The TRENDS Seminar began in 1988 as a joint project of the Commercial & Investment Division (CID) of the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® and Louisiana State University’s Real Estate Research Institute.

The goal was quite simply to provide a variety of real estate industry professionals an opportunity to come together and examine the state of the industry in our area, and help focus industry professionals on emerging trends, whatever their specialty.

TRENDS has become and annual event, that continues to provide a critical examination and analysis of what’s going on in the marketplace — with an eye on what’s coming.


The CID of the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS®

The Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division (CID) is an organization established in 1982 by a small group of REALTORS® and appraisers in an effort to bring those individuals and companies who work with commercial real estate closer together to share information and knowledge so that all can prosper.

A few objectives of CID are:

  • To unite those involved in the commercial and investment real estate business.
  • To foster knowledge, education, integrity, professionalism and quality workmanship in this field of real estate.
  • To encourage exchange of specialized information among the members.

The CID has quarterly luncheon meetings with prominent area speakers on topics of interest to the commercial real estate community. There are committees to organize the structure of CID and plan programming for the benefit of the CID members.  One such project was the creation of the Louisiana Commercial Database (LACDB.com) in 2001.  Since then, it has grown to become the largest single source of information on Louisiana commercial property. Becoming a member of CID puts you in touch with the heartbeat of commercial and investment real estate in the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area.

The Real Estate Research Institute (RERI) of LSU

The Real Estate Research Institute at Louisiana State University studies trends in the Louisiana real estate market for the benefit of growth and development throughout the state. Established in part with funds from the Louisiana Real Estate Commission in 1985, various private sources and grants have provided continued funding for the institute.