  
Kevin Fletcher, KW Commercial






11:10 AM


Bath, Brunswick, Topsham Forecast:  
Steve Levesque, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority






11:30 AM


Bangor-Area Market Forecast:  
Bev Uhlenhake, Epstein Commercial Real Estate






11:50 AM


Recognition Awards Ceremony






12:00 - 1:00 PM


Lunch Served in the Casco Bay Exhibit Hall
Member Showcase Re-Opens

















1:00 PM


Economic Overview
James Marple, Senior Economist & Director, TD Bank Group






1:20 PM


Overview of MEREDA Index

















1:50 PM


Overview of MEREDA’s Legislative Agenda: 
Andrea C. Maker, Pierce Atwood, LLP

















2:05 PM


Maine’s Vacation / Hospitality Forecast:
Steve Hewins, Maine Innkeepers Association






2:25 PM


*10 Minute Break*






2:35 PM


Southern Maine Residential Forecast: 
Multi-Family:  Brit Vitalius, Vitalius Real Estate Group
Single-Family:  Dava Davin, Portside Real Estate Group






3:15 PM


Southern Maine Retail Forecast:  
Karen Rich, Cardente Real Estate






3:35 PM


Southern Maine Office Forecast:  
Nate Stevens, CBRE | The Boulos Company








Conclusion of Event
Showcase Re-Opens
Social Hour & Raffles - Casco Bay Exhibition Hall

Continuing Education Credits:

This course is approved for 4 Hours of Architect, Broker, Appraiser and Legal Continuing Education Credits.

News About This Event:

01/24/2018   Maine Real Estate Industry Leaders Recognized at MEREDA's 2018 Forecast Conference   Release
01/23/2018   Maine's real estate sector hits record high   Release
01/21/2018   Developments around waterfront, downtown buoy Bangor real estate market   Article
01/19/2018   MEREDA conference highlights demand, but lack of inventory   Article
01/19/2018   NIMBY vs. YIMBY debate continues to guide development   Article
01/19/2018   Brunswick Landing drives midcoast real estate activity   Article
01/18/2018   Southern Maine’s real estate market still riding high, experts say   Article
01/18/2018   MEREDA Index: State's real estate activity hits 10-year high   Article
01/12/2018   Five real estate luminaries to be honored in Portland   Release
12/04/2017   Maine’s economic heavyweights to gather Jan. 18 in Portland   Release
Materials Related To This Event:

Event Mailer   PDF
Southern Maine Office Forecast   Presentation
Nate Stevens, CBRE | The Boulos Company    
Southern Maine Retail Forecast   Presentation
Karen Rich, Cardente Real Estate    
Southern Maine Residential Forecast: Single-Family   Presentation
Dava Davin, Portside Real Estate Group    
Southern Maine Residential Forecast: Multi-Family   Presentation
Brit Vitalius, Vitalius Real Estate Grou    
Maine’s Vacation / Hospitality Forecast   Presentation
Steve Hewins, Maine Innkeepers Association    
Economic Overview   Presentation
James Marple, TD Bank Group    
Bangor-Area Market Forecast   Presentation
Bev Uhlenhake, Epstein Commercial Real Estate    
Bath, Brunswick, Topsham Forecast   Presentation
Steve Levesque, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority    
Central Maine (Lewiston / Auburn / Augusta) Market Forecast   Presentation
Kevin Fletcher, KW Commercial    
Southern Maine Industrial Forecast   Presentation
Justin Lamontagne, NAI The Dunham Group    


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