A Look Ahead to NAR Midyear

by Kevin Hawkins on May 12, 2017

Next week is NAR Midyear, formally known as the “REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo” in Washington DC. It runs May 15-20, split mostly between the Marriott Wardman Park and the Omni Shoreham, both just off the Metro Red Line at the Woodley Park stop. ThereNAR Midyear Banner are a few other meetings at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue, north of Dupont Circle.

CMLS Brings it to the Table

For the MLS and data folks, there’s also the ever-popular workshop “CMLS Brings it to the Table,” which is set for Tuesday, and that’s up town a bit further at American University campus off Nebraska Avenue, just around the corner from where I used to work at Fannie Mae’s headquarters. CMLS BITTT will be most of the day on Tuesday, May 16, from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm, and requires a separate registration fee and nearly 200 people are pre-registered for this stellar event. Details are here.

One highlight at CMLS Brings it to the Table is certain to be a panel moderated by Jeremy Crawford, CEO of Real Estate Standards CMLSBringsIttoTheTable_Logo2Organization. Josh Lopour, founder of Retsly, Heidi Ellyn of real estate brokerage Redfin, and Tim Dain from the Austin Board of Realtors will join Jeremy and they will discuss how to improve utilization of standardized data among MLSs, brokers and vendors. Restly was acquired by Zillow because of its hot technology in the MLS data tech space, Redfin is a leader in developing online real estate data technology loved by consumers, and ABoR is well-known for spearheading the launch, with RESO being the groundbreaking free data feed for technology developers through the creation of the Developer Reference Server, which is powered by the CoreLogic® Trestle™ platform. The caliber of the panelists and the timely topic makes it a can’t miss.

In addition, the CMLS Executive Committee is partnering with Marilyn Wilson, Founding Partner WAV Group to present during CMLS BITTT the results of provocative research commissioned that measures the effectiveness of MLS organizations from a variety of perspectives. The research, to be debuted at the session, will reveal strengths and opportunities for MLSs to build customer loyalty and expand the value and relevance of MLS organizations for agents, brokers and the clients they serve.  This candid session will also discuss the top 3 challenges that are destroying the MLS industry.

Trade Show

Even though the trade show only runs for just two days – Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18, from 10 am until 6 pm – there still will be nearly 120 firms vying for a few minutes for your time. Many firms poured a significant investment of time and money into this 16-hour window, so if you find yourself in the lobby of the Marriott, look for the escalators going downstairs to the exhibit halls and stroll through the hall.

Sometimes smaller is better and in the case of this Trade Show, you actually can talk to vender reps here face-to-face, and you will have a better chance for more hands on demonstration of products than you would at the Fall Convention.

And if you need an extra incentive to check out the Trade Show floor, NAR is offering several, from cash to drinks. You can enjoy a free Mojito (rum), Lakeside Lemonade (vodka) or Old Fashioned (whiskey) on Wed., beginning at 5:00 pm. On Thursday afternoon, 11:30-12:30 pm, get free mini-hot dogs while they last at REALTOR Booth #1707 for a preview of the Chicago Fall Convention. Or if cash is a motivator, check your registration bag for a game card: there will be Cash & Win contest drawings for $500 on both days at 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm. But most importantly, check out the list of exhibitors here.

One extra shoutout: Florida Realtors just announced Tech Helpline added nine state and local associations in just the last 120 days and that means 53,000 new members now have tech support. At Midyear, Tech Helpline is at Booth 818 (with FR’s Form Simplicity) and always offers onsite troubleshooting services so stop by and bring them your tough questions.

Meetings, Policies, Politics and Parties

But the real bulk of the reasons most people attend Midyear are the NAR committee meeting, meetings where NAR and MLS policies are reviewed and new policies are set, and the political and government affairs activities that are really the lifeblood of Midyear. It’s also where making time for members to visit the Hill and press the flesh with national legislative leaders is always a top priority. All of these things may make NAR Midyear seem very insider – and it truly is designed that way – but it also is a place to get business done, as it attracts many of the industry leaders all in once place. And that means there are a lot of other business meetings happening at Midyear as well.

Finally, it would not be Midyear without some great parties, and Midyear hosts many great receptions at some incredibly cool venues. From MLS firms to Technology companies, there is quite a list of events; unfortunately, I can’t publish them here, as they are all invitation-only! Suffice to say, those attending Midyear will find the schedule much like the work schedule I had when I worked in DC: a very early morning and a very late night!

If you attend Midyear and see something you think we should know about and might miss, let us know, as we will be doing a follow up story. Just send an email to me, and let me know what you discovered.


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