Recovery or Bubble? Fisher Center to Examine State of Real Estate, April 22

“Real Estate Markets: Cautious Optimism or Another Bubble?” will be the complex question posed at the 18th Annual Fisher Center Real Estate Conference on April 22 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Keynote speaker and Fisher Center Chairman Ken Rosen will share his popular annual real estate forecast at the conference, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A second keynote speaker will be confirmed soon.

The annual conference, organized by the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, comes as the U.S. housing market shows signs of recovery with increased new construction, rising home sales, and slightly higher sale prices, which are helping to trigger market growth for the first time since 2005.

Panel speakers include :

  • Michael Covarrubias, chairman & CEO, TMG Partners, a private real estate development company focused exclusively on urban infill projects in the Bay Area. The firm has developed about 20 million square feet of property and more than 400 acres of land in the past 27 years.
  • Matt Field, managing director, TMG Partners. Field has been responsible for more than $2 billion of acquisitions and dispositions for TMG since 2003.
  • Jon Haveman, chief economist at the Bay Area Council’s Economic Institute. Haveman is one of California’s leading experts on the economics of seaports, goods movement, and international trade policy.
  • Patrick Kennedy, owner, Panoramic Interests, which has added more than 500 new units of housing and 100,000 sq. ft. of commercial space around downtown Berkeley since 1990. In 1998, the firm's Berkeleyan Apartments were the first new rental housing project built by a private developer in downtown Berkeley since World War II.
  • Scott Miller, managing director, Redwood Trust. The publicly traded firm invests in, finances, and manages real estate assets. Miller is responsible for commercial loan originations.
  • Monique Moyer, executive director, Port of San Francisco. Appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004, Moyer is the second woman to serve as executive director in the port’s 149-year history and one of only three female port directors nationwide.
  • Mary Murphy, partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Murphy is one of the most influential land-use attorneys in San Francisco, working on negotiations to redevelop Treasure Island and representing such clients as Lucasfilm and the Golden State Warriors.
  • Isaac Pesin, co-president, LNR Partners. The firm is the world's largest commercial mortgage special servicer.

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