NAREE's 52nd Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference

Las Vegas, Nevada - June 13-16, 2018 at Planet Hollywood Resort

Complete these 3 steps to attend NAREE's 2018 Las Vegas Conference (updated 5/27/18):

1. Pay your 2018 dues (if you haven't already - does not apply to speakers). Renew or Join NAREE - CLICK HERE. 

2. After your have paid your dues or joined, register for the conference with NAREE. Click HERE to download the 2018 Las Vegas Spring Conference Registration Form. (Applies to all.)  Note the journalist rates on the pdf are NO LONGER AVAILABLE and you must make your own hotel reservation.

Conference badge pre-registration is still available.  The deadline has passed for pre-registrant names to be listed in NAREE's 2018 conference program book.

On-site NAREE conference registration is only available on a space available basis.  Call or text: 561-391-1983 first.

3. Make your hotel reservation directly with the Planet Hollywood Resort, click HERE 

NAREE hotel room block rates subject to expiration on  5/29/2018.  Hotel may extend at its discretion.

(Scroll down to see the Conference Schedule, where to mail packages, and for more information on NAREE University and NAREE's Meet the Press.)

NAREE Conference Rates at the Planet Hollywood Resort:

• Journalists only: NAREE Media Rate Tues - Sat; $125 Fri + $15/night Resort Fee - Available for Journalists only (Independent journalists working for the news division of independent news outlets and not affiliated with trade associations, lobby groups, PR firms, and/or sponsoring organizations). Limited block, these rooms for journalists go fast; first come; first served. Rate will expire the last week in May.

– To get this rate, you must complete the NAREE Conference Registration form and email it to the NAREE office at NAREEprograms@gmail.comNAREE will use your credit card information on the conference registration form to guarantee your hotel reservation and send you a confirmation number.
Please contact to cancel and avoid charges at least 72 hours prior to your check-in day. 

Journalists and Industry Associate, Speakers$125 NAREE Conference Rate Tues - Thurs; $159 Fri + $15/night Resort Fee -  To make your reservation directly with the Planet Hollywood Resort, click HERE Room block is oversold and subject to hotel discretion.

NAREE’s hotel block has the best room rates around when you factor in the omnipresent resort fee. NAREE negotiated a low $15/night resort fee which includes Internet, most are upwards of $40 per night. So don’t be misled by other offers. NAREE’s room block at the Planet Hollywood Resort expires in mid May, so book now. There’s no penalty if you cancel 72 hours prior to check-in. 

Questions/problems with hotel booking, registration or membership — contact the NAREE office. Email: or text/voicemail: 561-391-1983.  

The Planet Hollywood Resort is right in the center of the Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Blvd.), offers amazing amenities and beautiful, spacious, up-to-date rooms. Enjoy nightlife with headliner shows, casino and multiple bars. Or rejuvenate at the spa. Enjoy 2 pools, cabanas, daybeds the pool bar and cafe and the FlowRider. Quick, casual restaurants include Gordon Ramsay's Burger, Cafe Hollywood and Caba Wabo Cantina's second floor outside patio overlooking the Bellagio fountains and views of the strip. Two Starbucks and upscale restaurants also are found inside the Planet Hollywood Resort. The Miracle Mile Shops mall adjoins Planet Hollywood on the Casino level. The Paris Hotel & Casino is next door while Aria and The Cosmopolitan are also across the street. As they say, "It's Vegas upgraded." Book the Planet Hollywood Resort, the center of the NAREE Universe, June 13-16. Enjoy the caliber of NAREE's Conference HQ hotel and the convenience of this well located resort.  Think of how much time you'll save commuting by staying at the conference hotel -- time you can spend with colleagues, just relaxing or catching up with emails.

 Note: If you call in your hotel reservation on the phone, you will incur a $15 reservations fee. Planet Hollywood Resort Reservations: 866-377-1829. Group code SMNAR8.


Mail packages to:

Hotel Guest First & Last Name
Planet Hollywood Resort Package Center
3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
NAREE Meeting June 13-16 and Your Arrival Date
Guest Mobile Contact Number

*Please be advised that the items mailed via USPS (Postal Service) go to a P.O. Box to be picked up by hotel staff Monday-Friday only. No pickup service on major Holidays observed by the USPS.

 Click HERE for fee pricing & details on Planet Hollywood's website.


NAREE Las Vegas Conference Tentative Agenda as of 05/27/2018

Check for Agenda Updates here on • Schedule subject to change - Note: all NAREE functions are on the floor above the Casino level.

Green Room - Speaker Ready Room • Wed - Fri - Sunset Room 2

Cyber Cafe - Press Room • Wed - Fri - Celebrity 5 

Zen Tea - Quiet Press Room • Wed - Fri -Sunset 1 

Wednesday • June 13 (All sessions in the Ballroom Celebrity 6&7. Tour is off-site.) 

 8:30 AM  Registration and Meet the Press Sign-up -- Ballroom Foyer 

 8:30 AM  Welcome Breakfast & NAREE University: The Anatomy of an Award-Winning Story 

 9:25 AM  Welcome to Sin City: Eli Segall, Las Vegas Review-Journal

 9:40 AM Opening Speaker: Top Ten issues facing Real Estate: Joseph G. Nehas, CRE Chairman

 10:20 AM Hotel & Casino Trends Panel

 11:20 AM America's Housing Market: Nela Richardson, Redfin

NOON       Lunch & NAREE University: Hashtag # YOU 

 1:05 PM   Harvard Joint Center Report: Dr. Chris Herbert

 1:40 PM   Single Family Investments

 2:40 PM   The True Impact of E-Commerce  

 3:15 PM   The Retail Armageddon: Is it Real? - Stephen Leibovitz, CBL Properties

 4:00 PM   Mortgage Matters

 5:00 PM   Opening Reception

 6:05 PM to 8:00 PM  NAREE Tour: Green Luxe Motor Coach Sojourn to Ascaya 

 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM  President's Suite (Ask at NAREE's Registration Desk or Call/text 561-391-1983 for the room number.)


Thursday • June 14 (All sessions in the Ballroom Celebrity 6&7. Tour is off-site.)

 8:00 AM Registration and Meet the Press Sign-up -- Ballroom Foyer

 8:00 AM   NAREE University Breakfast: Deal With It!

 8:50 AM   The Missing Middle

 9:50 AM   Commercial Realty Estate Fireside Chat with Christina Roush

10:25 AM  Home Building Forecast Panel

11:25 AM  Commercial Outlook 2019: Revathi Greenwood, Cushman & Wakefield

11:55 AM  Lunch & NAREE University: New Media Species

 1:05 PM  Disruptors: Home Buying innovators

 2:05 PM   The Workspace Evolution

 3:05 PM   NAREE's Resort and Vacation Homes Symposium

 4:00 PM   Barriers to Entry: The Millennial Market

 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM  Throwback Thursday Reception   

 6:05 PM to 7:50 PM  NAREE Tour: The Immersive Bazaar Motor Coach Sojourn to Area 15

 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM President's Suite  (Ask at NAREE's Registration Desk or Call/text 561-391-1983 for the room number.)


Friday • June 15 (All sessions in the Celebrity Ballroom 6&7 unless indicated below)

 8:00 AM Registration and Meet the Press Sign-up - Ballroom Foyer

 8:00 AM NAREE University Breakfast: Map Wizardry 

 8:50 AM Experiential Marketplaces

 9:50 AM Multifamily Outlook

10:45 AM  Mid-Year Economic Forecast

NOON       NAREE's Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards Luncheon & Awards Presentation - Celebrity Ballroom 1

1:10 PM   Finding the Buyer's Pulse 

1:45 PM    Sustainability Spotlight

2:40 PM    Luxury Homes

3:45 PM    NAREE’s Meet the Press - Celebrity Ballroom 8

6:15 PM    Journalists Red Carpet Reception & Photo Fest (journalists and their family only) - Gallery

7:00 PM  to 9:00 PM  68th Annual NAREE Journalism Competition Awards Presentation and Reception -- Award Presentation NAREE President, NAREE Vice President  and NAREE Chairman of the Board 


Saturday • June 16 (Both sessions: Celebrity Ballroom 6) 

 8:30 AM    NAREE University Breakfast: Saturday Morning Review of Award Winning Work

 9:30 AM    General Membership Meeting -- NAREE President Dion Haynes, Washington Post

10:00 AM   Conference Ends



NAREE University: 2018 Sessions* 

Here's a quick look at NAREE University curated by NAREE Vice President Beth DeCarbo, Wall Street Journal.

Wednesday 8:30 AM - June 13th
The Anatomy of An Award-Winning Story
Moderator: Kathy Orton, Reporter and Editor, The Washington Post
Lessons learned from NAREE 67th Journalism Competition:
-Where the story idea came from
-Anticipating roadblocks
-Overcoming Obstacles

Wednesday Noon - June 13th
Hashtag #YOU
Moderator: Tony Wilbert, Senior News Editor, CoStar Group
Build your personal brand to generate Likes, Followers and Retweets:
-Use keywords, photos and other SEO strategies to build audience numbers
-How your digital profile can attract scoops and exclusives
-Position your work to silence the noise of FAKE NEWS
-Make yourself impervious to the next buyout--or create a bidding war when applying for your next (better) job

Thursday 8 AM - June 14th
Deal With It!
Moderator: Lauren Beale, Freelance Writer, Hot Property Blogger, Author and
Former Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times
Poise and professionalism in an era of snark and sarcasm:
-How to handle angry readers, hostile sources and pushy pitches
-Call out harassment and other inappropriate behavior
-Learn to respond and move on (and not go crazy)
Moderator: Lauren Beale, Freelance writer and former real estate editor of the Los Angeles Times

Thursday Noon - June 14th
New Media Species Editors’ Forum
Moderator: Ralph Bivins, Realty News Report
How to maintain the highest standards in a real-time, digital-first newsroom:
-Strategies to ensure that your work is both fast and accurate
-Getting sources on the record and confirming leads on background
-Digital resources for fact-checking
-Stay current online with a developing story
Moderator: Ralph Bivins, Realty News Report

Friday 8 AM - June 15th
Map Wizardry
Moderator: J. Scott Trubey, Staff Writer, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Tools for geographic real-estate research:
-Understand geomapping and decipher satellite images
-Pinpoint neighborhoods and ZIP Codes for deep dives into data
-Overlay maps with real-estate data
-Use Pictometry and street views to acquire digital images (plus: Drone dos and don'ts)

Saturday 8:30 AM - June 15th
Saturday Morning Review of Award Winning Work.
Moderator: Catie Dixon, Managing Editor, Bisnow
Winners of NAREE's 68th Annual Real Estate Journalism Competition will share backstories on:
-Digging for data
-Searching for and selecting the right story for in-depth reporting
* NAREE University Courses and schedule subject to change.

NAREE’s Meet the Press in Las Vegas

By NAREE Sue Doerfler, NAREE Past President, Meet the Press Chair, and former award-winning journalist wth the Arizona Republic 

Where can reporters and editors get 10 to 20 potential story ideas in an hour? Where can publicists pitch their story ideas in person to a wide variety of publications in a short period of time? Where can columnists and freelancers consult with editors about their columns or learn more about what publications need in the way of information? Where can authors go to tell the media about their books?

NAREE’s Meet the Press

This event, now in its 22nd year, promises a fun, fast-paced and informative opportunity for both Journalist and Industry members from around the country to meet at one time, under one roof. During this year’s event, which is slated for Friday, June 15, at approximately 4:00 PM. Conference registrants can sign up for a series of three-minute, one-on-one interviews with dozens of journalists who are participating. Sign-up sheets will be in the registration area the first three days of the conference. You can only sign up for NAREE's Meet the Press at the NAREE Conference.

         Tips for public relations professionals:

  • Before you sign up for an appointment, do your homework. Make sure it’s a good match. Get to know the media outlet and the work of the individual by checking online ahead of time.

  • Show off your new products, clients and projects to editors, writers and columnists.

  • Hand out flash drives filled with the information. These are lighter and less bulky than press kits for journalists to carry back home. Be sure to have an online link to your information to text the journalist you are meeting with if possible.  Not everyone wants a flash drive.

  • Check the Meet the Press Sign-up sheets occasionally. Sometimes appointments are changed or canceled and you may be able to sign up for an unexpected opening. 

    Tips for journalists:

  • Come to Meet the Press at least 10 minutes early and find the table with your name on it.

  • Bring your laptop to show off your digital publication.

  • Don’t forget a stack of business cards, too.

    Tips for everyone:

      • Be sure to have fun. Meet the Press is a great way to meet other NAREE members.