about NAREIM

NAREIM is the industry association dedicated to the business and organizational strategy of real estate investment management.


Founded in 1990, NAREIM today represents real estate investment management firms with combined assets under management of more than $2 trillion.

For 30 years, NAREIM has been the home of real estate investment management benchmarking and best practice education, where investment managers candidly share intelligence and learn – through peer-to-peer workshops – how to drive process and strategy, and how others in the industry are innovating their businesses, their departments - and individual roles and strategies.

NAREIM’s benchmarking research comprises enterprise-wide organizational metrics, real estate investment management’s only industry-specific compensation guide, the first corporate diversity and inclusion survey and – to come in 2021 – organizational metrics focused on defined contribution capital raising, structuring and best practice education.

To learn more about becoming a member, contact NAREIM CEO, Zoe Hughes.

To download the member benefits summary, click here.

What we do

To download the member benefits summary, click here.


Research Surveys

Participating members receive access to the industry’s only enterprise benchmarking survey, the Global Management Survey, covering more than 100 pages of capital raising, financial and staffing metrics; and the industry’s only real estate investment management specific Compensation Survey, providing more than 300 pages of individual compensation data.

In 2021, NAREIM released the industry’s only diversity and inclusion survey, providing industry-wide data on diversity across seniority and functions, as well as best practices on employee engagement and retention. 

Also in 2021, NAREIM joins together with the Defined Contribution Real Estate Council (DCREC) to launch a Defined Contribution Survey focused on defined contribution capital raising, organizational and best practice benchmarking. The survey will be released in the fall of 2021.

NAREIM does not sell the research to non-members.


NAREIM holds C-suite meetings focused on investment and business strategies relevant to today’s real estate leadership, as well as eight specialty, department-specific meetings focused on best practice education among peers in acquisitions, asset and portfolio management, architecture and engineering, capital raising and IR, data strategy, sustainability, legal and compliance, and talent management.


NAREIM's in-person meetings are complemented each year with up to two additional virtual peer-to-peer connections per departmental group, allowing all employees within the real estate investment management firm to connect with their respective peers and build a strong network of leaders in their field.

Click here to download our handy guide to the NAREIM Calendar

Peer Group

Members can access the NAREIM membership directory and network, providing names, email and telephone contact numbers of all NAREIM member firms (corporations) and more than 1,000 personnel within those firms.

Dialogues Magazine

Members are invited to contribute thought-leadership articles demonstrating expertise and discussion points to NAREIM’s biannual magazine. Dialogues is published and distributed in association with IREI, a B2B publication distributed to more than 7,000 real estate investment professionals. Dialogues' open rates are double the industry average for business and finance.

Click here to download our handy guide to contributing to the Dialogues magazine

Job Fair

In addition to an annual digital Job Fair attracting undergraduate and graduate students focused on real estate and business courses, NAREIM members are also able to access new recruitment pipelines through the annual NAREIM Resume Book and the NAREIM Jeff Barclays Fellows program.

NAREIM Jeff Barclay Fellows Program

Named after the late Jeff Barclay, former NAREIM chairman, CIO of Clarion Partners and head of Goldman Sachs' real estate group, the NAREIM Jeff Barclay Fellows award is given to five outstanding graduate students each year. The program affords a unique learning and networking opportunity to attend the Executive Officer Meeting in October, as well as other NAREIM departmental meetings through the year, and the chance to be published in Dialogues magazine.

Member Surveys and NAREIM Content

NAREIM also provides members the opportunity to do member surveys and ask questions of one another on an issue most pressing to them and their organizations. 


In the past year, NAREIM conducted 13 member-initiated surveys, covering topics such as insurance premiums; captive insurance; Covid corporate travel and operations; rent relief; rent collections, Covid return to work strategies and content management solutions.

NAREIM also produces proprietary content for distribution to its own membership base, including meeting takeaways. We also promote the work of NAREIM and its members at external industry events and, wherever possible, connect NAREIM members and media publications to one another to help build member profiles in the industry.

For more information on how to become a member, download the member benefits summary here.