NAREE's 52nd Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference

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


Click HERE to download the 2018 Las Vegas Spring Conference Registration Form 


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

Hotel Options and Special Rates at the Planet Hollywood Resort:

$129 Media Rate + $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 or lobby groups).

Very limited block, these rooms for journalists go fast; first come; first served. 
Must complete the NAREE Conference Registration form and email it to the NAREE office at to get this rate. NAREE 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.

$159 Special NAREE Conference Rate + $15/night Resort Fee - Available for Journalists who missed the limited space $129 room block or who want to make reservations directly with the hotel, and Industry Associates (including Speakers and Paid 2018 Associate Members). Note this rate is also way below market rate for the caliber of hotel and convenience of avoiding heavy commuter traffic to and from the conference. Email if you have questions about the hotel or trouble making reservations. NAREE is a non profit association is dedicated to serving its members and all those attending the conference. The NAREE room block expires May 15, so book early or contact us anytime so we can reach our room block.


The Planet Hollywood Resort is right on the Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Blvd.) and offers amazing amenities and beautiful, spacious up-to-date rooms. Enjoy nightlife with headliner shows; casino; multiple bars; spa; 2 pools; cabanas and daybeds; pool bar and cafe; the FlowRider; quick, casual and upscale restaurants -- including Gordon Ramsay's Burger, Cafe Hollywood and Caba Wabo Cantina's second floor outside patio and 2 Starbucks; rooftop views of the strip, 1.2 miles of shops under one roof (Miracle Mile Shops) and more. It's across the street from the Bellagio fountain show and next door to The Paris Hotel & Casino. As they say, "It's Vegas upgraded." Book the Planet Hollywood Resort, the center of the NAREE Universe June 13-16.  

Make your reservation directly with the Planet Hollywood Resort. Click HERE 

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

Hotel cancelations can be made directly with Planet Hollywood Resort up to 72 hours without penalty.


Important Information for All NAREE Conference Attendees:

To attend the NAREE Conference in Las Vegas all attendees must complete these three steps:

1. Pay your 2018 NAREE dues (if you haven’t already).
2. Register with NAREE for the 2018 Las Vegas Conference using the link to the printable .pdf at the top of this page.
3. Reserve your hotel room in the NAREE room block at the Planet Hollywood Resort, NAREE's Conference Hotel Headquarters. (See options above or on NAREE's Conference Registration Form.) If you cannot get a hotel room in the NAREE block at the Planet Hollywood Resort on the Las Vegas Strip, contact us first so we can help you find the best room available:  561-391-1983 (voice or text) or  


Please let us know if you live in the area or you’re staying with friends or family. 

Mail packages to:

First & Last Name (Hotel Guest)
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 01/04/2018

Check for Agenda Updates here on • Schedule subject to change

Green Room - Speaker Ready Room 

Cyber Cafe - Press Room  

Zen Tea - Quiet Press Room 

Media Studio (Broadcast/Podcast/Videocast)  

Wednesday • June 13 (All sessions in the Ballroom) 

 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  

 9:15 AM   Opening Panel

 9:50 AM   Regional Panel

10:40 AM  Speakers & Panels 

11:30 AM  Speakers & Panels

NOON       Lunch & NAREE University: Hashtag # YOU 

 1:05 PM   Speakers & Panels

 1:40 PM   Speakers & Panels

 2:40 PM   Speakers & Panels  

 3:35 PM   Speakers & Panels

 4:10 PM   Speakers & Panels

 5:00 PM   Opening Reception

 6:05 PM to 8:00 PM  Possible NAREE Tour - TBA

 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)

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

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

 8:55 AM   Speakers & Panels

 9:45 AM   Speakers & Panels

10:20 AM  Speakers & Panels

11:15 AM  Speakers & Panels

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

 1:05 PM  Speakers & Panels

 2:05 PM   Symposium

 3:05 PM   Speakers & Panels

 4:10 PM   Speakers & Panels

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

 6:05 PM to 8:00 PM  Possible NAREE Tour TBA

 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 Ballroom unless indicated below)

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

 8:00 AM NAREE University Breakfast: Map Wizardry 

 8:55 AM Speakers & Panels

 9:50 AM Speakers & Panels

10:40 AM  Speakers & Panels

NOON       NAREE's Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards Luncheon & Awards Presentation 

1:15 PM    Speakers & Panels

1:50 PM    Speakers & Panels

2:40 PM    Speakers 7 Panels

3:45 PM    NAREE’s Meet the Press 

6:00 PM    Possible Event for Journalsits TBA

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: Ballroom) 

 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 On the Drawing Board

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

Wednesday AM - June 13th
The Anatomy of An Award-Winning Story (2017 Winner Highlights)  
-Lessons Learned from Last Year’s NAREE Journalism Competition.
Moderator: Kathy Orton, Washington Post
Wednesday Noon - June 13th
Hashtag #YOU
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 AM - June 14th
Deal With It!
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 editor of the Los Angeles Times
Thursday Noon - June 14th
New Media Species Editors’ Forum
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 AM - June 15th
Map Wizardry
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) 

NAREE’s Meet the Press in Las Vegas

By NAREE Past President and Meet the Press Chair for 20 years, Sue Doerfler, formerly of 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 3:45 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.