There are so many great evening events to participate in at NAR Midyear. But one of my favorite is REtechnology’s consistently awesome party. Victor Lund and his team do a great job each year of finding amazing venues and great live music. And while all of that is great, what’s really the best part of this event are the wickedly smart and incredibly interesting people that attend it each year.
It’s a hard ticket to get, but if you can get your hands on one for NAR Annual or Midyear, be sure to go and meet some of the great minds that are making a difference in our industry.
In the meantime… I’d highly recommend subscribing to their newsletter! http://retechnology.com/
This morning, NAR’s Public Policy Coordinating Committee met, and had the opportunity to hear from Dennis Shea of the Bipartisan Policy Center. He shared with us the BPC’s recent report, “Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy“.
Developed by its strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures, NAR is introducing REach to find top companies with robust business solutions across multiple industries to help them execute those solutions within real estate. More than just an accelerator — unparalleled access to the real estate market for the most innovative companies.
During Midyear meetings, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the seven companies make up the 2013 class of REach during the trade expo. Come visit the REach pavilion where from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM you can see product demos on the main stage and also visit with each of these innovative companies.
Another exciting aspect of REach is the opportunity that NAR members have to participate. Sign up to be part of the Insight Panel and be the first to use the latest and greatest products and services offered by REach companies, the most innovative companies in Real Estate. This is your chance to join the REach beta test team!
It was a packed room with standing room only and many people could not get into the room. The members were interested and engaged in hearing about the data that has been gathered from across the country.
Due to the overflow attendance at today’s REThink session, “The Members have Spoken, Is Anyone Listening? REThink Data Revealed” they will be holding an encore session on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Omni Shoreham, Blue Room from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
Great information to share with your Local Association of REALTORS®.
There is a fantastic schedule ready for you to take part of at the 2013 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo for those wanting to get prepared, here is my key recommendation to get “Ready for #NARMidYear:
Download the NAR New Midyear Mobile App this App will keep you organized and informed so you can navigate the Midyear Meetings & Trade Expo more efficiently. You will be on your game and know the 411 of:
- Your Schedule
- Expo Floor Plan
- Midyear Live
- Facebook Page for MidYear
- Twitter feed for #NARMidYear
NAR made a wonderful improvement to their registration process this year at Midyear. Instead of mailing out your badge and registration materials, you now get them on site via a very simple and easy process. And don’t forget, the best advice is always to get there early to avoid the lines!
It’s super fast and easy. The best part is it saves on printing and postage costs. Nice job NAR!!!
By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor, REALTOR Magazine®
Sustained job growth and improved access to capital are the two roadblocks to gettting the economy back on track, Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay, Jr. (D–Mo.) told the Equal Opportunity-Cultural Diversity Forum Tuesday at NAR’s 2011 Midyear Legislative Meetings. Since 2007, 8.4 million jobs have been lost, he said. “While 244,000 jobs were created last month, this country requires a good deal of momentum for the economy to prosper,” Clay said.
He implored attendees to “mobilize, organize and, in the words of social reformer Frederick Douglass agitate, agitate, agitate” to further the interests of the real estate industry. He concedes that proposed legislation to require home buyers to make 20 percent downpayments could be an “overreach” in an effort to counter lax standards that contributed to the housing downturn. Clay encouraged real estate pros to reach out to members of Congress to raise their concerns about issues that could adversely affect home ownership, including challenges to the MID, GSE reform, and the impact of short sales on credit scores.