The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is where NAR members take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association. REALTORS® come to Washington, DC, for Capitol Hill visits, special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities and the industry trade show.
NAR members who are involved in the governance of the association and who volunteer on association committees attend this event each year. The event also attracts Federal Political Coordinators (FPCs) and other politically active members who visit Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.
Local members in the DC area are invited to attend the REALTORS® Trade Expo, which features 100 exhibitors.
The event is free for members with a valid NRDS ID.
We want your first REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo to be confusion-free, valuable and enjoyable, so we’ve put together this FAQ to help you get started, know where to find information and answer many of the common questions that are asked about the event.
If you still have questions, please contact us at ConvInfo@REALTORS.org.
Q: What registration options are available?
A: The event is free for all NAR members with a valid NRDS ID.
Please note: Some ticketed events, like the Young Professionals Networking Event, must be purchased separately through the online registration system Experient.
Not a member? You can attend the REALTORS® Trade Expo on May 15-16 for a small registration fee.
Q: Why register in advance?
A: Registering in advance saves you time on site, but most importantly, it lets you choose your hotel accommodations from NAR-contracted hotels.
Q: Why should I reserve my hotel room when I register for the event through NAR?
A: We strongly recommend booking your hotel through NAR for many reasons. The main reason is that there is limited hotel space in Washington, DC in May, and you will want to book your room promptly. Additionally, NAR works hard to negotiate the lowest rates at area hotels. Additionally, staying in an NAR-booked hotel allows you to take advantage of networking opportunities, as attendees will make up the majority of the guests at official hotels.
Hotel reservations can be made through the online registration system Experient until April 12, 2019. They are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. Some hotels will sell out in the first 24 hours of open registration.
Q: Do I need to register for each governance meeting in advance?
A: No, but we strongly recommend arriving to each meeting early for the best seating. This is particularly important for the General Session and NAR 360 events. The hotels reserve the right to close rooms if they become too crowded. All meetings are open to NAR members with the exception of meetings marked as “Closed” or “By Invitation Only” on the meetings schedule.
Q: How should I plan my schedule?
A: Use the Event Planner tool (coming later this spring) to create your own personal schedule. Then, download the mobile app (coming in April), and sync your Event Planner tool with the app. Printed programs will be available on site, but the mobile app includes any changes to the schedule that occurred after the meeting program went to print.
Q: What should I bring to the meeting?
A: Lots of business cards for networking (make sure they have a surface that is easy to write on); at least two pairs of comfortable shoes; a sweater or light jacket for air conditioned meeting rooms; and a copy of your registration and hotel confirmation email, which will be needed on site.
Q: How do I get to the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham hotels?
A: NAR runs a shuttle bus between the Washington Hilton Hotel and the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham hotels. View the shuttle bus schedule here.
The Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham hotels are located on the DC Metro’s red line, Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan station. Please allow extra time when traveling by public transportation because Washington, DC can have a lot of traffic depending on time of day.
Q: What should I do once I arrive at the meeting?
A: When you get to the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, visit NAR Registration to pick up your badge/tickets and registration materials.
Q: I’m new to networking, any suggestions?
A: Learn two to three interesting facts about your community that will make you more memorable to those you meet. Contact colleagues who are also attending the event to set up face-to-face meetings.
Did we miss something? Email ConvInfo@REALTORS.org for any additional questions you have about attending.
Source: Event Website