What to Expect at This Month’s REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

NAR’s annual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in D.C. is right around the corner.

Thousands of Realtors® will flock to Washington the week of May 15 to hear from industry experts on the top issues impacting real estate. In addition to three core focuses this year – tax reform, the National Flood Insurance Program and the importance of sustainable homeownership – expect sessions on current market conditions, immigration’s impact on housing and appraisals.

If you’re a member of the media interested in registering, check out our newsroom (realtors.mediaroom.com) for more information or contact a member of the Media team.

Here are the notable sessions all but guaranteed to generate some news during the week:

Regulatory Issues Forum
 10-11:30 a.m., Marriott Wardman, Marriott Ballroom 
HUD Secretary Ben Carson will talk about access to mortgage credit and his priorities for FHA. FEMA Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation Roy Wright will highlight NFIP benefits provided to millions of home and business owners.

Real Property Valuation Forum: What’s in Store for Agents and Appraisers?
1-3 p.m., Marriott Wardman, Thurgood Marshall NE
A panel will discuss the regulatory structure that governs appraisals, the importance of appraiser independence, appraiser shortages and ways for agents to communicate more effectively with appraisers.

Residential Economic Issues and Trends Forum
8-10 a.m., Marriott Wardman, Marriott Ballroom 
Lawrence Yun will share his market expectations for 2017. Harvard’s Jonathan Spader will discuss the homeownership rate and VP Pence’s Chief Economist Mark Calabria will share insights on the market and potential administration changes and their effect on housing.

Low Down Payment Mortgage Options for Today’s Buyers
10-11:30 a.m., Marriott Wardman, Taft Room
Learn about affordable mortgage options and how Fannie Mae’s low down payment mortgage can help provide financing to new and repeat home purchasers. Learn about affordable mortgage options and how Fannie Mae’s low down payment mortgage can help provide financing to new and repeat home purchasers.

Commercial Economic Issues and Business Trends Forum
1-3 p.m., Omni Shoreham, Diplomat Room
Lawrence Yun will overview the commercial market and forecast future conditions. He will join SVP John Worth of NAREIT who will offer insights into publicly listed companies’ perspectives on current developments in commercial markets.

Taking Cyber Security Seriously: Emerging Business Issues & Technology Forum
1-3 p.m., Omni Shoreham, Blue Room
Realtors® will learn how to identify, prevent and defeat cyber security threats to themselves and their business and clients.

Improving Infrastructure Leads to Increased Real Estate Investment
9-10:30 a.m., Marriott Wardman, Virginia Suite
A panel of experts, including a lender, GAD and Senate staffer, will discuss infrastructure components and its impact on real estate.

Housing Markets are International
10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Marriott Wardman, Maryland Suite
NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun will moderate a panel with Danielle Hale and CATO’s Alex Nowrasteh about foreign buyers and immigrants impact on U.S. housing demand and home pricing.