REALTOR® University provides on-line education on real estate and related topics at the masters and graduate certificate levels.  As part of its work, the university sponsors a series of lunch presentations on economic and other topics relevant to real estate—the REALTOR® University Speaker Series.  The REALTOR® University Speaker Series events are held monthly at the National Association of REALTORS® Washington, D.C. Office, 12 noon-1 p.m. The videos and slides of past events can be viewed here.

RU 2017

2017 Roster of Speakers

  • Dr. Len Kiefer, Deputy Economist, Freddie Mac
    The “B” Word: Can We Spot the Next House Price Bubble?, December 1, 2017.  (Video )
  • Dr. Scott Wentland, Research Economist, Department of Commerce – Bureau of Economic Analysis.
    Impact of Property Tax Relief on Home Prices, November 10, 2017. (Video).
  • Dr. La Vaughn Henry, Banking and Regulatory Policy Analyst, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Income, Saving, and Debt Patterns Among Young Adults (Video), October 20, 2017
  • Alejandro Becerra, Director of Research, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
    The State of Hispanic Homeownership in 2016 (Video ), September 15, 2017
  • Dr. William Larson, Senior Economist, Federal Housing Finance Agency
    New Measures of Residential Land Prices (Video). July 16, 2017 (Video), July 16, 2017.
  • Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, CoreLogic
    Single-family Rental: Market Update and Rent Growth Measurement. (Video Slides) May 24, 2017.
  • Dr, Jeff Werling, Assistant Director, Macroeconomics Analysis Div.,Congressional Budget Office
    The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2017 to 2027 (Video  Slides). May 5, 2017.
  • Dr. William Doerner, Senior Economist, Federal Housing Finance Agency
    Measuring House Prices: Going Local with Indices, Cycles, and Modeling (Video Paper). March 24, 2017
  • Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute
    Immigrants’ Impact on Housing Demand and Prices (Video  Paper). February 16, 2017
  • Dr. Johannes Stroebel, Associate Professor of Finance, New York University Stern School of Business
    Social Networks and Housing Markets (Video  Paper). January 27, 2017

2016 Roster of Speakers

  • Dr. Geoffrey Paulin, Senior Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey Program
    Impact of Student Debt on Consumer Spending, Saving, and Homeownership: Estimates from the Consumer Expenditure Survey (Video). December 5, 2016
  • Dr. Neil Bhutta, Principal Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Costs and Availability of Mortgage Credit (Video). November 10, 2016
  • Dr. Hugh Kelly, Professor of Real Estate, New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate
    America’s 24-Hour Cities: Past, Present, and Future (Video). October 21, 2016
  • Dr. Gerry Hanweck, George Mason University Professor of Finance
    The Low Down on Low Down Payment Mortgages: Is it Safe? (Video). September 30, 2016
  • Amanda Riggs, Author and NAR Research Survey Analyst
    Global Experiences in Home Ownership: Egypt as a Case Study (Video). August 24, 2016
  • Marianne Cusato, Designer, Author, Lecturer on Architectural Designs
    Strategies for Aging-in-Place: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Housing Needs Today (Video). August 10, 2016
  • Dr. Daniel Cooper, Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
    The Impact of Rising Home Prices on Children’s Future Incomes (Video  Paper). July 29, 2016
  • Dr. Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac, Chief Economist and Vice-President
    Demand, Outlook, and Financing of 55+ Single-family and Multi-family Housing (Video). June 17, 2016
  • Dr. David Ling, Professor and Director, Master of Science Program, University of Florida
    The Impact of Tax Incentives on Investment: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Real Estate Tax-Deferred Exchanges (Video  Paper). June 1, 2016
  • Dr. Allan Meltzer, Economist and Professor, Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper’s School of Business
    The Federal Reserve and the Real Estate Market (Video). April 22, 2016
  • Dr. Alvaro Mezza, Dr. Daniel Ringo, Dr. Shane Sherlund, and Dr. Kamila Sommer
    The Effect of Student Debt on Access to Homeownership (Video       Slides      Paper). March 25, 2016
  • Dr. Rodney Harrell, Director, Livable Communities, AARP Public Policy Institute
    The Livability Index: Great Neighborhoods for All Ages (Video   Slides). February 26, 2016
  • Dr. Paul Manchester, Principal Economist, FHFA
    Increasing the Access to Credit and Affordable Rental Units of Low Income Households: How are GSE’s Meeting their Housing Goals?  (Video  Slides). January 22, 2016

2015 Roster of Speakers

  • Dr. Katrin Anacker, Associate Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University, School of Public Policy, Government, and International Affairs  The New American Suburb: Poverty, Race, and the Economic Crisis (Video). December 7, 2015
  • Thomas Barthold, Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation
    Dynamic Scoring: Methodology, Issues, and Implications on Tax Legislation (Video). November 6, 2015
  • Professor Alessandro Rebucci, The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
    A Global Perspective on the U.S. Housing Market (Video). October 19, 2015
  • Jordan Rappaport, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City
    Millennials, Baby Boomers, and Rebounding Multifamily Home Construction (Video). September 21, 2015
  • Ken Fears, Director of Housing Finance and Regional Economics, National Association of REALTORS®
    Mortgage Design Proposal: A Better Balance Between Building Home Equity and Affordability (Video). September 8, 2015
  • Ed DeMarco, Milken Institute, Center for Financial Markets
    Issues in Housing Finance (Video). August 12, 2015
  • Dr. Richard Peach, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
    The Measurement of Rent Inflation (Video). July 31, 2015
  • Kermit Baker, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
    Emerging Trends in the Remodeling Market (Video). July 16, 2015
  • Dr. Katharine Abraham, Professor, University of Maryland; previously Member, Council of Economic Advisers; Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Making Sense of the Government’s Labor Market Data (Video). June 5, 2015
  • Kenneth D. Simonson, Chief Economist, The Associated General Contractors of America
    Trends, Issues, and Outlook in Residential Construction Spending (Video). May 19, 2015
  • Dr. Michael Fratantoni, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Research and Industry Technology, Mortgage Bankers Association
    Trends, Issues, and Outlook for Mortgage Originations (Video). May 1, 2015
  • Laurie Goodman, Center Director, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute
    Credit Availability: Trends, Issues, and Implications for First-time Homebuyers (Video). March 16, 2015
  • Stephen C. Goss, Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration (with input from Stephanie Kelton, Chief Economist of the Senate Budget Committee)
    Population Growth, Aging, and Housing Demand (Video). February 9, 2015
  • Christopher Leinberger, George Washington University, Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, Chair, Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis    The Walkable Urban Future:  Aligning Federal, State, and Local Policy (Video). January 8, 2015

2014 Roster of Speakers

  • Robert Dietz, Vice President, Tax and Market Analysis, National Association of Home Builders
    Economic Headwinds and Policy Concerns for New Home Construction (Video   Slides) . December 18, 2014
  • John Allison, President, Cato Institute.
    Homeownership and the Values of Individual Liberty (Video ) . November 18, 2014
  • Nayantara Hensel, Special Consultant to Economists, Inc., Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance, Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, US Naval Postgraduate School
    Economic Issues in the Housing Market (Video Slides  ). October 30, 2014
  • Alex Pollock, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
    Financial Cycles and Real Estate (Video  Slides). October 16, 2014
  • John Weicher, Senior Fellow, Director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Housing and Financial Markets
    Affordable Rental Housing in the U.S.: Where Does It Come From and What Happens To It? (Video). September 19, 2014
  • Calvin Schnure, Vice President, Research & Industry Information, NAREIT
    Outlook for the Economy and Commercial Real Estate (Highlights  Full video  Slides). January 10, 2014
  • Anthony Elson, Professor Johns Hopkins University and Duke University
    Financial Reform and Monetary Policy in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis (Video   Slides). July 7, 2014
  • Rolf Pendall, Director, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
    Heartland Renewal? Immigrants, Their Children, and the Baby Boomer Transition (Video   Slides). June 24, 2014
  • Raven Molloy, Senior Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Long-term Vacant Housing in the United States (Video   Slides). May 20, 2014
  • Jennifer Bradley, Brookings Metropolitan Project
    The Metropolitan Revolution:  Creating Centers of Innovation (Video   Slides   Slideshare). April 25, 2014
  • John Felmy, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute
    Energizing America: Facts for Addressing Energy Policy (Highlights  Full video). March 28, 2014
  • Richard Fry, Senior Economist, Pew Research Center
    The Nation’s Uneven Recovery of Wealth Across Households (Highlights  Full video). March 14, 2014
  • Anthony Downs, Brookings Institution
    Transportation, Congestion, and Economic Growth (Video). January 24, 2014

2013 Roster of Speakers

  • Andrew Leventis, Senior Economist, Federal Housing Finance Agency
    Housing Price Indexes (Highlights  Full video). December 18, 2013
  • Phillip Swagel, Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy
    The Great Recession, Liquidity Issues, and Housing Policy (Highlights  Full video). December 3, 2013
  • Lisa Sturtevant, ‎Vice President for Research, National Housing Conference and Executive Director, Center for Housing Policy
    Paycheck-to-Paycheck (Highlights  Full video). November 1, 2013