San Diego – Multifamily developers and owners from across the nation will gather here for an exclusive conference designed to help them meet the latest development challenges.

Apartment Finance Today’s Developer Conference will be held March 8-10, 2006, at the Omni San Diego Hotel. This is the second year for the event.

Unlike other conferences, registration is limited to developers and owners, and the program content was created with the understanding that rising interest rates and other issues are making it harder for the multifamily industry, according to Andre Shashaty, Apartment Finance Today’s editor-in-chief.

“Our developers’ conference brings together the nation’s most active owners and developers for a high-level education and networking experience,” Shashaty said. “It’s a great way to get up-to-the-minute information on today’s challenges from panels that include top financial executives, as well as developers and owners, in a format designed to keep things lively and interactive.”

The plenary sessions will include a capital markets outlook for owners and developers, and a practical national forecast on rental demand. The tentative breakout sessions include:

  • Debt financing strategies in a changing economy
  • Structuring construction and rehab financing to deal with rising costs
  • Agencies in action: New directions at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
  • NOI builders: Simple ways to increase revenue and cut costs
  • Housing after the hurricanes: Challenges and opportunities in Florida and the Gulf Coast
  • Condominiums: How long will the boom times last?
  • Equity financing: An in-depth look at equity investor interests and deal terms in 2006
  • Mixed-use and urban infill: The wave of the future
  • Financing seniors housing and assisted-living
  • Institutional lenders and investors: What they are buying and financing today

Christopher Lee, president and CEO of CEL & Associates, will also be back by popular demand to discuss the trends that are shaping the apartment business.
Attendance is reserved for people who are primarily owners and developers of apartments. The early-bird registration fee for those who sign up before Jan. 31, 2006, is $595. Regular registration is $695. If three or more people from the same company attend, they may be eligible for a 5% discount on each registration.