We want your first REALTORS® Conference & Expo to be confusion-free, valuable and enjoyable, so we’ve put together this FAQ to help you get started, know where to find information and answer many of the common questions that are asked about the event.
When you register for the event, please make sure to mark that you are a first-time attendee in the registration system on the Demographic Profile page. This will allow you to receive special communications and invitations just for new attendees.
If you still have questions, please contact us at ConvInfo@REALTORS.org.
Q: What registration options are available?
A: Several registration options are available to fit your schedule and your wallet:
- Premier Access Pass ($450 for Members/$550 for Non-Members)
Includes unlimited access to all education sessions and the expo floor on all four days of the event, plus access to Saturday’s General Session and Sunday’s Inspirational Program and Celebrity Concert. This is a great option if you want access to as much of the event as possible.
- One-Day Access Pass ($200 for Members/$240 for Non-Members)
Allows access to all education sessions on your choice of day, plus access to the expo floor all four days of the events. Saturday pass holders may attend the General Session. Sunday pass holders may attend the Inspirational Program and Celebrity Concert. This is a great option if you plan to spend one full day at the event.
- Single Session Pass ($60 for Members/$90 for Non-Members)
A great opportunity to sample an education session — or two! Allows access to one education session of your choice, plus access to the expo floor all four days of the event. Multiple Single Session Passes may be purchased. This is an affordable option if you do not have time to spend a full day at the event.
- Expo-Only Pass ($25 for Members/$50 for Non-Members)
Allows access to the expo floor all four days of the event. This pass does not allow access to any of the education sessions or special events.
- Friends & Family Pass ($350 for Members and Non-Members)
Allows access to the General Session, Inspirational Program, Celebrity Concert and the expo floor all four days of the event. Friends & Family pass also includes four Fun Bucks (vouchers) that can be redeemed for tours/attractions of your choice (subject to space availability). This pass is only available to friends and family of registered attendees.
Please note: With all registration options, ticketed events must be purchased separately. You can purchase these through the online registration system.
Q: Why register in advance?
A: Registering in advance saves you time on site and also lets you choose your hotel accommodations from NAR-contracted hotels.
Q: Why should I reserve my hotel room when I register for the event through NAR?
A: We recommend booking your hotel through NAR for many reasons. The main one is to take advantage of networking opportunities, as conference and governance attendees will make up the majority of the guests at official hotels. Additionally, NAR works hard to negotiate the lowest rates at area hotels and provides free shuttle service from most locations to the convention center. Staying within NAR room blocks also helps NAR demonstrate its economic impact to the city, which reduces rental costs and helps keep registration fees low. Hotel reservations can be made with your registration until October 12, 2018. They are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q: What is the Fun Bucks program?
A: It’s a program that allows your family members and non-industry guests to enjoy fun activities and tours of Boston while you’re in the education sessions. Learn more about our Fun Bucks program for Friends & Family registrants.
Q: What information will I receive before the event?
A: Starting six weeks away from the event, you’ll receive short weekly email messages to help you plan your trip.
Q: Do I need to register for each education session in advance?
A: No, you can pick and choose which education sessions you want to attend. If you find yourself in the wrong education session, you can just walk out to find another. However, seating is limited in each session, so arrive early to the room for best availability. The convention center reserves the right to close education sessions, if they become too crowded.
Q: How should I plan my schedule?
A: Use the Event Planner tool tool to create your own personal schedule (coming later this summer). Then, download the mobile app (coming in the fall), and sync your Event Planner tool with the app. Remember, the mobile app will include any changes to the schedule that occurred after the Conference and Expo Guides go to print.
Q: What should I bring to the conference?
A: Lots of business cards for networking (make sure they have a surface that is easy to write on); at least two pairs of comfortable shoes; a sweater or light jacket for air conditioned meeting rooms; black tie dress, if you plan to attend the Inaugural Gala; and a copy of your registration and hotel confirmation email, which will be needed on site.
Q: What should I do once I arrive at the conference?
A: Find out where the conference shuttle bus pick up is for your hotel. Then, when you get to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), visit NAR Registration to pick up your badge/tickets and registration materials.
Q: I’m new to networking, any suggestions?
A: Learn two to three interesting facts about your community that will make you more memorable to those you meet. Contact colleagues who are also attending the conference to set up face-to-face meetings. Check out special events and the tour schedule — these activities are reserved just for REALTORS® and their guests, making it a great networking experience with peers.
Did we miss something? Email ConvInfo@REALTORS.org for any additional questions you have about attending.