When the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) scheduled its annual conference for this fall, they had no idea how big a conference it would turn out to be.
A little background first. Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is this year’s host, and CMLS 2010 is being held at the Westin River North in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
This will be the largest attended multiple listing service organization conference of the year, and the largest CMLS conference ever.
Registrations are still being taken, and additional hotel rooms have been blocked. Sponsors and exhibitors stepped up so early that by the end of July all the available slots had been filled.
The main event begins the morning of Thursday, September 30th, with a keynote address from Stefan Swanepoel, futurist and prolific real estate author, delivering his lively presentation “Top Trends Impacting the Future of the Real Estate Industry”. Other subjects for the first day include “Providing Out of Sight Service”; “Ratings, Rankings and Recommendations” – should the MLS be in the business of rating its own members; and “Short Sales Assistance from the Feds” – can we speed up the process? Day One wraps up with the return of Mr. Swanepoel delving into the trends and impacts of social media.
Highlights of Day Two will include a dynamic presentation on the “Importance of both Leaders and Followers”; brief demonstrations by several MLSs of apps they have developed for their constituents; survey results and a panel discussion regarding what real estate brokers want from their MLS; and a wrap up from blogger extraordinaire Rob Hahn (aka Notorious R.O.B.).
Throughout the conference, the top providers of MLS and Real Estate related products and services will be on hand to demonstrate their wares to the conference attendees.