2024 Annual Housing & Construction Forecast
The 2024 Annual Housing and Construction Forecast, presented in partnership with the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association and the Cape Fear REALTORS®, will feature national experts Robert Dietz (NAHB) and Lawrence Yun (NAR) as well as local expert Mouhcine Guettabi (UNCW) to address what we can expect to see in the industry in 2024. This year's forecast will be at the Terraces on Sir Tyler. Registration includes breakfast and a physical copy of this year's Cape Fear Area Housing Economic Climate Report.
This event is open to WCFHBA and CFR membership only. Capacity is limited! This event has sold out the past two years, so don't delay getting your tickets! A waitlist will be enacted when capacity is reached.
Meet Our Speakers:
Robert Dietz, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Dr. Robert Dietz is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy for the National Association of Home Builders, where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, economic forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research. He has published academic research on the benefits of homeownership, federal tax policy, and other housing issues, and has testified before Congress on real estate policy issues. He is often cited on housing and economic issues in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and other media sources. Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Robert worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, where he was the committee’s real estate expert. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University.
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior VP of Research, National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and oversees the Research group at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He supervises 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®.
Dr. Yun creates NAR’s forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, among them the Blue Chip Council and the Wall Street Journal Forecasting Survey. He also participates in the Industrial Economists Discussion Group at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress. Dr. Yun has also appeared as a guest on CSPAN’s Washington Journal.
Dr. Yun received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Mouhcine Guettabi, Associate Professor of Economics, University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)
Mouhcine Guettabi joins the University of North Carolina Wilmington from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) where he was an associate professor of economics. He earned his PhD in economics with an emphasis on Urban and Regional Economics from Oklahoma State University in 2012. He is an applied microeconomist with two main streams of research: the effect of natural resources on households and communities, and the socioeconomic effects of unconditional cash transfers. His recently published research can be found in some of the leading economic journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and the Journal of Regional Science. In addition to his academic work, during his time at UAA, he regularly produced economic forecasts, analyzed the state’s finances, conducted analysis on key policy issues, and testified in front of the legislature.