October and November begins the next round of jet airplanes and hotels for conventions for me. Coming up are the annual conventions at NAR and NARPM. (NAR=National Association of REALTORS; NARPM=National Association of Residential Property Managers).
These events are opportunities to add some jewels to the aging Crown of Knowledge and also exceptional networking events with leaders from all over the country and world. Here’s a brief list of some of the convention sessions I plan on attending:
Business Development Session – Empowering Teams and Individuals
Future-Proofing Your Business
Buying, Selling and Expanding Your Reach
Office Policies & Procedures for Managing Litigation
Top 10 Operational Reports for your Business
Lawsuit Waiting to Happen – Navigating HUD’s New Guidelines for the Use of Criminal Records in Rental Decisions
7 Steps of Successful Leadership
Maintenance – Tips from the Trenches – War Stories & Lessons Learned
Take a guess which one I’m MOST looking forward to attending?
It’s the session about HUD’s new guidelines. Why this one? It’s the most nebulous, most troubling, and has 150 Shades of Grayish of grays in how to be compliant with the new regulations.
It’s causing real estate professionals heartache because running a business without knowing the rules is like playing Russian Roulette. And losing makes for a bad day.
So, I’ll grit my teeth, listen closely, ask questions of the speaker, and try not to scrunch my eyebrows too tightly lest I give myself a migraine. (I know this could be the end result as it’s already happened once after the last seminar I attended in 2016 after these new guidelines were released.)
As a simple reminder of two universal principles:
First: Change is constant. We may not like it, but if you don’t want to lose the game of life you must accept this.
Second: It’s necessary sometimes to do unlikable things to adapt to Change.
I’ll be bringing my traditional travel bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol with me just in case….