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Top Five Photos from NAREE 2013

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by Leigh Taylor 

Last week was exciting for The Wilbert Group and for real estate journalists from around the country, as the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) held its 2013 conference in Atlanta. With a schedule chock-full of networking events, tours, panels and — of course — happy hours, there were endless photo ops. As Wilbert recovers from the NAREE 2013 whirlwind, here are five of the best photos.

#1 Breathing life into Midtown. Mark Toro (left), managing partner at North American Properties, and NAREE president Kris Hudson (right), reporter for The Wall Street Journal, posed at the Atlantic Station tour kick-off. Toro spoke about bringing Midtown’s mixed-use development back to life with experiential retail and topnotch social media.

#2 The senate comes to NAREE. One of the biggest names at NAREE 2013 was Senator Johnny Isakson. After his talk on the current state and recovery of the real estate market — and giving an impromptu press conference to the media — Tony Wilbert posed for a shot with Georgia’s senator.

#3 A bright future for New Urbanism. Andrés Duany (left), New Urbanism guru and co-founder of DPZ Architecture, and Jackie Doak (right), COO of Dart Realty and Camana Bay, were all smiles after a fervent panel on the future of global suburbs, cities and towns.

#4 Real estate in the digital age. Sue Silverman (left) of Commercial Property Executive and Matthew Strozier (right) of The Wall Street Journal Online responded to questions after their panel on covering real estate in digital media.

#5 Happy at the top. Scott Trubey of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution welcomed NAREE attendees at a skyline happy hour and tour of the residences at the top of the W Atlanta Downtown.

And #6…just for fun! A “shot” of good whiskey, served at the “Wry Ideas” event hosted by NAREE vice president, Daniel Taub of Bloomberg, and NAREE president Kris Hudson of The Wall Street Journal. Wilbert’s own Savannah Duncan helped serve the spirits!

 

NAREE Recap: Day Two

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by Stephen Ursery 

The National Association of Real Estate Editors’ (NAREE) 47th Annual Conference continued last night and today in downtown Atlanta, with attendees getting a chance to hear about the history of the Atlanta skyline, tour Atlantic Station and attend educational sessions on topics ranging from real estate radio shows to luxury housing.

Here are five quick blurbs about some of the sights and sounds of the past 24 hours:

#1 Up from the Ashes. On Wednesday night, NAREE revelers enjoyed drinks, appetizers and a view of thunderstorms over the city in a model condo on the 26th floor of the W Hotel & Residences in downtown Atlanta. Scott Trubey, commercial real estate reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, graciously provided the group the backstory on the building, which was foreclosed on in 2010. The problems were related to a complicated ownership dispute and the failure of Silverton Bank. Trubey told the crowd that the property is doing well today. “Atlanta’s symbol is the phoenix, as in rising from the ashes,” he said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Scott Trubey speaks during the W Hotel & Residences Tour.

#2 This Party Isn’t Over. The recovering single-family housing market doesn’t “mean the fun is over for the multifamily industry,” said Mark Obrinksy of the National Multi Housing Council during Thursday morning’s “Multifamily Midyear Forecast” session.

The number of young adults still living with their parents is still quite high, Orbinsky added, and as the labor market improves and they leave home, apartment demand will increase.

Greg Willett of MPF Research pinpointed Washington D.C. as one market that is the subject of strong overbuilding concerns within the industry, but he said most of the product coming online appears to be well-placed.

On the subject of micro apartments in Texas, Willett said a developer proposing a building with those units “would just be laughed at.” Everything is indeed bigger in Texas.

#3 Big Year for Hotels. 2014 is shaping up to be one of the best years for the hotel industry in a while, according to Mark Woodworth of PKF Hospitality Research. Woodworth made his remarks during Thursday’s “Mid-Year Hotel Outlook” session.

The top U.S. markets for hotel revenue growth are Houston; Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Chicago; and Oahu, Hawaii. Memphis is experiencing the lowest revenue growth of major U.S. cities, according to Woodworth.

Wherever he is these days, Elvis is surely weeping.

#4 Radio Talkers Talk. “Make a bold statement and then support that.” That’s Michael Bull’s advice for the guests on his weekly “Commercial Real Estate Show” radio program – and that’s how he urged attendees of Wednesday’s “Behind the Mic” lunchtime session to handle any radio or television appearances they might make.

Bull, the president of Bull Realty, and Ilyce Glink, host of the residential real estate-focused “Ilyce Glink Show,” discussed their broadcasting careers at the session.

Bull said he seeks a diversity of commercial real estate perspectives on his show, from analysts to in-the-trenches brokers.

Glink noted that industry figures can create their own podcasts fairly easily by using online services such as Blog Talk Radio or by purchasing their own hardware for a fairly cheap price. “A good digital recorder costs $100,” she said.

#5 High-Class Living. “The Boom in Luxe Housing” panel drew a lively crowd on Thursday morning. Kofi Natei Nartey of The Agency of Beverly Hills said that pocket listings for luxury homes are on the rise. “Creating mystique is a sales strategy,” he said.

Accountants of high-net-worth entertainers also are urging their clients to invest in luxury real estate, Nartey said.

 

Five Ways To Get Involved With NAREE If You’re Not Attending

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by Jamie Lewis

Next week kicks of the 47th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference, hosted
by the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE). NAREE’s conference, titled “Designs on the New Urban Grid,” will bring some of the top journalists from around the country to Atlanta June 5 -8 to focus on housing, commercial real estate, and urban planning. If you’re unable to attend this year’s conference, have no fear! We’re taking to social media to document this year’s conference and make sure everyone can follow along with the panel discussions and Q&A sessions. Here are five ways you can get involved even if you’re not attending — or make sure you don’t miss a single thing even if you are there.

#1 Follow the official NAREE Twitter account: naree10. This is where we’ll be tweeting out information from the panels, answering questions, and sparking conversation about new and emerging trends in the real estate journalism industry. Keep an eye out on Twitter for instagram and vine videos too!

#2 Check the hashtag #NAREE13. We’re encouraging everyone who attends this year’s NAREE conference to tweet about panels and Q&A sessions and engage with other conference attendees by using the official hashtag, #NAREE13. Tracking and using the hashtag is a great way to follow along and engage with conference attendees and speakers.

#3 “Like” The Wilbert Group’s facebook page! Throughout the week, we’ll be sharing recap blogs and vlogs (video blogs) from NAREE.

#4 Get visual! Maybe Twitter isn’t your thing and you prefer a visual format. The Wilbert Group will be snapping lots of pictures — a great way to see your friends and colleagues in action — during the conference and posting them over on our Instagram account. The username is TheWilbertGroup. You can also track the #NAREE13 hashtag on Instagram, too!

#5 Don’t forget the videos. We’ll be recapping the conference in video format over on Youtube. Keep your eyes peeled for daily and weekly recap videos, and Vine videos. You never know what the camera will capture!

We’re looking forward to this year’s NAREE conference and hearing all about trends in real estate. We hope you’ll be tweeting and following along with us!