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Mission | The Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), is a commercial real estate business association providing members with high quality networking and educational opportunities. REFA strives to maintain its reputation for excellence by promoting the exchange of information between professionals in the real estate finance community, and fostering a platform for growth and development for its Emerging Leader membership.

What We Do | REFA hosts close to 30 events per year including speaking programs with industry leaders, the 500 person Annual Gala and networking events. REFA is committed to giving back to the community with the Annual REFA Charitable Golf Tournament and community service activities.

Who We Are | Formed in 1988, REFA currently has over 600 members and 67 corporate sponsors. Now in its 10th year, REFA has a strong Emerging Leader membership with over 200 members.

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Mission | The Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), is a commercial real estate business association providing members with high quality networking and educational opportunities. REFA strives to maintain its reputation for excellence by promoting the exchange of information between professionals in the real estate finance community, and fostering a platform for growth and development for its Emerging Leader membership.

What We Do | REFA hosts close to 30 events per year including speaking programs with industry leaders, the 500 person Annual Gala and networking events. REFA is committed to giving back to the community with the Annual REFA Charitable Golf Tournament and community service activities.

Who We Are | Formed in 1988, REFA currently has over 600 members and 67 corporate sponsors. Now in its 10th year, REFA has a strong Emerging Leader membership with over 200 members.

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Mission | The Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), is a commercial real estate business association providing members with high quality networking and educational opportunities. REFA strives to maintain its reputation for excellence by promoting the exchange of information between professionals in the real estate finance community, and fostering a platform for growth and development for its Emerging Leader membership.

What We Do | REFA hosts close to 30 events per year including speaking programs with industry leaders, the 500 person Annual Gala and networking events. REFA is committed to giving back to the community with the Annual REFA Charitable Golf Tournament and community service activities.

Who We Are | Formed in 1988, REFA currently has over 600 members and 67 corporate sponsors. Now in its 10th year, REFA has a strong Emerging Leader membership with over 200 members.

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Mission | The Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), is a commercial real estate business association providing members with high quality networking and educational opportunities. REFA strives to maintain its reputation for excellence by promoting the exchange of information between professionals in the real estate finance community, and fostering a platform for growth and development for its Emerging Leader membership.

What We Do | REFA hosts close to 30 events per year including speaking programs with industry leaders, the 500 person Annual Gala and networking events. REFA is committed to giving back to the community with the Annual REFA Charitable Golf Tournament and community service activities.

Who We Are | Formed in 1988, REFA currently has over 600 members and 67 corporate sponsors. Now in its 10th year, REFA has a strong Emerging Leader membership with over 200 members.

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Mission | The Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), is a commercial real estate business association providing members with high quality networking and educational opportunities. REFA strives to maintain its reputation for excellence by promoting the exchange of information between professionals in the real estate finance community, and fostering a platform for growth and development for its Emerging Leader membership.

What We Do | REFA hosts close to 30 events per year including speaking programs with industry leaders, the 500 person Annual Gala and networking events. REFA is committed to giving back to the community with the Annual REFA Charitable Golf Tournament and community service activities.

Who We Are | Formed in 1988, REFA currently has over 600 members and 67 corporate sponsors. Now in its 10th year, REFA has a strong Emerging Leader membership with over 200 members.

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Join Us for an Industry Leaders Breakfast with Chuck Leitner, CEO, Berkshire Group - July 15th
On Wednesday, June 15th  Chuck Leitner, CEO, Berkshire Group will address REFA Members and non-members at Morgan Lewis Bockius from 7:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

The REFA Industry Leaders Series features national leaders in the real estate finance industry to speak to the REFA community on a topic of interest in their respective role. Past Industry Leaders speakers include Mark Howard-Johnson, BlackRock; Anthony Frammartino, The Townsend Group; David Neithercut, Equity Residential; Tom DeSimone, WS Development; Pam Herbst, AEW Capital Management.

For more information or to register contact Maggie Collins.

REFA Prorated Dues - Now is the time to join REFA!
Starting in July, you can now join REFA for almost half -off for the remainder of the year!  Take advantage of REFA Benefits including: access to membership director, discounts for educational programs and committee participation. Join REFA today!
For more information on the Corporate Sponsorship and to see our current list of sponsors, please click here. Please direct any questions to Maggie Collins at mcollins@gbreb.com or 617-399-7856.

27th Annual REFA Gala Honoree Announced
On Thursday, October 8th, Bryan Koop, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager, Boston Properties, will join an elite list in the real estate community as the 27th Robert S. Swain Jr. Distinguished Service Award Recipient. Past recipients of the Robert S. Swain Jr. Distinguished Service Award include Pam Herbst of AEW Capital Management in 2014; Mayor Thomas Menino in 2013, Joe Fallon of The Fallon Company in 2012, Thomas Hynes of Colliers International in 2011, and Thomas DeSimone of WS Development in 2010. To learn more about the REFA Gala and other past recipients, please click here.

Questions may be addressed to Maggie Collins at mcollins@gbreb.com or 617-399-7856

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Upcoming
Education & Events

REFA Emerging Leaders 10 Year Anniversary Panel
& Summer Reception

Wednesday, August 5th | Goulston & Storrs

REFA Fall Conference
Friday, September 11th | Westin Waltham

27th Annual REFA Gala
Thursday, October 8th | Westin Copley, Boston


Past Events

Click here for photos of past events!

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REFA Corporate Sponsors

Thank you to our 67 Corporate Sponsors.
Interested in being added to this list? Join Today!

  • A. W. Perry, Inc.
  • AEI Consultants
  • AEW Capital Management
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Beacon Communities LLC
  • Berkeley Point Capital LLC
  • Boston Financial Investment Management
  • Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
  • Bowditch & Dewey LLP.
  • Cabot Properties, Inc.
  • Cambridge Trust Company
  • Capital One Bank
  • Chestnut Hill Realty
  • Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
  • Citizens Bank
  • Cohn Reznick
  • Colliers International
  • Colony Capital, Inc.
  • The Davis Companies
  • DLA Piper LLP US
  • Eastdil Secured
  • Eastern Bank
  • Equity Office Properties
  • Fantini & Gorga
  • Fidelity Investments
  • First American Title Insurance Company – National Commercial Services
  • First Niagara Bank
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Goulston & Storrs
  • HFF
  • Hinckley Allen
  • Holland & Knight
  • Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation
  • KS Partners LLC
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • Marcum LLP
  • McCarter & English LLP
  • McCauley Lyman LLC
  • McGladrey LLP
  • Mintz Levin/ML Strategies
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • M & T Bank
  • National Development
  • Net Lease Capital Advisors
  • New Boston Fund, Inc.
  • Newbanks
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Novaya Real Estate Ventures
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP
  • O’Connell Hospitality Group
  • People’s United Bank
  • PNC Real Estate
  • PwC
  • Prudential Mortgage Capital Company
  • Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster
  • Riemer & Braunstein LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Salem Five Bank
  • Santander Bank
  • The Schochet Companies
  • Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, P. A.
  • Sherin and Lodgen LLP
  • TA Realty
  • TSG
  • UBS Realty Investors
  • US Bank
  • Walker & Dunlop
  • Webster Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • WilmerHale
  • WinnCompanies


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