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Five reasons we are excited about this year’s NAREE conference


Tony Wilbert with journalists at NAREE 2012.

For real estate journalists and communications professionals, this is a bit like landing the Super Bowl in our hometown. The National Association of Real Estate Editors is hosting its annual conference in Atlanta June 5-8. The Wilbert Group is proud to be an official sponsor, and our founder/president Tony Wilbert is co-chair of the event. Tony has traveled west to participate in several NAREE conferences in the past, and is a huge believer in the organization, which draws top real estate journalists, as well as phenomenal industry speakers.

Below are the top five reasons we are excited about this year’s NAREE conference:

#1 We are proud to show off our city to journalists who appreciate a true real estate town. In a recent NAREE newsletter, Matt Valley, a France Media editor and co-chair of the event, listed high-profile real estate companies based here, from Beazer Homes to Carter to Selig Enterprises. “Through booms and busts, Atlanta’s real estate market has been inextricably linked to its overall identity as the capital of the Southeast. So it seems only fitting that NAREE’s annual conference will take place in Atlanta this June.”

#2 Attendees will enjoy a fantastic tour of Atlantic Station. NAREE Executive Director Mary Doyle-Kimball says Atlantic Station is a bit “like a self-contained little city within the big city, which is what reporters keep hearing everyone is clamoring for.” Journalists will get a bird’s eye view of the city (and a drink) on the 21st floor of the BB&T Building, tour a model apartment, stroll past the retail, check out the public spaces and finish up at one of Atlantic Station’s watering holes.

#3 Topics for panel discussions and speeches touch on all things interesting to real estate enthusiasts. Topics range from the student housing industry to a hotel market outlook to trends in mortgage lending. Opening speaker Howard Gelbtuch, chairman of the Counselors of Real Estate, will outline the top 10 issues facing residential and commercial real estate during the next decade. A couple days later, Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, will provide his midyear forecast.

#4 NAREE always draws a crowd of leading commercial real estate journalists. A few we look forward to seeing this year include Kris Hudson and Alyssa Abkowitz of the Wall Street Journal; Lois Weiss of the New York Post and Daniel Taub from Bloomberg.

#5 Our own Tony Wilbert is participating in a panel on of his favorite subjects: “Twitter and the Fourth Estate.” We definitely don’t want to miss that!