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CORAL GABLES, FL-More than 200 of the country’s prominent multifamily owners, developers, investors and condo converters convene at the Biltmore Hotel here today and tomorrow for the second annual RealShare Multifamily Investment & Financing conference, hosted by Real Estate Media Inc., GlobeSt.com’s parent company and publisher of Real Estate Forum among numerous print and online publications. South Florida’s exploding condo conversion activity made it the logical destination for this year’s gathering, according to Colleen McShane, conference coordinator.

Today’s attendees will spend an “Evening with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” presented by Michele Evans, Fannie Mae director, and Amy Brusiloff, Freddie Mac regional director, following an afternoon of networking, golf and an opening reception. Thursday’s full day begins with a welcome by Michael G. Desiato, group managing director of Real Estate Media, followed by keynoter Michael Falcone, the new president and CEO of MuniMae, a rising force in the national multifamily market.

Analyses and forecasts of the multifamily market abound from several perspectives in a series of presentations. Linwood Thompson, SVP and managing director of Marcus & Millichap, assesses multifamily investment into 2006. A Town Hall Meeting, led by a panel of multifamily experts, sheds light on the future of rental, vacancy and interest rates, while also pinpointing the types of multifamily products destined for growth and decline.

Leading condo converters and developers face down their critics in a session that explores the impact of the current condo-conversion craze. Will it continue to explode, or is it headed for an implosion? And how are developers of rental projects reacting?

The roles of private and tenant-in-common investors, increasingly creative financing strategies, and historically low cap rates will all be scrutinized in separate sessions. During a networking luncheon, Desiato and attendees go “Inside the Real Estate Mind” of Sharon Dworkin Bell, senior staff VP of the multifamily division of the National Association of Home Builders.

A panel of Miami and South Florida multifamily pros takes this area’s racing multifamily pulse, assessing what looms to either accelerate or slow the frenzy. The niche markets in student and military housing also get their due from panelists who mine these frontiers before RealShare Multifamily Investment & Financing closes as it opened with opportunities to network among the country’s major players in this active real estate sector.

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