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LOS ANGELES-Countrywide Financial Corp. and its CEO Angelo Mozilo have figured prominently in the capital markets turmoil that has dominated the business pages lately. So Mozilo’s keynote address at Apartments 2007 on Oct. 11 in Downtown Los Angeles is bound to be one of the top attractions for the estimated 1,300 multifamily industry professionals who are expected to gather at the annual event. As RealShare conference director Rich Kelley observes, the RealShare event will mark the first large industry gathering of apartment industry professionals since the Fed’s recent interest rate cut.

The all-day event at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel at 404 S. Figueroa St. will present an opportunity for apartment industry professionals to ask questions and find answers about how the market has fared and is projected to fare in light of the dramatic changes that have occurred since last year’s conference. As Kelley points out, “There is a wide diversity of opinions” about how the credit concerns that developed over this summer will affect the apartment industry in the long run and what the effect will be of the Fed’s recent rate cut.

“At times of uncertainty like this, people in the industry want to gather to hear from leaders and to talk among themselves about the market, so we are very fortunate that the timing is perfect for our event,” Kelley says. He points out that the annual conference and networking event will feature something for everyone in the apartment industry, with presentations and panel sessions on virtually every facet of the industry.

The Apartments 2007 gathering will run from registration at 7 a.m. through a 5 p.m. networking cocktail reception, with the first session beginning at 8:10 a.m. after opening remarks by Michael Desiato, vice president of Real Estate Media.

The day’s first session will be a panel discussion on the impact of the housing market and the economy on the apartment market, followed by one of RealShare’s signature sessions, a “Fact or Fiction” discussion between Al Brooks, president of the commercial group at Washington Mutual and Harvey Green, president and CEO of Marcus & Millichap.

The day’s first general session will be a panel discussion that will tackle the topic of getting deals in the suddenly turbulent debt and equity capital markets. It will be followed by another panel that will attempt to answer the question, “Has the tide turned in the multifamily investment market?”

Attendees will then have their choice of two panel discussions, one in which top sales brokers will break down deal flow and market characteristics in the institutional market, and another in which a group of brokers will do the same for the private capital market. Following a networking lunch, Mozilo will deliver his keynote address, after which he will preside over the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Howard Levine, founder of ARCS Commercial Mortgage, for his contributions to the multifamily and commercial real estate industries.

The afternoon sessions will offer attendees another choice of two breakout panels, one on the changing role of tenant-in-common buyers in a changing capital market, the other on how to find and successfully complete value-add and redevelopment opportunities in today’s market. Yet another choice of breakout sessions will offer two panels: One on the growing convergence of condo and mixed-use projects and their overall impact on the apartment market, the other on apartment industry operations and management.

Following a networking break, a general session panel will discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of developing in today’s market in the last session of the day. The conference will then conclude with a networking cocktail reception.

Apartments 2007, along with other RealShare events nationwide, is produced by Real Estate Media, publishers of GlobeSt.com, GlobeSt.Retail, Real Estate Forum magazine and other print and online publications devoted to commercial real estate.

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