"This is probably one of the first chances that most people havehad to gather in a setting like this and to ask questions ofindustry leaders regarding the outlook for the capital markets,"Kelley says. "At last week's RealShare Inland Empire, everybody inthe audience was raising their hands and asking about what is goingon in the capital markets and what the outlook for the industryis."

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RealShare Orange County's fifth annual conference is set to runfrom 7:30 a.m. through a noon networking luncheon on Tuesday, Aug.28 at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine. The crowd this year isanticipated at 400 or more, up from last year, according toRealShare group conference manager Colleen McShane.

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Both McShane and Kelley point out that Orange County is aperfect venue for discussions about the current credit crunch. Thecounty was a center of activity for the subprime mortgage industryat its peak and the home of one of its biggest players, New CenturyFinancial Corp., which went bankrupt in the subprime crunch.

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"People in the Orange County market are already familiar withthe immediate issues surrounding the subprime lending fallout, butwe think what the attendees will be most interested in will be thethe longer-term impact of the current situation," Kelley says.McShane points out that the day's keynote speaker, director KerryVandell of the University of California at Irvine's Center for RealEstate, will provide an outlook on the local, state and USeconomies.

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Vandell will lead an agenda that will feature a mix of keynotespeakers, one-on-one interviews, panel sessions and networking.Following the UCI economist's remarks, president and CEO BillHalford of the Bixby Land Co. and co-president Tom McCarthyofMcCarthy Cook will provide a one-on-one discussion called "Pardonthe Interruption."

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Next up after a coffee break will be one of RealShare'ssignature sessions, a town hall meeting on the state of the OrangeCounty market, followed by three breakout sessions giving attendeestheir choice of panel discussions. One panel will be titled"Quantifying the Level of Distress in the Orange County Real EstateMarket," while a second will attempt to answer the question, "Canthe Resurgent Orange County Office Market Live Up to Owner,Investor and Developer Expectations?" and a third will address thetopic, "Getting Deals Done in the Debt & Equity CapitalMarkets."

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Following a networking break will come another of RealShare'ssignature sessions, "Inside the Real Estate Mind." This year'sinterview subject will be John Parker, chairman of OrangeCounty-based Parker Properties, who will be interviewed by grouppublisher and editorial director Michael Desiato of Real EstateMedia.

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Attendees will once again have their choice of three breakoutsessions at noon, one on the topic of who's buying and selling inthe Orange County investment sales market, a second onopportunities large and small in the multifamily market and a thirdon the impact of tenant-in-common buyers on the Orange CountyMarket.

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Following the breakout sessions, RealShare Orange County willconclude with a 12:50 p.m. networking luncheon. RealShare OrangeCounty, along with other RealShare events nationwide, is producedby Real Estate Media, publishers of GlobeSt.com, GlobeSt.Retail,Real Estate Forum magazine and other print and online publicationsdevoted to commercial real estate.

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