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Techie’s guide to NAR’s mid-year meetings

Are you coming to NAR’s Mid Year Meetings in Washington DC on May 11-13? If so, here’s a quick and dirty guide to what to check out and where to grab a cocktail. If you are going to be at the meetings please be sure and let me know, in the comments or DM me @nartech. I’d love to meet the Agent Genius crowd IRL.

Follow Along at MidYear Live

Even if you aren’t going to be in DC you can still follow the action at Mid Year Live.

Midyear Live brings all the news and conversation about the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo direct to you. Visit Midyear Live between May 11-14 to check out Twitter and Facebook coverage, follow featured NAR members as they attend the event, and view news reports and recorded sessions.

From the Center for Real Estate Technology—Throughout the meetings…

Starting Tuesday, May 11, CRT is sponsoring the Wi-Fi area in the Marriott Wardman Park in the Maryland Foyer.  It will be available 24 hrs a day thru Saturday 2pm.
The Bloggers’ Lounge opens at the Omni in the Forum Room, Tues – Thurs 10am – 6pm and Friday from 10am – 4pm.

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Wednesday May 12:  Business Issues Committee 10:00 AM-Noon, Marriott Wardman, Salon 3

This is where technology policy issues are discussed. If you have an interest in issues like data security and privacy, net neutrality and other tech policy issues, come and observe the Business Issues Committee and say hello. I am one of the staff executives for this committee.

Wednesday May 12: Tweetup 5:00-7:00 PM Marriot Wardman Park Lobby

To RSVP and more info.

Wednesday May 12 Raise the Roof Event 5:00PM-8:00PM Tabaq Bistro, 1336 U Street

Cocktails and Hors D’Oeuvres on trendy U Street. RSVP to with your full name and company by May 3.

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Thursday May 13: Business Technology Peer Breakout Sessions 8:00AM-11:00 AM, Omni Shoram Ambassador Room

Garron Selliken, Todd Carpenter, Heather Elias, Keith Garner, Tina Merritt, Jeff Allen, Kelley Koehler, Dale Chumbley, Nobu Hata, Greg Carpenter, among others will be on hand to discuss tech topics that all real estate professionals should know about.  Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Market Stats, Converting web leads to clients, mobile apps, and other business tools will be discussed during these informal conversations.

Thursday May 13: Business Technology Forum 3:00PM-5:00PM, Omni Shoram Empire Room

Hear what industry thought leaders have to share about today’s and upcoming tech trends.
Jeff Allen, Heather Elias, Garron Selliken, and Aaron Wheeler share their experience & insights on how technology is impacting their day-to-day business.  Audience questions are welcome.

Friday May 14: LinkedIn Breakfast 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Omni Shoram, Bloggers Lounge

Join Todd Carpenter and other NAR LinkedIn members for coffee and danish. For more info

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If you know of something I missed, please let me know in the comments. Hope to see you in DC!

Written By

Melanie is the Senior Technology Policy Representative at the National Association of Realtors. That means she lobbies Congress and Federal Agencies on technology policy issues of importance to the real estate industry. In her pre-NAR life Melanie has been a practicing attorney and a software start-up executive. Like any native Californian, Melanie loves good wine and bountiful farmers markets.



  1. Jonathan Benya

    April 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I’ll be there, I’m looking at the schedules for the meetings as we speak!

  2. Lani Rosales

    April 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Although we won’t make it this year (sadface), I’m most interested in “Wednesday May 12: Business Issues Committee 10:00 AM-Noon” –>> who going to Midyear will be at that meeting?!?

  3. Fred Glick

    April 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Also, there is an MLS meeting at 9am Thursday where I plan to ask the committee to make every MLS listing have a picture. And if you don’t it would be an ethics violation.

    I would appreciate the support so agents across the country do not continue to waste their unpaid time going to see properties that are not what they are advertised because the agent won’t put a picture.

    Also, a non-picture MLS makes prospective buyers contact the listing agent to get pictures and the agent then “captures” them and also could have a dual agency situation that is not in the best interest of the client.

    There are other reasons, but I think you get the gist!

    Fred Glick
    fred at

  4. Doug Francis

    April 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    That Thursday morning meeting looks like a good group… so I will fight the traffic to make it there!

  5. Jennifer Rathbun

    May 1, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Hey Doug! Don’t think I can make it. MAtthew’s in the green review class for 2 days and then teaching something like ABR the next 3 days in MD. And I don’t drive in DC eventhought it’s less than 60 miles away! Missing everyone, but someone has to hold down the fort. Is that the correct phrase?

    • Lani Rosales

      May 1, 2010 at 2:23 am

      Jen, I think you mean fork… hold down the fork… 😉 Just playing!

      Seriously, I’m dying to know who’s going so I can get everyone’s digits (and give them my secret batphone line) so I can hear what’s going on!! I hate being disconnected 🙂

  6. David Harris

    May 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    RESO will be hosting a future technology planning session to find out what you need most from your real estate tools. Come let you voice be heard May 13th at 1 pm. Event page here:

  7. Toby Boyce

    May 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

    While I didn’t have a chance to take part in the techie events that morning due to committee assignment that conflicted. However, the whole day was really a great feeling with the Biz Tech Forum really providing some great stuff!

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