BizWest’s Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference tickets rise in price tomorrow on opening day

BOULDER — Time is running out to register for the Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference, which will take place virtually Nov. 17-19. Tickets to the event will increase by $10 to $53.98 starting Tuesday.

Renowned Colorado economist Patty Silverstein will kick off the event on Tuesday with National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun helping to close out the event Thursday.

The conference will be conducted virtually for three half days.

Silverstein, president and chief economist for Development Research Partners, will present “Real Estate & the Economy.” She will delve into the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including trends in labor force and employment, what industries are expanding, and the resulting impact on demand for commercial real estate. She also will explore trends in consumer-spending activity, which is influenced by current residents and new transplants, and how that has affected the residential real estate market.

Yun will explore what the future holds for housing starts, home sales, prices and mortgage rates in 2021 and beyond, outlining the latest data and providing his predictions for the nation’s housing market during the COVID-19 era.

Other topics at the conference include: 

Workouts & Workarounds

Landlords have provided significant lease adjustments to cash-strapped tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many lenders have modified loan terms for landlords. What does the future hold for these arrangements, and how will it affect potential litigation, problem loans and foreclosures going forward? Giovanni Ruscitti, managing partner of Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP, will serve as moderator/panelist. He will be joined by Stephen Tebo, owner of Tebo Properties; Jeff Wingert, CEO of W.W. Reynolds Cos.; Becky Callan Gamble, CEO of Dean Callan & Co.; and Gretchen Wahl, senior director of community banking for First National Bank of Omaha, or FNBO.

Breaking Ground

Even during COVID-19, communities throughout the Boulder Valley are seeing a wave of new commercial construction, with some projects in the planning stage and others already emerging from the ground. A panel of development directors will provide a complete rundown of the region’s top projects. Panelists include Tony Chacon, redevelopment manager, city of Longmont; Adam Hughes, CEO, Better City, representing Superior; Elaine McLaughlin, senior planner, city of Boulder; Megan Pierce, economic-vitality director, city of Louisville; Ben Pratt, economic-development director, town of Erie; and Jeff Romine, director of economic-vitality and economist, city and county of Broomfield.

Commercial Forecast

Office and retail space has faced enormous challenges in 2020, while industrial has continued rapid growth in the region. Lynda Gibbons, president/managing broker of Gibbons-White Inc., and Gregory Glass, senior broker associate, will take a look at major developments and sales, as well as the latest vacancy and leasing statistics. 

Deal Flow

Commercial real estate continues to attract interest from both local and national buyers, but what effect has the COVID-19 pandemic had on inventories of available properties, and how will difficulties in the office and retail sectors — as well as a strong industrial market — affect investment activity going forward? Andrew Freeman, principal with Freeman Myre, will serve as moderator/panelist, joined by Ben Woolf, director of investments, Conscious Bay Co., and Brandon Jenkins, regional partner, St. John Properties.

The Election’s Over — Now What?

The election is over. What do the results mean for real estate financing, mortgage rates and other federal policies?  And how will they impact real estate locally? We’ll discuss policy implications regarding HUD, FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Jay Kalinski, owner, Re/Max of Boulder and Re/Max Elevate, will serve as moderator. Panelists include Lou Barnes, senior mortgage loan officer, Premier Mortgage Group; Elizabeth Peetz, vice president of government affairs, Colorado Association of Realtors; and Ted Leighty, CEO, Colorado Association of Home Builders.

Residential Forecast

2020 has proved to be a volatile year for residential real estate. What do the latest numbers tell us about the housing market in the Boulder Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic? Todd Gullette, managing broker for Re/Max of Boulder, will examine sales numbers, listings, average and median prices and much more. 

The COVID Effect

COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect on real estate, health care, government and other sectors, but what does 2021 hold for real estate and other industries? How has it affected the residential sales process, and how can residential agents be most effective during these unprecedented times? We’ll explore the impact on key sectors, as well as changing regulations, potential litigation and the impact of COVID-19 on iBuyers, Zillow and other trends. Lisa Wade, broker associate, Re/Max of Boulder, will moderate. Panelists include Lauren Hansen, CEO, Information and Real Estate Services LLC; Scott Peterson, general counsel, Colorado Association of Realtors; Ben Keidan, vice president and chief medical officer, Boulder Community Health; and Mark Woulff, senior manager, economic vitality and business services, city of Boulder.

Rental Volatility

Rental markets have been disrupted by COVID-19, with uncertainties surrounding the student-housing market, along with eviction moratoria and proposals for limits on evictions without representation. How have all of these dynamics affected the market for rental housing in the Boulder Valley? Duane Duggan, broker associate, Re/Max of Boulder, will moderate. Panelists include Stephanie Ianonne, managing broker and owner, Housing Helpers; Todd Ulrich, owner, PG Rentals; and Jeff Morris, director of off-campus housing and neighborhood relations, University of Colorado Boulder.

The National Outlook

What does the future hold for housing starts, home sales, prices and mortgage rates in 2021 and beyond? Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, will outline the latest data and provide his predictions for the nation’s housing market during the COVID-19 era.

Home-Building Forecast

Home-building has performed relatively well during the COVID-19 pandemic, but anxiety and uncertainty abound when it comes to how the sector will fare in 2021. Home-building expert John Covert, director of the Colorado/New Mexico region for Zonda, formerly MetroStudy, will outline the economic and health challenges confronting the region, and how they are likely to affect the home-building sector in the new year.

The Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference & Forecast is presented by BizWest, Re/Max of Boulder, Gibbons-White Inc. and Elevations Credit Union. 

Regular priced registration of $43.98 ends tonight. The conference has been approved for six continuing-education credits through VanEd, for an additional cost of $15.

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