February 2017 Conference

Trumpism Meets Real Estate Reality

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Speaker’s Auditorium
Student Center East Building
Georgia State University
55 Gilmer Street SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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Press Release 


  • Rajeev Dhawan,  Director, Economic Forecasting Center,  Georgia State University
  • Mark Palim,  Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist,  Fannie Mae
  • John Hunt,  President,  MarketNSight & ViaSearch, Inc.
  • Frank Norton, Jr.,  CEO Chairman,  Norton Holdings

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Richard Phillips
J.Mack Robinson College of Business

8:40 a.m.

Housing and Economic Outlook
Mark Palim, Fannie Mae’s Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist, will give an overview of current macroeconomic and housing market conditions, and an outlook over the next two years. This will include discussing the state of the maturing business cycle, and what that entails for mortgage and housing markets, as well as potential public policy changes and how those may affect the length of the expansion.
Mark Palim
Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist
Fannie Mae
9:05 a.m Welcome to Housing’s New Normal. Welcome to New Home Moderation.
After correctly projecting 2016 New Home starts for the Nation and Atlanta at last February’s conference. John will explore the driving factors behind housing’s New Normal, and the moderation setting in across all new home markets. He will also offer up his National and Atlanta housing forecasts for 2017.
John Hunt
MarketNSight & ViaSearch, Inc.
9:30 a.m. Out There: Activity Beyond Atlanta’s Core
Mr. Norton will discuss the trends affecting the housing market beyond the 22 county Atlanta region. Specifically, he will present what the dynamics are and the energy of growth that is driving housing activity across the state.
Frank Norton, Jr.
CEO Chairman
Norton Holdings
9:55 a.m. Q & A
10:10 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:30 a.m. Reconvene
10:40 a.m. Forecast of the Nation, State and Region
Rajeev Dhawan delivers his keynote presentation on the economic outlook of the United States, Georgia and the Atlanta Metro Region. Join us as he shares his views on the state of the global economy as well as employment and consumption trends and their impact on industry in Georgia. He will discuss, in particular, the implications for residential and commercial real estate in the Atlanta Metro Region.
Rajeev Dhawan
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
12:00 p.m. Q & A and Conclusion
12:15 p.m. Light Lunch & Networking