Sun, Surf, and Success in San Diego

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine

This BMW/Oracle-sponsored boat is the U.S. team's vessel for the 33rd America's Cup race taking place in February 2010. The boat is docked next to the San Diego Convention Center.

The BOR 90 is the U.S. team’s vessel for the 33rd America’s Cup race, taking place in February 2010. The boat is docked next to the San Diego Convention Center.

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® kicks off its 2009 Conference & Expo this week in San Diego. It’s the first time it’s ever been held here, and attendees who have never been to “America’s Finest City” before are in for a real treat. San Diego offers a very agreeable climate (at least to someone who’s coming from Chicago in November), and the Convention Center and nearby hotels are surrounded by interesting things to see and do.

This year’s Conference & Expo promises to be edifying and fun. There are approximately 400 exhibitors this year, and the aisles will be packed with real estate pros checking out the latest in everything from mobile real estate apps to transactional tools to selling techniques. Also, the workshops and sessions will provide insights on just about every topic related to real estate, from social media to research resources. Attendees can get info on a broad range of subjects, or go through more concentrated tracks based on their background; these include young professionals, broker/owners, and commercial practitioners.

The conference also has great headliners, including former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, negotiation expert Daniel Shapiro, and social media guru Tara Hunt. Additionally, we’re excited about a couple of recent developments in the program. First, as Rob Freedman mentioned in a prior post, FHA Commissioner David Stevens will be addressing hot topics in mortgage financing in a one-hour talk on Saturday, Nov. 14. Second, this year’s NAR Booth Celebrity is none other than TV legend William Shatner. (No word yet as to whether he’ll be doing any renditions of “Rocket Man.”)

We’ll be covering much of the action right here on this blog. We hope we’ll see you in San Diego, but if you can’t make it this year, we hope to see you at Speaking of Real Estate.

Brian Summerfield

Brian Summerfield is Manager of Business Development and Outreach for NAR Commercial and Global Services. He can be reached at

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  1. Nice forum!

  2. San Diego was amazing! Great job, everybody. I have HUGE amounts of information to go over, many, many new contacts, and a new appreciation for a beautiful city full of very friendly, outgoing people…and their adorable dogs who walk daily along the pier. San Diego, I miss you already.

  3. San Diego was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been in the USA, with friendly and outgoing people. Lots of new contacts and information have been gathered. This December is going to be a busy one, sorting and planning. Thanks for a wonderful conference!