By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine
The 2010 REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Expo is getting underway this week. Like last year, this event will kick off tomorrow with the Real Estate Summit, a day-long look at high-level trends and industry issues with leading commentators from the worlds of real estate, business, media, and politics. That will get started tomorrow morning with the Legislative & Political Forum, which will include remarks from FHA Head David Stevens, as well as what should be a lively debate between GOP strategist Ed Gillespie and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.
There will also be a great deal of discussion about new initiatives from the National Association of REALTORS®. On Wednesday, the local and state associations that were selected to have innovative new ideas funded and supported by the Game Changers program will give presentations on their projects. In addition, the REALTORS Property Resource™ (RPR), which was publicized at last year’s Midyear Meetings, will definitely be a popular topic. (For more on that, see this new video from Dale Stinton and 2010 NAR President-Elect Ron Phipps.)
The Speaking of Real Estate blog won’t be the only place to get updates on the action in DC. The Midyear Live Blog will offer “members-eye view” coverage throughout the event. The correspondents for the blog will include RE.net luminaries Rothamel and Bill Lublin, Maine Association of REALTORS® CEO Cindy Butts, Orange County Association of REALTORS® Director of Public Affairs Scott Wohl, and Jennie Zopfi, president of the River Counties (Tenn.) Association of REALTORS®. And our sister blog, the YPN Lounge, will also feature regular updates from young professionals attending the conference.
There are a lot of great things going on at this year’s Midyear Meetings, so be sure to check in regularly all week. Even if you aren’t attending, you can still enjoy the show.