Good morning, REALTORS®! I got up before the sun did this morning. It’s time to get to the Summit. Today is a big day for the National Association of REALTORS® in Washington, D.C. It’s the first day of the 2010 Real Estate Summit during the Midyear Legislative Meetings.
Last year, we all felt the crunch in our industry. That’s why REALTORS® kicked into action and gathered industry leaders, economists, academics, and members of the media to discuss revitalizing real estate and our nation’s economy.
We brought back the Summit this year because there’s more work to do. We want to build on our success and continue to be leaders reshaping the face of real estate.
The Summit will start today and go through Thursday. It will feature a host of forums and discussions on a major issue facing our industry: How can we best stabilize the mortgage delivery system in our country?
You can keep up with the entire Summit on Midyear Live. From there, you can also get Twitter and Facebook updates.
Today, I’m honored to serve as emcee for the program. We have a stellar list of guests joining us. Former REALTORS® and FHA Commissioner Dave Stevens will be here. Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, along with Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will be telling us about the ins and outs of Washington’s current political climate.
The morning panel will discuss how we can strengthen our mortgage finance system. After lunch, we’ll return for a special presentation from REALTORS® John McCrocklin on Real Time Valuation™ and how it relates to mortgage market transparency.
In our second panel, we’ll broaden our discussion to look at capital markets worldwide. Then we’ll end the day with our 59 ½ Minutes program. That’s where the NAR Leadership Team will discuss the ways we’re helping members in business now and in the future.
The Real Estate Summit is all about YOU. How can we get real estate back into good health? How can we get our mortgage system to be as effective as possible? These are the questions we’ll be talking about for the next three days to put you in better shape for the future.
Well, it’s time for me to get out the door. If I don’t see you downstairs, I hope I’ll see you on Midyear Live. Be sure to leave a comment. We want all 1.1 million REALTORS® to be a part of our discussion.
See you soon! — Vince Malta, 2010 NAR Vice President and Liaison to Government Affairs