Annual Meetings

REALTORS® Conference & Expo - November 5-8, 2014

The Westin Canal Place, New Orleans, LA


Join us in New Orleans, LA November 5 - 8, 2014 to network, get the latest industry news and product information, and be a part of the committee meetings for the Council of Residential Specialists. The CRS Annual Business Meetings are held in conjunction with the NAR Conference & Expo so CRS members active on NAR committees or with state lobbying initiatives can participate in both meetings and take advantage of the NAR trade exposition and other programs.



Registration is now available for the NAR Conference and Expo in New Orleans.  Please use the unique CRS link to register.  By using our link, you will help the Council offset costs for the Council's meetings in New Orleans.

Quick Reference



FREE CRS Education Sessions

CRS is offering complimentary education sessions from our Certified Instructors on Nov. 6 from 11:00 am - 4:50 pm and on Nov. 7. from 11:00 am - 2:50 pm at the Westin Canal Place. These 50 minute sessions offer fresh tips and ideas that you can only get from CRS education! Learn about what sessions are being offered here. No registration is necessary. Speakers, sessions and meeting rooms are subject to change.


CRS Inaugural and Awards Dinner

Come join us for a night of dinner, dancing, award presentations and the installation ceremonyAlso included in the evening's 
festivities will be the Council's award presentations for the top Chapters and President's Awards.

The CRS Inaugural and Award Dinner will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westin Canal Place

Ticket: $125 - contact Trish at 312-321-4417 to reserve your ticket.


CRS Global Alliance Committee

Join us on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at The Westin, as Laura Leyser presents Selling a Snowbird and Doug Devitre presents Screen to Screen Selling: How to Increase Sales and Customer Experience Using the Latest Technology


Frequently Asked Questions


The Westin Canal Place (CRS Headquarters) is sold out. CRS is not able to obtain any more rooms or put people on a waiting list.  Individuals can still make reservations at any of the recommended hotels here. You may continue to register for the conference here.

WHAT SHOULD MY ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATE BE?   CRS meetings start on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 and end on Saturday, November 8, 2014.  We reccommend you arrive a day ahead on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
CAN I BE REACHED AT THE HOTEL BY PHONE:   Only if you have a reservation at the hotel.  If not, the quickest way for someone to reach you is via your personal cell phone.

The Westin Canal Place

100 Iberville St.

New Orleans, LA 7013


If you are flying in the closest airport would be the Louis Armstrong New OrleansInternational Airport.  The airport is approximately 25 minutes from the French Quarter. 

SHOULD I CHECK MY HOTEL CONFIRMATION:   Yes!  Do not wait to make sure that everything is correct on the confirmations.  It is so easy to key in the wrong arrival or spell a name incorrectly.  Please verify the following details to assure a trouble free check-in:

  1.  Is your name spelled correctly?
  2.  Are your arrival and departure dates correct?
  3.  Is your city and state correct?  Is it spelled correctly?
  4.  Are your accommodations as requested?

If any of the above items are incorrect, please contact Experient immediately.  They can be reached by phone at 800.974.3084; by fax at 800.521.6017; or by e-mail.

WHY DOESN'T THE HOTEL HAVE MY CONFIRMATION:   Experient will create a rooming list from your registration form which will be sent to the hotel approximately 30 days prior to the event.  Upon receipt of the rooming list from Experient the Hyatt or your hotel of choice will send you a reservation confirmation.  It is a very good idea to check your confirmation to enusre it is correct.
WHERE CAN I PICK UP MY BADGE:   You will pick up badge at the NAR Registration onsite .  You will be able to pick up your badge and any tickets you may have for any of the special events.
DO I NEED A BADGE:   You will need a badge to participate in any of the events scheduled at the convention center.  All conference attendees need a badge for admittance in the sessions and the expo.  If you prefer to only attend the expo, you can purchase a badge at the convention center.  If you are not attending any of the sessions or the expo you do NOT need a badge.

New Orleans has a lot to do and see.  You  need to make sure you check out all the restaurants and shopping the French Quarters has to offer.  There are a variety of restaurants that you can stop in and try some of the local foods including crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya and beignets.  If you want to take tours, New Orleans has plenty of options whether it be a tour of some of the plantations, cemeteries, or the French Quarter.  Many people really enjoy the architecture of the buildings, so you can take a walk and enjoy views of the unique buildings.

To find more information on New Orleans you can check here.



  A schedule that includes the meeting room names will be provided closer to the event.
DOES THE LOCAL CRS CHAPTER HAVE ANYTHING HAPPENING:   CRS Night Out (Ticket sales are still available for $115)

Don't miss the installation of our 2015 Officers.  In addition, the President's Awards, Chapter of the Year and the Medallion Award recipients will be awarded. Details are as follows.

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Where:  Westin Canal Place
Time: 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

Ticket: $125 - please contact Trish at 312-321-4417 to reserve your seat.

WHERE CAN I FIND A PLACE TO EAT:   You will not find a shortage of restaurants you can check out during your stay in New Orleans.  To get a list of the variety of restuarants you can look here.


  NAR will operate its shuttle to and from the convention center. Please check here for the Shuttle Schedule.

Dress at the meetings is business casual, however should you find some free time to visit some of the better restaurants you may need business or "after five" attire and men will need to wear jackets and ties.  Do not forget comfortable shoes and a light jacket for the evening.

Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater into the meeting room as they tend to be chilly.

WHAT WILL THE TEMPERATURE BE LIKE:   The average temperatures in November are low 70's during the day and lower 50's in the evening.  Do not forget comfortable shoes, an umbrella and your sunglasses.
WILL I BE SAFE IN New Orleans, LA:  

Avoid mishaps -- travelers have so much on their minds they forget to be "street smart" and are usually easy targets for crime.  STAY ALERT! 

1.  Do not walk anywhere by yourself.  Go out in groups whenever possible.
2.  Stay on the main streets.  Avoid dark side streets wherever possible.
3.  Do not wear your convention badges on the street.