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The 34th Annual ARES Meeting in 2018 is an opportunity to receive feedback on your research, see colleagues  from throughout the world, and network in a beautiful location at a hotel with amazing amenities.

Mark your calendars for our next ARES Annual meeting from April 10 - 14, 2018 at the elegant Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, FL. The hotel overlooks Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Program highlights: Presentation of research in multiple areas of real estate, refereed sessions with discussants (upon request), and an opportunity to win one of the multiple competitive manuscript awards which are decided through a peer review process.


Location/access: Between Fort Myers (30 minutes from Southwest Florida International airport) Naples (40 minutes) and 2 and a half hours from Miami international airport. Other airports of 

interest are: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport (almost 2 hours), Tampa International (2 and a half hours), Orlando International (3 and a half hours), Palm Beach International airport (almost 3 hours).

Hotel: The hotel offers a relaxing experience for attendees, friends and families with a plethora of fun amenities which include 3-story waterslides, four pools, a cold plunge waterfall, rock climbing wall, multiple restaurants, boat tours, offshore fishing and parasailing, a private beach open to hotel guests located adjacent to the world-famous Lovers Key State Park which is reachable by private watercraft from the hotel. Additionally, it is adjacent to the Raptor Bay Golf world-class facilities with 18 holes and the first in the world to receive the Gold Signature Sanctuary Certification from Audubon International.  

Area: The area between Fort Myers and Sanibel offers some of Florida’s best beaches. There are multiple lighthouses, an opportunity to explore more than 400 species for those interested in shelling as well as a number of museums and art galleries. The Everglades national park is only a drive away and seeing them with an airboat is a unique experience.  

Check back regularly for updates on the 2018 ARES Annual Meeting in lovely Bonita Springs, Florida


Conference Themes

Conference Themes

  • Appraisal/Valuation

  • Asset/Property Management

  • Real Estate Investment/Portfolio Management

  • Investment Strategies

  • REITs

  • Mortgage Markets

  • Housing Economics/Markets/Policies

  • Commercial Real Estate

  • Sustainability

  • Market Analysis

  • Spatial Analysis/GIS

  • Corporate Real Estate

  • Hotels


Questions related to the program should be addressed to:

Program / Awards

View the detailed conference program based on the contact author.

Questions related to the program should be addressed to:

Program App/Social Media

Program App

The ARES conference for the first time this year is featuring a program app allowing participants to carry the program on their phone (IOS & Android device) rather than having the typical booklet. You can download the app on your smart phone by going to:  or by going to your app store  downloading yapp. After  downloading it select “Download an Existing Yapp” and in the yapp id enter ares18 and go. Now you  have the ARES conference app.

The app allows you to:

  • Explore in advance the education and general panels based on a short overview provided by the chairs
  • Create your favorites (select program, the session/panel/event of your preference and scroll to the bottom of the page and select the gray button “Add event to my schedule”)
  • Find the contact info and sessions various participants are presenting (all co-authors are included as participants and a number of them might not be present at the conference beyond the contact authors)
  • Review the manuscripts submitted in each session (Hyperlinks to all submitted papers are available under their title. The message “Error 404 – Not Found” appears when the authors have only uploaded an abstract and not a paper on the ARES website)
  • Know the location of the various sessions/panels/events by reviewing the hotel floorplan
  • Rate the sessions you attended  (select program, the session/panel/event of your preference and scroll to the bottom of the page and select the number of stars)
  • See the venue photos and upload your own photos from events taking place
  • See the conference sponsors
  • See ARES twitter feeds from the conference

Have fun and stay tuned!


Social Media

Follow the ARES2018 conference and events closely at @ARESconference  We will be providing updates, schedule changes, pictures and comments. We hope you start using this mean of instant communication to share your experiences and photos as well.


We hope you can follow the conference on our American Real Estate Society Facebook page. We will be posting updates during the conference and we hope you will visit it and “like” us to have the updates delivered to your news feed.


Non-English Language Sessions

Improving the global interaction among real estate professionals helps us explain better market dynamics and at the 34th ARES annual meeting we are making efforts to host for the first-time sessions in Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese, beyond English. As program chair I have requested the help of three prominent ARES/AsRES, ERES and LARES members to promote these sessions as well as the conference through their networks:

We look forward to hosting these sessions and continuing them in the future.

Conference Registration

Registration is required for ARES participants and those accompanying them.

Registration Categories & Rates

Registrant Categories Early
Prior to March 1 
March 1 - April 9 
April 10
Professional Participant $ 700 $ 750 $ 800
Academic Participant $ 485 $ 525 $ 565
Student, Adjunct, Academic Retired Participant
(Students attach Student ID)
(Adjunct attach Sponsor Letter)
$ 215 $ 250 $ 250
Companion/Spouse $ 140 $ 160 $ 160

Three ways to register:

Login using your ares login and password to register

Complete the registration form and mail to:

Diane Quarles
Manager, ARES Membership Services
Clemson University
318 Sirrine Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-1303

  Complete form and email to or fax to 864.656.4892



The conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, and the amenities it offers will make you want to stay far beyond the conference. The hotel accommodations are world class offering a full service resort experience, significant in house amenities and coordination for transportation to local area attractions. Among some key resort attractions are the championship 18-hole golf course, multiple pool complex with lazy rivers as well as slides and a  private beach  (15min boat ride from the hotel) open to hotel guests located adjacent to the world famous Lovers Key State Park.

The ARES room rates are an amazing deal for this type of resort. You can reserve a room by clicking hereIf rooms are not available please reach out to the ARES meeting planner – Bennie Waller for alternative area accommodations. 


Hotel activities/amenities:


  • Boating Activities: Narrated Eco and Sunset Cruises, Backwater Fishing Excursion, Offshore and Near Coastal Fishing, Parasailing, Kayak tours, airboat rides and tours

  • Water Activities: Estero Bay is home to a huge variety of wildlife, including Dolphins and Manatees, as well as endangered species leatherback, green and hawksbill turtles, and Loggerhead sea turtles. Big Hickory Island Beach: water taxi for a 15-minute ride to the private beach on Big Hickory Island. White soft sand and the brilliantly colored Gulf of Mexico.

  • Pool and Lazy River Water Park: three, three-story waterslides with two speed slides and one inner-tube slide all totaling 900 feet of winding. 1,950 foot long lazy river that meanders through the palm trees and native foliage. Cool water cascades from a Roman-styled building.

  • Raptor Bay Golf Club: world-class facilities exist in perfect harmony with their natural surroundings. This is the first course in the world to receive Audubon International’s Gold Signature Sanctuary Certification. The ecological design preserved the most valuable habitats on-site and restored nearly 25 acres of wetlands. The tournament quality course features wide fairways with one height of cut throughout and five sets of tees to give players of every skill level a memorable outing. 

  • Boardwalk:1/4 mile walk through the mangroves preserve to the marina

  • Camp Hyatt (Ages 3-12): led by trained counselors, children will spend days experiencing new things, like going on a shark tooth hunt, enjoying contests in the pools, water balloon toss, arts and crafts and so much more. They’ll learn all about the flora (plants), fauna (wildlife) and native Calusa Indians who lived in this part of Florida

  • Tennis: two Hydro Grid courts, as well as ball and racquet rentals

  • Bicycle Rental: Bikes for both adults and children are available for rent to help you explore the grounds, including native plants, birds of all species, water creatures and more

  • Wall Climbing: Safety harnesses and a variety of well-placed hand and foot holds make this adventure fun and safe, no matter if you are an expert climber or have never tried this sport before.

  • StayFit™ Gymopen 24 hours a day. The fitness center features the latest in Life Fitness Cardio equipment complete with your own personal integrated LCD television and equipped with an iPod-ready USB

  • Stillwater Spa: all-natural and eco-conscious spa offering a variety of soothing and rejuvenating services

  • Coconut Point Mall: complimentary shuttle for those staying at the hotel (There is a $5.00 fee for Coconut Plantation guests).


Travel & Transportation


  1. Southwest Florida International airport ( (RSW) (14 miles from the hotel) – various US airlines and Airberlin (direct flights to Germany) - approximately 30 minutes from hotel

  2. Miami International Airport (  (142 miles from the hotel)– various US and international airlines – approximately 2 and a half hours from the hotel

  3. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport ( (121 miles from the hotel) – approximately 2 hours

  4. Palm Beach airport (  (142 miles) – almost 3 hours from the hotel

  5. Tampa International airport ( (152 miles from the hotel) – approximately 2 and a half hours from the hotel

  6. Orlando International airport (  (177 miles from the hotel) – approximately 3 and a half hours


Transportation from RSW and Hyatt Regency Coconut Point:

  • Naples Transportation & Tours: Offers town cars, limousines and multi-passenger vehicles with drivers. Advance reservations are necessary. Please call 239 390 4223, 800 592 0848, or visit their desk in our RSW airport hotel.

  • LP Transportation: Book LP Transportation for your local transportation needs to area attractions, off site excursions, events, airport transportation. Call LP Transportation at 239 948 8002 or email   

  • Taxi: Available outside the airport terminals. Fares from the airport are determined by preset zones for up to three passengers. Additional passengers are $10.00 each.

  • Enterprise Rent a Car: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point guests receive special pricing when renting with Enterprise.

Our Mission

To research and promote education in real estate, improve communication and exchange of information in real estate and allied matters among college/university faculty and practicing professionals, and facilitate the association of academic, practicing professional, and research persons in the area of real estate.

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300 Sirrine Hall
Clemson, SC  29634

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