NAREE 45th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference
Date: June 15 - 18, 2011
Time: 8:00 am - 12:01 pm
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Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
United States

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Current NAREE Active Member Price: $109.00
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'The Ultimate News Conference -- Redefining Urban Missions'

Menger Hotel, 

owntown San Antonio is dir

ectly across the street from the Alamo and one block from San Antonio's famous River Walk, and offers NAREE conferees single and double rooms for $110 per night. "We found a well situated hotel at a rate which accommodates recession oriented budgets," said NAREE Executive Director Mary Doyle-Kimball, who noted this is a recession rollback from last year's $125 hotel rate.


SAN ANTONIO – The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) 45th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas June 15-18, 2011 will feature a newsworthy agenda with top-notch experts in residential, commercial and financial real estate. 

Lawrence Yun of the National Association of Realtors, Mark Dotzour of Texas A&M Real Estate Center, Stan Humphries of Zillow and Ted C. Jones of Stewart Title are among several prominent economists on the NAREE Conference Agenda.

California builder Mick Pattinson, John Friesenhahn of Imagine Homes will be among those talking about green building and residential construction. 

Oscar Gonzales of the Gonzales Group will talk about how the Latino market is impacting home building. Dozens of other experts will tackle issues affecting the super hot multi-family market, resort living, and historic preservation and a host of other timely topics. 

The NAREE Conference in San Antonio will also feature the 4th Annual Bruss Book Awards Lunch and NAREE's 61st Real Estate Journalism Awards presentation.

NAREE's own "Meet the Press" celebrating its 15th year, will also be held during the conference. NAREE's Meet the Press offers freelancers, columnists, authors, and public relations professionals a series of short, one-on-one meetings with leading editors and journalists in every medium from around the nation

2011 NAREE Conference to Help Attendees Maximize Social Media Effectiveness and Make Meaningful Videos While Gleaning Latest Trends and Forecasts in Real Estate

Residential, Commercial and Financial Real Estate Reporters Invited
SAN ANTONIO (May 5, 2011) – The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) 45th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas on June 15-18 will not only inform attendees about the latest trends in residential and commercial real estate, it will help journalists sharpen their skills with a lineup of “NAREE University” sessions.
While social media’s style is short and sweet, the process of updating various accounts can be time consuming.  “Managing Social Media in 29 Minutes a Day,” scheduled for Wednesday, June 15 at 12:15 p.m. will offer some shortcuts from John Oldham of Inman News.  Oldham – a NAREE Associate Director who has a long track record of marketing success combining best practices, research, analytics and more – will offer conference attendees tricks and tips on how to streamline social media efforts for effectiveness and efficiency.
“Social media can be your key to building a following and generating innovative content," Oldham said. “In this session, you will learn the best technology and mobile tools in a 'show and tell' that will improve and streamline your social media presence. Time is always short in a reporter’s life, so finding the best tools, integrating them into your daily routine to create meaningful social interactions is the goal.”
Attendees will have a chance to hone their video skills on Saturday, June 18 at 8 a.m. with Cynthia Lee, who appears HGTV’s “Bang for Your Buck” with Vern Yip.  A longtime award-winning television news anchor and reporter for Fox News in San Antonio, Lee is now a licensed Realtor. She has appeared on  “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” is the owner of Caruso Media, a multi-media company specializing in production, promotion and representation,and a business partner in Videocast Now, a producer of high-quality real estate videos and Text Tours. 
In her session called “Video Lab – Give it Your Best Shot,” Lee will coach NAREE members on how to make meaningful, informative videos that convey news effectively.
Other professional development sessions include: "Climbing to the Top of the Journalism Dogpile, ” with Los Angeles Times reporter Lauren Beale who is also NAREE 's Chairman of the Board; transitioning to a second career as a publicist in either the business or nonprofit arena; and tips for launching a real-estate-news Web site.
"Redefining Urban Missions," NAREE's 2011 spring conference will have an exclusive with Urban Land Institute CEO Patrick Phillips on "Real Estate’s Next Great Frontier" on opening day, Wednesday, June 15. NAREE Board Member and San Antonio Express-News Business and Real Estate News Editor Emily Spicer  will moderate a panel on historic preservation exploring both profit and non profit motives."  Sessions on "The Growing Latino Market," "The Multi Family Boom," "Property Rights and Wrongs" and "Green Building Trends" will explore factors affecting the urban grid and suburban rings.
NAREE's conference will also provide mid-year updates on the economy,  home prices, mortgages rates and foreclosure trends with expert speakers from all real estate sectors -- financial, commercial, and residential.
NAREE’s “Redefining Urban Missions” will be headquartered at the historic Menger Hotel, which is directly across the street from the Alamo and one block from San Antonio's famous River Walk. The Menger Hotel will offer NAREE conferees single and double rooms for only $104 per night. Hotel reservations must be made directly with the Menger by calling: 800-345-9285 or 210-223-4361. Hurry room block expires soon.
Complete NAREE’s San Antonio Conference registration on or download the printer friendly pdf to fax to the NAREE office.
The conference begins on Wednesday morning June 15 at 10 a.m. and ends Saturday morning June 18 at 11 a.m.
Mary Doyle-Kimball
NAREE Executive Director
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NAREE San Antonio Conference Schedule (as of 5/27/11)
Wednesday, June 15
9:30 AM Conference Registration, NAREE's Meet the Press Signup, and Cyber Cafe (coffee and a spot to connect with colleagues) open. Menger Hotel
10:00 AM Coverage Trends - Expanding Influence in a Contracting Market - Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, Business & Real Estate Editor
11:05 AM Prevailing Winds Powering the Real Estate Economy – Dr. Ted C. Jones, Chief Economist, Stewart Title
12:00 PM Light Lunch, Menger Hotel
12:15 PM 29 Minutes a Day to Update Facebook, Twitter and a Blog - John Oldham, Inman News (pre-registration required)
1:00 PM Troubled Assets: The Dark Cloud Over Commercial Real Estate - John Leary, Chairman, Counselors of Real Estate; Douglas Wilson, president Douglas Wilson Cos.; and Silvia Gangel, Real Estate Council of San Antonio. Moderator: Suzann Silverman, Commercial Property Executive
2:00 PM Home Prices: Are They Climbing Again? Bob Dorsey, FNC
2:35 PM Blossoming Trends in Green Building - John Friesenhahn, Imagine Homes; Nick Marine, Marine Plumbing; and Craig Lobel, EcoEdge
3:30 PM Foreclosures Crisis: When Will It End? -  Shaun N. White, Re/Max; and Thomas Thomson, University of Texas SA. Moderator: Polyana da Costa,
4:30 PM Opening Address: Real Estate’s Next Great Frontier - Patrick Phillips, CEO, Urban Land Institute - a NAREE exclusive
5:05 PM Welcome Reception - Menger Hotel. Redefining Urban Missions: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
6:15 PM A View from the Top - Penthouse Reception and Opening Remarks - Vidorra Developer, Drake Leddy, Leddy Ventures - The Vidorra, 215 Center Street
9:00 PM - 10 PM NAREE Suite - Telling Back Stories - Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times - Menger Hotel
Thursday, June 16
7:30 AM NAREE Board Meeting, Chairman of the Board, Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
8:00 AM Registration, Meet the Press Signup and Cyber Cafe Opens - Menger Hotel
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast & Laptop Lab 1: Excel on Deadline - Mary Shanklin, Orlando Sentinel - (Preregistration required)
9:00 AM Property Rights and Wrongs - James Burling, Pacific Legal Foundation; Bill Gunn, William Gunn & Partners; Jay Doegey, International Municipal Lawyers Association. Moderator: Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal
10:00 AM The Growing Latino Housing Market - Oscar Gonzales, The Gonzales Group; Scott Caballero, chairman, San Antonio Board of Realtors. Moderator: Purva Patel, Houston Chronicle
11:00 AM Preserving Historic Properties - Profit and Non-Profit Motives, Jacki Buhn, Athenian Properties; William Chandler, Chandler & Chandler - Moderator Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News
1:15 PM Climbing to the Top of the Journalism Dog Pile, Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, with Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal; Kathleen Howley, Bloomberg News and Dina ElBoghdady, Washington Post.
2:15 PM Mortgage Market Upheaval: GSE Reform, QRM and the arrival of the CFPB. Sue Stewart, Mortgage Match; Mark Goldhaber, Genworth Mortgage Insurance and John Fleming, Texas Mortgage Bankers Association.  Moderator: Ken Harney, Washington Post Writers Group
3:15 PM The Future of Online Real Estate Information - What happens when every property and everything for sale in America is on competing mega databases? John Heithaus, MRIS; Dale Ross, Realtor Property Resource. Moderator: Glenn Roberts, Inman News.
4:15 PM Overcoming Stumbling Blocks to a Second Career in PR - Lucien Salvant, National Association of Realtors; Laura Bennett, Bennett & Co.; Kyle Crews, Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Rick Matthews, Rubenstein Communications. Moderator: Tony Wilbert, Wilbert News Strategies
5:30 PM Motor Coach Departs Menger Hotel for Pearl Brewery Redevelopment Tour and River Walk Cruise
(The Pearl Brewery is a converted mixed-use masterpiece of shops, restaurants, residential and office space 10 minutes from the Menger Hotel) 
6:00 PM Pearl Brewery Reception 
6:45 PM Pearl Brewery Walking Tour & Tasting at the Culinary Institute of America 
7:30 PM River Walk Barges depart from the Pearl Brewery
9:00 PM On Your Own in the Heart of the River Walk or return to hotel
Friday, June 17 - AWARDS DAY
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast & Laptop Lab 2: Advanced Excel on Deadline - Mary Shanklin, Orlando Sentinel (Preregistration required) - Menger Hotel 
9:00 AM Mid-Year Economic Update - Economists Stan Humphries, Zillow; Jed Smith, National Association of Realtors; Mark Dotzour, Texas A&M Real Estate Center. Moderator: Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News
10:00 AM Multi-Family Boom: What Makes It Sizzle When Other Sectors Simmer - Stacy Hunt, Greystar; Walter Moreau, Foundation Communities; Greg Willett, MPF Research. Moderator: Matt Valley, National Real Estate Investor magazine
11:00 AM Launching Your Own News Outlet - Michael Gerrity, The World Property Channel; Candace Evans,; Steve Cook,; Jay Rickey, Moderator: Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
12:05 PM NAREE Book Awards Luncheon - Awards Presentation and Remarks on  "How I Sold 370,000 Copies of My Real Estate Book" -  NAREE President Leigh Robinson, Express Publishing
1:15 PM Hard Hat Zone: When Will Construction Start Again? Mick Pattinson, Barratt Group; Todd LaRue, Robert Charles Lesser & Co.; Jeff Webster, Sundt Construction Co.; Mario Hernandez, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. Moderator: Greta Guest, Detroit Free Press.
2:15 PM Vacation Places: Second Homes, Timeshares and Hotels - John Scovell, Woodbine Development Corp.; Steven Shane, SDS Real Estate; and Terry Weaver, Moderator: Shannon Behnken, Tampa Tribune.
3:15 PM America’s Changing Real Estate Environment - Pat Duncan, President, USAA Real Estate
3:55 PM NAREE's Meet the Press - NAREE's Own Mini Media Tour in a Speed Dating Format - Conferees may sign up at registration onsite or for a series of three-minute appointments with the nation's leading real estate journalists. Event Chair: Sue Doerfler, Arizona Republic. NAREE's Expected Media Participants: Alyssa Abkowitz, Smart Money Magazine; Shannon Behnken, Tampa Tribune; Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times; Steve Cook,; Candy Evans,  & AOL Real Estate; Greta Guest, Detroit Free Press; Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News; Jane Hodges, freelance writer; Ken Harney; Washington Post Writers Group; Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal; David Levitt, Bloomberg News; Heather Ogilvie, Fair Housing Coach newsletter; Eric Pryne, Seattle Times; Jennifer Hiller, San Antonio Express-News; Mary Umberger, freelance writer/columnist Chicago Tribune and Inman News; Matt Valley, National Real Estate Investor; Denise Dersin, Builder magazine, Dina ElBoghdady, Washington Post; Cindy Hoedel, Kansas City Star; Karen Rivedal, Wisconsin State newspaper; Purva Patel, Houston Chronicle; Sharon Stangenes, freelance writer and Chicago Tribune; Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Jeff Collins, Orange County Register; Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman; Holden Lewis,; Kathleen Howley, BloombergNews; Housing Scene United Features Syndicate columnist Lew Sichelman; Ralph Bivins, and; Teresa Mears, MSN Money's Smart Spending and freelance writer; Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News; Tricia Lynn Silva, San Antonio Business Journal;
Michael Gerrity, World Property Channel; Karisa King, San Antonio Express-News; Paul Jackson, Housing Wire; Valentino Lucio, San Antonio Express-News; Ana Ley, San Antonio Express-News; Glenn Roberts, Inman News;
and Marcie Geffner, freelance real estate reporter.
5:00 PM TGIF Reception, Menger Hotel
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM NAREE's 61st Annual Real Estate Journalism Awards Presentation and Reception. Keynote Speaker: Robert Rivard, Editor, San Antonio Express-News.
Saturday, June 18
8:00 AM Video Lab - Giving It Your Best Shot - Cynthia Lee, HGTV
8:45 AM Living South of the Border: A Casualty of the Drug Wars? Christopher Hill, founder, Mexico Real Estate Coalition.
9:15 AM The Great Debate: Does For-Sale-By-Owner Still Work? Eddie Tyner,; Michael Crowley, National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents; Dwight Hale, chairman, Texas Association of Realtors. Moderator: Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News.
10:15 AM NAREE Membership Meeting - Led by NAREE President Leigh Robinson, Express Publishing
11:00 AM Conference Concludes, Cyber Cafe Closes


Founded in 1929, NAREE is a non-profit professional association of writers, columnists, authors and editors covering real estate, housing, commercial development, design and finance. 
 Mary Doyle-Kimball, NAREE executive director


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