SOURCE: National Association of Realtors

National Association of Realtors

October 13, 2010 10:56 ET

Realtors® Tackle Tough Challenges in the Big Easy

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 13, 2010) -

WHAT: 2010 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

WHEN: November 5-8, 2010

WHERE: New Orleans

Members of the media may still 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

Realtors® will join industry experts, lawmakers, federal agency officials and others to address the pressing real estate issues of the day, including the future of mortgage financing, impact of improper foreclosure procedures on the housing market, and possible influence of the midterm elections, which will come just days before the conference. Approximately 20,000 Realtors® and guests are expected to attend.

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.

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. 

Preliminary media highlights:

Habitat for Humanity Build
1 p.m., Location TBA
The homeowners, Realtor® leaders and staff from New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity® and Rebuilding Together® New Orleans will be available for onsite interviews and photo opportunities.

Federal Issues Update
7:30-8:30 a.m., Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, Napoleon Ballroom
Government affairs policy experts will discuss key federal policy issues affecting the real estate industry.

Economic Issues and Residential Real Estate Business Trends Forum
8:30-10:30 a.m., Morial Convention Center, La Nouvelle Ballroom C
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will discuss prospects for home sales in the post-tax credit environment as well as potential changes to the mortgage industry. He will be joined by Dr. Thomas Hoenig, president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank and a voting member of the Fed's Federal Open Market Committee, who will present his view on issues confronting the U.S. economy.

MEDIA BRIEFING -- NAR's 2011 President Looks Ahead
10-10:45 a.m., Morial Convention Center, Room 213
2011 NAR President Ron Phipps will discuss activities, programs and initiatives that address current real estate market challenges.

MEDIA BRIEFING -- Housing and Economic Forecast
11-11:45 a.m., Morial Convention Center, Room 213
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will release the Pending Home Sales Index and 2011 forecast at this briefing.

Economic Issues and Commercial Real Estate Business Trends Forum
12:30-2:30 p.m., Morial Convention Center, La Louisiane Ballroom A
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will discuss the economic conditions facing the U.S. markets and the impact on the commercial real estate outlook for 2011. Hugh Kelly, clinical professor of real estate at New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate, will join Dr. Yun for an expanded discussion.

MEDIA BRIEFING -- 2010 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
2-3 p.m., Morial Convention Center, Room 213
NAR Vice President of Research Paul Bishop will share insights into demographic trends, motivations, and behavior patterns among recent home buyers and sellers.

Newsmaker Reception -- Advance RSVP Required

NAR's Public Affairs staff will host a reception for members of the media.

Real Estate Services Forum: State of the Real Estate Industry
9-10:30 a.m., Morial Convention Center, Room 243
A panel of high-level executives from large diversified real estate firms will discuss their predictions for 2011, today's key issues, and ways to handle both the current and future industry environment.

MEDIA BACKGROUNDER -- Housing Industry Data
11 a.m.-noon, Morial Convention Center, Room 213
NAR Senior Public Affairs Specialist Walt Molony will explain background and share insights into a variety of housing industry data series for interested members of the media.

Housing Opportunity Forum: Innovative Programs and Partnerships to Rebuild Communities
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Morial Convention Center, Room 238
Panelists from the Orlando Regional Realtor® Association, the National Community Stabilization Trust, and several community service organizations will share trends in Neighborhood Stabilization Program efforts. They will explain how communities are using NSP funds to create innovative programs to revitalize neighborhoods.

Legislative and Political Forum: Midterm Elections -- What Just Happened?
1:30-3 p.m., Morial Convention Center, La Louisiane Ballroom A
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.

General Session
4-6 p.m., Morial Convention Center, Hall A
2010 NAR President Vicki Cox Golder will give an industry address and recognize the accomplishments of the 2010 Realtors® of the Year and Good Neighbor Award Winners.

Bringing International Real Estate Practices to the U.S.
9-10 a.m., Morial Convention Center, Room RO5
S. Nicolai Kolding from REAL Trends will explain the similarities and differences between real estate practices here in the U.S. and those in other countries around the world.

Short Sales: Is HAFA the Answer?
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Morial Convention Center, La Nouvelle Ballroom C
Hear the latest on Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program and the efforts being made to speed up the short sale process and stabilize home prices and neighborhoods from Laurie Maggiano, Homeownership Preservation Office, Department of the Treasury; and JK Huey, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Board of Directors Meeting
8:30-11:30 a.m., Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, Grand Ballroom

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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