Media: Don’t Miss These Sessions at the 2017 Realtors® Conference & Expo

The 2017 Realtors® Conference and Expo in Chicago is a little over one week away!

With more than 20,000 Realtors®, industry experts and guests scurrying around the McCormick Place, it may be hard as a reporter to identify which of the dozens of sessions are the best use of your time to cover.

That’s why I’m here to help. Below are the notable sessions each day, including three news conferences on Friday. We also hope to see you on Friday evening at our media reception at Sopraffina.

Realtors® Volunteer Build Day
7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., 11937 S. Union Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60628
Realtors® help frame homes for the Habitat for Humanity Chicago. 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., Sheraton Chicago Hotel, Chicago Ballroom
NAR leadership will offer their perspectives on key association and industry issues.

Residential Economic Issues and Trends Forum
8:30-10:30 a.m., McCormick Place West, Room W183
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will give his forecast for the housing market and economy. Ken Rosen from Rosen Consulting Group will discuss the findings of three recently released papers on the causes for the recent decline in the U.S. homeownership rate.

MEDIA BRIEFING – NAR’s 2018 Presidential Agenda
11:30 a.m., McCormick Place West, Room W476
NAR 2018 President Elizabeth Mendenhall will discuss the association’s agenda for the coming year and offer insights into the top challenges and opportunities facing Realtors® and the industry.

Regulatory Issues Forum
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. McCormick Place West, Room W181 A
Speakers will discuss housing regulatory matters and share insights on RESPA and money laundering among other industry issues.

MEDIA BRIEFING – Real Estate and Economic Forecast
12 p.m., McCormick Place West, Room W476
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will present his 2018 real estate markets forecast and answer questions.

Commercial Economic Issues and Trends Forum
1-3 p.m., McCormick Place, West Building, Room W185 A
NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will present his economic and commercial market outlook for 2018. He will be joined by Ryan Severino, chief economist at JLL.

MEDIA BRIEFING – Unpublished Findings from NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
3:15 p.m., McCormick Place West, Room W476
NAR’s director of survey research Jessica Lautz will present noteworthy trends from NAR’s 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Unpublished, geographic breakouts of buyers in several sub-regions will be available.

5-6 p.m. Sopraffina, 10 North Dearborn St., Chicago, Ill., 60602.
NAR’s Media Communications staff will host a reception for members of the media. Shuttle departs McCormick Place, Gate 41 at 4:45 p.m

Impact of Rising House Prices on Home Buyers and Sellers
9-10:30 a.m., McCormick Place West, Room W178 A
Hear what data from NAR’s 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers and the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s house price indices at the metro, country, and zip code level mean for homeownership, mortgage lending and sales in the year ahead.

Dispelling Condo Confusion for Agents and Appraisers: Real Property Valuation Forum
1:30-3:00 p.m., McCormick Place West, Room W180
A panel of experts bring agent and appraiser perspectives to a discussion of issues unique to condo transactions.

General Session
4-6 p.m., McCormick Place West, Skyline Ballroom W375
Hear from NAR leadership, cheer on the REALTORS® of the Year and be inspired by Good Neighbor Award winners and keynote address from Olympian Michael Phelps.

Digging out: Growing your business while paying off debt
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., McCormick Place West, Room W178 A
A panel discusses the challenges of paying off student and other loan debt while building a real estate career.

Housing Needs More Supply: Two Perspectives
1:30-2:30 p.m., McCormick Place West, Room W280
National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist Robert Dietz and NAR economist Jessica Lautz discuss the lack of housing supply from both the housing starts and resale perspectives and its impact on the market.

Healthcare 101: Insights from Washington and Realtor® Matters
1:30–2:30 p.m., McCormick Place West, Room W176
Learn about the latest efforts taking place in Washington to reform health care and the Affordable Care Act. Policy experts will analyze the latest legislative and regulatory proposals and provide insight into independent contractor concerns and potential insurance market impacts.