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I’m a runner. Even though I know I’ll feel great after a few miles and I’ll accrue substantial long-term benefits, it’s occasionally an uphill battle to get out the door.

You may feel similarly about industry events. Your days are already jam-packed, and it’s challenging to carve out time to step away for a new one- or two-day commitment.

Afterward, however, you feel energized by all the fresh ideas you heard and the new people you met. “Why did I hesitate?” you ask yourself. You may also wonder, “What other meetings are coming up that will deliver similar results?”

Let me suggest two excellent options.

  1. Broker Summit
    The first annual REALTOR® Broker Summit was hosted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in 2013. This premier event offers two incredible days of learning, exclusive insights and networking opportunities with other brokers from across the U.S.

The famous Austin City Limit’s soundstage will be home to this year’s meeting on April 2-3, 2019. As Texas’ capital city and “live music capital of the world,” Austin is sure to add another exciting dimension to the summit.

For brokers, this is one of the year’s most highly anticipated events, and space fills up fast. Since registration opened mid-January, I encourage you to visit as quickly as possible.

  1. Tech Edge
    Given the pace of new developments, it can be extremely challenging to know which technology tools are optimal for real estate professionals and how to achieve the best results in your brokerage.

Fortunately, NAR offers a one-day event for brokers and agents called Tech Edge, a fast-paced program packed with tips from high-energy speakers on a wide variety of tech trends, including online branding, lead generation, data security, lifesaver apps, and much more.

Past attendees have impressive things to say about Tech Edge:

  • “Excellent information in a user-friendly format.”
  • “Hearing what’s working for other brokers and agents is a great time-saver.”
  • “A home run!”

2019 Tech Edge programs have been scheduled in eight cities:

  • Columbus, Ohio – March 14
  • San Jose, Calif. – May 21
  • Richmond, Va. – June 6
  • Nashville, Tenn. – June 11
  • Austin, Texas – July 23
  • Southfield, Mich. – August 27
  • Wichita, Kan. – September 17
  • Columbia, S.C. – October 17

No two events are the same. Visit for complete details.

Never Stop Learning
Knowledge is power no matter how you acquire it. For brokers, however, these events are two of my top recommendations.

Tech Edge is also open to your agents and employees, so consider encouraging them to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to fire up their thinking on the latest technology tips.

Marc D. Gould is senior vice president of Member Development for NAR, overseeing a wide range of professional development programs for REALTORS®, including the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC). REBAC is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing the real estate buyer. With more than 30,000 active members, REBAC awards the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation to REALTORS® who have completed the specialized education and documented experience in working with consumers purchasing a home. To learn more, visit