NAR Real Estate Forecast Summit: The Year Ahead, December 12, 2023

On December 12, 2023, from 1–2 p.m. ET, NAR will hold a virtual economic and real estate summit that will provide a review of 2023 and look forward to 2024.

Meet the Speakers


Danielle Hale

Danielle Hale

Chief Economist

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Danielle Hale 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.

Jessica Lautz

Jessica Lautz, PhD

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

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Dr. Jessica Lautz is Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President of Research at the National Association of REALTORS®. The core of her research focuses on analyzing trends for both NAR members and housing consumers. Through the management of surveys, focus groups, and data analysis, she presents new and innovative ways to showcase results. She effectively utilizes Research data to educate and impact policymakers on the state of the housing market and discusses research findings in major media outlets and international presentations.

Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington

Danushka Nanayakkara

Assistant Vice President
Forecasting and Analysis
National Association of Home Builders

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Danushka Nanayakkara is the assistant vice president for forecasting and analysis at NAHB. She oversees the activities of the forecasting and analysis section of the economics group which includes developing and maintaining national, regional, long-term, and remodeling expenditures forecasts. Before being promoted to assistant vice president, she worked at NAHB as a senior economist. Prior to joining NAHB, Nanayakkara worked at J.D. Power as a senior economic analyst in the automotive industry. She holds a master's in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Ken Simonson

Ken Simonson

Chief Economist
Associated General Contractors of America

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Ken Simonson has been Chief Economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading construction trade association, since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries through frequent media interviews, presentations, and the Data DIGest, his weekly one-page e-newsletter that goes to more than 20,000 subscribers.

Ken has over 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating, and communicating about economic and tax issues. He currently serves as an advisor to the Census Bureau’s construction data re-engineering initiative. He is a Fellow and past president of the National Association for Business Economics, and he is co-director of the Tax Economists Forum, a professional meeting group he co-founded in 1982.

Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.

Caitlin Sugrue Walter

Caitlin Sugrue Walker, PhD

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.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun

Lawrence Yun, PhD

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®.