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At each NC REALTORS® event, the Government Affairs team tries to find ways to engage members in our activities. From speakers and committees to fun ways to make an investment in NC REALTORS® PAC, we try to make sure you have the tools and information to make your voice heard.

XCHANGE ’18 (September 15-18 in Wilmington) is right around the corner so we wanted to give you a preview of some of the great events on tap. Check out the full schedule of events on the
XCHANGE ’18 website.

State of Real Estate

North Carolina’s only statewide State of Real Estate forum premiers on Saturday [September 15] at the Wilmington Convention Center. Bringing together public and private sectors, REALTORS® and consumers, influencers and regulators, and visionaries and implementers, the forum is designed to solve current statewide issues and challenges that impact different areas of real estate and economic development, such as smart growth, affordable housing, and disaster planning. Speakers include chef and restauranteur Vivian Howard, NAR Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun, and many more.



Sunday, September 16

Sunday morning kicks off with the Legislative Forum (9:00-10:00 AM) in Ballroom ABC. We will be joined by Brad Crone and Tom Campbell, two experts in North Carolina politics for an informative discussion of the 2018 elections and all things political. Brad has more than 30 years of political experience as a consultant, reporter and staffer to elected officials. He currently serves as the president of Campaign Connections, a Raleigh-based consulting firm and is a regular commentator and instructor. Tom is the creator, executive producer, and moderator of NC SPIN, North Carolina’s only statewide television radio talk show. A 50-year broadcast veteran Tom has been in front of and behind the microphone.

Also on Sunday morning, the NC REALTORS® Economic Development Committee (10:00-11:00 AM, Meeting Room 103) will be joined by John Hayes, Executive Director of the North Carolina Foreign Trade Promotion Council. John has more than twenty-five years of experience in global business development and trade finance consultancy, Dr. Hayes is a frequent lecturer on how to go global and find buyers for your business.

Robin Spinks, a recognized economic development and industrial site selector will be the guest speaker for the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance (1:30-2:30 PM, Meeting Room 108). Robin is a partner at Greenfield, a site selection consultancy focused on community development and international engagement.

Monday, September 17


While all of the education sessions on Monday will be awesome and can’t miss, the Government Affairs staff strongly encourages you to make plans to attend at least one of the sessions on the “Brown Envelope” track. Get the inside track from NC Real Estate Commission staff on how to protect yourself and your business from receiving one of the dreaded brown envelopes. During the 10:30 AM session, you will even get the chance to hear real case studies from the Commission and go through the process that Commissioners do to reach a decision.

Tuesday, September 18

As we have travelled the state, one of the biggest issues for REALTORS® is the rising cost of health insurance. With recent federal actions opening up the door for future health insurance plans for trade association members, it is important to discuss what this might look like. Join us for the Issue Forum: Association Health Insurance (8:00-9:30 AM, Ballroom BC) to hear the progress from the federal and state level.

NC REALTORS® PAC Auction and Trivia

The 2018 NC REALTORS® PAC Conference Fundraiser will be Trivia Night including a silent and live auction on Sunday, September 16. Trivia will be hosted by a local company, “Two Blondes Trivia,” and will be FREE for anyone to attend. Tables are first come first serve and teams may have up to five players. The infamous Lisa York and Kenny Parcell will be our auctioneers for the evening and you will not want to miss the entertainment!

Check out the auction items here > >

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