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NAR's Real Estate Broker Conference

Chicago, IL

Thank you! Over 200 brokers registered for NAR's inaugural Real Estate Broker Conference.

Broker owners and broker managers were able to hear and participate in public policy and economic discussions focusing on issues of importance to brokers. Speaker presentations will be available soon.

If you or your brokers have any questions, please email Rick Miller or Erin Murphy.

Wednesday, August 7
Morning Hotel check-in and Registration
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

  • Gary Thomas, 2013 NAR President
  • Dale Stinton, CEO, National Association of REALTORS®
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session 1 – Political Landscape

  • Jamie Gregory, NAR Deputy Chief Lobbyist
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session 2 - How Washington Affects The Real Estate/Mortgage Business

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Session 3 - Valuation Review: How is the appraisal process impacting your business?

Increased government regulation has forced lenders to implement tighter lending standards, which impact the appraisal process. Lenders must comply with appraiser independence requirements required by Dodd-Frank and appraisers must be able to conduct independent and impartial appraisal assignments. Real estate agents and appraisers are confused about what can or cannot be discussed during the appraisal process and who agents can talk to if they have a complaint about the results of an appraisal report. Our industry panel will discuss how the process works now.

  • Michael Hobbs, President, PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy
  • Jon A. Levey, Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer, GreenChoice Bank
  • Marty Wagar, Chief Operating Officer, Midwest Appraisal Management Group
  • Brian Weaver, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation real estate appraisal coordinator
  • Frank Gregoire, Florida State-Certified Residential Appraiser (moderator)
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Session 4 - HOT ISSUE: Affordable Health Care Act & Your Responsibility

  • Marcia Salkin, NAR Managing Director, Public Policy
4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

REALTOR® Party Programs & You, the Broker

  • Kenny Parcell (UT), REALTOR® Party Member Mobilization Liaison
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Reception & Dinner

  • Representative Bill Foster, (IL) Member of the House Committee on Financial Services
Thursday, August 8
7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast buffet

Presentation by Theodore W. Tozer, President, Ginnie Mae


8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 

Session 1 – Economic Update

  • Jed Smith, NAR Managing Director, Quantitative Research
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 

Session 2 – HOT ISSUE: It's 10PM, Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

State and Federal laws impact how brokers must collect, store, and share their customer information. Laws also dictate how to disclose a data breach. In this session participants will learn what those laws require, hear best practices for managing compliance risk and receive tools for developing and implementing a data use policy for their business.

  • Gerard M. Stegmaier, Of Counsel, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 3 – Power Broker Strategies: Remaining Relevant in the New Age of Real Estate

The real estate playing field has changed. Remaining relevant in the recovering marketplace requires a fresh approach to every aspect of the business. From changing consumer demographics to creating new revenue streams to rethinking operational strategies, today's power brokers are adapting their business models in order to connect with agents and consumers. Hear how some of the industry's most successful leaders are shaking things up to ensure relevancy and profitability in real estate's new age.

  • Robert Bailey (CA), Robert J Bailey Realtor
  • Sherry Chris (NJ), CEO, Better Homes & Gardens
  • John P. Horning (WI), Executive Vice President, Shorewest Realtors
11:30 - 11:35 a.m. Special Message from Kenny Parcell (UT)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Industry, Legislative and Political Wrap-Up -- Questions & Answers

  • Gary Thomas, 2013 NAR President
  • Steve Brown, 2013 NAR President-elect
  • Chris Polychron, 2013 NAR First Vice President
  • Bill Brown, 2013 NAR Vice President
12:30 p.m. Departure

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