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WASHINGTON, DC-Real Estate Media will be hosting its sixth annual RealShare Washington, DC conference later this month at the city’s Grand Hyatt Hotel. There are some 500 to 600 people registered for the event, which is traditionally one of the biggest in the RealShare series, says Richard Kelley, executive director of the RealShare Conference Series. Being held on Feb. 27, the event will start with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast and end with a luncheon set up for networking.

Networking, in fact, is a key draw for RealShare conferences–and this year more so than ever, Kelley tells GlobeSt.com. “Turnout is strong this year, I believe, because the market is so bad. People want to network, talk with others in the industry, source new business, identify new capital sources.” Talking with seasoned professionals that have seen more than one credit cycle is another draw, especially for newcomers to the industry, he adds.

Kelley notes RealShare recruited Edward Padilla, CEO of NorthMarq Capital, to participate this year. “Who better to explain what is happening in the market than the head of a financial intermediary like NorthMarq.” Other highlights in the agenda, he says, include Michael Glosserman, co-managing partner of the JBG Cos., and Victor MacFarlane, CEO of San Francisco’s MacFarlane Partners–which has built a huge presence in the DC market–in a session called “Up Close with JBG & MacFarlane.”

Padilla will kick off the conference with a keynote address. Then follows a town hall meeting moderated by John Germano, senior managing director at CB Richard Ellis, who will touch on expected events for 2008. Panelists will be Jim Lee, president & CEO of Opus East; Mark Levy, VP & market officer for ProLogis; Mitchell Schear, president of Vornado / Charles E. Smith; and Joe Stettinius, CEO of Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers.

Bruce Baschuk, president & founding principal of J Street Development, and Larry Thau, EVP of CB Richard Ellis, will be the panelists in the Fact or Fiction session, which will then be followed with a networking break and concurrent sessions. These include “How to Get Deals Done in a Suddenly Turbulent Market”, “Green from the Ground Up: Designing, Building & Managing Sustainable Properties”, “Office Market Update: Can the Demand catch up to the Supply?”, “Buckle Up! The Outlook for the Investment Sales Market in Washington, DC”, “The Paradigm Shift in the MultiFamily & Condo Market”, “Submarket Update: The Reality of NoMa, National Harbor, Rosslyn & Southeast.”

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