2016 Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo – It’s Not Too Late!

NAR_midyear_logo_hp2014_conventionIt’s happening! The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is officially open and the events are happening. Every year in May, Realtors will gather at committee meetings, take part in legislative activities and attend an industry trade show.

If you are in the greater Washington, DC area – what are you waiting for? An estimated 10,000 Realtors will attend this annual event. Many will make the effort to fly and/or drive hours to be here. Yet I wonder how many attendees in the metro backyard make the effort to come.

WHY NOT? There are 8,000 Realtors alone in the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors. If you are one of those agents who live within driving distance and have never attended our annual May meetings, make an effort to get there this year, even if it’s just a quick day trip. I promise you won’t be sorry!


I know what you’re thinking. You’re busy (so are the thousands of Realtors who have farther to come than you do). You don’t know what you’ll get out of it (how about knowledge of what’s going on in your industry, camaraderie and meet ups with other agents, and a better understanding of your national association and what they do for you). You don’t know anyone else in your office or area who goes so why does it matter (meeting other agents from across the country, future referral sources, and being on the cutting edge).

I could go on and on. Perhaps it’s too late to book a flight to fly across the country to attend these meetings. I get that. But if you are in the immediate area – and it takes 3 hours or less to drive to Washington D.C. to attend these meetings – in my book you have no excuse. Get in the car and go! Registration is FREE. The trade show is FREE. Most meetings are open to all Realtor members, and they will welcome your attendance. You will see a whole new side of the National Association of Realtors – your trade group – that you may never have seen.

I am packing right now and hope to see you soon.


Erica Ramus

Erica Ramus is the broker/owner of RAMUS Realty Group in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. She was in NAR’s REALTOR® University’s first graduating class to earn the MRE degree and she serves on both state and national REALTOR® group committees. She teaches pre-licensing and continuing education real estate courses at Penn State University and is on the Board of Regents at Realtor University.

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