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2008-03-26 13:15:00

Newsroom Expansions Highlight NAREE Agenda in Dallas

A series of Newsroom Expansion Vignettes will highlight the National Assn. of Real Estate Editors 42nd Annual Conference in Dallas in May.

Real estate editors Noelle Knox, Associated Press; Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News; Jessica Swesey, Inman News; and Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, will describe growth, hiring and expanded real estate news coverage.

Author Dan McGinn of Newsweek will kick off the conference May 7 with a discussion of his new book “House Lust.” Real estate editor Carl Larsen, who worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune for 34 years, will lead a writing workshop.

Breaking news on the subprime crisis is expected at the NAREE conference. FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery; Urban Land Institute Chairman Todd Mansfield; and Charles McMillan, president-elect of the National Assn. of REALTORS, are among the headlining speakers.

NAREE's “Home Selling in the Internet Era” panel will feature speakers from Zillow, Realtor.com and Google. Other panels cover Boomer housing, the apartment market and the economic outlook. The conference ends Saturday after morning panels on foreclosures and vacation homes.

Top contestants in NAREE's 58th Annual Real Estate Journalism competition will pick up $10,000 in prizes during the Friday May 9th banquet. Winning entries will be displayed.

The NAREE conference, May 7 – 10, will tour a trendsetting brownfield redevelopment, Victory. Developed by Ross Perot, Jr., who will speak to the group, this 75-acre new urban neighborhood has green office buildings and shop-lined streets with condos above. NAREE will tour a $10 million penthouse in the stylish “W” Hotel and condo there.

In a tour of historic redevelopment, conferees will learn how the Bass Brothers turned 36 blocks of downtown Fort Worth into "Sundance Square." Train buffs will love the historic T&P train station, still in operation, with adjacent lofts dwellings.

NAREE will board helicopters to tour the Circle T Ranch and the 17,000-acre Alliance development, where a panel will discuss large-scale projects.

Another informative session will be held in the original Neiman Marcus, located one block from NAREE’s headquarters hotel.

The conference is headquartered at the historic Magnolia Hotel. Call 1-888-915-1110. Ask for the $129 NAREE rate. Conference registration:www.NAREE.org. NAREE, founded in 1929, is a nonprofit organization.

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