April 17-18, 2018
Omni Chicago Hotel
Chicago, IL

Online registration is now closed.

Please visit the NMHC Registration Desk once it opens at 9:00 AM Tuesday, April 17 to register onsite.

Open exclusively to NMHC members, the NMHC Research Forum is a targeted to the nation's leading apartment researchers — in-house and third-party — and is designed to address critical issues facing the industry.

Highlights will include:

  • NMHC's first Research Foundation report, "Explaining the Puzzle of High Apartment Returns", by Dr. Mark Eppli of Marquette University
  • John Austin, University of Michigan and Brookings Institution, talking about his research on strategies for reviving Rust Belt cities
  • Workshop on "What Do Today's Metro Areas Actually Look Like? An Examination of Density and Changing Development Patterns
  • Apartment Markets Roundup
  • Economic Outlook by Oxford Economics' Matthew Mowell
  • Impact of the new tax laws
  • Discussion on age-restricted housing
  • Cross-pollinating: Retail Research
  • Research Roundtables

View a more detailed agenda.

Agenda At-A-Glance

Tuesday, April 17

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


9:30 - 10:30 AM

Workshop: What Do Today's Metro Areas Actually Look Like? An Examination of Density and Changing Development Patterns

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Research Roundtables


Lunch on Own

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Economic Outlook

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Markets Panel

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Impact of the New Tax Law

3:30 - 3:45 PM


3:45 - 4:30 PM

Explaining the Puzzle of High Apartment Returns

4:30 - 5:15 PM

Student Housing

5:15 - 6:15 PM

Networking Reception

Wednesday, April 18

7:45 AM - Noon


8:00 - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Rust Belt Revival?

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Housing the Boomers: Design-Targeted Market Rate Apartments?

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Frontiers in Research: The Retail Sector

11:30 AM

Forum Adjourns

1:30 PM

Optional Apartment Property Tour: North Water & Atwater

 Note: Agenda is subject to change.

Omni Chicago Hotel
676 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

NMHC has set aside a block of rooms at the group rate of $254 single/double occupancy per night (plus 11.9% state tax and 4.5% city taxes) for meeting attendees, however the cut-off date is Wednesday, March 28. Room reservations should be made directly with the Omni Chicago Hotel online or by calling 800-THE-OMNI. Please specify that you will be attending the National Multifamily Housing Council 2018 Research Forum when speaking to the reservations agent.

If rooms are sold out or you cannot get the group rate, the hotel can place you on the waitlist and will contact you as rooms become available. If your plans change and you need to cancel your reservation at the Omni Chicago Hotel, please contact Mackenzie Siem, NMHC Meetings Coordinator, at 202/974-2315 or msiem@nmhc.org before cancelling with the hotel so she may reassign your room to another NMHC member on the waitlist, if one exists.

Local Transportation

The Omni Chicago Hotel, an all-suites luxury hotel, is approximately 17 miles from O’Hare International Airport and 13 miles from Chicago Midway Airport. Those arriving by air have the following alternatives for ground transportation:

  • A taxi from O'Hare International Airport will cost approximately $45-50 each way and takes about 40-45 minutes, depending on traffic. Taxi from Chicago Midway Airport is $35-45 each way and takes approximately 30-35 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • An alternative to taxi service is Airport Express Shuttle Service. It is a shared ride service and may make multiple stops. From both Midway Airport, the cost is $31-33 per person, one way. From O'Hare International Airport, the cost is $32-34 per person, one way. Contact the company at www.airportexpress.com for hours of service or to make a reservation.

  • For attendees who decide to drive, valet parking is $70 per 24-hour period in a secured garage with unlimited in/out privileges. There are also hourly rates for individuals not staying overnight.

Online registration is now closed.

Please visit the NMHC Registration Desk which opens at 9am Tuesday, April 17 to register onsite.



NMHC's 2018 Research Forum is open to NMHC members. Forum attendee fees or waivers do not include hotel room charges. The registration policy is as follows:

  • NMHC Executive Committee Members: receive three (3) complimentary registrations and may register up to three (3) additional representatives for a fee of $600 each
  • NMHC Board of Directors Members: receive one (1) complimentary registration and may register up to five (5) additional representatives for a fee of $600 each
  • NMHC Advisory Committee Members: may register up to six (6) representatives for a fee of $600 each
  • 40th Anniversary Sponsors ($150,000): receive six (6) complimentary registrations
  • 2018 Chairman's Circle Sponsors ($50,000 or more): receive four (4) complimentary registrations
  • 2018 Friends of the Council Sponsors ($25,000 to $49,999): receive two (2) complimentary registrations
  • 2018 Overall Forum Sponsors  ($2,500): receive one (1) complimentary registrations

Registration is contingent upon membership dues being current. 


Meeting cancellations must be sent in writing to NMHC. Written requests for meeting cancellation refunds prior to ten (10) business days before the start of the meeting are entitled to a full refund, minus a processing fee of $250. No meeting cancellation refunds will be granted within ten (10) business days prior to meeting commencement.


On-site registration will open on April 17 at the NMHC registration desk at the Omni Chicago Hotel.


Please do not hesitate to contact the NMHC membership department at 202/974-2300 or membership@nmhc.org should you have questions regarding registration.

Thank you to our NMHC Research Forum Sponsors:

CoStar Group
RealPage, Inc.

View all 2018 NMHC Sponsors

2018 NMHC Research Forum Sponsorship Opportunities:

NMHC offers multiple marketing and branding opportunities for companies to take advantage of at the Forum.

To view details of available sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, descriptions and benefits, please click here: 2018 NMHC Research Forum Sponsorship Opportunities.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to NMHC members only. Sponsors of the Forum must be an exisiting NMHC 40th Anniversary, Chairman's Circle or Friends of the Council Sponsor.

If you are interested in sponsoring the NMHC Research Forum, please contact Melissa Rowan at mrowan@nmhc.org.