Today I flew to Orlando for the National Association of Realtors Annual Conference & Expo and I’m psyched. I go to the conference each year in November and NAR sets it in a different city each year. In May we’re in Washington, D.C. for what we used to call Mid-Year but now must call Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo – thank you NAR for an unwieldy and difficult name change. Almost 20,000 Realtors will attend the November conference, and it’s a great time to meet in person people we may only “know” online, sit in on committee meetings and learn something in educational sessions.
The best part of the meetings is always meeting up with old friends, making new ones, and building relationships. This year I met Marion Napoleon – a Texas real estate professional who also happens to be an ex-Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Woot woot. She’s an expert in REO properties and I spent time with her picking her brain and exchanging ideas. Candace Cooke – Texas appraiser/broker/educator – introduced us.
Candy and I were in the first graduating class of Realtor University’s MRE program (Master of Real Estate – it’s an MBA specializing in real estate). We had a great dinner one night that included this lovely entree – an entire cooked sea bass at the Hyatt Regency restaurant.
You have to be open to new ideas and be willing to try something new – which this shot embodies perfectly. This blog post kicks off my new website, which will include a daily blog post about what’s going on in my life, real estate, and just observations on the world in general. I stole the name (365 Days) from Texas broker Bill Evans, who writes a 365 Days of Bill daily blog. So this post kicks of 365 Days of Erica. Here’s to new adventures!