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2009-05-05 21:28:46

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan To Speak at NAREE's June Conference in Washington


HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will deliver the keynote address at the National Association of Real Estate Editors' (NAREE's) 43rd Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference on Thursday afternoon, June 18.

Donovan's appearance is scheduled for the first day of NAREE's four-day conference focusing on real estate trends in uncertain times, housing policy and commercial redevelopment.  Journalists attending the conference will also head for Capitol Hill
for several House and Senate committee briefings on Friday, and tour notable mixed-use waterfront projects in the Washington area both Friday and Saturday.

Donovan, who ran New York City's housing development and preservation commission for five years under Mayor Bloomberg, is an architect by training and knows HUD well, having served as an assistant FHA commissioner during the Clinton Administration.  He has played a major role this year in designing the Obama Administration's foreclosure avoidance,  loan modification  and refinancing initiatives with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

"Two weeks after the President unveiled his plan to help promote homeowner affordability, we are moving forward today with these guidelines to implement that plan," Donovan said recently. "This plan will help make home ownership more affordable for 9 million American families and in doing so, help to stop the damaging impact that declining home prices have on all Americans."

NAREE's Real Estate Journalism Conference, which runs from June 18-21, is the
most affordable journalism conference
available to staff writers, real estate editors, Internet journalists and freelancers. Ken Harney of the Washington Post Writers Group is chairing this year's conference.

The NAREE conference also will offer instructional sessions on videocasting, blogging, and ramping up freelance writing assignments.  More than 100 of the nation’s best real estate writers are expected — including winners from
NAREE's 30-category Journalism Awards Competition and the Bruss Book Awards Competition.

Both awards programs will be held on Saturday, June 20, so make plans to stay over and spend Sunday in our nation’s capital where you can visit the Newseum
and myriad other museums and landmarks around the National Mall.

NAREE's ever popular Meet The Press Friday will offer freelancers, columnists, and publicists face-to-face mini-meetings with editors and key real estate journalists for queries and pitches. Journalists may contact Executive Director Mary Doyle-Kimball or NAREE past president Sue Doerfler of the Arizona Republic at to participate.  Conferees will be able to sign up for reporter appointments at the NAREE registration desk.  Attendees are guaranteed to pick up story ideas AND news sources
that can be called for quotes and information in the future.
Speakers invited to NAREE's 43rd annual conference also include top officials from the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Plus economists and experts from key industry groups: National Association of Realtors, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Multi Family Housing Council are confirmed to provide updates and take questions on the
residential. Analysis on problems circling the commercial
side will come from National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Real Estate Roundtable and the Mortgage Bankers Association.

NAREE headquarters are at the
Hilton Washington Embassy Row, near the Dupont Circle Metro stop.
To make hotel reservations call: 800-695-7460 and ask for NAREE's low $159 rate.

NAREE offers bargain pricing -- conference registration fees start at
only $99
-- and that includes breakfasts, cocktail receptions and, if you stay until Sunday, a free ticket to the fabulous Newseum. No other group offers this much value.

This is the primary networking event for real estate writers, editors and authors. See old friends. Meet new people.

Conference Registration and updated schedule information at

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