NAR Real Estate Forecast Summit: The Year Ahead — December 15, 2021

Meet the speakers and panelists for the NAR Real Estate Forecast Summit: The Year Ahead on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, who will provide a year-end review of 2021 and outlook on the real estate market and the economy for the year to come.

In addition to a consensus forecast, there will be three panels:

  • Housing Market Outlook
  • Homebuyer Preferences, Demographics, and Challenges
  • Commercial Market Outlook

See the full agenda.

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Keynote Speaker

Todd Richardson

Todd M. Richardson

General Deputy Assistant Secretary
Policy Development and Research

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Todd Richardson heads HUD’s research arm of approximately 145 staff that manage national surveys, conduct and manage research and program evaluations, and develop program parameter data to support HUD’s major programs.

He has developed a number of funding allocations formulas for HUD programs, including the Indian Housing Block Grant Formula, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program formula, and formulas to allocate post-disaster supplemental appropriations. He used data from multiple federal sources to create detailed housing unit damages post Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. He is also author of a study on how well the Community Development Block Grant targets funds to its intended beneficiaries and has managed numerous program evaluations, including the long-running Moving To Opportunity evaluation that measure the impact on poor families of moving from high poverty neighborhoods to low poverty neighborhoods. In addition to this work, Mr. Richardson has been a HUD Field Economist in Detroit, Michigan; developed scattered site public housing; and was program administrator for a housing non-profit in Saginaw, Michigan. Todd Richardson has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

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NAR Leadership

Leslie Rouda Smith

Leslie Rouda Smith

2022 President
National Association of REALTORS®

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Leslie is a broker associate at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate in Dallas, where she specializes in residential, ranch, and country real estate along with her husband Brian and their children, Kristin and Austin, all of whom are REALTORS®.

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NAR CEO Bob Goldberg

Bob Goldberg

National Association of REALTORS®

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Since assuming the role of NAR CEO in August of 2017, Bob has overseen transformations that have positioned NAR as real estate's leading figure in the fight for diversity and inclusion; the industry's primary driver of technological innovation; and as an association lauded for a genuine, unwavering commitment to its members.

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Speakers and Panelists

James Breeze

James Breeze

Senior Director and Global Head of Logistics Research

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James Breeze serves as Senior Director and Global Head of Industrial & Logistics Research for CBRE. James is responsible for helping internal and external clients make real estate decisions by providing forward looking data and analysis. An accomplished public speaker and writer, James is a primary spokesperson on the industrial real estate environment.

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Matt Carrier

Matt Carrier

Vice President of Innovation Policy & Research
American Hotel and Lodging Association

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Matt Carrier serves as the Vice President of Innovation Policy and Research for AHLA. In this role, Matt will lead the hotel industry’s technology and distribution policy agenda to meet members’ needs today and in the future. Matt comes to AHLA after nearly a decade across the hotel distribution and revenue strategy space, most recently overseeing price guarantee and rate parity programs at Marriott International. Prior to joining Marriott International, Matt worked at Kalibri Labs, where he managed hotel industry client relationships and educational efforts. With family roots in the hotel and lodging industry, Carrier is committed to advancing the hotel industry through technology and data. He is a graduate of Cornell University, where he studied hotel administration.

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Richard Fry

Richard Fry, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher
Pew Research Center

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Richard Fry is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. He is an expert on school and college enrollment in the United States, as well as the returns to education in the labor market and marriage market, and its connection to household economic well-being such as net worth. Fry's analyses are largely empirical, as he has extensive expertise analyzing U.S. Census Bureau and other federal data collections. Before joining Pew Research Center in 2002, he was a senior economist at the Educational Testing Service.

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Lesli Gooch

Lesli Gooch, Ph.D.

Manufactured Housing Institute

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Dr. Lesli Gooch is the Chief Executive Officer of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). Prior to assuming this position, she was Executive Vice President of MHI’s advocacy and communications team where she led the Association’s work in Washington which is crucial for the success of the manufactured housing industry. During her tenure as Executive Vice President, Dr. Gooch assembled a strong bipartisan team that under her leadership has secured a number of key legislative and regulatory accomplishments. She was ranked one of The Hill's top lobbyists in the United States for 2021 and 2020 and was a finalist for the Women in Government Relations' 2020 Advocate of the Year Award.

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Danielle Hale

Danielle Hale

Chief Economist

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Danielle is responsible for developing and translating real estate trend data into consumer and industry insights. She also leads realtor.com®'s team of the industry's top analysts and economists with the goal of providing deeper and broader housing insights to people throughout the home journey, industry professionals, and thought leaders.

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Ken Johnson

Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Florida Atlantic University

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Ken Johnson is the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs for the Florida Atlantic University Finance Department. His areas of expertise include: Rental Housing, Real Estate Markets, Homeownership, Real Estate, and Real Estate Economics. He is also a key creator and contributor to the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent Index and the monthly Beracha and Johnson Housing Market Ranking, which ranks the top 100 housing markets.

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Jessica Lautz

Jessica Lautz, Ph.D.

Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insights
National Association of REALTORS®

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Dr. Jessica Lautz is Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insights at the National Association of REALTORS®. The core of her research focuses on analyzing trends for both NAR members and housing consumers.

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Andre Perry

Andre Perry, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow
Brookings-Metropolitan Policy Program

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Andre M. Perry is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro, a scholar-in-residence at American University, and a columnist for the Hechinger Report. A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Perry is the author of the book "Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America's Black Cities," which is currently available wherever books are sold. Perry is a regular contributor to MSNBC and has been published by numerous national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, TheRoot.com and CNN.com. Perry has also made appearances on HBO, CNN, PBS, National Public Radio, NBC, and ABC.

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Vanessa Perry

Vanessa Perry, Ph.D.

Nonresident Fellow, Urban Institute
Professor of Marketing, GWU School of Business

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Vanessa Gail Perry is a professor and associate dean for faculty and research at the George Washington University School of Business. Her research is focused on consumers in housing and financial markets, marketplace discrimination, and public policy interventions, and she has been published extensively in scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets. Her recent work includes the 2020 State of Housing in Black America report sponsored by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers and the award-winning article and documentary film "Dog Parks and Coffee Shops: Faux-Diversity and Consumption in Gentrifying Neighborhoods," coauthored with Sonya Grier.

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Rebecca Rockey

Rebecca Rockey

Global Head of Analysis and Forecasting
Cushman and Wakefield

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Rebecca Rockey is an economist and is the Global Head of Forecasting at Cushman & Wakefield. In her role, she studies how economies, demographics, financial markets, and commercial real estate interact—both at the macro and micro level. She is responsible for the production of national/metro-level commercial real estate forecasts for various property types across the Americas, develops predictive econometric and statistical models to enhance the firms’ analytical capabilities and contributes to numerous white papers, webinars, media requests and presentations.

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Issi Romem

Issi Romem, Ph.D.

Founder, MetroSight
Fellow, Terner Center, UC Berkeley

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Issi Romem is a Fellow at the Terner Center. He is the founder of MetroSight. He was formerly chief economist at Trulia & BuildZoom. He researches and writes about housing and cities for a lay audience. His work has been featured in major publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and many more. He has also consulted for Apartment List and for the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

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Caitlin Sugrue Walter

Caitlin Sugrue Walter, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Research
National Multifamily Housing Council

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Caitlin Sugrue Walter, Ph.D., is Vice President of Research, with primary responsibility for conducting NMHC's research on apartment industry trends. Prior to working at the Council, Caitlin was an analyst at a real estate advisory firm. Caitlin has a B.A. and B.S. (Planning and Public Policy, Criminal Justice) from Rutgers University. She also holds an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and Globalization with a concentration on metropolitan economies and development from Virginia Tech.

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Naa Awaa Tagoe

Naa Awaa Tagoe

Acting Deputy Director
Division of Housing Mission and Goals

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Naa Awaa Tagoe is the Acting Deputy Director for the Division of Housing Mission and Goals (DHMG). Previously, Tagoe served as the Principal Associate Director in the Office of Capital Policy at FHFA. Her team was responsible for regulatory capital policy for the Enterprises. This work included oversight of the Enterprises' credit risk transfer programs, non-performing loan sales programs, Dodd-Frank Act stress tests, and financial eligibility requirements for approved mortgage insurers, mortgage sellers, and mortgage servicers. Prior to joining the predecessor agency of FHFA in 2003, Tagoe held positions with Bear Stearns and Houlihan Lokey.

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Lori Trawinski

Lori Trawinski, Ph.D.

Director, Finance and Employment
AARP Public Policy Institute

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Lori Trawinski joined the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) in 2010 and is responsible for research and analyses of policy issues relating to mortgage lending, foreclosures, reverse mortgages, housing finance reform, consumer debt, and financial services. Dr. Trawinski works with the vice president of the Economic and Consumer Security Team to develop, implement, and manage the team's research agenda. She is also the project director of the Future of Work@50+, a multiyear PPI project examining issues related to employment that will develop innovative policy solutions to the challenges faced by older Americans. She frequently speaks to the press about foreclosures, reverse mortgages, and consumer debt issues.

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Deborah Weinswig

Deborah Weinswig

CEO and Founder
Coresight Research

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Deborah Weinswig is the founder and CEO of Coresight Research. Between 2014 to early 2018, Deborah served as Managing Director of Fung Global Retail and Technology (FGRT), the think tank of Fung Group. Previously, she was Managing Director and Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary team at Citi Research.

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NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun

Lawrence Yun, Ph.D.

Chief Economist
Senior Vice President, Research
National Association of REALTORS®

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Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR’s Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1.4 million REALTORS®.

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