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2016 Realtors® Conference & Expo: The Need-to-Know in Orlando

It’s hard to believe that the 2016 Realtors® Conference and Expo is only a few days away.

With hundreds of sessions and events taking place beginning on Thursday, figuring out which sessions to attend at the massive Orange County Convention Center can seem like arriving at a whole new world. Allow me to take you on a magical carpet ride through the key sessions to attend.

On Friday, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will be joined on stage by Dennis Lockhart, president/CEO of the Atlanta Fed, during his 2017 economic and housing forecast presentation. Immediately after, they will hold back-to-back press conferences along with incoming NAR 2017 President Bill Brown. Later in the day, Jessica Lautz, NAR managing director of survey research and communications, will present the key trends from the 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Other sessions of note include timely discussions on short-term rentals, current regulatory issues and the election’s impact on real estate heading into next year.

And don’t forget to join us at Italian hot spot Maggiano’s on Friday night for delightful refreshments and conversations with your reporter colleagues and members of the NAR Media Team!

For conference updates and on-site information, visit realtors.mediaroom.com.

JOIN US! MEDIA RECEPTION
5-6 p.m. Maggiano’s Little Italy Pointe, 9101 International Drive, Suite 2400
NAR’s Media Communications staff will host a reception for members of the media.

 

FRIDAY’S PRESS CONFERENCES:

NAR’s 2016 Presidential Agenda
11-11:30 a.m., Orange County Convention Center West, Room W208 A
NAR 2017 President Bill Brown will discuss his agenda for the coming year and offer insights into the top challenges and opportunities facing Realtors® and the industry.

Real Estate and Economic Forecast
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Orange County Convention Center West, Room W208 A
Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will share his thoughts on the national economy. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will present his 2017 real estate forecast.

Notable Nuggets about Recent Home Buyers and Sellers
3-3:30 p.m., Orange County Convention Center West, W208 A
NAR’s director of survey research Jessica Lautz will present noteworthy trends from NAR’s 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Unpublished, geographic breakouts of buyers in several sub-regions will also be available.

THURSDAY, NOV. 3
Realtors® Volunteer Build Day
7:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Butler’s Preserve, 644 Willie Mays Parkway, Orlando
Realtors® help frame homes for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando. NAR and local Habitat for Humanity leaders will be available for interviews and photos at 7:45 a.m.

NAR 360°
4-5 p.m., Orange County Convention Center West, Valencia Ballroom
NAR leadership will offer their perspectives on key association and industry issues.

FRIDAY, NOV. 4
Federal Issues Update
7:30-8:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel, Windermere Ballroom Y
Hear about the top legislative and regulatory issues and how they affect Realtors®, consumers and the industry.

Residential Economic Issues and Trends Forum
8:30-10:30 a.m., Orange County Convention Center West, Chapin Theater, Room W320
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will give his forecast for the housing market and economy. Dennis P. Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will also share his outlook for the economy.

Homeownership Matters: Forecasting the Housing Landscape Under a New Administration: Regulatory Issues Forum 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Orange County Convention Center West, Room W315 A
Jim Parrott, former economic adviser to President Obama and senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Brian Montgomery, former Federal Housing Administration Commissioner and vice chairman of the Collingwood Group, will share their views on how a new presidential administration could impact future housing policy.

Commercial Economic Issues and Trends Forum
1-3 p.m., Orange County Convention Center West, Room W314 B
NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will present his economic and commercial market outlook for 2017. He will be joined by K.C. Conway, senior vice president of credit risk management at SunTrust Bank, who will offer insights into commercial real estate markets, investments and capital markets.

Unlocking the Mystery of the Home Sharing Economy
2-3 p.m., Orange County Convention Center West, Room W312 A
Learn about consumer attitudes about short-term rentals, the services provided by AirBnB and other popular sites, and discover pitfalls and tips for engaging with authorities and guiding clients through the short-term rentals process. 

SATURDAY, NOV. 5
Recent Home Buyers and Sellers: Demographics, Home Preferences and Livability Needs
9 a.m.-10 p.m., Orange County Convention Center West, Room W309 A
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will moderate a panel about the demographics and home preferences of recent buyers and sellers and the components that make for truly livable communities for all ages.

New Media: Its Impact on the 2016 Election Cycle, the Electorate and Future Campaigns: Federal Legislative and Political Forum
1:30-3 p.m., Orange County Convention Center West, Valencia Room W415 D
Huffington Post Global Editorial Director Howard Fineman shares how the digital revolution has changed the way Americans consume information and what those changes mean for the political election process.

SUNDAY, NOV. 6
The Gen Z Consumer
11 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Orange County Convention Center West, Room W311 E
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate President and CEO Sherry Chris talks consumer marketing tools, channels and messaging geared toward the newest generation.

Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate in 2016 and 2017
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Orange County Convention Center West, Room W311 E
Hear the Counselors of Real Estate’s annual list of 10 trends impacting real estate today and in the year ahead.