NAREE's Recent History
The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) was founded in 1929 to raise the bar of real estate journalism. Celebrating 89 years of service to journalists NAREE is a network beyond it's name. Active members are reporters, writers, editors, columnists, bloggers – both freelance and on staff – who cover commercial and residential real estate, mortgage and finance, government housing policy, urban growth, land use, construction and home and urban design and development. As we enter a new era of growth, NAREE is in great standing with an excellent team of volunteers, a strong board, and a talented executive director. The following brief look at what NAREE has focused on since the beginning of the last decade and beyond:
2014-2015: Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman, was installed NAREE president on Nov. 7, 2014, at the NAREE Annual Officer Installation and Awards Dinner at Broussard's Restaurant in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Outgoing NAREE president, Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News, honored Ralph Bivins, RealtyNewsReport and Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, with NAREE President’s Awards for Outstanding Service by a Journalist. Sara Wiskerchen, Managing Director, Media Communications at the National Association of Realtors, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service by an Associate Member. Journalists headed to the International Builders Show in Las Vegas from Jan 20-22. IBS joined forces with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) for the second Annual Design & Construction Week. Marc Thee, Co-Founder and Principal of Marc Michaels Interior Design, Inc., spoke at NAREE’s “Design Snapshot” Reception. Thee is regarded as a leading authority on home fashion and interior design.
2013-2014: Daniel Taub, Real Estate Editor of Bloomberg News, was elected and installed as NAREE president on Nov. 8, 2013 at Annabelle’s Bar and Bistro in San Fransisco, Ca. Outgoing president Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal presented Sue Doerfler, Arizona Republic, for 17 years of service chairing NAREE’s Meet the Press at NAREE conferences. The other President’s Award for Outstanding Service went to Alice Muncaster, Counselors of Reals Estate, CRE, for her countless hours as NAREE conference photographer while simultaneously setting up the awards presentation and displays. NAREE held its annual Membership and Prospective Member Reception, “A Taste of Texas” in Las Vegas at the Press Lounge. Houston-based architect Sanford Steinberg highlighted new design trends for the group. 64th Annual Journalism Competition: NAREE’s 48th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference, held June 11-14, 2014 “Uptown Energy Houston” at the Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria. Ralph Bivins, RealtyNewsReport, chaired the conference. Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, received NAREE’s Platinum Award for Best Individual Entry. Salman and Michael Ratliff of Multi-Housing News were Gold Award Co-Winners of the Ruth Ryon for Best Young Journalist for journalists 30 years old and younger. Nick Timiraos, Wall Street Journal, won the Bronze Award in the Young Journalist category. The President’s Gold Award for Best Freelance Collection went to Mary Umberger, a freelance writer whose work frequently appears in the Chicago Tribune and New Home Source. Sarah Tilton, a freelancer for the Wall Street Journal, earned the Silver Award for her freelance work and Kenneth Harney, The Washington Post Writers Group and Inman News, took the Bronze. Author Charles Montgomery won the first place Gold Award in the 7th Annual Bruss competition for his book: “Happy City,” published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Lisa Prevost took the Bruss Silver Award and First-Time Author Award for her book: “Snob Zones: Fear, Prejudice and Real Estate,” published by Beacon Press. Winner of the Bronze Award was Marianne Cusato with Daniel DiClerico, for “The Just Right Home: Buying, Renting, Moving — or Just Dreaming — Your Perfect Match,” published by Workman Publishing Company.
2012-2013: Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal, was installed as NAREE President in Orlando, Fla. on Nov. 9, 2012 at Maggiano’s Restaurant. Reporters met in Orlando to cover the National Association of Realtors annual convention. Outgoing NAREE president, Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, awarded Kris Hudson the 2012 President’s Award in light of his service as chair of NAREE’s excellent 2012 conference in Denver. NAREE Associate Member Tony Wilbert of Wilbert News Strategies, Atlanta, was given the 2012 President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership Service for his management of a number of significant volunteer marketing functions in recent years. NAREE’s Fall Summit was highlighted by a fun and informative NAREE tour of a green show home at Disney’s Epcot park. NAREE held its annual Membership and Prospective Member Reception, at the Press Lounge at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 23, 2013. A NAREE University discussion on trade magazines and general circulation publications was the highlight of the NAREE programming in Las Vegas. NAREE’s 47th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference, was held June 5-8, 2013 at the Atlanta Hilton in downtown Atlanta, Ga. NAREE’s 63rd Annual Journalism Competition Awards: Daniel DiClerico of Consumer Reports magazine received NAREE's Platinum Award for Best Individual Entry. Andrea Brambila of Inman News was honored with the Gold Award for the Ruth Ryon Best Entry by a Young Journalist; Eliot Brown of the Wall Street Journal earned the Silver. The President's Gold Award for Best Freelance Collection went to Matt Hudgins, Freelance/New York Times, with Katherine Salant taking Silver. Author Sheri Koones won the first place Gold Award in the 6th Annual Bruss competition for her book: "Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid," published by Abrams Books. For the first time in Bruss competition history, three books tied for the Silver Award. Gregg Lorberbaum took a NAREE Silver for "Leasing NYC: The Insider's Guide to Leasing office Space in Manhattan" with photographs by prominent photographer Adrian Wilson. Richard Peiser and David Hamilton also won a NAREE Silver for "Professional Real Estate Development: The ULI Guide to the Business," published by The Urban Land Institute. ULI’s Lynn Ross and her team of authors also received a Silver Award for their book, “Housing America’s Workforce,” published by ULI.
2011-2012: Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, was elected and installed as NAREE President on Nov. 11, 2011 in Anaheim, Cal. during the annual dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s. Outgoing NAREE 2011 president, Leigh Robinson honored active member Mary Shanklin with the 2011 President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Shanklin put together a series of laptop labs in San Antonio on How to use Excel to sort data and spot real estate trends. The president's Award for Outstanding Leadership Service by an associate went to Stephanie Singer, NAR for her help in organizing information for journalists new to the real estate beat. NAREE held its annual Membership and Prospective Member Reception, at the Press Lounge at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. NAREE’s 46th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference, June 20-23, 2011 “Covering Real Estate with Altitude” was held in Denver, Col. NAREE’s 62nd Annual Journalism Competition Awards: Best Overall Entry by an Individual went to Felix Gillette of Bloomberg Businessweek. The Best Freelance Collection was awarded to Kenneth Harney of the Washington Post Writers Group and Inman News. The Best Entry by a Young Journalist Award went to The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Miller. Author Kalvin Platt won the first place Gold Award in the 5th Annual Bruss competition for his book: "Master-Planned Communities: Lessons from the Developments of Chuck Cobb," published by the Urban Land Institute. Charles Long took the Bruss Silver Award for his book: "Finance for Real Estate Development," also published by the Urban Land Institute. Winner of the Bronze Award was Buddy Norman with Jay Papasan, for their book, "Shift Commercial: How Commercial Brokers Tackle Tough Times," published by Keller Williams Realty International. NAREE's First-Time Author Award winner was Adam Leitman Bailey for the book, "Finding the Uncommon Deal," published by Adam Leitman Bailey PC.
2010-2011: Leigh Robinson, Express Publishing, was installed into office in New Orleans at a dinner at Broussard's restaurant in the French Quarter on Nov. 5, 2010. Outgoing NAREE president, Lauren Beale honored the volunteer leadership of Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman, and Vice Chair of the Austin Conference, along with Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Lucient Salvant, NAR, and Julie Reynolds, Move Inc. NAREE held its annual Membership and Prospective Member Reception, at the Press Lounge at the International Builders Show in Orlando. NAREE’s 45th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference, was held June 15-18, 2011 at The Mengel Hotel, across the street from the Alamo and around the corner from the Riverwalk in historic San Antonio, TX. NAREE’s 61st Annual Journalism Competition: Shannon Behnken of the Tampa Tribune was honored with NAREE’s annual award for Best Overall Entry by an Individual. The Best Freelance Collection Award went to Mary Umberger for her freelance contributions to the Chicago Tribune. The Ruth Ryon Best Entry by a Young Journalist honor went to Alyssa Abkowitz of SmartMoney Magazine. Winning the first place Gold Award in the 4th Annual Bruss Book competition was: Sheri Koones for "Prefabulous + Sustainable," published by Abrams. Winning the Silver Award was Galina Tachieva for "The Sprawl Repair Manual" published by Island Press. Winning the Bronze Award was Ben Kinney with Jay Papasan for "Soci@l" published by Rellek Publishing Partners, Ltd. NAREE's First-Time Author Award winner was Gregory Zuckerman for "The Greatest Trade Ever" published by Crown Business.
2009-2010: Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, was elected and installed as President in San Diego during NAR. She spoke to members on "Surviving Consolidations, Buyouts and Bankruptcies," at the Nov.13, 2009 Dinner Meeting which also toasted NAREE's 80th Anniversary. (Ironically, NAREE's 80th Anniversary fell in a year touted as the worst economically since 1929 -- the year of the Great Depression.) NAREE kicked off the new year with Media Reception in Las Vegas during IBS in January. NAREE's 44th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference, held June 2-5, 2010 at the downtown Hilton Austin, set a new attendance record despite the recession, in part because of the availability of Bivins Fellowship travel stipends. Under the leadership of conference chair Ralph Bivins, NAREE expanded professional development with sessions on Commercial Real Estate Coverage, Philanthropic Funding of News Outlets, and New Web Platforms. The Annual Conference Program Book was revamped to include coverage tips for each aspect of real estate including commercial, mortgage finance, and residential. Jason Hidalgo of the Reno Gazette-Journal won NAREE's "Best Overall Entry by an Individual" award. President Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, honored two active board members for their volunteer service during the Texas Conference. Kudos went to Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, for working tirelessly to provide broadcast training and video editing sessions in Austin and to Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman, for paving the way for the Statesman's terrific support, conference trips to green venues and securing industry panelists. NAREE Second Vice President Julie Reynolds was also honored for her work on the Austin conference. Associate member Lucien Salvant of NAR received a President's Award for his help on Austin 2010 and during NAR in New Orleans.
2008-2009: Holden Lewis, of Bankrate.com was installed as president in Orlando, Fla. in Nov. 2008 as members met during NAR. In his first NAREE News column he said while the country is deep in red ink, real estate journalism is going increasingly green, i. e. reporters are writing more about finance and staffers, themselves, are greener as seasoned reporters are being cast off in cost cutting measures. Lewis said NAREE will stress real estate industry education for those new to the beat, and online broadcast/blogging and book proposal writing skill building for mid career journalists. To that end, NAREE members met in Las Vegas during the International Builders Show in Jan. of 09 for a reception on breaking into multi media and for an organizing session in the President's Suite to plan NAREE's freelancers forum in DC. Two member milestones: Member, Jon Rebchook, became a freelancer after he watched his paper, the Rocky Mountain News, close in February. Member Aubrey Cohen witnessed his paper, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, morph from the printed page to an online news outlet in March.
NAREE's 43rd annual real estate journalism conference, "Real Estate in the New Administration" was held in Washington, DC, June 18 to 21, 2009 at a Hilton near DuPont Circle. A trip to the House Financial Services Committee Chambers to hear committee head, Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and others discuss the bailout and what it means to mortgages; a press conference with Housing & Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan on first-time buyer and foreclosure prevention initiatives; as well as a reception at the National Press Club with Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli and a Q & A with White House Corespondent Association President, Jennifer Loven, Associated Press were among the highlights. Past President and Board Chair Kenneth Harney of the Washington Post Writers Group headed the Conference Committee which included Mary Umberger, Chicago Tribune Columnist, who organized the freelancers forum with tips on where to look for work and how to organize a freelance writing business. Board Treasurer Jean Dimeo of Building Products/EcoHome magazines put together a multi media skills sharpening panel. After that session, Harold Bubil of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune continued to volunteer his time tutoring members one-one-one on broadcast basics. Jeff Lubar of MICA, headed marketing efforts and Damon Thomas, CasaNuevaHouston.com was the Conference Program Book biographies editor.
The Best Overall Entry winner of NAREE’s 59th Annual Journalism Competition was Mara Der Hovanesian of BusinessWeek. Sharon Stangenes who writes for the Chicago Tribune won the Best Freelance Collection Award, and Polyana daCosta of the Daily Business Review in South Florida won the Best Young Journalist Award. March 1, 2010 is the new entry deadline.
The Board voted to retool NAREE's Bivins Fellowship to provide travel funds for journalists who no longer have travel budgets because of the news industry's financial crisis and the recession. Feb. 15 is the new deadline to apply for NAREE'S 8th Annual Fellowship grants.
Board member, Leigh Robinson, Express Publishing, who created and continues to fund the Bruss Book Awards program, addressed the group about the upcoming 3rd Annual Bruss Book Awards Program which has moved its deadline to February 1, 2010. Author Jim Randel won the Bruss Gold Award for his book, "The Skinny on the Housing Crisis." The Silver and New Author award went to Dan McGinn of Newsweek for his book, "House Lust." Richard Bitner won the Bronze for his book, "Confessions of a Subprime Lender." Past President Brad Inman, founder of Inman News, has also provided matching funds for the Book Awards program since it began.
2007-2008: Ken Harney, Washington Post Writers Group columnist, was installed as president in Las Vegas in Nov. of 2007. NAREE's 42nd annual real estate journalism conference, "Exploring the Urban West" was held in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX May 7 to May 10, 2008. A trip to the Perot Ranch was among the highlights. Past President Ralph Bivins headed the Conference Committee which included Conference Vice Chair Kyle Crews, Allie Beth Urban; Past Board Member Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News; Board Member Andrea Jarvis; Candace Evans, D Magazine; Sue Doerfler, Arizona Republic and David Pelletier, Hillwood. Damon Thomas, CasaNuevaHouston.com was the Conference Program Book biographies editor. The overall winner of NAREE’s annual journalism competition was Jeanne Jones, Puget Sound Business Journal. At NAREE's Fall Summit in Orlando, Board member, Leigh Robinson, Express Publishing, who created and funded the Bruss Book Awards program awarded the first ever Gold Award to author, Sheri Koones, for her book, “Prefabulous.” Past president Brad Inman, Inman News was also honored for providing underwriting for the book awards in memory of the late NAREE leader, Bob Bruss. Jeff Ostrowski, Palm Beach Post and freelancer Lisa Prevost who writes for the Boston Globe and New York Times among others, won the NAREE Bivins Fellowship. Ken Harney honored the volunteer leadership of Bivins, Brown and Robinson and many others. Holden Lewis of Bankrate.com was installed as 2009 president.
2006-2007: Lois Weiss, New York Post columnist, was installed as president in New Orleans in Nov. of 2006. NAREE's 41st annual real estate journalism conference, "Sizzle in the City," was held inPhiladelphia May 30 to June 2, 2007. Board Chairman Alan Heavens,Philadelphia Inquirer headed the conference committee which included past presidents Earni Young, PFR Consulting, Philadelphia; Ralph Bivins, RealtyNewsReport.com and Sue Doerfler, Arizona Republic; and active board members Holden Lewis, Bankrate.com and Jean Dimeo,Building Products magazine. Associate members Jeff Lubar, MICA and Emilymarie Romin, Philadelphia's Housing & Community Development also served on the committee. Damon Thomas,CasaNuevaHouston.com was the Conference Program Book biographies editor. At NAREE's Fall Summit in Las Vegas, a tribute was held for the late Bob Bruss, a former board member and membership chair. Leigh Robinson and his wife, Ivy, created and are funding a Book Awards program in Bob's honor. Al Heavens and freelancer Jane Hodges won the NAREE Bivins Fellowship, announced at the Annual Dinner at the Venetian Hotel. Lois Weiss honored the volunteer leadership of Leigh Robinson and Earni Young at the dinner. Ken Harney of the Washington Post Writers Group was installed as president.
2005-2006: Al Heavens of the Philadelphia Inquirer was sworn into the president's office in San Francisco in Oct. of 2005. At IBS in Orlando in January, past president Greg Thomas delivered a moving a personal account on how he and 14 other reporters were evacuated in a newspaper delivery truck in the post Hurricane Katrina flooding. Nearly 150 NAREE members heard him speak at the Peabody Hotel. Thomas' T-shirt from the Times-Picayune saying: "We publish come hell AND high water," was auctioned off to benefit poor children in New Orleans. NAREE's 40th annual real estate journalism conference: "High Points of Real Estate and Design" was held in Charlotte, NC. on April 26-29, 2006. Allen Norwood, Charlotte Observer and Sue Doerfler, Arizona Republic led the planning team which also included president Heavens, Ralph Bivins, RealtyNewsReport.com and Liz Urquhart, AIG United Guaranty. Greg Thomas received the 5th Annual NAREE Bivins Fellowship at the HerbSaint restaurant in New Orleans during the Fall Summit after NAREE toured the post-Katrina devastation.
2004-2005:Sue Doerfler of the Arizona Republic is installed as president in NYC in Nov. 2004 and ushers in 2005 as a year of success with membeship rising past the 638 mark. In January, members met at the Peabody Hotel where home builder David Weekley Homes took questions on his projects showcased at the International Builders Show in Orlando.
NAREE’s 39th Annual Spring Conference was held inD.C. Headquartered at the Hilton Embassy Row, conference co-chairs wereMaryann Haggerty, Washington Post; Ken Harney, Washington PostWriters’ Group; and Lew Sichelman, United Features Syndicate.Prominent speakers included former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, HUDSecretary Alphonso Jackson and Edward Gramlich of the Federal ReserveBoard. NAREE beefed up professional development with a session on“Going from Journalist to Author,” and a video presentation byBrad Inman, past president and founder of Inman News on“podcasting.” Best Overall Award went to Carrie Alexander,Orlando Sentinel.
At NAREE’s dinner during the NAR convention in SanFrancisco in the fall, Doerfler gave special recognition awards to KenHarney and Jeff Lubar of MICA. Lisa Selin Davis of New York was awarded the NAREE Bivins Fellowship. Bob Brennan, NAREE president in1967, and NAREE’s executive secretary for many years, passed away.
Hurricane destruction was a significant concern in both2004 and 2005. NAREE member Holden Lewis of Bankrate wrote a nice piece for NAREE News about how Hurricane destruction in Florida had changed his life. NAREE headquarters operated on gasoline generated power thanks to David Kimball, and Past President Greg Thomas of
The Times-Picayune was invited to discuss coverage challenges after Hurricane Katrina at the media reception NAREE planned for during theInternational Builders’ Show in 2006. Making new members feel a part ofNAREE, and the job bank were also key priorities in 2005.
2003-2004:Michael G. Desiato of Real Estate Media Inc. is elected president and begins the year team building to foster new member orientation,building momentum for the 55th Annual Real Estate JournalismCompetition, taking a fresh look at NAREE's Bylaws and making plans for the future of NAREE's Job Bank.
More than 60 Actives and a total of 150 members attend NAREE's Diamond Jubilee Conference, "The World Comes toHouston." A past presidents reunion draws 17 NAREE presidents. Gerald Hines and Henry Cisneros are among the headliners. Ralph Bivins and Robin Martin co-chair the conference. The NAREE office is stressed by two hurricanes, losing power for 8 days.
A final 75th Anniversary celebration is held at theNYC04 Summit with Lois Weiss at the helm. 81 people attend the dinner at P.J.Clarke's on the West Side. We tour the newly opened Time WarnerCenter and a panel of NAREE past presidents speak to 3500 Urban LandInstitute registrants at its NYC04 Fall Meeting.
2002-2003: Greg Thomas of the Times-Picayune is installed as President at the Fall Summit he chaired in New Orleans and sets a goal of creating an interactive website. NAREE holds a reception at The Aladdin in Las Vegas. About 80 people attend. Members meet in San Diego for the Annual Conference and journey intoMexico. About 100 members attend. NAREE closes the year with its AnnualSummit Dinner in San Francisco with about 60.
2001-2002: NAREE’s 74th year begins with a “Get to the Heart of the New York” story reception as members gather to cover theNational Association of Home Builders Show in Atlanta with 60 members in attendance, including Lois Weiss, columnist for the New York Post,and Michael G. Desiato, editor-in-chief of Real Estate Forum magazine.Both flew in to tell their stories about what it was like to be a journalist in New York after Sept. 11.
In June, members met at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel inNew York City for the group’s 36th annual conference. Field trips to Ground Zero and the New York Stock Exchange, Harlem and the historicApollo Theater were among the conference highlights. Featured speakers included Donald Trump, Deputy N.Y. Mayor Dan Doctoroff and several homebuilder CEOs.
President Carl Larsen, Homes Section Editor of theSan Diego Union-Tribune, presents the President’s Award for OutstandingService to Michael G. Desiato for heading up the NAREE conference,along with co-chair Bob Burgess of Bloomberg News and vice chair Rick Matthews of Trizec Properties.
Two-hundred twenty-five entries were received in the51st annual journalism contest, with the LA Times winning Best SectionOver 200,000 circulation and Matt Pacenza of City Limits magazine winning a $1,000 cash award for “Best Overall Report.” This was the first time in a number of years that presented an overall award.Elections were held in New Orleans during the National Association ofRealtors convention, where the first NAREE Bivins Fellowship Award was presented to freelance writer Kathy Price-Robinson, who pursued expertise in green building as she writes her column “Pardon Our Dust”for the Los Angeles Times.
2000-2001: President Dick Barnes, editor of Inman News Features and former editor of the LosAngeles Times Real Estate section, starts off his year working on the creation of the NAREE Bivins Fellowship program, which he continues to head as of this printing.
In January, members gather in Atlanta with a “Mining the US Census” reception/seminar after hours at the InternationalBuilders Show. The confab was organized by Mary Shanklin of the OrlandoSentinel. About 50 members came to the reception and 20 stayed for the seminar.
In June, conference is at the Hotel Monaco in SaltLake City, Utah and are shuttled to Park City and other mountain resort areas to see the ground work for the 2002 Olympics and innovative “ski in/ski out” luxury properties. Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros is the keynote speaker. Ralph Bivins of the Houston Chronicle is the conference chair with Mark Benhard of One Pipeline.com as the co-chairand Dave Myers returning to active NAREE duty as a hands on scout forNAREE since no active was on the ground there.
After the Sept. 11 attacks, NAREE called off itsFall Summit, scheduled to be held in October in Boston during the UrbanLand Institute Meeting. Elections were held by mailed ballot. Executive Director Mary Doyle-Kimball brings in NAREE members Robyn Friedman, freelance writer in Boca Raton and Patty Doyle of Patty Doyle Public Relations, Ft. Lauderdale to count the ballots.Installation was conducted by board teleconference and later in person when Dick Barnes passed the gavel officially to Carl Larsen while they met in Pasadena.
One copy of the NAREE News with Boston on the cover went to press quickly replaced by a photo depicting the scale of destruction at Ground Zero with an insert of NAREE members visiting Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1970 and seeing a scale model of theWorld Trade Center. (NAREE visited the World Trade Center during its1980 conference.)
1999-2000: President Earni Young oversees record attendance at the annual conference in New Orleans headed by Greg Thomas of theTimes-Picayune. With entries continuing to climb, NAREE celebrates the50th anniversary of the Real Estate Journalism Contest. The Best YoungJournalist category is funded by the past president James D. Carper.NAREE holds its second annual Summit, this time in San Francisco. Corrie Anders, former NAREE Vice President teams up with Richard Paoli of the San Francisco Chronicle. Sue Doerfler of the Arizona Republic receives the President’s Award for Outstanding Service.
1998-1999: Under President Judy Stark, NAREE co-sponsored a marketing survey on home product trends with Dragonnette Inc. The survey is released to a packed news conference at NAHB in Dallas. TheNAREE Sourcebook with its 400 sources and a list of 600-plus NAREE members appears. The journalism awards ceremony highlights the 1999Chicago Conference. After significantly expanding awards categories,NAREE received 258 entries for the 49th annual competition. Board member Clay Richards, real estate editor at Newsday, conducts a survey on the state of real estate coverage in the media for editors,reporters and columnists presented at the fall Real Estate JournalismSummit in Washington D.C.
1997-1998: James McAlexander becomes president and the board votes to move the association's annual journalism awards ceremony to the spring meeting starting with the 1999conference in Chicago. The journalism awards were traditionally held during the board's fall meeting at the National Association of RealtorsConvention. Dues for new associate members are raised to $150 from $110- the first dues increase since 1991. Membership climbs to 657. Thanks to David Goswick, NAREE 2nd VP, naree.org is born.
1996-1997:President Ellen James Martin presents "100 Best Real Estate CoverageIdeas at NAHB in Houston. NAREE take a gamble on Las Vegas for the spring conference and come up a winner with 115 attendees. NAREE launches "Meet the Press.
1995-1996: Ralph Bivins takes the helm of NAREE's ship and launches a major recruitment effort to rebuild membership. Members responded enthusiastically to the lure of a free conference registration for the most new recruits.Membership rises to over 530. NAREE graduates to its own web page thanks to the machinations of Brad Inman of Inman News. The NAREE News gets a design overhaul. The 1996 spring conference is held in Orlando,where members were treated to a backlot tour of Disney World and theMouse's new housing venture: Celebration.
1994-1995: Glenn Fischer becomes president. The 1995 spring conference in Washington D.C. takes members to the White House where President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and HUD Secretary Henry G.Cisneros unveiled the administration's "National Homeownership Strategy" designed to create 8 million new home owners. Although theWashington Conference drew a number of attendees, cost-overruns pushed NAREE's budget into the red. Mary Doyle-Kimball is hired as NAREE executive director. The Journalism competition is expanded to include new categories in an effort to increase participation. NAREE headquarters move to Boca Raton, Fla.
1993-1994: Undeterred by Hurricane Andrew, an auto accident and the birth of her son, Mary Doyle-Kimball becomes NAREE president. She expanded the awards program, then called the President's Awards forOutstanding Service to include awards at two NAREE meetings and to continue to foster associate recognition. The National Institute ofComputer Assisted Reporting at the University of Missouri JournalismSchool presents a seminar at NAREE's Portland Conference under the auspices of the newly formed Membership Benefits Committee headed by member H. Jane. Lehman "Ask Me About NAREE" buttons, the brainchild ofNAREE associate Betty Christy, are sported by members at NAHB's LasVegas convention to raise awareness and boost membership recruitment.An "early bird" discount is introduced to further increase membership. NAREE eases onto the information super highway via the slow lane through a test affiliation with America On-Line.
1992-1993: President John Harding presented the President's Award to Mary Doyle-Kimball for service above and beyond in pulling off NAREE's MiamiConference despite a serious auto accident in her 8th month of pregnancy. The recession recedes and NAREE returns to a growth mode with 463 members. The board approves optional "lifetime membership payments for active and associate members.
1991-1992: President Brad Inman began the tradition of the NAREE President's Award for Outstanding Service by honoring Max Roberts, Home and Design Editor of The Miami Herald, for heroic coverage in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. NAREE received a record 146 entries in the 41st annual journalism competition. A continuing slump in membership and resulting loss of revenue, causesNAREE to cancel its spring seminar in Cleveland. It was replaced by three regional one-day workshops in San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Orlando, Fla. Each had more than 50 people in attendance.
1990-1991: Following a successful Seattle Conference in 1992,NAREE President Steve Kerch announced the organization had $22,000 in reserves. But a slump in the real estate market caused news organizations to cut their budgets. This affects the professional membership and travel plans of many NAREE members, causing a 30 percent drop in membership. The board is forced to cut the budget by more than 10 percent.
1989-1990: June Fletcher becomes president. NAREE conducted a survey of its 653 members. The survey provided an overview of members’ opinions about the organization's services and policies. NAREE hires its first professional manager, Bill Mullen of Phoenix, to be responsible for day-to-day operations. On June 14, 1990, 55 people attended NAREE's first regional seminar in Chicago. The Board voted to discontinue the Charles Evans Fellowship and Scholarship Awards.