This Friday’s Sustainable Homeownership Conference: Five Hurdles to Buying a Home

This Friday in celebration of National Homeownership Month, NAR President William E. Brown, NAR Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun and Berkeley Hass Real Estate Group Chair Ken Rosen lead an impressive list of notable speakers at NAR’s Sustainable Homeownership Conference at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California.

In addition to discussions on market trends, housing affordability and inequality, a new white paper titled, “Hurdles to Homeownership: Understanding the Barriers,” will be released to kick off the event.

The new research addresses the five reasons for the dip and idleness in the homeownership rate, its drag on the economy and what can be done to ensure more creditworthy households have the opportunity to buy a home.

Whether you’re covering in person or from afar, Friday’s panel discussion and new research will for sure be very interesting. Friday’s full agenda can be found here:

WHAT: NAR Sustainable Homeownership Conference

WHEN: June 9, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PST

WHERE: Skybox, Memorial Stadium at University of California, Berkeley, 2227 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, California, 94720

REGISTER:  To register contact Adam DeSanctis, 202-383-1178 or

SPEAKERS: Along with Brown, Yun and Rosen, the notable list of speakers are: Katherine Baker, California State Assembly, 16th district; Matt Regan, senior vice president of public policy, Bay Area Council; Chuck Reed, former San Jose Mayor and now special counsel, Hopkins & Carley; David Bank, senior vice president, Rosen Consulting Group; and Jim Gaines, chief economist, Texas A&M University Real Estate Center;

Additionally speaking are Joel Singer, CEO and state secretary, California Association of Realtors®; Nancy Wallace, co-chair, Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics and professor, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business; Laurie Goodman, co-director, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute; Carol Galante, I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor of Affordable Housing and Urban Policy; faculty director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation; Co-Chair of Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics; and former FHA Commissioner; John C. Weicher, director, Center for Housing and Financial Markets at the Hudson Institute, and former FHA Commissioner.