The National Association of REALTORS®, or NAR, is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. NAR was founded as the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges in 1908 in Chicago, and over the course of the last 100+ years has evolved into several institutes, societies, and councils that serve the nations’ realtors. The mission of all NAR entities is to empower realtors as they preserve, protect, and advance the right to real property for all.
Every year the NAR has a big legislative conference. The picture at the top is me (left) and my colleague in Washington D.C. after a great day of seminars. This year is no different—well, with one small exception. As with all other big events planned for spring and early summer of 2020, NAR has been forced to pivot due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, all planned programming for the 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings will be completely virtual in accordance with federal pandemic recommendations.
From April 27th until May 15th, NAR will host the 2020 Legislative Conference meetings and sessions via virtual platform allowing participants to still have access to leaders in our industry presenting innovative, cutting-edge content despite our current challenges. The 2020 Conference Sessions, 9 in total, are focused on education and forums and will provide support to the members during these uncertain times.
This year’s Virtual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings will feature three different types of meeting experiences:
- Private: Unless otherwise marked, governance meetings will have attendance limited to committee members and invited guests who will receive a direct email invitation approximately 24 hours prior to the meeting.
- Streamed: Governance meetings that are marked as being “Streamed” indicates that any registered guest may observe the proceedings on our virtual platform. Registration for the virtual platform will be open at the end of the week of April 20th.
- Broadcast: NAR360 and the forum and education content scheduled to take place May 12 – May 15 will be offered on our virtual platform, and on their Facebook and YouTube channel.
I attend this conference because it is dense, informative and because I’ve found it important to advancing my career. If you’re thinking about attending, be sure to register as early as April 20th.Having recently joined the Diversity in Real Estate Committee with Oregon Association of Realtors (ORA), I am especially excited to attend the Diversity Committee meeting on May 5th at 1:00 PM–2:00 PM CDT. On the docket—ways to encourage and recognize state association Diversity and Inclusion Committees, as well as opportunities and challenges involved in encouraging local partnerships with multicultural organizations, and review Diversity and Inclusion grants. To learn more about the conference and the meetings, please check out here.