My Conference Live Experience: Part 1

As anyone who comes to either the November conference meetings or the May legislative meetings knows, this is a very intense, fast-paced event with not much downtime but a ton of great information, advocacy and learning. As the first full day of meetings wound down, I joined my colleagues from the Tucson Association of REALTORS® for our night out. Each had an amazing day, attending various committee meetings, educational sessions and, of course, walking through the Expo.

The topics of discussion included the anticipated roll out of the Commitment to Excellent program.

The National Association of REALTORS® proudly introduces Commitment to Excellence, a cutting-edge program that empowers REALTORS® to evaluate, enhance, and showcase the highest levels of professionalism. Members get started by logging-in to and taking the self-assessment that measures their proficiency in each of the elements of professionalism, known as the C2EX Competencies. Based on their results, the platform will generate customized learning paths, recommend experiences, and provide tools and resources to increase their knowledge and enhance their skillsets.”

We talk ALL THE TIME about raising the bar and professionalism in our industry, and this is a perfect step. I hope you’ll take the time to sign in, learn about this program, and jump in to start your journey. I haven’t had the time to really poke around the program but it’s #1 on my list when we get home.

I sat in on my last Federal Finance and Housing Policy committee meeting, lead by our amazing chair, Maura Neill. Guest speakers from HUD and GNMA brought us up to date on many topics such as disaster relief efforts from HUD for Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico ($30+ billion so far), the FHA condo rule (still in coming soon mode), reverse mortgages/HEMC, and tech updates to move away from the antiquated systems. Joe Harris’ update on legislative matters included discussions on HB299 (Blue Water), and 2 affordable housing bills: S. 3231 and S. 3503.

Risk Management Issues (my committee for next year) started with an education piece on assistive animals’ impact on our industry. NOT service animals, assistive animals—emotional support. While we have a good definition of what a service animal is, assistive animals are different. Or are they? There is still a lot of confusion out there. Suffice to say we need better guidance, and, well, a better way to make sure that we as REALTORS® and property managers are doing this right…including understanding the difference between service animals and assistive/emotional support animals.

While my committees have had their meetings, the work is certainly not done. More education sessions this weekend, the amazing Expo is underway, and of course the NAR Board of Directors meeting on Monday. I’ll be spending my Saturday with my Beverly Carter Foundation hat on—more on that on my next post!

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Emmary “Emmy” Simpson is a REALTOR® and Military Relocation Professional (MRP) with Realty One Group Integrity/Tucson and Las Cruces Homes and Land in Las Cruces, NM. A REALTOR® since 2010, she serves her REALTOR® community on the local, state and national levels on Risk Management committees. She also proudly serves as the Education Chair for the Beverly Carter Foundation.

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Conference Live 2018