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Newbie Guide to #NARLegislative

Whether it is your first time attending the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Show (formerly called MidYear) or you are a seasoned veteran, deciding where to insert yourself into the festivities in order to walk away with the most value can seem like a daunting task. The week is super fast paced with multiple educational sessions and committee meetings overlapping or happing simultaneously. Each year attendees, whether they be long time attendees or newbies struggle with choosing educational sessions, committee meetings or forums to attend and/or identifying new colleagues to connect with to further cultivate business and referral relationships.

Committee Meetings

To further complicate the chaos, there will be over 80 different committee meeting offerings so before stepping into a session, you may want to familiarize yourself with the purpose of the committee.  This will help in guiding you to sessions that will aide in walking away with relevant information for your business needs. When choosing a session, think of the following questions to determine how and where to spend time.

1. Am I passionate about this topic?
2. What industry knowledge will I gain by attending?
3. How can I use the information delivered either personally or professionally?
4. Is this topic relevant for my business today or in the future?

Legislative Meetings

The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Show is held each May in Washington DC for a very specific reason.  It is our chance as industry professionals to bend the ears of our US Representatives and Senators.  During this time, we have the ability to openly chat about topics that can or will effect our industry and can or will likely impact homeowners with key lawmakers.  If you plan on attending these sessions, be sure to check with your local association or state association staff to obtain the pre-set appointment times for your state/local areas. I also encourage you to become acclimated with the topics on the table for discussion.  

Relationships

Conferences of any sort often come with a stodgy impression, however, it is the relationships you make and the useful knowledge you take away from the sessions and conversations you have with others that will kick that impression to the curb.  There will be several opportunities to connect before, during and after meetings and events, so take advantage of those opportunities as they are worth their weight in gold.  I encourage you to break away from those who traveled with you from your local area and meet someone new. Use these opportunities to pick another colleagues brain about business in their local market, learn from their successes and struggles or discover new ways to connect with the consumer by leveraging technology.

Transportation

Due to the fact meetings will not be held in one single space, shuttle service will be available to lug you between the Marriott Wardman, Omni Shoreham and the Washington Hilton. Download the NAR Legislative App from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store or if you have another mobile device, please bookmark use the mobile link to access information including the transportation hours and pick up locations at each hotel.

If your travels are taking you beyond the three meeting hotels, hail an Uber.

Dining

While in Washington DC, you will have to eat… so why not try out some delicious local hotspots during your stay.  Here are a few spots for brunch, lunch, dinner or even a spot or two to enjoy a beverage.

If you happen to be lingering in DC after the conference festivities, brunch at Doi Moi on 14th is an absolute must.  You’ll find New American comfort food at VidaliaGeorgia Brown’s is an upscale eatery with a southern twist.  Both Vidalia and Georgia Brown’s are open for lunch as well as dinner. 2 Amy’s on Macomb is often noted as one of the best pizza joints in the DC area.  A perk is they offer gluten free!  Take a trip to Thailand at Little Serow on Dupont.  If fancy dining isn’t your cup of tea, then boogie to Compass Rose on 14th where you can enjoy international street food, craft brew and unique wine.  Southern Efficiency in Shawn is a southern gem featuring whiskey cocktails. Or enjoy a few small plates and a rustic whiskey lounge at Barrel with a few colleagues.

With all of this said, remember to smile and have fun!

Jennifer Archambeault

Jennifer Archambeault is a tech nerd in a Real Estate Broker's body. When she is not using her wide range of talents to market or close the next real estate deal, you will find her leveraging her technology expertise to her team of agents at Urban Provision, REALTORS®. Jennifer’s drive for virtual, mobile and paperless real estate transactions allows her to keep a pulse on new technological and educational offerings, stay in tune with industry changes and connect with other leaders within the real estate community. When at home in Austin Texas, she can be found concocting on her latest home brew, honing her culinary chops or planning her next adventurous getaway. She believes in keeping Austin weird, as long as it’s done with the latest real estate technology.

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