SUMMIT, N.J., Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — CapRate Events, LLC, a new media platform for commercial real estate, will bring into focus student housing investment and development at The New Jersey Apartment Summit on November 2. The full-day information and networking conference will be held at the Grand Summit Hotel in Summit, NJ. The event is produced by Brian Klebash, who produced student housing conferences for The RealShare Conference Series in 2008 and 2009.

The panel discussion “Multifamily Alternative: Student Housing in New Jersey” will feature Daniel I. Bernstein, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Campus Apartments; Greg Bressler, Vice President for University Facilities, Montclair State University; Joe Coyle, President of University Student Living, The Michaels Organization; John Erb, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, DeLuxe Building Systems, Inc.; Zeba S. Iqbal, Real Estate Development, Facilities Program Manager, Princeton University; and Jason Wills, SVP On-Campus Development, American Campus Communities.

The panel’s talking points will include: Have traditional New Jersey multifamily developers “crossed over” to student housing, and what has been their experience? Should traditional multifamily developers and investors get involved in student housing? What are the unique challenges and rewards of student housing investment and development? Are colleges and universities continuing to enter into JV relationships with third-party commercial real estate developers? What are the unique academic housing demands of New Jersey’s colleges and universities? And, how can commercial real estate meet these demands?

The New Jersey Apartment Summit will bring together all of the key players in the state’s multifamily industry and many new investors and developers who are looking to capitalize on the apartment sector in the coming years. Event sponsors include: Community Investment Strategies, Inc.; Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services; The Kislak Company, Inc.; Elias B. Cohen & Associates; DeLuxe Building Systems, Inc.; and HFF. To date, 120 executives from 80 leading commercial real estate firms in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania have made plans to attend; 300 are expected.

“Apartments are back. For the first time in years, conditions affecting our industry are truly positive. Rents are rising and vacancies declining and there is a belief among investors that apartments are where they want to be. The New Jersey Apartment Summit should provide an opportunity to comment on your own experiences and learn from the experience of others,” said Alan R. Hammer of Brach Eichler L.L.C., and a featured speaker at the event.

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