Next week, over 22,000 real estate professionals will be in San Francisco for the REALTORS® Conference & Expo. We do this every year, an annual convergence of real estate professionals on one city, to talk about best practices, new ideas, and good old fashioned networking.
So what makes this year significant?
First, we are anticipating a higher number of attendees than in the past several years, perhaps a sign of a healthier real estate market? It is also due to the overwhelming popularity of San Francisco, a destination NAR hasn’t been to in nearly a decade.
Among the 22,000 registered are close to 2,000 from outside the United States. Our international delegates hail from countries near (Canada, Mexico) and far (China, Ghana, United Arab Emirates, Australia). According to Jeff Hornberger, NAR Director of Global Alliances, “We are seeing healthy numbers from a variety of countries. We have a nice, well-rounded attendance at this year’s event.”
Some of the larger delegations include:
Canada – 500
China – 150
South Africa – 88
Australia – 50
United Arab Emirates – 20
Russia – 30
Sweden – 30
Notable global moments taking place at this year’s conference:
– Official representatives from Ghana for the first time ever.
– Ecuador will sign an agreement to be added as a new bilateral partner
– A REALTOR® from South Africa, Toni Enderli, will be doing a charity swim from San Francisco’s Pier 33 to Alcatraz on Monday, November 11 to benefit the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Donate or watch the swim.
Last but certainly not least, we are thrilled to welcome United States Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to our conference lineup. Senator Stabenow will headline an expert government affairs panel, moderated by 2013 GBA Committee Chair Furhad Waquad, that includes 2007 NAR President Pat V. Combs, Florida REALTORS Senior Vice President of Public Policy John Sebree, and NAR Deputy Chief of Government Affairs Jamie Gregory. These distinguished guests will share advice on how to implement effective government affairs programs at their home associations, and strategies for communicating with U.S. Congress and promoting the interests of homeowners and real estate professionals. Topics will include serving as an expert and resource to Members of Congress, building relationships, organizing grassroots communication efforts, understanding the legislative process, using social media, sharing constituent stories, the role of Congressional staff, and getting involved in elections. This special session is included in your conference registration and is highly recommended. Learn more about the session and add it to your event planner here.
For a full listing of globally-focused events, view the International Schedule of Events.