Will 2012 be the year that home seller’s finally take the upper hand? When will new home prices be able to compete with foreclosures? Where are we in the recovery of new home construction and development? Will there ever be lending again for real estate development? What commercial real estate market is hot? Attendees will get answers to these and other questions at The News-Press Market Watch Real Estate on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Harborside Event Center in the Fort Myers River District.

“Professionals in real estate and construction, property owners and investors will hear a complete 360-degree analysis of the Southwest Florida real estate market,” says Randy Thibaut, president of Land Solutions Inc. “We’ll talk about market pricing and sales drivers for both the residential and commercial sectors. In addition, we’ll answer questions about whether the market is ready to support new home development again and explore what 2012 holds for Southwest Florida’s real estate market.”

In addition to receiving valuable local market data and forecasts from well-known Southwest Florida real estate experts on commercial and residential real estate, all attendees will receive a comprehensive, 80-page market booklet with detailed market statistical information.

Award-winning residential real estate expert Denny Grimes, president of Denny Grimes & Company at Royal Shell Real Estate, will analyze the 2011 residential market trends and offer predictions for 2012. Randy Thibaut will offer insights into residential land sales and new home development in Southwest Florida. Stan Stouder, CCIM, a founding partner with CRE Consultants, will present emerging trends and analysis of the local commercial industry including a market prospectus on values for office, retail and industrial real estate.

Sponsorships are also available for Market Watch 2012. Event sponsors for The News-Press Market Watch 2012: Focus on Real Estate include The News-Press; Pavese Law Firm; Royal Shell Real Estate Inc.; Priority Marketing; Panther Printing; Barraco and Associates Inc.; CRE Consultants; GCM Contracting Solutions; Land Solutions Inc.; Schooner Bay Realty Inc.; and Sunshine Ace Hardware. For additional inquiries, please e-mail marketwatch@prioritymarketing.com or call 239-267-2638.