2019 NAR Real Estate Forecast Summit

Bringing the Best Real Estate Market Perspectives

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On December 11, 2019, NAR held a real estate forecast summit to provide a year-end review and outlook on the real estate market and the economy. The invitation-only, live audience of approximately 120 people included key real estate players, congressional staff, and economists. NAR recorded and broadcast the session to 1.4 million REALTORS® as a value-added resource they can use in discussing and strategizing about the market with their clients. Check back for video recordings of the event sessions.

Summit Discussion Topics

  • 2019 year-end review of real estate market performance
  • 2020 and beyond real estate market expectations
  • Challenges and risks facing the real estate industry
  • Regional perspectives
  • Insights from lenders, bankers, builders, and REALTORS®
  • Residential and commercial real estate markets
  • Topical public policy measures

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The summit featured four panels:

  • Policy and Issues
  • Regional Differences
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Sectors and Trade Groups


NAR Leaders

  • Bob Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of REALTORS®
  • Leslie Rouda Smith, 2019 First Vice President, National Association of REALTORS®
  • John Smaby, 2019 Immediate Past President, National Association of REALTORS®


  • Leslie Appleton-Young, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, California Association of REALTORS® (CAR)
  • Kermit Baker, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University
  • Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of HUD
  • James Chessen, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Economist, American Bankers Association
  • KC Conway, Chief Economist, CCIM Institute
  • Jim Costello, Senior Vice President, Real Capital Analytics
  • Mike Fratantoni, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Research & Industry Technology, Mortgage Bankers Association
  • James Gaines, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Real Estate Center, Texas A&M University
  • Danielle Hale, Chief Economist, realtor.com®
  • Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington, Assistant Vice President, Forecasting & Analysis, National Association of Homebuilders
  • Michael Neal, Senior Research Associate, Housing Finance Policy Center, The Urban Institute
  • Brad O’Connor, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Head of Research, Florida REALTORS®
  • Edward Pinto, Resident Fellow and Director, AEI Housing Center, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
  • Calvin Schnure, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research & Economic Analysis, NAREIT
  • Lisa Sturtevant, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Virginia Association of REALTORS® (VAR)
  • Greg Willet, Chief Economist, Real Page, Inc.
  • Lawrence Yun, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research, National Association of REALTORS®


  • Anna Bahney, Writer, Investments and Real Estate, CNN
  • Michele Lerner, Freelance Journalist, The Washington Post and other publications
  • Diana Olick, Real Estate Correspondent, CNBC
  • Denise Pellegrini, Bloomberg Real Estate Report, Bloomberg News
  • Amy Scott, Senior Correspondent, Housing and the Economy, NPR Marketplace