If you can't reach HousingWire reporters on their main lines this week, it's because we're off to Fort Worth for the 2012 REO EXPO, and we certainly hope to see you there.

The HousingWire staff is pleased to kick off the 2012 REO Expo in Fort Worth, Texas. The annual event allows professionals working in the management and sale of distressed real estate to network, learn and enjoy all the sights and sounds of the conference.

This year's conference delivers all the usual perks, including education and networking with the best property experts and business contacts in the room.

It also offers attendees a chance to unwind and enjoy a little fun entertainment.

To lighten the mood, comedian George Lopez is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday night right after the 2012 Pinnacle Awards, which recognize leaders in distressed asset management. (If you decide to attend, don't forget to leave your easily offended sensibilities at home.)

Alas, this is one you don't want to miss. There is something for everyone attending this year's REO Expo, so if you're in town and not signed up, join us and register on-site at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Fort Worth. 

If you're already there, maybe we'll run into you in the field.

Readers of HousingWire should stay tuned to HousingWire.com for complete online and video coverage of the event.