Key Benefits of Attending 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

2014NARConferenceandExpoDid you know REALTORS® Conference & Expo attendees have made twice the average real estate income compared to members who have not attended the conference for the past five years? Establishing business practices that lead to increased sales is the number one benefit REALTORS® get out of the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, but it’s not the only reason to attend.

The main reason this conference is so effective stems from attendees being able to accomplish multiple business-building, professional development and networking initiatives in a short period of time. That’s why 17,000 real estate professionals will be attending this year’s conference held in New Orleans, November 7-10. The following are a few highlights attendees will find at the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo:

Educational Opportunities—there are more than 100 education sessions featuring nationally recognized speakers and industry experts, who discuss timely topics and critical issues of value to REALTORS®. Sessions cover a variety of topics from technology to environmental issues to sales and marketing techniques. A small sample of education sessions include:

Learn more about specific conference topics that are most relevant to your business needs and professional growth interests. Are you an appraiser, broker/owner, property manager or resort agent? You can even view suggested schedules by your primary audience!

Engaging Attractions & Events—no REALTORS® Conference & Expo would be complete without an opportunity for attendees to engage with industry peers in a fun-filled and compelling setting. The historic city of New Orleans is a perfect destination for a working vacation. Learn more about tours and attractions offered at a discount by the NAR.

Several special events are offered to attendees, providing a perfect opportunity to meet new contacts in a casual environment. Following are just a few to consider putting on your event calendar:

  • Expo Grand Openingenjoy live music and complimentary drinks while networking with peers and exhibitors in the Grand Opening’s casual atmosphere. Runs from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7.
  • General Session You won’t want to miss the keynote address by Mark Kelly, an American hero, astronaut, U.S. Navy Captain, and cancer survivor who inspires others to be their best while remaining true to their core values. A special appearance will be made by Kelly’s wife, Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Representative and Best-Selling Author of “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope.”
  • International Night Out & Awards Ceremony—join colleagues from all around the world at this year’s Masquerade Ball formal gala event. Evening features Global Awards Ceremony, followed by a formal dinner and dancing to live music. Attire is black tie optional. Runs from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. (Ticketed event).

Networking Opportunities—unlimited networking and referral-building opportunities, including the special events referenced above and others, networking lounges located throughout the conference center and the expo show floor. Networking presents outstanding opportunities to obtain future out-of-state referrals from fellow brokers you will meet at the conference, as well as gain immediate contacts you can tap into to increase your social media presence.

Cutting-Edge Solutions—the largest trade show floor in real estate, with nearly 400 exhibitors and close to 100,000 square feet, features industry vendors that present the latest innovative tools just for real estate professionals. These include: tech tools, real estate software, Internet advertising, mobile devices and applications, mortgage and financial services, home protection and warranties, “green” innovations, office products and more. Learn more about the trade expo, or view a complete list of conference exhibitors.

Register for the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo – there’s still time!.