SOURCE: National Association of Realtors

National Association of Realtors

October 05, 2010 16:27 ET

Homeownership Matters Are Top-of-Mind for Realtors® in New Orleans

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 5, 2010) -

WHAT: 2010 REALTORS® Conference & Expo
WHEN: November 5-8, 2010
WHERE: New Orleans

Members of the media may now register in advance to attend the 2010 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 5-8, in New Orleans. To register, contact Leanne Jernigan, 202/383-1290 or

This year's conference, "NARdiGras 2010," is expected to draw about 20,000 Realtors® and guests. Realtors® will be joined by industry experts, lawmakers, federal agency officials and other guests for a program that addresses the many issues facing today's residential and commercial real estate markets, including government incentives for and support of homeownership, the impact of the midterm elections on the real estate industry, changes in the mortgage environment and short sales and foreclosures.

Four years ago, NAR was the first major conference to return to New Orleans after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Now, five years after Katrina, Realtors® return against a backdrop of progress toward recovery and reticence about the region's future in the aftermath of the BP oil spill.

On Nov. 3 and 4 before the conference begins, Realtors® will join New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity® and Rebuilding Together® New Orleans to rebuild and restore homes for deserving families in the New Orleans area. Since Hurricane Katrina, thanks to the hard work and generosity of 100,000 volunteers and thousands more who donated to NOAHH's efforts, over 300 families have achieved their dreams of homeownership. On Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. CDT, one local family will receive the keys to their new home.

In today's market environment, issues surrounding the value of homeownership to individuals, communities and the nation's economy are top-of mind, and sessions throughout the conference will engage participants in these issues.

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. CDT on Friday, Nov. 5, to discuss NAR activities, programs and initiatives to ensure public policies that promote responsible, sustainable homeownership. At 11 a.m. on Friday, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will present his forecast and November Pending Home Sales Index report. Later that day at 2 p.m., NAR Vice President for Research Paul Bishop will present findings from the 2010 Home Buyer and Seller Profile.

On Saturday, Nov. 6 from 1:30-3 p.m., just days after the midterm elections, Tucker Carlson, Fox News contributor and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, will join Paul Begala, CNN commentator and former presidential campaign strategist, to examine the outcome of the elections and analyze how these outcomes may affect the real estate industry.

Additionally on Saturday, 2010 NAR President Vicki Cox Golder will speak at the General Session from 4-6 p.m. Golder will give an industry address and recognize the accomplishments of the 2010 Realtors® of the Year and Good Neighbor Award Winners.

The Press Registration Office at the Morial Convention Center, Upper Level, Room 214, will be open Wednesday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., through Monday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m.-noon. NAR Public Affairs staff will be available to help media coordinate interviews with NAR leadership; to schedule an interview in advance, please contact Stephanie Singer, 202/383-1050 or

Members of the media are also invited to visit the REALTORS® Expo. More than 400 exhibitors are expected to participate in the Expo, which showcases the latest real estate products and innovations across various fields, including technology, data communications and financial programs and services. Expo hours are Friday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

For more information about the 2010 REALTORS® Conference and Expo, visit

The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Information about NAR is available at News releases are posted in the Web site's "News Media" section in the NAR Media Center.

REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. Not all real estate agents are REALTORS®. All REALTORS® are members of NAR.

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Leanne Jernigan
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