NAREE's Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference

NAREE's Miami 2020 Conference at the Kimpton Epic Hotel Is Now December 6-9, 2020

NAREE leaders moved the date of the Annual Conference because current public meeting and travel restrictions and concerns due to COVID-19.  
Two separate Kimpton Epic hotel reservation links are posted below the hotel photo further down on this page. The first link is for industry associates and speakers and the second link is for media. The hotel room block cut-off will be announced shortly and reservations are fully refundable if canceled 72 hours prior to arrival. 
The NAREE team's years of experience in helping journalists make plans right before the conference could prove even more helpful this year. If you want to make plans now, our cancellation policy is quite flexible. After reading over the new conference registration form, please reach out to NAREE Executive Director Mary Doyle-Kimball with any questions at All members of Team NAREE are looking forward to helping you in any way possible during these challenging times.  We ask you to register by at least 6 weeks prior to the conference if you can. See the new registration form for details.
As we continue to plan the conference content and logistics, we will send your email updates. Please email us at to be included in the email list for future updates, if you are not already receiving NAREE's E-News and e-blasts. 
NAREE board members are hoping to see you in Miami for what promises to be an amazing conference including:  
NAREE University’s peer-to-peer skill-building journalism workshops to be offered at breakfast and lunch.
NAREE Vice President Jeff Collins, Orange County Register/Southern California Newspaper Group award-winning reporter is NAREE University's 2020 Dean.
This year's sessions will help journalists:
• Navigate the new Census data site
• Ramp up investigative reporting skills for real estate stories
• Consider limits on social media posts
• Learn about new media innovations
• Discern between good and unreliable real estate data and numbers
• Exchange insights on covering COVID-19's impact on real estate
• Meet with writers and editors who produced some of the year’s standout real estate journalism.
Headliner panels for journalists covering commercial and residential real estate to be offered in morning and afternoon sessions.
Attendees will hear from economists, industry analysts, developers, builders, brokers and other newsmakers in panel sessions moderated by NAREE’s award-winning media leaders.
Expect speakers and panels on:
• COVID-19 and its impact on new home building, multifamily/mixed use, seniors housing, retail, hospitality, office markets, resale transactions, mortgage rates, capital sources, luxe, wellness design, and more
• Climate change and the built environment -- zoning and code conflicts, mixed use modifications, and architectural and engineering innovations, and more
• Opportunity Zones and affordable housing
• Data analytics and forecasts

NAREE’s Miami 2020 conference is designed to boost your career and help you meet peers covering real estate journalism.

NAREE's annual conference brings journalists together for professional development, the 70th annual journalism awards program, residential and commercial real estate industry trends panels and tours, and more.

NAREE's headquarters hotel is the luxe Kimpton Epic: Balconies with skyline views of the Miami River, Biscayne Bay and Miami city lights; great pools and spa; complimentary WiFi, bikes, yoga mats and more. Scroll down for hotel reservation links and conference registration.
The pool on the 17th floor 

Miami 2020 Conference registration is open now.  Please follow the steps below that apply to you. 

1. Join or pay your 2020 dues (if you haven't already - does not apply to speakers or regional media covering the conference). Click on the Join/Renew Tab at the top of the page or Join NAREE – CLICK HERE

2. After your 2020 dues are paid,  Please fill out the updated conference registration form (linked here) and email it to Please read NAREE's Policy on the Conference Code of Conduct immediately following these steps. (Applies to all. – Speakers must fill out the registration form, but do not have pay registration fees if they are not attending the full conference.)  Some after hour conference activities may fill up fast, it's first come first served.

3. Industry Associates and Speakers: After you complete the updated NAREE conference registration form and email the registration form to -- Step 2 above -- you will be eligible to make your own reservations at the Kimpton Epic hotel on a personal computer by clicking this link. The NAREE industry associate rate is $169. You can cancel hotel up to 72 hours prior to arrival, so reserve your hotel soon since the block is very limited. If you missed the deadline and still want to come and stay at the conference hotel, please contact or text 561-391-1983 and NAREE will do its best to help you. Always contact the NAREE office first to find out your best and most flexible options. 

4. Journalists only: After you complete the updated NAREE conference registration form and email that registration form to --Step 2 above -- you will be eligible make your own hotel reservations at the Kimpton Epic hotel on a personal computer by clicking this link. This media only rate of $139 rate is for journalists only.  If the media block fills up, please call or text the NAREE Office at 561-391-1983 and we will see if we can find a room at that rate for you.  Every journalist must register for the conference with NAREE first to receive this rate. This block is VERY limited and will fill up fast.  All hotel reservations may be cancelled to 72 hours prior to arrival, so reserve your hotel sooner than later. If you missed the deadline and still want to come and stay at the conference hotel, please contact NAREE will do its best to help you. Always contact the NAREE office first to find out your best and most flexible options.

5. Journalism Fellows: NAREE will make your hotel reservations for you. Email your fellowship application from to by Oct. 21. This program is also available on a first come, first served basis, so please fill out the form now or as early as you can.  There is no charge for 2020 paid NAREE media members to apply, so apply now. 

Remember On-site NAREE Conference Registration is only available on a space available basis. Email or call or text: 561-391-1983 before you make plans to attend as an on-site registrant to make sure registration is still available. NAREE is here to help with any late-breaking plans, but we need to know ahead of time so we can assist you.

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

Note NAREE's Agenda with meeting room numbers will be posted for registrants two weeks prior to the 2020 conference.

NAREE Conference Policy Statement — Code of Conduct

NAREE’s conference mission is to bring members together to elevate the profession of real estate journalism by providing a platform to exchange best practices in real estate journalism and to learn about the latest trends, innovations, forecasts and resources in the real estate industry. Many thousands of hours — including volunteer hours — go into creating an environment that fosters this mission. To assure that everyone involved with the conference benefits fully from the conference, NAREE, following a move by other professional organizations, has created a code of conduct. This code of conduct is specifically designed to support a healthy, safe and non-threatening environment for all.

Conference registrants, leaders, moderators, volunteers, speakers, panelists, and conference staff must read and agree to follow NAREE’s conference policy before they attend the conference.

This code of conduct policy applies to all NAREE conferees (listed above) and all conference and event spaces, including registration, meeting rooms, reception areas, hospitality suites, field trip transportation and venues, as well as and social media referencing NAREE and/or #NAREE2019. 

Conferees must agree to comport themselves in a professional manner while attending NAREE conference events, just as they are expected to do in their respective workplaces. They must exercise good judgment not to intentionally offend, intimidate or harass fellow conferees. All conferees should take good care to remain in group event areas during conference event functions and to follow safe practices during off hours.

 Here are some specific protocols:

If you have any concerns that a conference participant or group of participants is not following NAREE’s policy and/or you believe that an individual or group is deliberately behaving in an unhealthy, intimidating or harassing manner, please contact NAREE’s Executive Director or a member of NAREE’s Executive Board immediately. If you cannot spot a NAREE leader during meeting hours, please go to the NAREE Conference Registration Desk and request that a NAREE leader come to the desk to meet with you.  If you are at a NAREE social event, please contact the NAREE event leader listed in the conference program book who will contact NAREE’s Executive Director and Executive Board Members as quickly as possible. Please note NAREE conference media leader photos are in the conference program book. 

If the unacceptable behavior emanates from someone not affiliated with the conference, and you are not in a conference area, please go to the Front Desk of the hotel and ask for hotel security first. Please also ask the hotel representative to help you contact a NAREE leader to assist you. 

If a NAREE leader has been contacted regarding an episode of harassing, intimidating or physical misbehavior, after the fact, that leader will contact NAREE’s Executive Director and NAREE’s President. NAREE executive leaders will assess the situation by speaking to both parties as quickly as possible and contacting appropriate authorities if warranted — there will be no exceptions to this protocol. 

Conference participants who are engaged in blatantly intimidating and harassing behavior will be asked to stop the offensive behavior immediately. Participants in question are expected to comply immediately. NAREE conference leaders will warn all associated with the conference who are not acting in the spirit of the conference mission that they may be asked to leave the conference.

Here are some specific examples of unacceptable behaviors: 

  • Voicing offensive comments to others at the conference related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, religion and disability.
  • Deliberately intimidating or stalking others at the conference.
  • Initiating inappropriate or non-consensual physical contact and/or unwelcome sexual attention at any time during NAREE’s conference.
  • Disrupting speakers, panelists, moderators or NAREE leaders at NAREE conference events.
  • Defacing NAREE property and/or breaking into locked NAREE conference spaces and unlawfully removing or damaging property that is not their own.

If a participant in question has been warned, ignores the warning and continues to engage in inappropriate behavior, NAREE’s Executive Director and Executive Board may immediate expel the participant in question from the NAREE conference without a conference fee refund, among other appropriate action. If criminal activity is suspected, law-enforcement officials will be contacted. If physical abuse is suspected, medical and mental-health professionals may be contacted as well.

Audio Visual/Social Media Harassment:  NAREE asks that all associated with the conference ask permission before taking photos or recording other conferees and placing said photos and recordings on social media or Web sites of any kind; or disseminating said photos and recordings in any manner whatsoever. Photos of and comments by panelists are exempt from this policy and may be distributedPlease note: NAREE reserves and retains the right to appoint official photographers and videographers at the conference to photograph and record group events for publicity and educational purposes. Any individual who does not want to be officially photographed or recorded either individually or as part of a group shot, must email the conference director at five (5) working days prior to the Wednesday start of the conference, and must make every effort to step out of any posed photos or pre-planned videos. 

Helpful Tips 

-- Airport transportation to the Kimpton Epic hotel:

Metrorail from Miami International Airport (MIA) to the Epic. Recommended.  Take Metrorail to Government Center. Take the Metromover to the Hyatt stop and walk across the street.

Tri-Rail from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Several transfers make it challenging after a long flight with heavy luggage.  On the baggage claim level, take the free Airport Shuttle bus to the Griffin Road Tri-Rail Station.  Take Tri-Rail to Metrorail Transfer Station.  Take Metroliner to Government Center. Take the Metromover to the Hyatt stop and walk across the street to the Epic. Note this transportation method could take two hours or more depending on the timing to catch the airport shuttle bus to Tri-Rail, the Tri-Rail, the Metrorail, and the Metromover.

Brightline from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). Check the app to see if this train is running and if discounts are available.  Take the airport shuttle bus to the West Palm Beach Brightline station. Take Brightline to Miami City Central station.  Take Metromover to the Hyatt stop and walk across the street.

Uber is available at all airports.  Lyft -- Check for discounts if taking the Brightline for at least one leg of your journey. This is likely your quickest option from PBI to Miami.

-- Ship packages to arrive no sooner than than 2 days prior to the event:

Kimpton Epic Miami - Receiving Department

Hold for Arrival - NAREE Mary Doyle-Kimball Exec. Dir

ATTN: (Contact Name and Phone Number & Exhibitor Company Name)

270 Biscayne Way, Miami, FL 33131


Keep your tracking numbers with you, and take a photo of them and text to the NAREE office.