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RISMEDIA, May 4, 2011— REALTORS ® from across the country will gather with government officials and industry leaders in Washington, D.C., next week to address today’s critical home ownership, mortgage finance and real estate investment challenges during the REALTORS ® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 9-14.

WHAT: REALTORS ® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

WHEN: May 9-14, 2011

WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW,
Washington, D.C.

Members of the media may register onsite in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Atrium on Monday, May 9, noon-5 p.m.; Tuesday, May 10 through Thursday, May 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Friday, May 13, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Press can also register by contacting Yolanda Byrd, 202/383-7515, Registration is free for credentialed media and is required to attend the meetings.

On Tuesday, May 10, the National Association of REALTORS ® will host a special symposium, Ensuring Mortgage Availability for Creditworthy Homebuyers. Confirmed panelists include David Stevens, incoming president and chief executive officer for the Mortgage Bankers Association of America; Martin Eakes, chief executive officer, Center for Responsible Lending; Michael Williams, chief executive officer, Fannie Mae; Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer, National Urban League; and NAR President Ron Phipps. CNBC Real Estate Reporter Diana Olick will moderate as members of the panel discuss government involvement in the secondary mortgage market and FHA’s role in helping working class families build wealth through home ownership. The symposium will take place from 2-4 p.m. in the Marriott Ballroom, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Earlier that day, leading Members of Congress will share their insights on the 112th Congress, its agenda and the likely impact on the housing and real estate industry at the Legislative and Political Forum on Tuesday, May 10, 8-10 a.m., Marriott Ballroom, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Also on Tuesday, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun joins representatives from the mortgage insurance industry, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and the Independent Community Bankers Association at the Regulatory Issues Forum: The Future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from 9:30-11 a.m., Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Thurgood Marshall Ballroom NE.

The panelists will present arguments for and against current proposals for reforming the secondary mortgage market, including the options suggested by the Obama administration and other prominent proposals in Congress.

NAR leadership will close the day with a member-director forum from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the Marriott Ballroom.

REALTORS ® will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress throughout the day on Wednesday, May 11, but before they do, NAR Government Affairs Senior Vice President and Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello will provide a Federal Priority Issues Briefing on Wednesday morning, 7-8 a.m. The briefing will take place in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Marriott Ballroom Salon 1.

NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will share the latest outlook for residential real estate during the Economic Issues & Residential Real Estate Business Trends Forum on Thursday, May 12, 8-10 a.m. in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Marriott Ballroom Salon 2. Later on Thursday from 1-3 p.m., Yun will provide an overview of the national commercial market and forecast future market conditions at the Economic Issues & Commercial Business Trends Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Ambassador Room.

Other media highlights include:

The Impact of Renewable Energy Projects on Property Values: Land Use, Property Rights and Environment Forum Tuesday, May 10, 9-10:30 a.m., Omni Shoreham Hotel, Blue Room Participants will discuss how renewable energy projects such as wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal impact the value of adjacent property, and share how land use and environment issues are affecting specific states and local communities.

Real Estate Services Forum—The Impact of Dodd-Frank on Real Estate Thursday, May 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Marriott Wardman Park, Marriott Ballroom Salon 3 The impact of the Dodd-Frank rule and its implementation on mortgage markets and the real estate industry will be discussed.

Housing Opportunities Forum—Making Affordable Housing Work Thursday, May 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Marriott Wardman Park, Thurgood Marshall Ballroom South REALTORS ® from across the country will present and share successful affordable housing initiatives in their communities.

Multicultural Housing & HOPE Awards Symposium Thursday, May 12, 3-5 p.m., Omni Shoreham Hotel, Palladian Room John D. Trasvina, assistant secretary of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will present the state of the multicultural real estate markets, and the 2011 HOPE Awards (Home Ownership Participation for

Everyone) winners will receive their awards. Winners will share how their programs have successfully increased and sustained minority home ownership, revitalized communities and expanded affordable housing opportunities.

Board of Directors

Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Marriott Wardman Park, Maryland Ballroom Realtors? convene to render decisions regarding key issues and committee reports.

Trade Expo

Wednesday, May 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, May 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, May 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Marriott Wardman Park More than 120 vendors of the latest real estate products and services are all under one roof at the Expo.

See the latest real estate industry innovations and how these are transforming the way REALTORS ® do business. Learn about mobile office devices, lead generation systems, Internet prospecting solutions, Multiple Listing Service providers, virtual tour technology, financial services, 360-degree virtual tours, and much more.

For more information about the REALTORS ® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, visit

To schedule advance interviews with NAR leadership and conference speakers, contact Stephanie Singer, 202/383-1050, NAR’s Media Team also will be onsite to arrange and coordinate interviews during the conference. Members of the media can follow updates from the conference on NAR’s Conference Live website pages on and on Twitter,

The National Association of REALTORS ® , “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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