NAR to Host Real Estate Broker Conference at Hyatt O'Hare August 7 and 8

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This inaugural National Association of REALTORS® event for broker owners and broker managers will engage them in NAR public policy and economic discussions focusing on issues of importance to brokers. They will hear from nationally recognized and influential business leaders, NAR leadership and senior staff, on economic, legislative and regulatory issues affecting their business.

On Wednesday, August 7, the National Association of REALTORS® is hosting their inaugural Real Estate Broker Conference at the Hyatt O'Hare in Chicago, Illinois.

The conference will be opened by Gary Thomas, President, 2013 National Association of REALTORS®, and followed by Dale Stinton, CEO, National Association of REALTORS®.

There are approximately 4 sessions on both August 7 and 8 addressing the policy and economics impacting brokers.

The opening session will be the Political Landscape by Jamie Gregory, NAR Deputy Chief Lobbyist and then followed by How Washington Affects the Real Estate/Mortgage Business. Brian Chappelle, Potomac Partners and Mabel Guzman, Vice Chair of NAR's Conventional Finance Committee will lead this discussion.

The middle session will be Valuation Review: How is the Appraisal Process Impacting Your Business moderated by Frank Gregoire, a Florida state-certified appraiser.

The Valuation Session will focus on how increased government regulation has forced lenders to implement tighter lending standards, which impact the appraisal process. As a result, lenders must comply with appraiser independence requirements required by Dodd-Frank and appraisers must be able to conduct independent and impartial appraisal assignments. Real estate agents and appraisers are confused about what can or cannot be discussed during the appraisal process and who agents can talk to if they have a complaint about the results of an appraisal report. An esteemed industry panel will discuss how the process works now.

Michael Hobbs, SRA, RAA, LEED GA and President, PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy
Jon A. Levey, Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer, GreenChoice Bank
Marty Wagar (MI), Chief Operating Officer, Midwest Appraisal Management Group
Brian Weaver, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation real estate appraisal coordinator

The first day of the conference will conclude with a Hot Issue - Affordable Health Care Act & Your Responsibility led by Marcia Salkin - NAR Managing Director, Public Policy.

The second day of the conference will consist of the following sessions:

An Economic Update by Jed Smith, NAR Managing Director, Quantitative Research
Do You Know Where Your Data Is? by Gerard M. Stegmaier, JD, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Power Broker Strategies: Remaining Relevant in the New Age of Real Estate with Robert Bailey, Robert J Bailey Realtors, Sherry Chris, Better Homes & Gardens and John P Horning, Executive Vice President, Shorewest Realtors
Industry, Legislative and Political Wrap-up by Gary Thomas, 2013 NAR President, Steve Brown, 2013 NAR President-elect, Chris Polychron, 2013 NAR First Vice President, Bill Brown, 2013 NAR Vice President.

National Association of REALTORS® is committed to the providing valuable resources to its members and the Broker Conference is one more way that NAR serves its members.

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