This year the NAR Conference Meetings and Events were in our own backyard, beautiful Anaheim California, on November 10-13th. This was a great opportunity for local REALTORS to attend the NAR EXPO if they had not been able to do so in the past. Over 20,000 people attended this year! There were hundreds of exhibitors from all the big name companies such as HP, Top Producer, & Wells Fargo (who gave away a car), to small businesses excited to launch their new products! We welcomed our new NAR President Moe Veissi as our 2012 NAR President at his Denim and Diamonds Inaugural Ball. We also took home a very prestigious award. I am very pleased to announce that the C.A.R. Young Professionals Network, (YPN), took Network of the YEAR beating out every other State YPN Network including Toronto and the Bahamas. At the local level, Arcadia’s YPN Network was in the running for Local YPN Network of the Year. Insider sources told us that California could not win both State and Local Network of the Year since this was the first time NAR had given out such awards.
The NAR Conference Meetings attract Realtors from across the nation. Not only will you meet REALTORS from our country, you will also meet and network with agents throughout the world who attend this conference through NAR’s Global Committee and International Delegates. I had the pleasure of attending many of the Global events at NAR and I was amazed by the amount of International business transactions that occur in the United States every year. Sales of U.S. residences to international buyers for the past year ending March 2011 equaled $82 billion, up from $66 billion in 2010.
At these meetings our Association is small but mighty and we are well represented because of the strong relationships we have at the state and national level. We build these relationships by attending conferences such as the NAR Meetings. Many of our members have important positions on committee’ such as The Presidential Liason to Singapore and Hong Kong, Conventional Finance and Lending, and Commercial Leadership Forum to name a few. Although networking is important for our Association, the most important reason to attend these conferences is to gain knowledge that will help our member’s business thrive in 2012. After attending many leadership meetings I’ve learned through education we can make informed decisions that will have a positive impact on our industry. It starts by getting involved at the local level, so please see any of the Arcadia Association of REALTORS staff or leadership to find out what committee to join in 2012 so we can make a difference TOGETHER!